Unique Morning Workout

Posted on: August 4th, 2008 at 12:01 pm by

Sara D. Roosevelt Park during the morning rush is an interesting scene. Stay long enough and you will eventually encounter a haphazard collection of sleeping bench beggars, laborers eating breakfast (and peeing in the bushes), and self-absorbed pedestrian commuters. Stay even longer, and you will witness a trio of sword-wielding Chinese men in the sunken court on Broome Street, between Forsyth and Chrystie. It is undoubtedly a unique morning workout. As such, I was quite intrigued by their graceful movement to the accompanying traditional music. Something like this would definitely not fly up in Midtown.

I asked a woman sitting nearby what was happening. In very broken English, she explained that the troupe was practicing a Kung Fu ritual. She also mentioned that the aging man in the white t-shirt and blue warm-up pants was the teacher. I thanked her, and then tried asking other residents circling the pit for more information; most could not understand me.

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