matthew

Hidden Skills Of A Kung Fu Master

This morning after lining up outside, we were told that Saturday is a half day. Training for an hour in the morning, then cleaning duties and free time. It was a joy to see all the kids grabbing mops, brooms and sponges and cleaning the school up. They were wearing their regular clothes and the mood was much more light-hearted. They would dash past with some sort of cleaning apparatus and say “Ni Hao” (hello). I think it’s […]

The Real World From Another View

During the rest after lunch, I was lying on my bed and although it felt like I had been here a while, it was only my second full day. There’s two ways you can look at it.
1) I’m missing my life back at home2) I’ve got used to life here
I think it’s latter, because I don’t have that desire to pack my bag and do a runner. I think I’m way more relaxed and bedded in now.
Training continued with the internal techniques.

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First Full Day

I had set my alarm for 05:20 with the idea that I would beat the bell they have and be ready a little earlier. However, instead, I woke to the sound of their bell. A very loud bell. What I realised, is that they have one bell at 05:20 to wake people up and another at 05:30 to congregate outside. When the second bell went off, kids started running out their rooms and making their way downstairs, with an air of “panic” on their faces. 
As I went outside, I could see they were starting to form lines in what looked like a height or age order. I randomly chose the second line and parked myself at the end. […]