“Xiexie Sifu” – Goodbye & Bringing My Experience Home

That’s it?! My ‘Kung Fu Commute’ is over. Gutted! Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited to see my family and mates, but these Masters, these Kung Fu brothers have been my world for a very intense time period, so the feeling after leaving is (for lack of a different word) weird. I have had a some time to reflect on leaving such a monumental place for me so please read on for the conclusion to my journey.

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“Beijing Isn’t There Anymore…Because I Drank It!” – My 5 Day Guide To A Break From Kung Fu Life

CONSTANT muscle ache. Frustration with some Shaolin moves. Lack of energy. These are the trinity of things that plague me while I’m here. These factors can get you down, or at least decrease your motivation, so to get over these I personally have to look forward to something that involves a short break. When I first got here I was looking forward to the Chinese New Year break. So now, approaching half a year training (and survival!), I have a week of respite with another travelling member of the Nichols clan…my older sister! It was also a national holiday, the Duānwǔ Jié (Dragonboat Festival). Bring on Beijing!!!

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“The Best Way To Find Yourself Is To Lose Yourself In The Service of Others” – Giving Back To Our New Community

There is more to my story out here than trying to learn Kung Fu. Don’t get me wrong, that is the cool aspect, and I am having a friggin’ ball training with my Kung Fu Brothers (and sisters!). However, an underlying reason to why I journeyed over 5000 miles is to find if the things that granted me happiness back at home was finite, or is there so much more out there? To find out, I think I have to be open to all opportunities. I mentioned this before and it’s why I took the chance to teach English to the Chinese Younglings (Chunglings?). Another such opportunity arose to journey to a slightly further city with my Danish PIC (Partner In Crime) to teach English.

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“Do You Understand The Words Coming Out Of My Mouth?” – Teaching English to Chinese Children

Living in China brings more to my life than simply training in Kung Fu. It is presenting other opportunities to develop, to enhance what I am, as long as I am open to saying yes, and allowing situations to play out. Living by this ethos, I had one of the coolest and most “Chinese” days ever on the Saturday just gone. It was just full of traditional shizniz that I I definitely wanted to experience. How did this day come to pass? Well, earlier in the week, while doing an ab workout routine Master Du gave me (which has really improved my core in a short time!), Master Bao casually called me to the office and informed me of an opportunity that had arisen…

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“Xīnnián Kuàilè” – A Week Off For Chinese New Year!

I have always wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year in China! Back home the family go for a BIG meal in chinatown and I get my red packets with money (God, I love being half Malaysian). I really enjoy that year after year, but I was looking forward to a break in my tradition to experience something authentically new. It’s a national holiday here so we got the entire week off from training…I know I’ve only been here for 5 weeks but my body welcomes any rest period! It was going to be a big week off!!!
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Flying to Bei-to-the-Jing, and to the Academy

I would have preferred snakes on a plane rather than screaming babies! Parents, don’t fly with your bloody kids…your sacrifice for wanting to procreate is to not take your kids who cannot cope with airplanes, on airplanes! I’m obviously writing this tired from the 10 and a half hour trip…which actually had the hallmarks of a good flight. Had an isle seat with 2 free seats between me and some woman, leg room for days and a movie catalogue that would make Blockbuster jealous. The woman near me slept for the entire trip! Went to sleep in London woke up in Beijing, how casual of her. Why the plane ride was a bit shit was that I had a back injury a couple months ago and it suddenly (SUDDENLY!) started spasming on the flight, for the whole journey. That aside, watched the  ‘Ant Man’ movie and the terrible piece of acting called ‘Hitman: Agent 47’…the babies screaming at least covered the actors poor performance, a little. God those babies…I can still hear them piercing my precious brown ears now.

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