RZA on Iron Fist, the Last Dragon and Barack Obama
by Gene Ching
In 1999, I had the honor of travelling in China with RZA and his shifu, Shaolin Monk Shi Yanming. We journeyed to Wudang Mountain, the inspiration for Wu-Tang Clan. It was a pilgrimage for all of us. Recently, I’ve reconnected with RZA through his participation with the Hip Hop Chess Federation, a non-profit organization that explores the confluence of hip hop, chess and martial arts. The HHCF has held invitational tournaments and awarded scholarships to at-risk youth participants. RZA has been an avid supporter of the project.
The day after Barack Obama won the election, I had the chance to catch up with RZA and rap about what’s been happening in kung fu cinema, along with his own promising projects.
PS. Much love and respect for Gene Ching of Tai Chi Kung Fu Magazine and the Tiger Claw Foundation for his generous heart. Because of him, the HHCF recently got some mats to do jiu jitsu and MMA exhibitions at schools.