The following is what I believe to be the best translation of Wu Bin's letter dated 10/22 originally posted on sinowushu.com (Click here to view the original Chinese text). It is in response to a letter attacking Wu Bin put on a website by one of Anthony Goh's students in the name of an organization known as the International Coalition for the Betterment Of Wushu. Click here for the original Chinese letter, or click here for the English version (although I should note that the translation is missing a lot). Its attacks closely mirror those made in a letter by Anthony Goh to the International Wushu Federation in May of 2001
In the translation below, I've added comments in brackets in some places to clarify certain phrases, etc. Thanks to Eugene and 'WushuDragon.'
Send feedback to raffiLetter to Mr. Anthony Goh 10/22/2001 To Mr. Anthony Goh, Recently I've had the fortune to read your works on the internet and other places, at first I didn't mind, but later on, after you "opened fire" on Li Jie and I two or three times I decided to remain silent any longer is not polite, I have no alternative - "It is impolite to not reciprocate" [a Chinese saying]. I believe when people read the actual facts they will understand the situation. 1. With regard to myself: I'm already 65, in China most people retire at age 60, but the leaders in China still encourage me to continue. When I actually retired, I will be around 70 years old. Do I really need to run to the US to compete for your job [literally your rice bowl - ie livelihood/ means of putting food on the table]? In China I am a world class coach, my pension is already enough for me to have a happy retirement. I am very fortunate to be able to be involved with wushu my entire life. Since graduating from the Beijing Physical Education Institution in 1963 with a major in Wushu, I have fostered many accomplished students, now they are all over the world. Just the ones in the United States include Li Lian Jie [Jet Li], Li Jin-heng, Zhang Guifeng, Zhang Hong-mei, Hao Zhi-hua, Huang Qiu-yan, Yu Shao-wen, Zhou Jin-ping etc. They have all helped further develop the sport of wushu throughout the world (including in the US). Since the 80's I myself have brought teams to the US over 10 times. My students including Li Lian Jie [Jet Li], Lu Yan, Cui Ya-hui have all performed for the White House and were greeted by President Nixon. These are facts that are known to everyone. There's an old Chinese saying that goes, "Peaches and Plums [ie students] all over the world" For someone who is a wushu coach for all his life, the greatest reward is to have so many students that I can be proud of. My greatest joy is the close relationship between me and my students. Do you understand any of this? There are some things in this world that is beyond time, space and fame and wealth. When my birthday comes along, countless students come from all over the world to wish me a happy birthday. Have you ever enjoy this? Wude [martial ethics], in a certain sense, is about how living your live ethnically. Those who do not follow this path when dealing with wushu can fall onto the path of darkness. If someone like this were to lead a Wushu organization's board of directors, the results will not be good in the end. These words are not directed at you alone, this is the lesson that history teaches us, and is the cruel and sad truth. Perhaps you do not yet have a thorough knowledge of my background. It so happens that there is a book about me that is being written right now. If you're interested, I'll definitely take your comments when the book is completed. 2. Regarding you and Jeff Bolt. I was introduced to you by Mr. Eric Chen [Chen Zhi Zhong] in 1995 at the National Wushu Training Center. At that time, you just became the president of the USAWKF. We talked about how to hold tournaments, and how to choose athletes. My impression at the time was that you didn't seem to be too familiar with this field, and was quite open to suggestions. You now seem to be much different from the way you were. At that time, you also introduced me to Jeff Bolt, we met for no more than a minute. The second time I met him was at the World Taijiquan-Health Conference held in Sanya, China this past March. As far as I know, he wanted to inform Mr. Li Jie about some of the USAWKF internal issues. Considering the unity of the US's Wushu community and your relationship, Li Jie intentionally avoided him. Li Jie dispatched someone to recieve him, and tactfully relay the policy of not meddling in your "internal affairs". Since I do not understand English, and was appointed the director of the closing ceremony, I did not come into contact with him. I believe there were lots of people from the US who made it to Sanya, they didn't know where Jeff Bolt was? I don't know you had such an incredible imagination to link up Jeff Bolt, Li Jie and Wu Bin? And on what basis do you said Li Jie and I "planned to usurp power, seeking a place in the US after retirement". I really hope you can show some hard evidence, instead of pulling lies out of the air [literally - to wag your tongue too freely]. There are 2 more Chinese sayings that I wish to give to you: "When the body is straight [ie - the moral character is upstanding], there is no need to worry about the shadow being crooked"; "Those without a guilty conscience need not worry about ghosts knocking at the door". 3. May I offer a few words for you. The International Wushu Federation already has about 80 members. Many members have worked hard and got their country's Olympic Committee or Sports Bureau's recognition. But the US has not. Your top priority is to gather and unite the various Wushu organizations in the US and get the US Olympic Committee's recognition, instead of internal fighting and repelling dissenting voices. Also, at the World Wushu Games the US Wushu Team's placings are in a downward trend. As the leader, you are responsible for leading them out of the slump as soon as possible - this is what you're supposed to be working on. 4. Do you still remember the time when you invited the Chinese Wushu team over to the US to perform? According to the agreement, you still own the Chinese group US $20,000. Although you know that this is the money the young team member earned in exchange for their sweat and hard work, you delayed payment again and again. Finally, it was Li Jie who, considering your plight, and in order to promote wushu, and foster friendly relations between the two countries' wushu communities, requested that his superiors forgive the money you had promised to pay back. I hope you didn't forget this incident? There is a saying in China: "The favor of a drop of water should be repaid with flowing streams". And what are you doing today? The saying goes, "Good advice jars the ears but is good for action, Good medicine is bitter but good for curing illness". The above is just a little of honest advice from me. Young man, you still have a long life ahead of you, I hope you will do what is best. Also, due to the fact that I don't understand English, if there is someone who is willing to translate this to English, I'd be much obliged. The above does not represent the opinion of the International Wushu Federation, or the opinion of the Chinese Wushu Federation. It is merely my own, personal opinion. Wu Bin 2001/10/22