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...

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...

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

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,...