3 months in

new students, goodbye girls, students who didn´t come, new roommate for me, new master  and cold weather.

It´s been a while since my last blog, I am sorry about that.  Since last time a lot has happened. We have had two Danish girls here for a month, I have a roommate now and the weather is getting very very cold.

Before getting started I will show you some of the model pictures Kayvon and I just got from IMG_1448.jpgthe taylor.

Awesome pictures if I say so myself, the clothes well, let´s just say we didn´t choose it. But I do like the jacket and I will order it at the taylors this week. The red and white shirt Kayvon is wearing is mine. The taylor gave us a pair of black pants (ones we are wearing) and a shirt each. Kayvon got the same shirt as min just in white and blue.

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The Maling kung fu family has 7 members for the time being. The latest edition to the family is Brage Stensen from Norway. But in between this and my last blog we have had students to come and go.

So now the family contains: Matias (Denmark), Jauffrey (Holland), Kayvon (England/Doha), Tom (Canada), Alex (Switzerland) Brage (Norway) and Me off course, also from Denmark.

I don´t remember which night it was, but all the guys in the academy was in Jauffreys room, because we wanted to watch Rush hour 2 staring Chris tucker and Jackie Chan. We were kind of excited because we all knew that two Danish girls would join our family. Their names were Nanna and Ina and they were to stay here for two weeks. But after a week they changed it up to a month, because they wanted to learn a form or two and that is very hard to do in two weeks.

The group dynamic change because now we had three girls living here. The thing is when it is only guys the conversations can get very boyish and sometimes go way over the limit. When there are girls around the boundaries seems to be closer to normal.  Matias and I spoke a lot with the girls, because we all came from the same country. So we had a small Danish colony here at Maling Mountain.  Sadly they only stayed a month because they were travelling around in Asia, so they had to move on to the next place.

It was Saturday and everybody had to go to the taylor, either to pick up clothes or order something, and when we were waiting for clothes etc, Chen invited all of us to lunch at a Chinese restaurant. That meant his family, his coworkers and all of us. The place was amazing and it20151107_123517.jpg was 20151107_133258.jpgthe perfect conditions to say goodbye to Simona. It was very hard to say goodbye, cause I felt Simona and I had a good relationship, with a lot of good conversations and taking care of the dogs.

Even though it was hard to say goodbye, it was another great day with our friend Chen . He really does a lot of things for us. Side note – I got the model pictures from Kayvon and my photoshoot so here are some of them.

We thought we had some students to come, but they neve20151101_131125.jpgr arrived. We were expecting 5 new students, Mona was running around askin20151121_160140[1]g if who wanted a roommate. In the end room 208 became a Danish room. Matias moved in because we know each other from home and it just made sense for us to be roommates.

The fun thing is, we moved in together to make everything easier for the new students, for nothing, because the new students never arrived at least not the two guys there were to come. The three others was the Danish girls and the Brage from Norway.

We have also gotten a new master. Master way (I don’t know how to spell his name but it sounds like way). He is very good aP1240636.JPGnd he teaches in a different way than the other
masters but it is awesome. He is really great and Master du and him seem to have a lot of fun training us, so that is perfect.

OH MY GOD it is cold here in Maling Mountain. In this moment I am sitting fully dressed under my blanket trying to write with my cold hands.

Side note : WE HAVE GOTTEN NEW WASHING MACHINES, it is a miracle, – well, it is not a miracle, but it is awesome.

The cold and training in these conditions have made me think of things you need if you come here to train during the cold season.

When you live and train a place like this, it takes some time to figure out what you actually should have left at home, and what you should 20151119_164017[1].jpg20151125_174933[1].jpghave brought.

Frist of all, is warm training clothes the most important part, but not only one set of training clothes. I would recommend bringing at least two sweaters, ski underwear, two pairs of long pants, two hats, t
wo pairs of training gloves, two necktubes, warm socks and a WINDBREAKER (the wind is very cold). Why at least two of everything? Simply because, when you train and start sweating in you warm clothes it gets wet and you don’t want to train outside in wet clothes. It simply gets to cold and you will end up hating yourself for not bringing more clothes. I changes clothes in the lunch break usually, but the thing is, the clothes is not drying as fast as you want, so sometimes you wake up the day after with wet clothes. So I would actually recommend bringing three of everything to train in, if you are joining our family during winter/autum time.

Bringing nice clothes to go out? Hmm, I brought two shirts, two pairs of pants and smart shoes. Thinking about it and because we have the taylor, I would only have brought the shoes and bought the clothes at the taylors. First of all it is cheap, second of all it is personalized for your body. What more can you wish for.

I already bought, a black suit, Tai chi suit(picture) , a blazer and two shirts for now, and I am ordering two jackets next week.20151113_104838.jpg

Bring a good jacket no matter what, maybe one to city visits and one for training. I personally don´t train with a jackets given I dress in layers, to keep myself warm.

I think this is it for now, take care

More to come

Competition or perfomance, modelling and goodbye

The competition, that became a show performance, which made motivation to demotivation, but we won got gold medals. Confused? ”Oh yeah”, so were we.

Two weeks ago I had a weird week here, but the ending was amazing. It camIMG_0016e to our attention that we had to go to a competition, so our training schedule was put to side and the only aim for the week was training forms for the competition. It also meant that Alex and I had four days to learn the group-form to perfection. This meant a lot of hard work and repetitions. Everybody was so focused; it was amazing to see how much the competition meant, for the school and for all of us.

Given my last few amazing weeks, where going with the flow and taking chances gave me a lot of amazing opportunities, I thought to myself, that I wanted to compete in my continues fist form, even though I just finished it. I am that sort of athlete who competes to win; even though I knew I didn´t stood a chance. I want to win every time I compete in something, but in this case it was okay for me just to compete.

The hardest part of the week was we didn´t get any info about when and where we had to IMG_0019go. Wednesday we were told that we maybe had to go the same day, but also we were told it wasn´t a competition for us, only a performance, which had the aim of drawing more attention to the competition, given it wasn´t a big one but they wanted it to be bigger next year.

So we were the main attraction suddenly and the motivation we all had, was suddenly just gone completely. When we went on with our training, you could just see how people weren´t focused anymore, and how perfecting forms didn´t seem to matter. Don´t get me wrong here, the group form still had to be in perfect synchronization. When we are asked to represent the school we do it win honor and pride, but the individual forms weren´t practiced that much after the info.

It became Thursday and we still didn´t know when we had to go, but later in the morning we got the info, that we had to go at 2 pm, and we had to spent the night at a hotel. It all went by so fast so none of us thought about our passports, which in most cases you have to bring if you want to check into a hotel. This meant that master Bao had to drive back in the evening to collect our passports.

The morning after we had to meet at 7 am and go, to another hotel where the competition was being held. We found ourselves in a big conference room with a thick carpet on the IMG_0017floor. I admit the carpet was ideal for making jumps and landings, but if you had to change from horse stance to bow stance your foot could easily be stuck and you would twist your knee. The reason why this was not good for me was I had some knee problems, which started the day before, so I was very scared to get an injury.
The group form was amazing, and it felt really good and people where cheering us on. My continues fist was okay, I felt a had a lot of speed, but lacked some power in my punches, so all in all very good.

We stayed to watch the kids compete and there was some awesome kids in between, but IMG_0030most of them didn´t have any power in their moves, only speed, but when you are between 10-15 years old and already know a lot of forms, then the power will come later on.  There was also sanda tournament and we actually saw a kid getting knocked out with a kick to his face. It was awesome; “well maybe not for him, but for the spectators.

We were as earlier mentioned the main attraction, so people took pictures like we were celebrities, at some point I think we were standing with a big smile on our faces for half an hour just for picture taking. They just kept on coming. I love it but some if the others think that it is a bit tiring.IMG_0013

Something that I found really irritating was the referees at this tournament. They said
there was always one watching the kids perform but a lot of times they just sat there with their cellphones or just spoke to each other. How can you decide a winner if you don´t see half of the competitors?

A cool thing about the referees was that when they were bored they just went to the floor an started performing a form or some tai chi. We saw a 75 old man performing the tiger. It was amazing to see that his age wasn´t a problem.

After a pretty long day without much sleep we went home, so we thought. We were driven 20151009_143009to a Chinese kung fu school who also wanted us to do some PR for them, so they took some pictures of us around their school. The school had the best outdoor training environment and we kind of wanted to stay and train there. It was a really cool school. 20151009_143211

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The day after we took  the bus to Xinyi. We started with the taylor because some of the guys had some clothes to pick up and I had to place an order. I ordered a black suit, tai chi suit and a blazer. It will cost me 900 kuai, which is nothing compared to what a suit co20151011_103950st in Denmark. This means that I properly will ruin my budget completely. The taylor asked Kayvon and I if we were free to model the day after and that was of course a big yes.

Sunday we met the tailor at 9 and went for a photo-shoot. It was an amazing day and yet again I lived out a dream of mine. We went for lunch with the tailor, his family and all his coworkers. It was an amazing day which ended up with him inviting us to see a town which has a great history.  Yet again going with the flow seemed to lead me to amazing things here on my adventure.20151011_135638

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Tuesday in this week that just passed by, master Bao came with medals and diplomas for us. We got gold medal for our group form, for best perf20151013_114156ormance and those of us who did an individual form, got a gold medal for outstanding contribution. It was a bit weird given we weren´t in the competition. The only way I could get it to make sense was that there was some sort of competition going on, on the side with performances. Because when I think about all the referees and other Chinese people that busted out a form once in a while, then it would make sense that they did it to maybe win something. Otherwise I don’t know.

One thing is for sure, I am proud of my medals even if they are just performance medals 20151013_114427and maybe not “real” competition medals. I now have medals in every sport I ever did in my life.

It was also the week where Martijn was going home after a year here. So last Friday we went to the barbeque place, played pool and sang karaoke. The masters joined us. It was a good way to say goodbye to Martijn even though the karaoke room didn´t have a lot of songs that were good. They had, all the right artist but usually it was either only one 20151016_223143song or songs you never heard about.  Even though it was a long night it was a good night. We got up this morning at 4.45 to say goodbye. This one was a bit harder than the other ones because he really helped me a lot with my forms etc. but as I told him; I will come to Holland and we will 20151018_044959get drunk and go to a rave.

Yet again these goodbyes are something you need to take into consideration when you live
one year in a school like ours. But it is worth it

More to come

Going with the flow part 2

Friday was another long night because we had poker night. Poker night is kind of a tradition when the person who
won last time is going home. We have a big jar of coins we use to play with and the nuy in is 10 kuai. This time we played because Anita won last time, and she is going home next week. Poker night ended past midnight and we were exhausted which also made it very fun, there were a lot of laughter because we were overtired and couldn´t think straight.

Saturday became a spontaneous crazy day with wine, steak, modeling, massage and maybe a job opportunity. The day started with all of us going to Xinyi as we usually do, but this time we were going to eat at the same place we ate lunch Thursday. Because we told everybody about it, so they wanted to try it. Even maste Du joined us.20150926_113127

We took the early bus at 9.40 because some of the others needed to go to the tailor and Anita, Alex and I went for a massage. The massage was very interesting because it was performed by blind people.  It was 50 kuai for an hour massage. I got a full body massage, but sitting here the day after, I am not sure I am going again. It was interesting but It hurt a lot and afterwards I felt even worse in my muscles, and today it is even worse. But I think Alex and Anita enjoyed it.

After the massage we went for lunch and after the lunch it got interesting. A guy from Doha/England named Kayvon were asked if he wanted to model for the tailor and were to go back after lunch to do that. I almost didn´t go, but the others didn´t know what they were going to do, so a walk to the tailor and watching a photo shoot seemed like a great idea. When we arrived there, I was asking for prices for a tai chi suit, and a black suit and coats. The tailor and his son drove us in their big ass M20150926_150604ercedes to the photographers studio, where we met a girl and the photographer. For a second time we just got into the car and drove with the tailor without knowing where we were going. We just went with the flow and just wanted to see what would happen.

We wounded up at a beautiful place with some beautiful apartments. The ph20150926_152102otoshoot with Kayvon were to take place there. While I was eaten up by mosquitoes kayvon was changing
clothes and they started shooting. There was a communication gap given only the tailor´s son knows a little bit of English, but not enough to explain everything without google translate.  I have some experience with photoshoots and a clothes. So I couldn´t help myself, I just automaticall20150926_150850y started to help Kayvon with the poses and started to pick out which clothes to wear. After a few pictures we moved location and luckily the tailor had some bug spray. The new location was better, because there were no mosquitoes, hehe. We used the car as a prop and I started helping even more with poses and which clothes. I think mostly I did it because I was a bit jealous. I really wanted to model too. Meanwhile Kayvon modeled, the girl asked me for my
number because she wanted me to model. That was awesome, and it alle ended up with
them getting our email address, because it was easier for them to reach us by mail. So this going with the flow day wounded up to be a job opportunity. It is not like we will make a killing, its more we will have a lot of fun and get gifts like free clothes etc. it was one of the best days for me.

We thought the day was over, but the Tailors son asked us if we wanted to go for dinner with him and we said yes. We ended up in a place called ya qi café. They serve western food and we found out that they served steak and pizza just like a German restaurant in Xuzhou.  So now we don´t need to go all the way to Xuzhou anymore to get steak.

It was amazing place. We sat in great couches and eat a lovely dinner and I had a real 20150926_172133glass of red wine. After dinner the tailor´s son even wanted to drive us home, but we had some stuff we wanted to buy so he drove us to the supermarket and drove off. Kayvon and me were so excited about the day and we just wanted more modeling jobs. So hopefully they will write us very soon for some jobs.20150926_172032

Today it is Sunday and I can´t stop thinking about this week. This week was the best I have had since I arrived here. I even broke my record on my 12k run Friday. As I told Kayvon yesterday, this is why we do things like going to China to live for a year. Simply because of these adventures we have had this week. Sometimes you just go with the flow and see what happens and this time it ended up with the best week ever.

More to come

Going with the flow

Going with the flow is what makes an adventure that more amazing. I have had the best week ever, just because I took the opportunities that suddenly appeared, out of nowhere. Sometimes it was just  luck other times it was all about being quick.

It was an ordinary week in which I did struggle a little bit energy wise and also had a hard time with my motivation for running. Nonetheless I ran 10k Monday, 12k Tuesday and took a break Wednesday because my feet were killing me for some reason.  Wednesday we went for a spontaneous trip for whong zhong, because a lot of needed to go to the supermarket and we wanted some western food. I wounded up in a lot of souvenir shops and bought 6 necklaces. I do like to wear simple necklaces. It was a great trip where I also got one of the best banana milkshakes ever.

It became Thursday where opportunities presented itself. Master Bao wanted some students to go and perform some kung fu somewhere and he asked the three students who has been here the longest. They didn´t know where they had to go or ho20150924_101833w long it would take. Anita who works with the school public relation and marketing would usually go to film the performance, but she was sick and couldn´t go. This gave m
e an opportunity. I have the last two weeks been filming our training to make a movie about what we do here at Maling academy. Because of that Anita asked me if I would like to skip training and go with the other guys to the performance.  This was perfect, because it was something different to do and my feet was stilling hurting so it would be good to rest them.  So I went for it, without knowing where we had to go or how long it would take.

Apparently it was in Xinyi city and it was a grand opening for a supermarket. Again we were there  to advertise for oil, the same oil we advertised for a couple of weeks ago.  This20150924_101827 was a big event. There were a lot of people gathered outside the supermarket and people turned their head when we appeared in our green polo shirts. There was a stage where some people were talking to the crowd whilst throwing free things to the crowd.  It was crazy every time something flew through the air, because the crowd fought for every free thing.

We almost didn´t arrive before going to the stage, and the guys were asked to go up on the stage to perform without time to prepare. I was so confused and when I went to the crowd 20150924_101822to film, there was a Chinese guys pulling my arms and pointing to the stage which wounded up in me not getting the first performance in camera. The crowd went wild when the laowai (foreigners) did kung fu on the stage. It is fun to be a laowai here in China because you are almost treated like a celebrity over here. People wants to take pictures with you and they say hallo. When you say hallo back they either laugh or smiles. They  especially loves it if you say hallo in Chinese (ni hao).

After a five minute performance we went downtown to get something to eat. Master bao found an amazing place to eat. It was all you can eat and drink for 39 kuai. The concept is that you go and get what you want and then cook it or fried it yourself. It is an amazing place and after ten minutes we already decided to come there again. There were so much to choose from, meat, vegetables, sushi, cake, coffe, beer, coke, ice cream etc.20150926_122809

After luch we kind of just walked around in Xinyi, because we had to wait for Master Bao to pick us up and bring us back to the grand opening event. We got picked up at four pm, so we could go and perform again. After the second performance we had to go into the supermarket and we got a tour in the supermarket of course the girl who gave us the tour spoke Chinese. So in general we just followed her and to pretend to listen. We ended up where the oil was placed in the supermarket and once again we had to pretend to listen to the girl talking about the product and simultaneously photos were taken and a guy filmed it. Meanwhile a crowd was gathering around us, so there were a lot of Chinese people standing around us taking pictures of us.  Then we got 100 kuai from the supermarket to buy fruit etc. Think it was another PR stunt, so people saw laowai buying things in the new supermarket.20150924_175241

Then we had some free time on our hands, so we just watched the event. Master baos kid Ze Ze was with us and he wanted to catch some free stuff, so we helped him. I took him
and held him on my arm while catching things with other hand for him to get. It was a bit funny because even though I only am 180 centimeters tall I am considered a tall person in China and I could catch things in the air before the Chinese crowd. Ze Ze was very happy for the things we got.

It had been a long day, and all of us just wanted to go home, but suddenly we were invited for dinner. We drove to a small place, beside a high way. It didn´t even looked like a restaurant, but it was. We got a lot of food. We had noodles, chicken, eggs, sweet caramelized potato, soup etc and beer to drink. It was a good evening with a lot of talk about parents, football and tennis. When we got home we were exhausted.

But it was only the beginning for me and going with the flow.

more to come

 

Sparetime in a kung fu academy

We have a lot of spare time, in which I use for my tv-series and movies. In the weekends we go for trips. Usually we end up in Xinyi city where we eat at a place called big pizza. It costs 55 kuai and then you can eat all the pizza, spaghetti , French fries, nuggets, meat dishes etc you want. The prize includes drinks as well. Also I have been i20150926_172021n Xuzhou which is a lot bigger city than Xinyi and you can get more western things there including MC Donalds and steaks, and I do like my steaks.

I have been here for one month now, and I have said goodbye to six people and hello to one new guy. This is also a thing that was in my thoughts before I left for this adventure. You meet a lot of new people from all over the world, and if you are a long term student, you need to be prepared for, all the goodbyes too.

The thing is you are going to love it here no matter what, cause the friendships you gain and all the things you learn about kung fu and the Chinese culture is definitely worth it. Luckily I have 11 months left to enjoy this place, which also means I will write a lot more about staying, training and living in Maling kung fu academy.

The Photoshoot

Our headmaster asked us a couple of weeks ago to help him and his friends with some advertising for something. We will of course, as students at Maling Academy, always help our headmaster and do things for the school. This were some kind of photo shoot, where we had to stand and listen to a Chinese girl explaining about their product, which werphotoshoot oliee oil.

They a lot of picture of us and we had to pretend to buy some oil and then carry it all the way to the cashier so everybody saw us. There were taken a lot of pictures and the whole session where filmed. We had a lot of fun pretending we wanted oil and really where interested in the product.

Crazy Monday story

Okay it was Monday, and we were eating breakfast, when we suddenly hear someone fighting outside in Chinese.I walked outside to see what was going on and it was three very old people standing there having a shout out with mama Bao. At that time I never got what the discussion was all about, but later that day I found out. The morning discussion lasted for an hour or so before Master Bao followed an old man in a wheelchair out. The nabo tok a plastic  tube with him when he left earlier. It was really weird.

Then we had our Sanda lesson and suddenly we heard a pounding of some sort. It was the nabo pounding a hole in our wall around the school. Master du said we should continue training, but we were curios and also we wanted to do something about it. But here in China you can´t do anything about old people because the police will always take their side because it is not worth it to put them into jail even if the do something illegal. My first thought were to just go over there and push the old man, but master du said we should never do anything because we would wind up in jail then. Even if we found an old guy dead we should walk away, because we could get framed for murder just because we were there to report it.

We began training again,and after a while we got the craziest story about the incident. Apparently the old nabo felt that since maling academy moved into to this facility and this location they have gotten sick, and he felt it was the wall making them sick. Yeah you don´t need glasses, I wrote he felt the wall made them sick, so he wanted to remove it.

My first thought was that, maybe it is because he is old and have no hygiene whatsoever, he becomes sick? But nooo .. it was the walls fault. We couldn´t stop joking around about the wall making us all sick hehe… crazy Monday.

My training schedule

Monday morning I wake up at 05.55 brush my teeth and get ready for tai chi. Tai chi is optional, but it is great in the morning. I feel I have a lot more energy for the rest of the day when the day begins with tai chi and also you can learn some pretty cool forms.  After tai chi, we have breakfast and then a break until 8.30 where the training begins again. We always begin by warming up by doing pushups and squats plus a 2k run. Then we stretch. Then we have shaolin basic which consist of basic moves in different forms. For example the tiger, dragon, eagle forms. After that we have traditional forms, where you are usually training one form. I am currently in the middle of the continues fist form, and I finished the five step form which is the first form you will learn.

Then we have a lunch break from 11.30 to 14.30 until we have sanda counter acting which is Chinese form of kick boxing. In counteracting, we learn how to counterattack punches20150822_094434
and kicks. We start every afternoon with the same warm up like we do in the morning. That warm up happens every day. Then you can choose to do wing chun as the last lesson on Monday.  I usually go for a run for an hour from 13.30 to 14.30 every day.

Tuesday means jumps and rolls, which we now call acrobatics. That is really tough on your body and it can be difficult depending on your background. Luckily I have a Physical education background so all my basic rolls and jumps came in handy in the beginning. The cool thing is that our master will take you away from the training to teach you how to do the jumps and rolls basic if you don´t know them beforehand. Also we have a saying in acrobatics to take care of ourselves. -“If you can´t do it, don´t try” We have that rule so we don´t get injuries. Tuesdays continues with  applications, which is where we learn to apply stuff we have learned and where we learn to fight with sticks and protect ourselves against knife attacks. After lunch we have shaolin takedowns, which is a lesson about how to take an attacker down fast and effective. Then there is an optional class called baji, which is a form of kung fu which focuses on eksplosive fist and elbows. I do not take that class myself.

Wednesdays are like Mondays, but the afternoon class is called sanda punches and kicks, which means we learn basic punches and kicks.20150904_114414

Thursdays we have shaolin dynamic qi gong, which is a form of kung fu stretching, but also meditation. It gives you so much energy, which is good because after qi gong, we have conditioning. This is where we condition our bodies to withstand kicks and punches.  I will honestly tell you now, this hurts a lot sometimes, but afterwards you do feel pretty good about yourself for some reason hehe. In the afternoon we have powertraining. Powertraining compares to crossfitt, but the stamina training in crossfit is only 10%. The main focus is on strength, and our master goes to length to wear you out hehe. You feel so great after.

Fridays contains power stretching, which also hurts a lot hehe.  It contains traditional forms and stamina training. In stamina training we run 10k. I usually run 12k before stamina training and then run as far as I feel I can. Usually that means 21-30k.

Arrival and first impressions

Sitting in the Airport of Billund, made me think a lot and yeah I was starting to be a little scared about what I was about to do. I had a layover in Abu Dhabi and Beijing. I waited 14 hours in Abu Dhabi and 9 hours in Beijing. I will never go for the cheapest ticket again. It left me with too much time to think and when you can´t sleep in plains the overthinking begins to get the best of you. It actually took me so far, so when I arrived in Beijing and they lost my luggage, I was prepared to go home again and leave the dream behind. Luckily my mom always taught me to be prepared, so I had some clothes in my hand luggage.

When I finally arrived at the academy, I met my roommate George and even though I was tired and exhausted, we ended up talking for a few hours before bedtime. The first weekend in the academy was great even though I didn´t have any luggage I had a lot of fun. I got to know the people at the academy by playing poker Friday and going to Xinyi city Saturday. When I came here, there were 12 people attending the academy and everybody went for Xinyi that Saturday.

I got to an ATM to withdraw some money, and I saw a little bit of the city in which we come a lot to eat western food and to do some grocery shopping, which are not as much groceries as it is cookies, chips, cola and other good things hehe. You need things like that to indulge yourself after a week’s hard training.

I knew I was in great shape because of my triathlon and it served me well,20150911_112839 when I had my first training day. Don´t get me wrong, if you are not use to train a lot, your body will hurt a lot in the beginning, and even though I was in great shape, I must admit, training 25 hours a week will take its toll on your body. There were days where I just didn´t have any energy at all.

This will maybe sound a bit weird, but from the beginning of my training I have tried to find time to run a lot more. As mentioned earlier I wanted to train for the Chinese wall marathon. It took some time for my body to get used to the training, and not before my body adapted to the training, could I figure out a running schedule for myself.

The very cool thing about Maling academy is that they understand that you want to do something like training for the marathon. Don´t get me wrong, you still have to attend the kung fu training no matter how little energy you have left. But that is also the cool thing about it, because the training keeps pushing you in a good way, even though it is hard.

Who I am?

Well, that is a hard question to answer, cause how many people can say,mig randersgames h they know exactly who they are? So I´ll leave you with the facts.

My name is Morten and I am from Denmark. I am a 29 year old P.E, English and special needs teacher. I finished teacher college right before I went on my adventure in China. I am while training kung fu in China taking a break from my latest passion, Triathlon, in which I have plans to complete an Ironman when I come home to Denmark again.

When I lived in Denmark I lived in a city called Randers, but had my studies in Aarhus, which is Denmark’s second biggest city. I have a Little sister and a big brother.

My passion is sport in every aspect. I have played, handball, football, badminton, cricket, volleyball and a lot more, before I became a triathlete. I completed my first half ironman the 31th of May 2015.

The thing is, I am a guy who has a lot of passions. I love music, I played drums, I played guitar and I sing. I am also A movie/series “addict”.

I am one of those people who set my aims high and do a lot to complete my goals. My sister once told me that I figure out something I want to do, and then I just do it. I mean why not follow your dreams and set some goals and complete them? I have a lot of plans of things I want complete. I have a passion for finding perspectives in life and add them to my own life. I do love to think about my life and find new sides of myself.

My first goal is to complete a marathon whilst I am in China. I figure if I am going to complete an Ironman when I come home, why not start by completing a marathon, particularly the Chinese wall marathon, the 16th of May.

So why suddenly leave Denmark and take a break from triathlon to do kung fu? And why a whole year?

Well I am a guy who likes to be focused when I do things. I have always dreamt about being able to do kung fu, and yes I could have chosen to do in my spare time while I studied, but kung fu is so complex and has so many aspects, so I didn´t want to split my focus while learning it. Simultaneously I live to find perspectives, so going to China and live in another culture gives my life a whole lot of perspectives.