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Top 12 Chinese Network Buzzwords in 2014
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Buzzword: stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition.

In the internet era, in this carnival of language, no one needs to worry about not having anything to say. Social media sites are literally abuzz with a dizzying array of jargon. In the presence of this raging torrent of information, everyone can use social media to disseminate information and to express their points of views. Even if you don’t have any imaginative opinions or abstract ideas, it does not matter. Those cute, sometimes nonsensical, universal words or phrases – network buzzwords – will save you in dire straits. Whatever the case is, just add an "I am drunk" or "Here comes the question, which excavator’s technology is the strongest?" plus a nose picking emoticon, and you are instantly upgraded to someone who is using the “insider language.” However, it is also the universal property of the sentence that greatly weakens the uniqueness of the expression. Because everyone is afraid of being “out of the know,” they latch onto these words and use them and reuse them until there is nothing left but a stack of bones. This relentless process explains how seriously this generation is suffering from the lack of communication skills. Now the real question is coming...

French sociologist Jean Baudrillard defined consumption as "a systematic behavior of the manipulation of symbols," whether it is physical or language, it must become a symbol in order to become an object of consumption. When a phrase or sentence is turned into a network buzzword, it is signified. A statement can have the possibility of being replicated only when it becomes a symbol, then it turns into a universal sentence to be consumed by all. In the eyes of Baudrillard, the nature of the modern consumer society is the difference of the construction. Consumption is not the material or the language itself, but the differences. When only a few people know how to use “excavators,” only a few people “are drunk,” then you can produce the exclusive pleasure by grasping and using the popular language. But when everyone is scrambling to use the excavators, when everyone is drunk, then the differences disappear. The people who are interested in network buzzwords can’t find the right word to express their feelings, so they consume the many fleeting network buzzwords to express their feelings, thus putting the words into the embarrassing position of becoming nonsensical through “endless repetition.”

Though some might look upon buzzword use as mindless drivel, they do indeed tell us much about the current culture. These words can describe new phenomena or provide a useful linguistic shortcut to describe complex ideas. You may not be a fan of using such clichéd language, but if you are a learner of Chinese, being able to understand the underlying meanings (and re-meanings) and to master the use of these popular phrases can be a wonderful tool in your box. However, buzzwords do fizzle out eventually, so while knowing these more recent popular sayings is a good thing, it’s up to you to continue keeping up with what’s trending. We've sifted through a plethora of Chinese network buzzwords in 2014 and come up with what we think were the buzziest buzzwords a buzzin’ last year. Some are more organically-derived, some a bit forced. Some of the buzz factor relates to the 90s generation’s nostalgia – harking back to the simpler days of their youth. Here they are for your consumption:

1. 萌萌哒 (méng méng da): So cute, so adorable
It is a well-known fact that most Asian girls like to be described as “cute.” 萌萌哒simply means too cute or too adorable. 萌萌哒 can also be萌萌的, but when de is replaced with da, the “adorable” index is greatly increased. Starting on Douban.com, it has gained in popularity because of a series of gifs released by the Palace Museum where the ancient emperor Yongzheng looks very cute. A more popular way to use this phrase is in the context of a selfie. You can raise your hand to make a scissor shape to put next to your eye or you can slightly pucker your lips and snap a shot. Post it on Weibo or WeChat and entitle it 感觉自己萌萌哒 (gǎn jué zì jǐ méng méng da): Feel myself so cute. This is a typical use by the 90s narcissist generation.

2.  且行且珍惜 (qiě xíng qiě zhēn xī): Cherish what you have at the moment
On March 31st 2014, Chinese actress Ma Yili posted on her Weibo about her actor husband Wen Zhang cheating on her. The full text is as follows: “Although it’s easy to love, marriage is not easy. Cherish what you have at the moment” (恋爱虽易, 婚姻不易, 且行且珍惜 liàn ài suī yì, hūn yīn bú yì, qiě xíng qiě zhēn xī). Wen Zhang admitted to his infidelity, and suddenly this sentence got popular all over the blogosphere inspiring people to weave it into their own posts:

A sports fan wrote: One goal is easy, but a streak is not easy, cherish what you have at the moment.

One middle class blogger wrote: Living is easy, life is not easy, cherish what you have at the moment.

A gamer wrote: Online is easy, offline is not easy, cherish what you have at the moment.

A relationship expert wrote: Making choices is easy, persistence is not easy, cherish what you have at the moment.

3. 逗比 (dòu bī): Funny dude
Dou bi is an easy phrase and can be understood as a “Funny dude.” Simply put, it is to say someone is very funny, a bit silly and cute. The use of bi adds to the “stupid” factor as it is also used to refer to a part of the female anatomy, so you will hear it used a lot in insults. We describe someone being silly as the number “2.” 二比 (èr bī) has the same meaning as dou bi. With the scope of the use of dou bi gradually expanding, more and more people use it as a neutral term. If someone is doing something, and this is something we believe to be silly, we can say he's a dou bi. If it is used to describe a stranger, it means that person is foolish. If used on a close friend, that is more like a joke!

4. 作死 (zuō sǐ): Seek death
Zuo si comes from不作死就不会死 (zuō jiù bù huì ). At the moment, this saying is still widely used within the social network, even on mainstream media forums. It was reported that this phrase is also used abroad, receiving over 1,600 likes among Western social media users within just three months. It is so widespread that the Urban Dictionary, an American online slang dictionary, has included it and defined it as “no zuo no die.” From the Urban Dictionary: “This phrase is of Chinglish origin. Means if you don't do stupid things, they won't come back and bite you in the ass. (But if you do, they most certainly will.) Zuo is a Chinese character meaning to act silly or daring (for attention).” Nowadays it is simply written as “no zuo no die” and not it Chinese characters. Here are the examples the Urban Dictionary gives:

A: Some dude baked cookies shaped like iPhone, held it by the mouth when driving, tried to mess with traffic cops. 
B: Did he pull it off? 
A: Cop was pissed and ran his name through the system. Turns out he's got speed tickets unpaid! 
B: No zuo no die.
A: Yesterday I wore sunglasses and watch movie using my flat computer with loud voice, at last, I found I lost my purse. 
B: No zuo no die.

5. 也是满拼的 (yě shì mǎn pīn de): Working too hard
This is a very simple oral discourse coming from the second season of the popular TV reality show Dad, Where are We Going? Singer Gary Tsao said it several times during filming, thus making it famous. It’s now widely used all over social media. The meaning is that even though you work very hard, you achieve no success – it’s meant ironically. As with most buzzwords, the meaning has evolved. The most common current use for this phrase is to refer to someone as “working too hard” to do something of little worth. For example, let’s say a guy is getting ready to go through security at the airport. He has a bottle of milk and doesn’t want to waste it, so he chugs it down. His girlfriend can say sarcastically to him, “你为了不浪费,你也是蛮拼的!” (“Ni wei le bu lang fei, ni ye shi man pin de!”) or “You worked so hard so that you didn’t waste it!” Now these words “working too hard” are well entrenched in the social media language. Even Chinese president Xi Jinping, in an attempt to be “down with the kids,” used it in his 2015 New Year’s speech: “In order to do the work well, our cadres from all levels are working too hard.” He’s the man!

6. 的节奏 (de jié zòu): In the rhythm of…
This phrase popped up several years ago. Some say it was used by gamers playing World of Warcraft 3, but that cannot be substantiated. The song "The Most Unusual National Wind" really sparked the craze. The lyrics: “What kind of rhythm is so cool” (“什么样的节奏,” “Shénme yàng de de jié zòu”) were plucked from this popular song and began to be used in every which way. It’s a catchy phrase that can be appropriated for being “in the rhythm” of just about anything:

How come you are quarrelling again? Is this in the rhythm of a break up?

I ate way too much. This is in the rhythm of getting fat.

I have been working two weeks straight without any break. I’m in the rhythm of dying.

7.  有钱就是任性 (yǒu qián jiù shì rèn xìng): Because I am rich I can do what I want
This is a true story. In April, Mr. Liu spent 1,760RMB online buying a healthcare product. Soon after, he got calls from a stranger who persuaded him to buy other similar medicinal products. In the following four months, Mr. Liu paid a total of 540,000RMB to the swindler. When asked, he said that he had already known he was being cheated when the mark hit 70,000RMB; "I just wanted to see how much they could take from me," he said. Early on, this phrase was used sarcastically (or begrudgingly?) to refer to the way that rich people arbitrarily do things. We saw it being used quite often on Weibo to flaunt wealth between friends. The famous Weibo blogger Wang Sicong wrote, “When I make friends, I don’t care if they are rich. I’m rich anyway.” It’s now been usurped to by netizens to establish their own sense of entitlement: “I’m great at exams, I can do whatever I want;” “I’m young, I can do whatever I want;” “I’m a MORE writer, I can write what I want;” and the list goes on.

8. 画面太美,我不敢看 (huà miàn tài měi, wǒ bù gǎn kàn): The picture is too beautiful, I can’t look at it
This buzzword comes from a sentence in Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's song "Prague Square" (2007). The lyrics “画面太美我不敢看” are intended to describe a thing so weird that one "can't bear to look at it." In the song, it is meant to be positive; however, now it has been twisted to express disgust. Take for example the Vietnamese remake of the 90s TV drama Huanzhu Gege. Bloggers said the show was “too beautiful to look at” to express their shock at the ugliness of the Vietnamese actors, actors whom in their own country are considered very good-looking (true, the commentators repulsion may have been triggered by current events). This buzz phrase is often used in negative reviews, especially of mainland movies and TV shows because they are just so over-the-top that you just can’t stand to watch them.

9. 也是醉了 (yě shì zuì le): I am drunk
This buzzword originates from Jin Yong's novel The Swordsman. The hero in the novel, Ling Huchong, satirizes others' flattering by saying, "The moment I see those who flatter me would I feel so uncomfortable as if I were drunk." A group of DotA players began using this phrase. Later on, it started being used in the game League of Legends (which the 90s kids are crazy about). Whether one's skill is good or bad, they will say "我也是醉了," meaning "Are you kidding me?” You can use it when you feel helpless, depressed, speechless… It can also express admiration and surprise for something or someone: Look at what he’s doing, I am drunk! It can show your contempt and disdain for slag as well. For instance, an editor might write: This writer is taking too long to finish the cover article, I’m drunk!

Played the whole afternoon. It is full of teammates like pigs here. I am drunk. I have nothing more to say. (A quick note about “teammates like pigs.” This, too, is an oft-used gamer buzzword 像猪一样的队友– xiàng zhū yì yǎng de duì yǒu – it means stupid and/or lazy teammates.)

Cactus can really block radiation? I can’t believe you would ask such a stupid question. I am drunk.

Have argued so long with people like you who have the IQ of pond scum. I am drunk.

10. 拉仇恨 (lā chóu hèn): Courting envy
拉 (lā) means “pull” and 仇恨 (chóu hèn) means “hatred.” The three Chinese characters together mean “courting envy.” This phrase is often used when someone boasts to his or her friends in order to make them jealous. When someone shows off to his or her friends – anything from a newly bought bargain to weight loss achieved in a short time – some of the friends will say, as an indirect form of flattery, that it is an act of courting envy. Another common usage is when someone posts pictures of food that s/he is eating in the middle of night; that most definitely is la chou hen.

She takes photos before she takes off, after she lands, her lunch, her sunbathing, even her feet. That is totally la chou hen.

Tom bought the latest iPhone 6 Plus, and he is posting it on his WeChat. That is soooo la chou hen.

11.  辣条征服世界 就是辣么任性 (là tiáo zhēng fú shì jiè jiù shì là me rèn xìng): Hot strip conquers the world, so arbitrary
La tiao means hot strip. It is a cheap spicy snack made from flour that was especially popular when those of the 90s generation were children. Recently, netizens were shocked to learn that it costs $12 a package in some foreign countries, inspiring the phrase: "Hot strip conquers the world." The underlying meaning is that in these more developed countries, they will pay the equivalent of 74RMB for a pack of la tiao that can be bought for a mere kuai here, and inferring that this is the only thing that China has to offer to the more industrialized countries. Now people use it to ironically state that they are moneyed. So, if a guy says to you, “I will buy you 100 packages of la tiao. Will you go out with me?” he is telling you that he has money. Unfortunately, this fad of the la tiao won’t seem to die (though you might if you eat them). Posts on Weibo inviting “a foreign teacher to eat la tiao” have inspired numerous followers to post photos of their foreign teachers trying la tiao. (A clever marketing ploy one might ask???). Maybe they are just trying to slowly poison their teachers, as CCTV news has exposed that la tiao are, in fact, carcinogenic.

12. 那么问题来了挖掘机技术哪家强 (nà me wèn tí lái le wā jué jī jì shù nǎ jiā qiáng): Here comes the question, which excavator’s technology is the strongest?
Twenty-four years ago, Lan Xiang Occupation Technical School began running their famous advertisement. It goes something like this: “Which excavator’s technology is the strongest? Find Lan Xiang in Shandong, China. There are one hundred excavators for students to practice. First learn, pay after. Your first month's salary is the tuition. Free of charge for a one-month trial!” This commercial has been shown, unchanged, all around China since the 90s – its simple message repeatedly bombing the brains’ of viewers, attempting to brainwash them into compliance. How is it that this uninventive ad has successfully invaded the blogosphere? What "charm" does Lan Xiang's excavator have? Every time a netizen finishes a comment rather abruptly, they can simply add, "Then here comes the question, which excavator’s technology is the strongest?" It can be used fairly randomly (as with most buzzwords, many people hide behind them when they don't have a firm grasp on the concepts). Sociolinguistically speaking though, the “excavator’s technology” might just be the 90s gen’s way of subconsciously being self-deprecating (Or do we give them too much credit?). Or, it might just be one big joke on this generation by the person or persons who decided to start this buzz phrase buzzing. Maybe they are using this to make a social criticism on the repetitive, mindless use of buzzwords that members of the 90s gen incessantly bat back and forth to each other across the social network, because they can’t manage to pull anything more original out of their own brains. The mind reels…  Strictly speaking, however, for the majority of the “excavator” users, it is merely meant to show that they are indeed in-the-know, down with the terminology, up on the latest trends, in fashion, trending with the trendy. Observe in the samplings below:

After watching the episode one of the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I can already guess the second. The Absorbing Man is so strong a normal car can’t hurt him. Agent Coulson must use large machinery to deal with him. So here comes the question, which excavator’s technology is the strongest?

The teacher said to me that I’m not good at examining the topic, and I don’t know how to dig out the thoughts, and I should ask a classmate for help. I wanted to ask her which classmate is good at digging out the thoughts, but instead I asked, “Teacher, which excavator’s technology is the strongest?”

Learning that her ex-husband was back together with Faye Wong, the pain in Cecilia Cheung’s heart was unbearable. She slapped her own chest crying out, "Which excavator’s technology is the strongest?"

 

Want to talk like a Hangzhounese? Here are some words you can try to impress your Hangzhou friends:
色阔 (sè kuo) Goodbye
莫牢牢 (mo láo láo) Very much
千色色 (qian se se) Too girly
上毛子(sháng máo zi) Last time
色基 (sè ji) Eat
熬扫 (áo sáo) Hurry up
册空 (cè kóng) Finding troubles
困告 (kùn gáo) Sleep
结棍/色照 (jiē gún / sē záo) Strong
阿岁铜板 (a suí tóng bai) Red envelope for CNY
搞搞儿 (gāo gāo er) Play
背寺老到 (bèi si láo dāo) Long-winded
拷瓦派儿 (kāo wā pái er) AA
勒个子 (lè ge zi) Armpit
择撒 (zé sā) What?
落位 (luó wéi) Comfortable
拷位儿 (kào wéi er) Fall in love
跌色拜倒 (diē se bāi dào) Hastily
发靥 (fā yè) Cute
接个套 (jiè gē tāo) What’s up?
哈人到怪 (hā rén dào guai) Scary
窝封叽糟 (wó féng jī zao) Dirty
克冲懵懂 (kē cóng méng dong) Sleepy

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200ml apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole allspice
1 mace blade
2 whole cloves
Small strip fresh ginger
1 clementine, zest finely peeled with a vegetable peeler
100g golden caster sugar

1.    Heat the apple juice with the whole spices, ginger, zest and sugar. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.
2.    Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then strain the syrup into small bottles.

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750ml bottle red wine
1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
2 star anise
4 cloves
2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
4 tbsp caster sugar
100ml sloe gin (we used Gordon's) (optional)

1.    Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins.
2.    Remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins.
3.    To serve, heat without boiling, stir in the sloe gin (if using) and pour into mugs or heatproof glasses.

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Crushed ice
50ml bourbon
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
½ tbsp sugar syrup
2 slices of oranges

To decorate:
Honey
Gold edible glitter

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25g butter
2 tbsp golden caster sugar
2 small cinnamon sticks
200ml spiced rum

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1l pear cider
1l pear (or cloudy apple) juice
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150ml sloe gin
2 cinnamon sticks
2 vanilla pods, scored lengthways

Put all the ingredients into your biggest saucepan or casserole dish. When you're ready to serve, heat to just below simmering point, then ladle into glasses.

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Ice
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60ml Irish cream liqueur
100ml double cream

1.    Put two small tumblers in the fridge to chill overnight. Put 30g of the chocolate in a shallow bowl and melt in the microwave in short bursts. Dip the rim of the chilled glasses in the melted chocolate, then stand them upright so it gradually drips down the sides. Return to the fridge until you're ready to serve.
2.    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in the coffee-flavoured liqueur, vodka, Irish cream liqueur and double cream. Shake until the outside of the shaker is very cold.
3.    Put a few ice cubes in the prepared glasses, then strain in the cocktail. Finely grate over the remaining chocolate and serve with a paper straw.

Winter Pimm's Punch

This archetypal English cocktail isn't just for summer. Our Winter Pimm's punch is paired with sweet brandy and light apple juice for an instant cocktail cabinet winner. You'll probably have most of the ingredients already lurking in kitchen cupboards. It can be served warm or cool, depending on what you prefer.

500ml Pimm's
500ml brandy
1½ l apple juice
Ice

2 cinnamon sticks
Apple, sliced
Orange, sliced
 
Combine the Pimm's and brandy with the apple juice in a jug filled with ice, cinnamon sticks and a sliced apple and orange.

Mulled Gin

Looking for something a little different than the standard festive fare? Move over wine, this mulled gin is our new favourite Christmas cocktail. Infuse apple juice with aromatic spices like bay, cloves and cardamom, a few crushed juniper berries and a little honey for sweetness. Cut through rich canapés and sweet treats with this more delicate drink.

100ml gin
400ml apple juice
½ lemon, sliced
1 bay leaf
4 cloves
2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 small cinnamon stick
3 juniper berries, lightly crushed
½ tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp runny honey

For the garnish
4 bay leaves
2 lemon slices, halved

1.    Divide the gin between four small heatproof glasses or teacups.
2.    Tip the apple juice into a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Heat gently until simmering, then strain into a jug. Pour the mulled apple juice into the glasses with the gin and stir gently to combine. Garnish each glass with a bay leaf and half a lemon slice and serve warm.

Irish Coffee

Perk up the after-dinner lull with a luxurious Irish coffee. A grating of fresh nutmeg on top of the thick layer of cream adds some seasonal fragrance. Need some help choosing the perfect dram? Read our review of the 10 best Irish whiskies, from light and smooth to rich and spicy.

2 tbsp double cream
150ml freshly brewed black coffee
50ml Irish whiskey
½ - 1 tsp brown sugar
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1.    Lightly whip the cream just so it’s very slightly thickened, then set aside.
2.    Pour the hot coffee into a mug or heatproof glass, then add the whiskey and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Gently float the cream on the top and sprinkle the nutmeg over the cream. Serve hot.

Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-winter-drinks

It’s Ok to Lose, Just Learn From It

My first encounter with Marco was through my friend’s WeChat moments. I can’t really recall for what reason we added each other, all I could remember were his big muscles and that bright smile hailing from L.A. Later on, we had more contact due to a few common friends who are involved with martial arts and I started to know him more.

Who is Marco

Marco has gained quite a reputation in the martial arts world since arriving in Hangzhou in 2018. He used to train at Checkmat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in USA, an international academy, competition team, and family of Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Founded in 2008 by Master Vieira, Checkmat now has affiliate academies in thirty-four American cities and sixteen countries worldwide. You can find world-class, hands-on instruction that has been tested on the practice mats and proven on the competition field.

In Hangzhou, Marco started his own brand - Marcola Jiu Jitsu. It offers Jiu Jitsu training classes to people of different ages, whether professional or not. As one of the few black belt holders in China, his classes are really popular. Marco’s lifelong love of competitive athletics has molded him into both a lover and a fighter. His passion for athletics and a genuine desire to help people reach their fitness goals motivates him to continue learning each day, and develop new techniques to challenge himself and his clients. You see doctors, lawyers, students, law enforcers, businessmen and women walk into his class for the same reason - to get better at Jiu Jitsu.

Marco’s full name is Marco Alvarado and his Chinese name is rather cute: 马可乐. His Chinese friends would just call him 可乐, same as Cola. Before we tell you more, take a look at his incredible championship records below, the man is a real fighter.

Bronze Medal at International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan American Championship Blue Belt
Gold Medal at North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation All Americas Tournament Purple Belt
Gold Medal at IBJJF Pan American Championships Brown Belt
Gold Medal at IBJJF World No Gi Championships Brown Belt
Gold Medal at IBJJF American Nationals No Gi Brown Belt
Silver Medal at Jiu Jitsu World League San Diego Championships Black Belt
Gold Medal at NABJJF All Americas Tournament Black Belt


Marco has been involved in many kinds of sports - boxing, taekwondo, karate, running, American football – and also physical rehabilitation. Like many other athletes, Marco’s first coach was his dad who was a boxer. Marco was just 5 years old when his dad introduced him to boxing. It was the classic story, his parents decided to put him in taekwondo and karate training when they found out that little Marco was being bullied in kindergarten. Six years later, he received his first black belt in taekwondo.

After that, he decided to move on to a new sport: running. From sixth grade till he graduated college, he never stopped running and he became one of the US national athletes in track and field.

Eventually, he knew he needed to find another new sport to challenge himself. One day, he went to a free Jiu Jitsu class at his college. Someone caught him in a choke, he had no idea what to do and that got him really interested. He wanted to know how it happened, how he did it, and how to do it back. He was 22 at the time. 10 years later, he won the Gold Medal at North American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Championships.

It’s Ok to Lose, Just Learn From It

As an amateur boxer who has only been training for 4 months, there was a question I really wanted to ask so I brought it up when we were having a lunch break at Blue Frog. “Before you had your first fight, how did you overcome your inner fear?” Marco took a bite of his big, juicy burger and said “My first Jiu Jitsu tournament was six months after I started training, I was very nervous. We sparred every week in college, so I learned how to deal with the fear, but this time was different. I knew who my opponents were, but I didn’t know what was going to happen. I got destroyed badly in two fights, one guy caught me in the armbar in 20 seconds, the other guy beat me so bad like 20-0. I left deflated and frustrated, but I wanted to do it again, I wanted redemption. This gives you more motivation to go back to train harder and learn from mistakes. In the fights later on, I started to get into my rhythm and started doing well. Sometimes maybe you don’t want to tap and lose in practice, because it hurts your pride for a day or two, but you come back for more training. It’s ok to lose, just learn from it. That’s an important life lesson.” During Marco’s career, his arms were almost broken a couple of times, he tore some ligaments on his knees and he got two broken teeth. With all these injuries, he had to learn about physical therapy in order to fix himself.

“Martial arts is more about avoiding problems than anything else. These days, there are always those untrained people or the ones who watched too much UFC and are looking for trouble. If you trained a little, you’ll have respect for your body. This stuff is no joke, it can really be dangerous.” Marco continues, “My teacher used to say if there is a fight, he’ll just run away, because he would feel bad for the guys once he’s had enough. He would turn around and fight.”

Why Hangzhou?

Back in L.A, Marco was teaching in a big chain gym where he soon became friends with a Taiwanese trainer. He followed his friend’s journey that brought him to Hangzhou to continue teaching for Checkmat and he became aware that there are a lot of blue and purple belt holders who opened Jiu Jitsu schools in Hangzhou, but there were only 2-3 with a black belt teaching here. Marco thought that he can bring people more advanced technique and professional training. So in June, 2018, Marco came to start his first job in a gym in Xiaoshan, teaching conditioning and creating a Jiu Jitsu program.

MMA vs. Traditional Chinese Martial Arts

I couldn’t help asking what Marco thinks about this outspoken Chinese MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong a.k.a. “Mad Dog”. Mad Dog has made it his mission to expose fake kung fu over the past two years by pulverising fraudulent traditional martial arts “masters”, but his actions have drawn the ire of Chinese authorities. “In my point of view, Bruce [Lee] was the first MMA fighter in the history of martial arts, because he was always so open minded about everything. He took things that he thought were useful and added on something unique of his own. I think Xu Xiaodong’s mission is to show that not one martial arts is dominating. If you know a bit of everything, that is more effective. I think Jiu Jitsu is very useful and complete, cause you go from standing to the ground, you can also go back up to defend yourself, knowledge is powerful. Martial arts is changing, and you need to keep yourself updated. Back home, some guys can use their chi to make someone fall. This is not video games, we call it McDojo.”

The Distance Between China and the World

Many are also immersed in the joy of Zhang Weili who won China’s first Gold Belt in MMA. She is now gearing up to defend her UFC strawweight title against the former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk on March 8, 2020. Marco thinks that China has started to close the gap with the other western countries and now there are more and more young Chinese fighters in UFC. Marco told me, “With Jiu Jitsu, specifically, China is a little bit behind. Brazil and US now are the two countries with the best fighters. There are a lot of 15-18 years old kids that have been training since they were 5. That means they have over 10 years of experience on the mat which is more than me. They have all those tricks that I have never seen, the level is just incredible. Even though China has a lot of catching up to do, they are doing a good job.”

How Did My First Jiu Jitsu Class Go?

I joined Marco’s class at R8 a few weeks ago. I was not only impressed by his superb Jiu-Jitsu skills, but also his passion in coaching. When a fight moves down to the ground, it can be quite brutal, especially in Jiu Jitsu where there are so many different kinds of chokes. It seems that getting bruises, breaking teeth or arms are normal in this sport. Plus, did I mention that if you are practicing with a guy, you’d better get used to some rather odd positions? Even Marco himself admitted that Jiu Jitsu positions can sometimes be awkward. 

So I didn’t go in with a lot of confidence, but Marco’s explanation and demonstration of each move made everything seem possible. It is a grappling-based martial art where the central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Jiu Jitsu is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless. All those awkward positions can be very effective; the basis behind it is all about leverage. It’s about using the whole body on another body part, even if your opponent is a bodybuilder, he can’t win. If you are skilled in Jiu Jitsu, you can definitely hold yourself against 95% of the population; most people don’t even know how to fall down properly.

The Beauty of Jiu Jitsu

Marco has about 30 tough students at the moment and he’s determined to stay for a much longer time. Recently he took 7 people to attend the Shanghai Tournament and got 10 gold medals, this shows that this tiny team is going in the right direction. For the next step, Marco wants to create a kids’ program. He wants to share what he has with the next generation.

"It's important to stay focused and keep an open mind when it comes to learning Jiu Jitsu." The Jiu Jitsu lifestyle goes beyond just training. It's about taking care of yourself, making friends, and striving to put your 'best foot forward'. Setting your mind to learning and improving every week will help you to improve mind, body and soul. His over-all team goal is to improve at least 1% every week and this requires a positive attitude.

Online Open Day: What Makes Wellington Special?

In light of the success of the first online open day, Wellington College International Hangzhou is very much aware of requests for an additional session held on a weekend, to enable more families to tune in and join the interactive Q&A session. The coming online open day will be held at 10am on Saturday 18th April.This event is open to anyone keen to learn more about Wellington College International Hangzhou.

继成功举办了第一场线上开放日活动后,杭州惠灵顿外籍人员子女学校应家长的要求将于本周六新增一场线上开放日活动,以确保更多的家庭能够有时间收看和参与互动。本场线上开放日活动将于4月18日(星期六)上午10点举行。欢迎对杭州惠灵顿外籍人员子女学校感兴趣的家庭报名参加。

The open day includes;
本次线上活动包含:

·       A broad overview and introduction to the Wellington College family of schools, royal heritage, educational philosophy and values by Mr. Paul Rogers, founding Executive Master of Wellington College Hangzhou.

·      惠灵顿杭州校区总校长Paul Rogers将对惠灵顿大家庭的姊妹学校、悠久历史、以及我们的教育理念和价值观做整体介绍。

·       A deeper dive into what makes a Wellington education unique, and a presentation exploring many of the common topics that parents are curious about by Ms. Kathryn Richardson, Principal of Wellington College International Hangzhou

·      杭州惠灵顿外籍人员子女学校校长Kathryn Richardson将深入阐述惠灵顿教育的与众不同之处以及就家长们关心的一些常见问题与大家进行探讨。

·       A live Q&A session where participants will be able to interact with the speakers and Admissions Team, allowing the team to address the questions that are important to you.

·      最后,在问答环节,我们的主讲人和招生团队将与家长们互动,对家长们的问题作出解答。

All interested families are suggested to scan the QR code on the poster to register. Registered attendees will receive a reminder notification prior to the event starting.

请提前扫描海报中的二维码报名参加,以确保您在活动前可以收到活动预约提醒。

Welcome Back to Wellington
开学在即,惠灵顿准备就绪

As pupils quickly approach the highly anticipated return to schools in Hangzhou, Wellington College Hangzhou has been strictly following the local regulations on epidemic prevention in order to prepare the Wellington community for a smooth transition back to normality.

随着开学日期的临近,惠灵顿杭州校区严格遵守疫情防控规定,为惠灵顿大家庭顺利过渡到课堂教学做好充分的准备。

At Wellington College Hangzhou, ensuring the safety of the school community and protecting the health of Wellington pupils and staff always takes top priority. Over the past three months, the Senior Leadership Team and a specially appointed school emergency team have implemented a detailed COVID-19 plan that covers all aspects of school life, and ensures that strict guidelines will be followed to minimize risk and increase safety.

惠灵顿杭州校区始终将保障大家的安全和师生的健康视为日常工作的重中之重。过去三个月中,学校在管理团队和防疫领导小组制定了详尽的工作方案,覆盖校园生活的方方面面,确保学校各项工作严格遵守相关规定,尽可能降低风险,保障校园安全。

The Wellington College Hangzhou campus has undertaken a comprehensive site inspection by both the Education Bureau and the Hangzhou medical authority. Both inspection teams were incredibly impressed with Wellington’s preparations.

来自市区教育局和卫健系统的联合检查组在对惠灵顿杭州校区进行全方位实地检查后,并对我们的各项准备措施称赞不已。

Wellington understand that this will be a difficult transition for their children, yet remain confident that with careful guidance, and through demonstrating the Wellington Values of Courage, Kindness, Responsibility, Respect and Integrity, the children will adapt quickly and fully embrace the mission of ensuring a safe return to school.

虽然这段时间对学生而言必定是充满挑战的,但是通过惠灵顿社群一如既往地共同努力下,保持信心,严格遵循各项指示,秉持勇气、善良、责任、尊重和正直的惠灵顿价值观,惠灵顿杭州校区坚信学生能迅速地调整状态,安全重返校园。

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