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At the Los Angeles Academy of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Robert says that he has developed a new physical, mental and spiritual awareness. Wing Chun, invented by a female Buddhist monk in the 18th century, is a healing and combative martial art form that concentrates on managing fear. Robert says this practice not only keeps him in shape, but also has helped him become more grounded, sensitive and open to others.

Under the watchful eye of his sifu, which is Chinese for teacher, Robert does his intense workout up to six times a week, and says that it has helped him make his life more stable. "[Wing Chun] gives you a sense of comfort and self-defense. It improves your focus. It just does so many things. It makes you feel you're a part of something you respect."
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FROM: Robert Downey Jr.'s Brand New Life
Published on November 23, 2004

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