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

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

Staying Alive

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 warmed up I do OK. Our sifu seems to be in a better...
Deng Feng, China

Deng Feng, China

Deng Feng is the name of the little town where my kung fu school, the Shaolin Temple Xiao Long Wu Yuan, is located. Xiao Long means “little dragon” and there are about 4,000 little dragons (Chinese kids) dressed in red uniforms running around this place....
Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise

Every muscle in my body was quivering in protest. The veins in my neck looked as if they would burst and send a bluish-red flood onto everyone around me. The filthy concrete just below my nose was drinking up the sweat dripping from my body. Yes, it was 6:15 a.m. Yes,...
Progress at the Kung Fu School

Progress at the Kung Fu School

Despite being sick like everyone else around here, I am pleased with my progress in the kung fu world. Even with injuries, I have never been late or missed a single minute of training. I have also never sat out on the morning run, which seems to be much easier now....