Wu Wisdom: The Math Behind 36 Chambers

The following is an excerpt from the "Wu-Tang Manual" by RZA. Mathematics is what we live. And the numerology side of it makes you aware of the connections between everything. Even if you talk about the thirty-six chambers: A student of the Wu-Tang sword school would master higher levels of technique. Each level, or chamber, that he climbed, he would near invincibility. If he was able to enter the thirty-six chamber, he was unstoppable to all but a fellow thirty-sixth-chamber Wu-Tang swordsman. So, break it down. You have the thirty-six...

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Wu Wisdom: "Tang is the slang, Wu is the way"

The following is an excerpt from RZA's "Tao of Wu." Studying with Sifu, I learned that kung fu was less a fighting style and more about the cultivation of the spirit. What made a Shaolin monk so tough was his mastery of chi—the fact he could make contact with the Earth and draw the energy from it through him. His chi translates as “the grand extreme” and breaks all ideas, forces, and objects into opposites, yin and yang. But wu-chi, which translates as “no extremes,” came before tai chi. It’s...

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Wu Wisdom: Cinematic Sparks

The following is an excerpt from RZA's Wutang Manual. I can still remember the first four movies I ever saw, in order. It went Tom Sawyer, then Rocky, then Star Wars, then The Swarm. Straight up, that was it. You can see the influence of those first movies throughout the Wu-Tang and my career. The Star Wars and Rocky movies you can definitely hear in the music. Star Wars had a super impact on me. Of course it had a super impact on a whole generation. To me, Star Wars...

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Wu Wisdom: Five Elements of Kung Fu

The following is a Kung Fu inspired excerpt from RZA's "Tao of Wu." If you like this blog post, check out the photo shoot and story behind our Kung Fu inspired bag. That last bit of wisdom started to take hold of me later, when I began studying with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, a thirty-fourth generation Shaolin monk who defected from China in ’92 and came to open a Shaolin temple in New York. He was the abbot of his school, I was the abbot of mine—he felt like a...

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Kung Fu Patch Bag With Julian Prince Dash

For our latest release we teamed up with San Francisco based designer, Julian Prince Dash, to re-imagine our Waterproof Cordura Duffel Bag. Dash is known in the San Francisco clothing community for his customization work, which often involves the utilization of patches. Tapping into the Wu Philosophy with him, we took inspiration from the patches kung fu students receive; students place these patches on their gym bags or uniforms. After selecting a handful of patches we wanted to work with, Dash used them to create our Kung Fu Patch Bag....

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