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this guy is awesome!

The Martial Arts Master Who Has Lived in Three Centuries
The Epoch Times
Sep 09, 2007

He is a legendary man whose life has crossed three centuries. Born in the 19th year of Emperor Guangxu's Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1893), he is 114 years old. His name is Lu Zijian and he lives in Chongqing City, Sichuan Province, China. Despite his age, he is healthy and lithe. Once considered one of the top three gong fu masters, Lu is adept at martial arts and can still move a young man of around 150 pounds 15 feet away with just one push. When asked what his secret to longevity is, Mr. Lu said, "The key to a long and healthy life is a combination of movement and stillness—cultivating life by guiding the qi, the vital energy in the body, and moving the hands and feet through practicing Chinese boxing." According to Xinmin Evening News, Lu Zijian started learning martial arts with his mother at the age of seven, and in 1920 the 27-year-old Lu won the martial arts contest held at Yuhuatai, Nanjing City. He became famous in Shanghai in the 1930s and was granted Level Nine status—the top rank in Chinese martial arts.

Lu Zijian never tires of reliving his past. He fought foreigners on two occasions, and before each of the competitions he signed a waiver that said no one was responsible should a death occur during the fight. The first foreigner was an American named Tom, who was over six feet tall. The two men battled for more than an hour and still there was no clear winner. Lu's hands were badly scratched when one of his disciples called out, "Master, use Eight Trigram Palm!" Lu recalled, "I was in a hell of a fight and had become confused." When his mind became clearer he began to walk around Tom, using Eight Trigram, and finally hit Tom's chest with his palm. Tom stumbled backward a few steps then fell to the ground, blood gushing from his mouth. The second fight was with a Japanese Tae Kwon Do master in Shanghai. He was simply no match for Lu and ended up in worse shape than Tom.

Lu is the only unschooled martial arts master who has been granted Level Nine status by the China Martial Arts Association. Since he turned 86 years old Lu has attended every martial arts contest he could. When he was 93, he joined the Martial Arts Training Team of Sichuan Province and took part in the National Martial Arts Competition held in Sichuan.

Many articles on the Internet call Lu "the Great Master of the Yangtze River," joining the ranks of Huo Yuanjia, the Great Master of Eastern River, and Du Xinwu, the Great Master of the Yellow River. Mr. Lu is still capable and travels all over China. When he matches wrist strength with strong younger men, he is able to beat them easily. When he walks or climbs a mountain, he feels light as a feather.

A close-up look at Mr. Lu reveals that his face is almost free of wrinkles and his skin has an iridescence to it. His shoulders are broad and his arms are muscular. His gray hair is dotted with newly grown black hair. At age 95, his skin began to peel. Years later, the skin on his face, hands, and body was gone, and a new skin appeared. According to Mr. Lu, now his skin changes every three years.

Mr. Lu Zijian, named by the United Nations "the healthy old man," gets up at 7 a.m. every day, practices gong fu in the morning, meditates, paints, reads, and visits friends in the afternoon. He is as alive, alert, and as amusing as any young man.

He is a vegetarian, staying away from meat and fish. His favorite food is tomatoes. He meditates for an hour and a half starting at 2 p.m., goes to bed at 11 p.m., and lives at his grandson's home where he eats anything they cook. He told others a secret: eat raw tomatoes every day. They are a good thing.
http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-9-9/59524.html


whats crazy is the history channel will back this up. i was watching a program about the possibilities of humans gaining what we would consider "super hero powers" such as regeneration, flight, or eternal life. Most of them, as you can imagine where sort of out there. through gene manipulation they project we could share the traits of some salamanders that can regenerate limbs and the like, but the guy who talked about eternal life was actually quite convincing. over the past, the average age of death among first rate countries is dramatically increasing. especially if you look at it over the time line of all mans existence. of course its not just progression genetically but also through advances in science and such. however, the most compelling point of the bit was that its known among most health professionals that the 'effects of aging' stop. among people i know its an accepted reality that, in the Sylvia Plath since, we are all dying. But operantly that aging process stops in the late 80's to early 90's. so essentially if you can make it that far your on the gravy train with biscuit wheels, just don't get sick and keep healthy. Whats even MORE interesting is that this age at which the aging process stops is gradually decreasing, and the scientist doing this bit claims that within 500 years (assuming we make it that long as a race) we could stop aging at around 30. The human race would essentially be at a platu of immortality. its an interesting theory, and i thought of it almost emedialty after reading this article, and thought i would share.
 

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Thank you for having the mindset and taking the time to post this.

I very much appreciate it as I am going to forward this to my wife as we were discussing aging, fitness, and diet just yesterday over dinner. She gave me shit about eating meat everyday (as opposed to estrogen laden soy food or horrible tasting but 'good for you' tofu) which I do in mixture with as much raw vegetables (I do not eat cooked veggies) and salad to fill a goats stomach. She was annoyed at making a dinner separate just for me while she and the kids eat same.
So with that I told her I am fit as a horse and at that went on to prove it right there by the table. I got up from my seat and got on the floor and told her and BabyJanq to count to sixty. As she hit 1 then 2 I cranked out push ups as many as I could without pausing for rest. When they got to 60 I'd counted out loud 39. My dog messed me up for several though as he wanting in on the fun came over to lick and nibble on my face & ear which was distracting. Normally I can crank out 43 to 45 in the same time.
Immediately after that I stood up and said lets go outside and see how many wind sprint laps I can run from the far rear corner of the property to the opposite at the front yard (roughly 250 ft. and with an incline) in 60 seconds and I'll bet I won't blow a gasket nor trip & fall in doing so.
The run didn't happen even as BabyJanq wanted to go do it with me. My wife responded with no it's okay I believe you could do it.
Damn right I could. Eat well, think well, be well.
She didn't know it but I drop and do pushups everyday three times a day upon first waking, afternoon/evening, and then again at night before going to bed. Have been since well before I met her. I just don't/haven't made it a point to talk about it or do so in full view of an audience so she'd only actually seen me do so on a few ocassions.

Our kids will be same similar if I have anything to say about it. BabyJanq does pushups with me sometimes and though she's only four she can now drop and do a correct pushup (male military style..not the girl style) for ten and not be winded. She and I also do stretching and yoga together via her childrens yoga tape as well as run and do rope skipping drills in the yard and she's been learning proper form toward use of a start in track be you standing or in blocks.

As well I'm going to forward this article to my 67 yr. old father in law who over dinner at his place Saturday night was talking about aging, elders, and exercise and how he's recently hired himself a person trainer to get his own self back into shape as he's let things slide the past 2 yrs.

I love stuff like this and folks like this guy.
Healthy long living FTW!

- Janq is real big on relative individual fitness
 

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Janq said:
Damn right I could. Eat well, think well, be well.
I try to get this into my wife's and parents' heads all the time. Along with eating, I believe your mind has so much to do with your wellbeing. I might get a cough once ever other year. I mainly attribute it to my mind and being conscious of how I feel about myself and my environment.
 

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Ditto and I've been trying to do same with Mrs. Janq, for 15 yrs. now.
She's by nature cup half empty and I on the other hand even when there is nothing in the cup am of the mind set that a refill is just moments away and only requires one to endure thirst until then.
I'm teaching both my kids same in real world example & exercises including the necessity to exercise and "train".

- Janq
 

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Exactly. Its ok to be thirsty for a little while. My parents taught me well in this regard, however her parents are Debbie Downers. She's gotten alot better over the past 9 years though. :)


"Great minds..." - Old saying. ;)
 

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I'm way ahead of the curve, I stopped aging, mentally at least, at age 12! :D
 
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