This time, for my second Genius Hour blog post, I did some research on martial arts in East Asia and how they came to be. I researched on Karate, Kendo, Shaolin Kung-fu, and Filipino martial arts (eskrima, arnis).
Before I started my research, I was interested in Martial Arts in a scale of about 8/10. Then, at the end of my project, it was more on a scale of 8.5/10. I was interested in Martial Arts because they look cool, are a great way to stay fit, and you can defend yourself with them. After the project, I learnt and realised that they had a huge amount of history in them, and also a large component of spiritual training in them too, especially Shaolin Kung-fu, and Kendo.
I also learnt that Shaolin Kung-fu started in China, but was mainly started by two Indian Buddhist monks who had traveled to China to build a temple there. Therefore, I learnt that these two monks also created a major part of karate, as Karate started on the Japanese-owned island Okinawa after Okinawan traders brought back Shaolin methods to their islands. Hence, I realized that martial arts in Korea, Japan, and China and the whole of East Asia, basically, have extremely closely intertwined histories.
Based on the amount of work that I put in, I would give myself an 85%, due to the fact that at the end, I didn’t try that hard to make my end product look very good.
What I shared with the class was showing them what I learnt, which was for my personal benefit. Therefore, this means that it did not help the community, but it did not harm it either. Its better for me and my peers to learn something, but not help than just sit around and do nothing.
However, next genius hour, I will try to put more pictures and less words in my Prezi, as I realise that this makes it less appealing to the viewer. I thnk that if I achieve a better visual appearance, I will have a much better Genius Hour #3.
Next time, I might do something about
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