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Moving from a Small Town to the Big City of Beijing

By Monday night, my time at the Wugulun Kung Fu school had come to an end. Two months there had flown by. I can’t emphasise enough how much of a good experience it was. What I learned about myself, understanding the benefits of the repetitive traditional kung fu training, discovering the fundamentals of mastering any martial art and meeting such an open and loving bunch of guys. Before I left, I bought some gifts to give out to the students – sweets for everyone and for the students in my group – a badminton set for the young ones and some bracelets for the senior ones. When it was announced at the dinner line-up that I’d be leaving the following morning, 30 sad-looking faces turned to face me followed by questions like “tomorrow?” and “you come back?”. It didn’t last too long (realising there were sweets up for grabs) and I had a precession follow me back to my room after to find the sweets. The most senior student had them all line up outside and each one stepped forward to take the sweets, thank me with a hug and fall back into line.
It was a far cry from the initial culture shock I felt when I landed at the school. It’s amazing how things change. How much will I miss it? I’m not sure – but time will tell. 
After a two hour cab ride to Zhengzhou airport, I caught my flight to Beijing. Even at airport, I began to feel the changes moving from a small town like Dengfeng to a big city. […]

Perfecting The Forehand Smash

On Saturday after some morning training, the students are free to explore nearby Dengfeng (or for the youngest ones, be picked up by their parents) for the weekend. For me, it meant a chance to stay at the Shaolin Traveller Hostel and indulge in some luxury. I’m told that foreigners from all the martial arts schools in the area use the hostel in the same way. Chance to relax, meet and train with other foreigners.  […]

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    12 Days To Go – 5 Things I’m Most Looking Forward To On My Trip

12 Days To Go – 5 Things I’m Most Looking Forward To On My Trip

I won’t lie that with 12 days to go, there’s a part of me that’s getting a little nervous now. My mind’s playing games on all the eventualities that I haven’t planned for. When I step back from the moment and realise this, I can see that all the planning I need to do is done now. Instead, I try to think about the positives – the things that I’m looking forward to on the trip.

1) Testing my comfort zone
2) Being the sole decision make for where, when and how to travel
3) Seeing who and what I miss about home
4) Real life stories reshaping my own perspective
5) Answering the question “what do you really need in life?”

In this post, I explain these 5 things that mean the most to me….

 
1) Testing my comfort zone

Our comfort zone is the behavioural periphery […]