Freeeeeeedom!

Every place that I go, there seems to be a new theme song stuck in my head. The song for my kung fu experience in Deng Feng strangely ended as being Country Roads by John Denver. My whole team, who comes from a multitude of different countries, knows at least the...

Needles! My First Acupuncture Treatment

I watched as another long needle slid easily into my knee. OK, I’m fibbing. I actually had my head turned and eyes closed like a big baby, but there was a long needle stuck in my knee. Nine of them to be exact, stuck between my left knee and right shoulder. A...

Staying Alive

Myself and some buddies at the Shaolin Temple The days continue to speed by and I am enjoying training more than ever. No, that isn’t a typo! Sure, I still roll my eyes and moan like a starving zombie when the alarm goes off at 5:30 every morning, but once...

Getting Ready to Leave the Shaolin Temple School

An angry sifu keeps a close eye on his flock This place has the eerie ability to make time feel like it is both crawling and flying by. It seems just yesterday that I was arriving at the Shaolin school, but at the same time the 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. days never seem...

Man down!

My Danish friend Troels still smiling (I think it was the drugs) after getting his head cracked! Pain is a part of daily life here. It is colorful and there is plenty to go around for everyone. I dont even ask if someone is OK now when I hear them groaning in agony as...

Dont Be Afraid of the Pain

I could tell by the look on Sifu’s face that something was up. Once again, we stood in formation and waited on whatever China could throw at us. I started weaving my mental defenses as fast as I could. Again, we were told that no one can leave the grounds on...