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2014-11-12

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The People's Republic in the title of this blog refers to a kung-fu school in Shandong.. province, China. The blog follows training in the school, including Shaolin Kung-fu, Chinese.. kickboxing and meditation.

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  • Why China?
    on Feb 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
    I never had the inclination to visit China until I decided to study Kung fu intensively. It never leapt out at me like the colourful nations of Africa. It struck me as a country difficult to grasp, forging ahead to world domination quietly, in the co...
  • What happens when chi meets photography?
    on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized
    A fellow student at the school, Anthony Feoutis, is an avid photographer. A collection of Anthony’s photos are shown below to give some idea of life at the school, the quality speaks for itself. He can be found at: http://tony-f-photography.tum...
  • What happens when chi meets photography?
    on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized
    A fellow student at the school, Anthony Feoutis, is an avid photographer. A collection of Anthony’s photos are shown below to give some idea of life at the school, the quality speaks for itself. He can be found at: http://tony-f-photography.tum...
  • Death by horse stance
    on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
    Training becomes the thread of your life. Wake up at 6, Tai Chi or meditation before breakfast at 7. Then soon enough the training schedule begins taking chunks out of your stamina and replacing it with chi. But it’s so rewarding, it becomes an...
  • Death by horse stance
    on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
    Training becomes the thread of your life. Wake up at 6, Tai Chi or meditation before breakfast at 7. Then soon enough the training schedule begins taking chunks out of your stamina and replacing it with chi. But it’s so rewarding, it becomes an...
  • Unadulterated killing machine
    on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
    A short note on the masters: whenever they show you anything they exert such explosive power, it’s alarming. Every one of them is of a small wiry build, their muscles must be the only known location of neutron stars on this planet. My master we...
  • Unadulterated killing machine
    on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
    A short note on the masters: whenever they show you anything they exert such explosive power, it’s alarming. Every one of them is of a small wiry build, their muscles must be the only known location of neutron stars on this planet. My master we...
  • Ever wanted to eat a chicken head?
    on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
    We sit in a restaurant, fans whiz above us and a sign on the wall proclaims this establishment class ‘C’, out of three classes. As we wait for our meal there is some speculation about what we have ordered. A friend asks for the wifi passw...
  • Ever wanted to eat a chicken head?
    on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
    We sit in a restaurant, fans whiz above us and a sign on the wall proclaims this establishment class ‘C’, out of three classes. As we wait for our meal there is some speculation about what we have ordered. A friend asks for the wifi passw...
  • Horses, chopstick forms and sunsets
    on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
    It feels the right time to give an overview of our schedule. There are three training sessions per day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each training session starts with a 1km run, followed by stretching and warm up. The schedule below d...
  • Horses, chopstick forms and sunsets
    on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
    It feels the right time to give an overview of our schedule. There are three training sessions per day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each training session starts with a 1km run, followed by stretching and warm up. The schedule below d...
  • Stretch Armstrong
    on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
    One of the positions involves laying down while the other two take on the role of terrorists for two minutes. During which they raise your straight leg upward (as though kicking a football straight) as far as it will go. If you touch the stretched mu...
  • Stretch Armstrong
    on Nov 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
    If there’s one thing which drives me to excruciating agony in this place, it’s the stretching. ‘Power Stretching’ takes place on Fridays. We divide in to groups of three and take turns to stretch each other in different positi...
  • The whistle and the damage done
    on Nov 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
    The whistle sounds. We wake. Today the sky is clear. The smog is kept at bay in the cool morning and perhaps the season has decided to change. Another bowl of porridge behind me, another few clumps of soya powder in my wake. Now to get in to the trai...
  • The whistle and the damage done
    on Nov 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
    The whistle sounds. We wake. Today the sky is clear. The smog is kept at bay in the cool morning and perhaps the season has decided to change. Another bowl of porridge behind me, another few clumps of soya powder in my wake. Now to get in to the trai...
  • Fair conditioning
    on Oct 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
    So visa in hand I manage to sweep through the Hong Kong-China border and get my train headed for the kung-fu school. This time I have a bed. I am looking forward to seeing another side to China, a poorer side no doubt, to align better with my visa-ri...
  • Fair conditioning
    on Oct 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
    So visa in hand I manage to sweep through the Hong Kong-China border and get my train headed for the kung-fu school. This time I have a bed. I am looking forward to seeing another side to China, a poorer side no doubt, to align better with my visa-ri...
  • Protests and deportation
    on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
    It’s about 9pm, and the sky is dark. I’m sitting on the harbour-side opposite Hong Kong Island, some peace after a manic two days. The skyscrapers sit over the water jostling for attention with their neon-branded signs illuminating small...
  • Protests and deportation
    on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
    It’s about 9pm, and the sky is dark. I’m sitting on the harbour-side opposite Hong Kong Island, some peace after a manic two days. The skyscrapers sit over the water jostling for attention with their neon-branded signs illuminating small...
  • Only 27 hours to Shenzhen
    on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
    I travelled to Shenzhen and Hong Kong prior to starting at the kung-fu school. Shenzhen is what’s known as a Special Economic Zone, a city that has freer markets than the rest of China, better to attract business. Part of the appeal for me lay...
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