Day 1 – Thursday

kungfu-training-morning-china-tired
so ready for my first day of training…..

I had been dreaming about sleep for 2 days and when I finally get to it, it didnt work!

I slept something like 3 hours, the heat and humidity was too much for my cold Danish body and combined with jet-lag it was mission impossible.

At 5.30 I gave up sleeping and started unpacking my suitcase, no longer able to ignore it I started the long and cumbersome process of getting all the chia seeds out of my clothes.
Training started at 6.20 with Tai Chi, it would take me two days before I realized that the Tai Chi is optional, but it has grown on me and I think I will continue to do it, it is a really nice way to wake up in the morning.Kungfu-taicgi-china-training-morning

at 7.10 ish the training is over and breakfast is served. breakfast-china-kungfu-morningHaving arrived on a Continue reading “Day 1 – Thursday”

Traveling and arrival

The check-in in Copenhagen went well, I even managed to sneak in 8 extra kg with no problems, I would have been in serious trouble if the check-in guy had weighed my hand luggage….

In the airport I took out 1000 yuan (140 euro) for “just in case”.

My trip schedule was as following Copenhagen –Stockholm-Beijing airport – Beijing train station – Xuzhou train station- Maling shaolin kungfu academy.

If there is one thing I have learned in all the years I have travelled it is that the 100 euro/dollars you can save by adding 15 hours to your travelling time including 2-3 extra changes is NEVER worth it. No matter how poor you are (as a student I am still in that category) the entire trip will be pure agony and you will end up spending more money than you saved on coffee and food and the jetlag will hold on to you forever. Every few years I forget this and book the cheapest trip and I ALWAYS regret it. Continue reading “Traveling and arrival”

Packing

I “only” had to repack my suitcase 3 times, considering my gender I would say that is an achievement.

2 months away and I am allowed one suitcase of 23kg and a hand luggage of 5 kg.

After I tried with everything I wanted with me and the suitcase couldn’t be closed (didn’t even bothered to weigh it).I tried a bit more strategic approach, I filled in all the stuff that I thought I could not buy in China, for me that was protein powder (not needed for everybody), different vitamins (maybe not needed for everybody either), Medicine, like paracetamol, ibuprofen, antibiotics and diarrhea pills. Shoes and (good)running shoes (a delicate feminine size 44 and 46 does not exist in the land of the miniputs). Flip-flops are a must, they are used all the time for walking around inside to showering to “just because you are too lazy to put on other shoes”.

I also packed some protein bars and some chia seeds, Continue reading “Packing”

Preparations

I have been to China before, I have been doing Kung Fu in china before, I have a pretty good idea of what I am going down to, this should mean I should be incredible determined and motivated to train, eat well and all the other things I know I should do to prepare myself before I leave right?……..

Okay, to be fair I actually did quite good, I was in a good training routine with running a few times a week (not nearly as fast as I would have wanted), crossfit a few times a week(so happy the few times I didn’t finish last) and practicing some of the Kung Fu I learned last time.

My main reason for doing this was an attempt to avoid the muscle pain that I remember with dread from the last time, muscles I didn’t even knew existed caused me so much pain I thought it impossible. But, karma apparently doesn’t like me Continue reading “Preparations”

Who am i?

Anita Berntsen, ABXX, Study Programmes, Novo Nordisk, portraitIt is a very good question, one that I am not entirely sure I can give a satisfactory answer to, but I can at least try.

Right now I am on my third trip to China to do Kungfu. The first times I was at a different school, 8 and 4 years ago, this time I am at Maling Shaolin Kungfu academy in the Jiangsu province.

I am 30 years old (don’t know how that happened) I have a degree in marketing and I have one year left of my master degree in innovation in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Because of my educational background and experience with other kungfu schools in China the Maling shaolin kungfu academy asked me if I would be willing to help them out a bit with their homepage and make the school a bit more visible on the big internet.

I love kungfu and I have a lovely 50 page company report due in this semester so as the efficient student I am (I wish) I put those two together and created a win/win/have to situation. I get to do Kungfu for 2 months in China AND work on things I find interesting and then I “just” have to create an academic paper about it, if you haven’t guessed, that’s the “have to” part, but it still beats fetching coffee at some random boring company back home in Denmark.

Did i mention i get to do kungfu again?
Me also all suited up in traditional Chinese (very orange) monk suitThis is where this blog also comes in the picture, it is one of the things I missed the first two times I was in China, a place that told the story about the school seen from the students perspective, stories about everyday life at the academy and how to prepare and pack before actually going there.

I made sooo many packing faux passes the first times, I probably still will, but at least this time I know NOT to pack high heels and going out dresses (yes I was naive the first time).

This blog will also give you an indication of if this is a place for you, doing kungfu in China is not for everybody.

If you are still determined to go after reading my blog I bid you welcome and I guarantee, that no matter if you stay here for a week or a year, you will go back home wiser on yourself and with a story or three from “when you went all the way to China to do kungfu”.