Wu Wisdom: Cinematic Sparks

The following is an excerpt from RZA's Wutang Manual. I can still remember the first four movies I ever saw, in order. It went Tom Sawyer, then Rocky, then Star Wars, then The Swarm. Straight up, that was it. You can see the influence of those first movies throughout the Wu-Tang and my career. The Star Wars and Rocky movies you can definitely hear in the music. Star Wars had a super impact on me. Of course it had a super impact on a whole generation. To me, Star Wars...

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Wu Wisdom: Five Elements of Kung Fu

The following is a Kung Fu inspired excerpt from RZA's "Tao of Wu." If you like this blog post, check out the photo shoot and story behind our Kung Fu inspired bag. That last bit of wisdom started to take hold of me later, when I began studying with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, a thirty-fourth generation Shaolin monk who defected from China in ’92 and came to open a Shaolin temple in New York. He was the abbot of his school, I was the abbot of mine—he felt like a...

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Kung Fu Patch Bag With Julian Prince Dash

For our latest release we teamed up with San Francisco based designer, Julian Prince Dash, to re-imagine our Waterproof Cordura Duffel Bag. Dash is known in the San Francisco clothing community for his customization work, which often involves the utilization of patches. Tapping into the Wu Philosophy with him, we took inspiration from the patches kung fu students receive; students place these patches on their gym bags or uniforms. After selecting a handful of patches we wanted to work with, Dash used them to create our Kung Fu Patch Bag....

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Check out Parisi's No Refuge ft. RZA

Music has always been a medium for social commentary. Listen closely to RZA's lyrics in this video that he just released with Parisi to understand his thoughts on the current state of immigrants and their relationship to America. You can purchase the song on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency. Fan of this post? Check out our latest Wu Wisdom entry.

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Wu Wisdom: The Three Teachings

The following is an excerpt from RZA's "The Wu-Tang Manual." The Tao means, basically, the "Way." It refers to the flow of life, the way nature expresses itself. Taoism teaches you to unite your actions with the flow of the universe. You want to be spontaneous and free from outside influences like social institutions. Confucianism, on the other hand, is more life a concept of government, conduct, and social order. So they seem like opposites, but in Chinese society, they along with Buddhism combine to form a general approach to...

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