Kung Fu star Jet Li was in Beijing on Monday to promote his body training program inspired by the Chinese martial arts.
Jet Li gestures at a promotional event for his body training program on August 5, 2009, in Beijing. [Xinhuanet]
Olympic champion Zhong Man and actor Peter Ho were invited to join the first batch of students for the class.
Jet Li said, "Some people are very healthy in mind, but not in body. Others may boast a healthy body, but a sick mind. I hope to create a platform that builds the harmony of healthy body and mind with wisdom gleaned from Kung Fu."
Li and his team spent eight months developing the endeavor, entitled "Kung Fu and Tai Chi Body and Mind Training Class." Sponsored by Adidas, the program will be launched in the brand's partner gyms in the country.
Jet Li has been active in charity in recent years, rarely appearing on screen, but he will return to theaters soon. For now, though, he's staying tight-lipped about the progress of his new film.
(CRI August 11, 2009)