Mauro practices Wing Chun. (Dong Tianjian, Nanfang Daily)
Fulfilling a dream of learning Kung Fu
At the end of 2013, with the help of his colleagues, Mauro made the acquaintance of a Wing Chun master, Lu Bojun, in Foshan and began to learn Kungfu there.
Master Lu, nearly 70 years old, began learning Wing Chun aged just 14. Now he is the Wing Chun coach of an association of martial arts in Foshan. Moreover, Master Lu speaks English and can explain the theory and skills of Wing Tsun to his Italian student.
For Mauro, to learn martial arts also means learning about Chinese martial culture and history. Every 2-hour long lesson begins with a tea talk with Master Lu who tells Mauro of his experiences, deepening Mauro’s understanding of Chinese martial arts. It is because of this that Mauro makes the effort to take at least 3 lessons every month despite his busy schedule.
As a student and friend of Master Lu, Mauro has even invited Master Lu to visit Italy, and with Mauro’s help, Master Lu was granted an Italian visa and even stayed at Mauro’s home for a week.
When talking about his life in Guangdong, Mauro expressed his satisfaction, noting how convenient it is to take the metro or grab a taxi, and that he can find shops and supermarkets easily. “The city has everything, basically.”