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Chapter 3 - Victory over Tian Wang and a Lesson for the Local Gang to Remember

As predicted, Tian Wang lifted his leg. Liu Shui quickly moved to the side to dodge the kick while lifting his arm, focusing his Qi (internal strength) on his palm and slammed down towards Tian Wang, just below his pelvis. Tian Wang was hit solidly into the ground.  He couldn’t help but cry out loud as tears flooded down his cheeks.  Liu Shui bent over to pick him up, noticing that his thighbone was clearly broken.  Liu Shui let Tian Wang hold onto him and was going back with him to his place to treat the injury.  Half way there, they met several of Tian Wang’s students who on receiving the news of their master ran towards them and took him back.

Liu Shui insisted on sending over some his own medicine for Tian Wang’s injury despite the fact that Tian Wang had tried to harm him underhandedly by using a hidden weapon.  However, Tian Wang believed that he had mastered the skill of treating wushu injuries and believed he could treat himself, and as he couldn’t take the any more insult, he scolded the courier boy away and sent the medicine back to Liu Shui. The wound and the humiliation of being beaten up so badly by Liu Shui didn’t help Tian Wang’s recovery and he passed away just shortly – following the path of Liu Shui’s last opponent.

Liu Shui could have made a big deal out of the two victories over the darkside gangs of martial arts but as modest as he had ever been, he didn’t.  He tried to keep quiet and out of the limelight, but couldn’t.  There were witnesses to the incident who were amazed by Liu Shui’s well-practiced attacks, swift moves and flexible approach.  They spread the word for him, making him the hero in their stories and made his name well known. 

Vast majority of people from San Hang came to become Liu Shui’s students and so did most people from Shi Hang.  In just a year’s time, Liu Shui had had taken and accepted several hundreds of local students.  Among which were Yang Shou, Zhu Cah Wu, Ye Qi etc, who followed Liu Shui for the following 8 years until they became masters themselves!

Many people joined that year, if still alive, all of them would all be over 65.  After Yang, Zhu and Ye became masters themselves, they also accepted thousands of students and followers over the period of ten years.

Back to where we were.  Shortly after Liu Shui arrived in Hong Kong, a message reached him saying something bad happened to his family.  Liu Shui loved his family very much so went back to his hometown Hui Yang, very soon after receiving the message.  On arriving, he was then told, actually, it was not about his family but rather about the town that all of his relatives lived.  The town next to his town belonged to a richer and more powerful Huang family, who had a long record of bullying other smaller towns around their territory.  This time, it was all about the grazing field for the herds.  The grazing field was scarce in this area. If Huang family kept driving their herds to Liu family’s grazing ground, Liu family’s herds would starve to death.  At the time, any threat to their herds was a threat to the survival of the family.

Liu Shui thought those gangs were blind to law and order, so knew arguing with them would not solve the problem.  The next day, he picked up a stick, jumped onto a cow and took his herd over to Huang’s territory.  Huang family was shocked, seeing some strong young man from the Liu family crossing the board to graze herds over their territory first time in history.  How dare him they thought.  The Huangs took their farming tools, bamboo sticks, knives and whatever weapons they can put their hands to teach Liu a lesson.  However, although they outnumbered Liu Shui, they couldn’t hurt him at all.  Liu Shui used his little stick, poking, stabbing and spearing.  Just within a few moments, the weapons were all over the place – the Huangs simply couldn’t hold onto their weapon when Liu Shui’s stick hit it.  Around ten people were lying on the ground, some of them were bleeding whilst others simply ran away.

(to be continued…)

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Translation by AdaYang.
All names are in Mandarin Pin Yin form.
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