National Geographic : 2011 Mar
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC • ON ASSIGNMENT LearningHisLesson Intriguedbyrumors of a reclusive kung fu master, staff writer Peter Gwin tracked down Fan Fuzhong, high in the Song Mountains, while reporting this month's story on the Chinese martial art. The agile Fuzhong, 75, still farms for a living, and he can trace his kung fu lineage to monks from Shaolin Temple, where the discipline has been practiced for centuries. He gave Gwin a lesson. Along with punches, Fuzhong delivered insights. "He handed me a rake," recalls Gwin, "and said, 'Your rake is a rake.' Then he took it back, whipped it within an inch of my nose, and declared, 'My rake is a weapon.' " PHOTO: FRITZ HOFFMANN NG Books Could that be a nuthatch by your window? Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America has the scoop on the behavior and range of 150 common species. (FYI: Nuthatches bang nuts with their beaks.) The book is in stores March 15 ($18.95). NG Live! Speaker Series Listen to Geographic wildlife photographer Joel Sartore tell how he tracked down goats, butterflies, and bats for the "Great Migrations" story in our November issue. Tickets are on sale now ($15-$35). WH O Joel Sartore WH E N February 27--March 1 WH E RE Seattle, Washington Benaroya Hall For more NG Live! events, go to events.nationalgeographic .com/events/speakers. Fan Fuzhong (at right) gives Peter Gwin a crash course in Shaolin kung fu.