Grand Master of Martial Art(武道宗师) Cuttlefish That Loves Diving (爱潜水的乌贼)
In this parallel world the martial art is not a legend.
In the translation, I’ll introduce some Chinese culture. For world peace sake, the countries and cities in this novel are nicknamed, I’ll follow the writer. If any of you guess the real name of the country and you happened to love that country, which somehow takes an evil part in this novel, please relax for it’s only a novel.
Part1 Chapter1 Ambitious Youth
Though it is autumn, the weather is still very hot. The sun at 3 o’clock in the afternoon is bright and fierce, basking the heavy black wall of the gigantic gymnasium, making it looks like wearing a golden straw rain cape.
There are several glitter big black characters in the front gate of the gymnasium, written its name “Martial Art Club of Songcheng University”.
Looking at these characters and the students rush to the gymnasium, Lou Cheng feels vigor and vitality. He would have joined them, but he was a little afraid, just as the feeling like “when you back to your hometown after many years, you will somehow feel complex”, though the club is not the hometown.
He can’t help but turns his head to his roommate Cai Zongming besides him, hoping to get some advice.
They got to know each other when they entered the school, and they shared the same taste. After the experience of military training and selecting courses, they became friends who enjoy hurting each other.
Cai Zhongming is half a head taller than Lou Cheng, with the height more than 1.8m, he is not only tall and straight, but also has a handsome face which can almost described like “eyebrows like the sword, eyes like the star”. His family is rich and his wearing is stylish. The only problem is he talks too much!
“Chengzi(nickname of Lou Cheng), what fuck hell are you afraid of?” Cai Zongming, with his hands inside the pockets of a cream-colored slacks notices the nervousness of Lou Cheng and says, “It’s just a welcome party of the martial art club. Many students just not show up. Look at Zheng, he applied earlier than us, but he just disappears for study. This is not an exam, just relax.”
After thinks for a while, Lou Cheng feels that he still need some advice. So he says deliberately: “Love expert, do you remember the girl we met when we applied?”
Cai said he have had many girlfriends. He is very experienced on relationships and good at blabbing, so the roommates call him “love expert”. Lou Cheng thinks it’s a good idea to ask for his advice on this.
“Yes, of course. During last month after we entered the school, I have only met two or three girls as beautiful as her. I would have talked to her if I hadn’t have my true love!” glimpses Lou Cheng, he says with a smile, “Aha, you get into her and want to chase her? At the very beginning I thought you’re a tedious and honest man. I couldn’t think you’re this kind!”
Lou Cheng quickly explained: “I have known her for a long time. Her class was next door of mine. Every day when we took the broadcast martial exercise, she stood beside me. She was at the right row of her class and I was at the left row of mine. Day after day, en, you know?”
“Yes! You know her, but is she know you?” Cai Zongming asked, trying to hold his laugh back.
Lou Cheng shakes his mouth and look at Cai Zongming “angrily”, after a long while he says moodiness “No…”
“Understand. Who didn’t had an unrequited love?” Stop laughing at Cheng, Cai Zongming says, “No wonder you dragged me to apply for the martial art club, I thought it was that you see through my disguise of a hidden master!”
“Bah, you’re only amateur Level5, can this be called a hidden master?” Lou Cheng can’t help recriminating.
In this world, martial art has a long history. It’s not a legend but a reality. It has been lasting for thousands of years. When it came to modern times, the traditional conception must be changed after confrontation with technology for decades of years, martial art has been integrating into society in every aspect, the levels of martial art has also colored modern, evaluated by the “qualifying tournament” organized by specialized cultivator association. The highest is level1, and the start is level9. Below level9, there are levels for the amateurs, also from level9 to level1. Those called “amateurs” are also able to beat the normal persons up.
Cai Zhongming mocks: “Somebody is even not an amateur level9, am I a master or not is relative according to the relativity theory. How about I use one hand and have a fight with you?”
“Get away!” Lou Cheng says concisely. Then he takes a light breath and wanders forward, saying, “She was very famous in high school, so I knew she liked martial art. I didn’t think that we both entered Songcheng University. At that time I felt this is fate. I was exciting and disturbing, so I just dragged you to apply. I was hoping to have chance to talk to her.”
“Good, that’s right. “ Cai Zongming walks a few steps and suddenly says with a smile, “Chengzi, look, isn’t she the girl of your dreams?”
Lou Cheng’s heartbeat rises. Looking with Cai Zongming’s sight, he sees a maiden dressing in a red and white colored Han Chinese Clothing with elegant cheeks and exquisite facial features standing on the steps outside the front gate of the martial art club. This delicate girl, whose name is Yan Zheke, has the beautifulness of Jiangnan Watertown, is the one he keeps thinking about day and night.
Yeah, her mother comes from Jaingnan. Lou Cheng stares at Yan Zheke for a short time. This is the first time he sees her wearing Han Chinese Clothing. She is so amazing.
“Why is she the greeter of the martial art club?” Earth to himself, Lou Cheng asks doubtfully.
She is also a freshman like him, but today is the day for greeting the freshman!
Cai Zongming smiles and say: “This is obvious. If I were the senior member of the club and found out a girl as beautiful as her, I would definitely have kept in touch with her, even if I would not be able to make her my girlfriend, it’s also a great idea to let her attract others to join in! Rough man like you is useless in attracting the new member!”
“It really looks like that you’re not a rough man..” Lou Cheng contradicts.
“Hey, I am not! I’m a martial master of amateur level5, the pillar of the martial art club in the future!” talks about this, Cai Zongming stops for a while and say, “Normally speaking, they would have contacted with me in advance. An amateur level5 is not common in Songcheng University martial art club! Do we have many high level masters, many amateur level3 or level4 except that legendary Lin Que?
Listening to the rattle of Cai Zongming, Lou Cheng looks at Yan Zheke silently. She is standing at the edge of the steps. She attracts everyone’s attention just as a superstar under the spotlights. She is so bright and outstanding and glorious as to makes others feel inferiority.
“All right, let’s get down to business. Chengzi, here is the chance!” Cai Zongming stops his rattle.
Lou Cheng turns his head to Cai Zongming “What chance?”
“Chance to chat up her!” Cai Zongming feels he is talking to a herd.
“Chat up?” Lou Cheng looks at Yan Zheke far away and stammers, “I?”
He never has the experience of chat up. Only thinking about this makes him cowering, dose chat up work?
Cai Zongming shakes his head: “Though the factor of chat up successful depends on your appearance and eloquence, but if you’re not brave enough to even have a try, then you will never have a chance. Girls would not love a timid man. You said you loves her, what counts for your love since you even don’t have the courage to talk with her? Moreover, I made an analysis, you have a big chance, she would even not notice that you’re trying to chat up.”
“Why?” Lou Cheng’s interests is aroused.
“Are you stupid for unrequited love for too much time? You’re fellow-townsmen and schoolmates, very closed! You’re both in another city and apart from acquaintances, fellow-townsmen and schoolmates are the best ones to start a love.” Cai Zongming starts his speech, “You see, a girl who left her hometown and go to university thousands miles away, who is surrounding by strangers and feels insecurity, would unconsciously approach to anyone she familiar with. People from the same city will soon get close, needless to say that you were in the same high school and the same grade. You have too many things to talk about, more close!”
“You just pretend you come across her. You have 90% chance to ask for a QQ number or a phone number from her. It’s not suitable to talk too much in the first conversation, which would make her nervous. Just get the QQ number and stop.”
Lou Cheng listens carefully, his heartbeat is even faster. He gets excited and itch to try. What love expert said makes sense!
But after think for a while, he hesitates: “But I’m just so normal with height and appearance and everything, how should I deserves her? I’m not sure if I can afford the live she deserves. It’s that, I’m better not..”
He feels even more inferiority.
Cai Zongming stuns, keeping his mouse half open for a long time and says:
“Chengzi, you have think too much, haven’t you? She is even not know you and you started to imagine the live after your marriage? Your associative ability is boundless!”
He didn’t give Lou Cheng too much time to think and goes on his persuasion: “Chengzi, what you thought is at best responsible and self-knowledge, at worst timid and coward and lack of confident. We are just freshmen, this school is top ranked, the major is also good. We should find a good job after 4 years of hard study, shouldn’t we? You don’t even have a little confidence? Or you just don’t want striving? If you loves her then you improve yourself for her, constrain yourself for her, try your best for her. This is responsible. If you’re not willing to do so, what you loved is only the feeling of touching by yourself! If you strive, all these can be accomplished.”
Lou Cheng is astonished and looks at Cai Zongming. He didn’t expected him talking so reasonable.
Cai Zongming waves his fist and changed the topic: “There is no sign of successful yet. I wander if you can really chased her. It seems hopeless…er…go ahead, Chengzi, do not left regret, at least you have tried. Youth does not fail, you go, man!”
Encouraged by Cai Zongming, Lou Cheng gets exciting and pushes down all the hesitation and worries, nodding his head, his says:
“Yes, youth does not fail!”
After saying this, he looks at the slender figure of Yan Zheke with red and white dress far away, gathering his courage and is about to step to her.
At this time, Cai Zongming suddenly holds him back.
“What’s wrong?” Lou Cheng feels he is flushed.
Cai Zongming baring his teeth and say: “Chengzi, you’re too impatient. Look at your face, it’s as red as the ass of the monkey. She would recognize you’re thinking something dirty by one glance. Go and get some icy water to cool your face down.”
“Fuck, love expert, you’re so experienced.” Lou Cheng stammers and touches his face, it is hot.
This kind of thing is fucking exciting!
All of a sudden, he has a great idea. He starts running, not towards the gymnasium, but the other direction. He soon covers almost 100 meters, then he just runs back. He is out of breath when passing Cai Zongming.
“It is…” Cai Zongming stuns. Then he realized and thumbs up, “Great!”
Cover the flush by the flush after a running is a great idea!
Lou Cheng’s hear rate rises because of the running, but his steps slow down. He is still a little timid at the beginning but then he restrains his nervous. When passing Cai Zongming, he clenches his fist and says to himself:
“At least I tried!”
He encourages himself and runs towards the gymnasium, towards the red and white colored figure.
Looking at his back, Cai Zongming hurriedly supplements: “Don’t talk too much. You’re not familiar with each other. It would be embarrassed if you talk too much. Just give her a good impression then everything will be easier.”
Lou Cheng waves his hands, indicating that he have heard. He does not slow down all the way.
“This is youth…” an old man with white hairs under the trees besides the road looks at the figure of Lou Cheng and sigh, “I was as young as him years ago…”
Who hasn’t been young?
 in China, when you enter middle school, high school, university, there will be a training called “military training” for about 7~15 days. The training, though with the title “military”, is mainly about build up discipline. The content includes stand upright with a certain posture, walk with a certain posture, fold up a quilt to the shape like the tofu. The fold up a quilt part is the most criticized part. Because this seems unable to enhance any capacities, and it’s very hard to be done good for most people just don’t fold up their quilt at all when they are at home.
 Broadcast Exercise is an exercise every primary school, middle school, high school student in China would do every day. It’s usually between the time of the second and third class in the morning and lasts for about 5 minutes. It includes some simple movement like stretch and twist. The most amazing part is that students all over China would practice the same exercise for nearly ten years. So if you want to judge if a student a Chinese, you just ask him “which set of broadcast exercise did you do”..lol
 Fate uses to describe two people have chance to get to know each other and build up a relationship (both love and friendship). There are so many people in the world and most of us just looks rather similar, why should one be another’s love? That’s called fate.
 Jiangnan Watertown: the place in southeast of China, where is famous for beautiful and capable girls.
QQ number. QQ is a widely used chat software like MSN/skype. It’s developed by the same company of Wechat. This company, Tencent, is beyond clever. It developed two chat softwares much the same to each other, because children just don’t want to use the same software their parents use! P.S. there are 3 best Internet companies in China, Baidu for the search engine, Alibaba for the online shop and online financial, Tencent for chat software. They are called BAT together.