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Rising Dragon Martial Arts School

The beginning, of searching for the dream, But not what was expected....

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Wow,

So i think i need to try and catch up on my blog,
Before i forget...EVERYTHING!

Ok,
So i have now arrived at Rising Dragon Martial arts school, After the night in the hotel with the warm shower, I then got a Taxi to this school =D,

Once i arrived at the school, It was a great feeling, I was finally in China! where i wanted to be ever since i was small, I was shown around the the school it was really well kitted out, It was huge , with various training areas, I didnt take any pictures while i was there only a few when the flood happend which i will explain later =D.

Anyway, the school was only for foreigners, there were only a few Chinese there, who were the teachers, The school was ran by an English guy, called Scott and his wife who was Chinese.
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You could choose between 3 different "types of martial arts", Be it Shaolin Class, White Crane Yong Chun, or Internal Martial arts, I choose the Shaolin Class, because i wanted the hardest workout =P. There were about 20 foriegners training there all in all, But only 3 (4 including me) were in the Shaolin class, due to how tough it was hehe.

Our daily work out routine would be as so,

Wake 5:30am
Morning Warm Up And Stretches 5:45-6:15am
Morning Training 6:15am-7:30am (Starting with a run to warm up)
Breakfast: 7:45am
Mid Morning Training 9am-11:30am (Starting with a run to warm up)
Lunch: 12 (Noon)
Afternoon Training 3pm - 5:30pm
Dinner 6pm

Then all the same thing tomorrow, we did this everyday, and had Sunday as a day of rest........PHEW!

I remember my first few days here, were the BIGGEST PAIN! of my life, I could not walk properly for at least one week, I was relatively fit before coming here, But DAMN! When i came here, It really made me open my eyes to how hard the Chinese must have trained during the years.

The training was really painful, hopping up and down on one leg up 70 steps, then going back up on the other leg, if your foot touched the ground you had to then do it again, Wheelbarrow crawl up the stairs, then crawl back down them alone, Bunny hop jumps around the basketball course etc etc, It just went on and on hehe, It was like Hell, but in a good way haha =D...

There was a village nearby called Xinqao which we could walk to for any supplies we needed here are some pics taken along the way there and a few of the village..
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The food was above average also at the School, I remember the first time i ate "Mantou" (Chinese steam bread) I had always seen it in the movies and SOOOO wanted to try it, I was a bit dissapointed with the taste when i first had it wuwuw, it HAD to be eaten with jam or honey...But then later as i travelled to other areas of China, I came across MUCH better Mantou, So it was just that the bread was bad at that school hehe, But other than that the food was great at the school.

Here are a few pics that i did take from the school....
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Posted by MonkHermit 18:26 Archived in China

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