On behalf of Robert Griggs, the president of East West Cultural Exchange Foundation and Grand Master Shi Deru, Shawn Liu USA National Team Head Coach and the foundation delegation leader, we would like to sincerely request that you serve as a sponsor for the US National Wushu-Kungfu team of over 20 members to go to China, March 5-22, 2008. Your sponsorship is vital in two ways: First, it would help the team participate in the upcoming “Welcome Olympic Games Cup”, but it would also assist their efforts to promote a multicultural and multiracial education exchange program which is aimed at bringing better understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of China. The delegation is sponsored and organized by the East West Cultural Exchange Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the United States of America Sanshou Kungfu Federation and the LIU International. It will be lead by Grand Master Shi Deru.
With your help, following the championship, March 7-11, the US team along with a delegation of health conscious professionals, and students will travel together with Chinese local hosts to visit nearby Chinese Families, communities, schools, and universities to learn and better understand ancient China and its people. For 10 days these people of two continents, from completely different backgrounds with different belief systems, and entirely different languages will have to work together; ultimately coexisting and experiencing together whatever they encounter. It is hoped that this experience will mark one more step toward creating a more harmonious world in which we all live. To educate greater audience, this entire trip will be produced by Silver Wave Film Production in coordination with CCTV as a documentary to be released later in the year.
We appreciate your support in making this US team not only a winning team at the “Welcome Olympic Games Cup” but a good diplomatic people-to-people cultural exchange delegation. Your generous contribution will help us provide our US team traveling and hotel expenses during and after the games in China, help the team alleviate the cost of uniforms and training expenses for the ardent preparation before the event.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
A Special Olympic Life Challenge Tour
—A True Multicultural and Multiracial Exchange Education
This is a life challenge US-China Cultural Exchange Reality TV documentary program. This multicultural and multiracial education exchange tour program is to promote the Olympic Spirit: One World; One Dream. The exchange program is sponsored and organized by East-West Cultural Exchange Foundation, USA Kungfu Sanshou Federation, LIU International, Shaolin Warrior Preparatory Team, Shi Decheng Shaolin Wushu Studio.
The organizations committee will select a few capable Chinese to travel with the American delegation who dare to meet this life challenge. Two individuals will be awarded with a free trip with the American delegation. At the end of the program, the organizations committee will sponsor two qualified persons to go to the US to study and work for two years.
What is this multicultural and multiracial education exchange program?
Following the “ Welcome Olympic Games Cup” in Hong Kong, March 7-11, the US team along with a delegation of health conscious professionals, students will travel together with Chinese local hosts to visit nearby Chinese Families, communities, schools, and universities to learn and better understand ancient China and its people. For 10 days these people of two continents, from completely different backgrounds with different belief systems, and entirely different languages will have to work together; ultimately coexisting and experiencing together whatever they encounter. It is hoped that this experience will mark one more step toward creating a more harmonious world in which we all live. To educate greater audience, this entire trip will be produced as a documentary by Silver Wave Film Production in coordination with Chinese TV networks to be released later in the year.
During the trip, they will learn from each other to be proactive to seek real life solutions instead of becoming each others’ problem. They must be responsible for their own lives but also learn to help one another, to coordinate and communicate with each other so as to create synergies to enrich each other’s life on the journey. They learn to lead by good example with character and integrity to care and understand. They rediscover their true nature, to enlighten and empower, to be compassionate, and harmonious with the environment to be truly happy with one another and treasure their lives together. On the journey they meditate and learn to cultivate bodies, minds and spirits with high discipline and strong character.
Topics of Study:
Chinese and English Studies
US and Chinese Cultural Studies
Ancient Chinese Philosophies
Understanding Chinese Holistic Medicine and Health
Understanding Western way of Treatments and Health Care
Etiquette of each country
History of each country
Tai Gong Exercise for body and mind
Tentative Travel Schedule: (Jan. 6-10 Welcome Olympic Games Cup in Hong Kong, China)
1. Shanghai: American delegation
11th) a. Meet for briefing and introduction to guests, meet local Chinese hosts, and brief the game plan and the rules and regulations of the tour; b. Visiting and integrating with local Chinese people, understanding and learning courtesy, customs and language, have short exchange such as how to say greetings when we meet; the group common courtesy and etiquette of the tour;
12th) a. Morning Meditation and Tai Gong I intro; b. meet for briefing the tour logistics and related Chinese exchanges/studies (1.5 hours)
c. Sightseeing/Tour with English and Chinese Actuality practice at Yu Garden and along its way.
d. Visiting local schools and communities
e. Reviewing what has been learned this day with each other in partners; Group meeting for problems and find solutions; transportation to yellow mountain and personal interaction along the way
March 13-16 Retreat at the Yellow Mountain, the most beautiful mountain in the world as all Chinese have claimed. We meditate and cultivate our Qi for health and for mind and body healing. We free our body, mind and spirit and see the true nature of our universe and ourselves. We are as clear and fresh as the morning meadow on the yellow mountain. We study each others language and we communicate with whatever we have. We seek to understand each other and establish that true friendship.
13th) a. Early morning meet for Meditation with sun rise and language briefing; b. 2nd meet of the day for Zen (Chan) and Tai Gong I class (see appendix #2); c. Review English and Chinese on Qi and on Zen and its history; d. Tai Gong on the mountain top review Tai Gong I; e. Group meet for sight seeing language in both languages in partnership, sight seeing; final reviewing of the day; f. Meet for languages of the week and languages of the day; g. Final meet for questions and solutions of the day and the following day
14th) a. Early morning Zen meditation; b. Group conversational Chinese and English studies in fun ways; c. reviewing in partners and small groups (casual and fun); d. Tai Gong II, essence, basic forms and Qi work; e. Reviewing Tai Gong in partners and interaction in bilingual languages
f. Walk on the mountain in partners and in groups for interaction and exchange in actuality; g. group meet briefing the pros and cons of the tour and studies to find solutions to make them better;
15th a. Early morning meditation and reviewing Tai Gong; b. Meet for touring language briefing and sighting points; c. Sight seeing and conversation in actuality in partners; d. Visiting local schools; e. visiting local families and having dinner with them; f. Back in the residence group reviewing and critics; Small group studies, discussions and interaction; g. Tai Gong Part III in group studies
16th a. Morning Zen meditation and to live a life of Zen, freedom of the mind, body and spirit.
b. meet for conversation of the day and topics of the day; c. short local visit and tour the town in group/interaction and communicate through various gestures and languages; d. departure for Shaolin Temple by train;
March 17-19th The Shaolin Temple, China hosted by Shi Deyang and Shi Decheng: meeting with Shaolin Masters, Family members and Students; experiencing the ancient Qi of this birth place of modern martial arts, and the philosophy of Chan.
17th a. arrival briefing logistics of the day and of the stop; b. interact and communicate with the new acquired language: describe 2 things, introduce two thing in the language; c. brief local visit local schools in group
18th a. Morning Meditation on Song Shan mountain and reviewing Tai Gong; b. visit Shaolin Temple in partner; c. meet to review and to chat in Bilingual language; d. partner review; small group and back to the group meeting; c. pro and cons of the trip to find solutions to improve and make everybody’s life better and happier
19th a. Early morning Qi and Tai Gong to cultivate the bodies and minds and improve the spirit; b. brief the logistics in one language only and break into partners to communicate the information; b. visit Deyang’s school and other local visits; c. report in another language than your own; d. To Zheng Zhou train station for Beijing; e. partner stay together for reviewing and interaction ready to briefly report the trip in another language (help each other) in a clearly crystal way; Evening train to Beijing.
March 20th-21st Great Wall and Forbidden City. We visit the Great Wall and we train at the Great Wall before we gather together at the Forbidden city. This is where we do the final shopping and we say farewell to our dear friends. We depart from China the capital of China and main city of 2008 Olympic Games.
20th a. Meet for briefing logistics in one language and break down in partners to inform each other and get the accuracy of the information; b. Chan way meditation of how to deal with trivia and detach yourself from trivia and at same time; c. Forbidden city visit in partner; d. back report in another language of the short trip; d. Meet for the departure party ideas and logistics with bilingual languages; e. evening sitting
21st a. meet for briefing of the day in one language; b. short break to communicate the information in partnership; c. great wall visit /communicate in bilingual language in partnership;
d. Great Wall pictures in group and exercise Tai Gong together; e. Back to report the visit and its happenings along its way by partners; f. Final party: give a report on the entire trip in bilingual, the good and the bad and the ugly for future improvements