Shanghai was the first stop on my 1 month trip. It was very short, I spent 4 days there, in a hurry to continue north. Thanks to my great gatekeepers and participants, I could visit two places connected with the modern wushu.
The first one was Shanghai University of Sport. My informant used to be a wushu major student and took me inside to see the gyms. In China, several universities offer wushu as studying major for their sport students.
Starting 20. 2. 2017 I will have 30 days to go through several places in China. They are:
I expect around 40 hours on the train. I do not speak Mandarin Chinese. I will travel alone.
I will probably collect some amount of stories...
There were many more on the list. I spent weeks writing to every places especially for modern wushu where I could reach any Europeans, because my network is mainly around traditional styles. Some schools did not of course reply at all, others were very happy and helpful. Some places do not have European students now (for example Chenjiagou, Guangzhou university team, Wuhan university team), some are closed until spring (some Shaolin and Wudang schools). I am searching for European students, not for "the most traditional masters", "the best sport team" etc.
Mostly I need to express my gratitude to all the people who helped me, accepted me to come, gave me more contacts, etc. Thank you!