Jet Li started competing in wushu when he was only eight years old. At this peak of his wushu sport career, he won fifteen gold medals and one silver medal in Chinese wushu championship. He retired from wushu at the age of 17 and moved into another chapter of his life – acting. His debut Shalin Temple in year 1982 made him a star and Once Upon A Time in 1991 are two of his best movies.
Jet was well trained in old style wushu which he has to learn all of the eighteen Chinese ancient weapons including spear, sword, axe, hook, fork, whip, hammer, stick, meteor hammer and others.
Here are some of Jet Li’s training tips:
- Jet jogs and cycles to maintain his cardiovascular fitness. To ensure he is agile and alert with good hand-eye coordination, he plays badminton. He plays for an hour each session, 3 times a week.
- He believes the mood during training will affect the outcome of the workout. He feels that is the workout is much more beneficial if he is happy before he starts working out. He claims that if one has bad energy, even if he trains hard for 2 hours, the outcome is still not favorable.
- Jet meditates at least an hour a day with his highest record of 14 hours once. He believes that once he meditates, his “inside” is limber and ready for the workout.
- Jet does not believe in complicating his martial arts move. The easy, the better. Instead of keep thinking about styles, he want his moves to be natural. Keep it simple.
- Jet often stares his opponent with sharp eyes, just like a tiger. Look into our opponents’ eye with powerful stare.
- Jet often fights with different speeds, instead of same pace. He can go slow punch, then gives a quick kick.
Despite many requests to teach, Jet Li has turned all of them down. He does not think he is a good teacher.
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