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Promoting peace via sports diplomacy

G. Brundage 石龙

Writer G. Brundage at Banjar Baru Pencat Silat Festival Indonesia, July 2019

Updated September 17, 2021

Pakistan WAPDA International Wushu Team
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Peace Dove Public Domain

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The whole world needs to start to work together for a change to rebuild our world. We need to restore health to the world community and our ecosystems. 整个世界需要开始共同努力,以做出改变来重建我们的世界。 我们需要为国际社会和生态系统恢复健康。

I like building bridges and so I write, take photos and build internet sites. Communication and education are the best tools for social change. Towards that effort I hope you take a look at my publications page. World peace through martial arts? Not alone, it will take cooperative efforts of people from all walks of life to end the wars and promote greater economic balance. All sports people tend to be healthier than average in my humble opinion and I’m lucky and thankful to have had so many great sports friends over the decades in different countries.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) introduced the US Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2021 on February 18, 2021. I like that! A US Department of Peacebuilding. So I support Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s effort. Where there is life there is hope.

I’ve traveled and lived in 30+ countries for about half of my life. Wherever I go I train and usually live with locals. That’s a great way to make new friends, have fun(!), and stay healthy too. That’s the good life!

ITF in Georgia – Great guys, great club, great time!
Just a few friends here and there…

When I was 14 or so I was living in the US and some people opened a “Zen house” on the other side of the block where I lived. The first time I went there they taught me how to “just sit” and how to sit properly with the pelvis tiled slightly forward on the pillow so the spine can float upright naturally. It helps to visualize a thread pulling you up from the center of the “cow-lick” on your head. With proper alignment the spine just floats up!

It seemed strange at first, but over time it became a regular thing for me. At age15 or 16 I had a Chinese friend named Chin Lin who was a graduate student in Engineering. He told me I needed to study medicine, because a martial artist that does not study medicine is not complete. He also introduced me to Tao of Tea. Ever since then I have studied medicine, including most of the undergraduate university classes taken by medical students, and Chinese traditional medicine. In the late 1970s and 1980s I did grocery shopping at a natural foods store and got a free vegetarian meal by doing a few hours of volunteer work every week. That’s when I started learning about healthy eating and herbal medicines.

I’ve continued that approach to healthy natural foods and study of traditional medicines in many countries, including here in China. I built a small site about Chinese Traditional medicine that can be found here. Also I took a three month class in acupuncture at a university in downtown Beijing. I’m not licensed to treat anyone, but am qualified to relieve some pains I occasionally have by needling. I truly believe it made chronic knee pain I had for years go away.

Maybe the greatest medicine is having good human relationships and I’ve been lucky in that regards during my life wherever I live. I have always been an advocate for peace, with self-determination and dignity.

Even more important is having a healthy mind that is not fixated on “things” that narrow perceptions. To have a healthy mind one needs healthy relationships. To finish this front page I offer a link to a great YouTube video that teaches something critically important about good relationships.

Currently tribalism is tearing our world to pieces. Watching this video is very healthy because it’s a bit more difficult to hate a whole large group of people when someone from that group says: “I love you,” in sign language (in any language really, but especially sign language). I hope you feel the love.

By the way, you can also call me Abdul Rashid, as that’s my Muslim name. Most Chinese friends call me 石龙, and my Shaolin friends call me 恒悟. There’s an old joke: Call me this, call me that, just don’t call me late for lunch!