6 months in.

There is still tea and biscuits everywhere, and there will be more given there is a british girl arriving next month.  well also there will be crossaints and baguettes everywhere since there is another frenchman arriving and given we have a lot of pastries because of the danes here, we have a nice little breakfast table we will enjoy whilst the new norwegian and Brage will be ice-bathing in the pond. Too sterotypical? racist…? NOooooo it is all in good fun..

 

IMG_0110And hey we have a new girl around here, her name is Faith and she is here to practice her English skills, therefor she will act as a translater the next month. Can she speak English, I don´t know, I only heard the sentence, “it is too hard” hehe, was that mean? nooooo

She aint hard on the eyes either. We are as always happy to have some females around here.

 

Time for my 6 month update, on my god it has gone by fast. We have a lot of new people here which is amazing, there is no other word for it. It feels like we have lived together for several years, it is a great feeling.

So this Friday it happened, the snow came, and oh my god I do hate snow. Of course it came right before our weekly 10k run. Well.. we were standing there lined up a20160123_085421n all, when Master Du came with one of his amazingly funny one-liners. “It is snowing, but it is not cold” Everybody was laughing including himself, but he said it was good for our training to run in snow. So motivation complete,cause since the snow wasn´t cold, it was great for our training. Hehe..

And hey, new tradition here in our family, every Friday during power stretching we get tied up by master Du and he enjoys our pain very much hehe

The snow ruined our weekly planned trip to Xinyi, well maybe it is more my weekly planned trip to Xinyi, where i drag others to go with me. But oh my god, that Saturday was the first Saturday I wasn´t in Xinyi in all my time here, I felt the withdrawal in my whole body hehe.

Well since we were waiting for a bus that didn´t come, and Mona came running to tell us there would be no bus or cap to Xinyi, we ended up ordering tuc tucs to Wangzhuang –yes I have now learned how to spell it (thank you Mona) The tuc tucs from hell. They came after half an hour, and it did not look like they were trained in any way to drive in show. Any way we got in, Greg my Blasian friend from England were a little scaredIMG-20160123-WA0000,also because they took us another route than we were used to, so we didn’t know anything and just hoped for the best. After some driving the driver bursted out in laughter and pointet at a small truck with two women pushing it up the hill, inside the truck was a man looking very relaxed – it was kind of funny, seeing the two women in their “nowhere near, ready for snow-shoes, pushing a truck” – well only in China hehe.

We arrived alive to Wangzhuang, where we decided to go to fun fries, our usually place where we end up after shopping, but because we wanted to see more of Wangzhuang, this day we started there and moved backwards.

Hey have any of my readers ever been to a hospital? I´ll take that as a yes. Here in Wangzhuang we visited a hospital beause we needed a toilet. I have never seen a hospital this unclean. There were bricks/tiles on the floor in the entrance,  and no people around at all, and the toilets, oh my god, buckets hung from the wall you could pee in. That was an experience I tell you that, mostly because the hospital looked very good from the outside.

When we came out from there a chinese man came running to us, apparently he saw us from his car and stopped it in the middle of the parking lot just to get some pictures with the Laoweis. Pretty fun experience.  We were four people in Wangzhuang, Gregster the blasien, Mr gagoul – how cool is that last name, from france and Paris from England. 20160123_135855Paris was all over the place in a big store we found, as he said, I feel I just wanna buy something to buy something hehe.

The soup incident were even funnier, Paris decided he wanted to eat soup, and tried to order it, and after 10 minutes with Baidu translate and Gagouls mini French to mandarin book, he had ordered soup, which the chinese guy pronounced soap. We all hoped at that moment that Paris would be served a brik of soap. All of us ordered some noodles, and whilst eating our noodles, people were looking at us, well to their defense, we weren’t exactly keeping a low profile at all. We yelled, laughed and played around at our table. And guess what Paris never got any soup or soap for that matter, he was a bit disappointed hehe.

 

The blasien and me needed to renew our visa, because we are planning to celebrate new year’s in Xuzhou, where we, well let´s face it, we will properly get very drunk and do what we do best attract a lot of attention. Well I don´t mind, hopefully a girl or two will catch out attention hehe.

But this meant going to Xinyi, and suddenly my withdrawal from not going Saturday was completely gone. Okay it was Monday, I didn´t join the shaolin basics because I was up all night to watch handball, so when I woke up Matias told me that gregster and I were going to Xinyi, and it was properly in the afternoon. So I thought, okay I need to warm up before Shaolin forms, so I took a good long run, well okay not a long run, a god little run which were 9k, I broke my record and were very happy when I came back, only to be met with – oh there you are, you have five minuts to get ready.  Thank you for that.

It was almost like a family trip, yes Greg I am stealing a line or two from you blog hehe. But in the car were Master Bao, Papa Bao, Lisa, master Baos wife and their son Ze Ze, and yeah a blasien dude, me and A little chinese girl (mona) haha.

First of all, I must say the chinese visa service is briiliant and cheap. 200 kuai for six 20160128_2025191months visa and 8 pasport photos – China – DK 1-0 and it went by fast, I only had time to practice my broadsword one time in the visa office – everybody was looking hehe.

Since we didn´t go to Xinyi Saturday where the plans were to go to the BBQ place, “which it will be called forever Greg”!!! We went there to eat, Mona, Greg and I and we went there with a city bus, oh yeah we just made a lot of Chinese people happy in that bus. Everybody was staring and talking about us, luckily we had Mona who could translate their thoughts about us. At some we were in the middle of a guessing game, who could guess our age hehe. It was fun, even though I thought that three kuai for the bus was a bit steep hehe

We arrived to the BBQ place and I think Greg fell in love with that place instantly. You could really feel how he missed preparing his own food and how excited he was to be able to do that – the story here is that Greg only have been in China for two weeks hehe.

It was a good beginning for this week that just passed by, which also started a countdown for our 10 days holiday, which begins the 5th of February.

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Look at her,  she was amazing

And oh yeah I met this girl in Wangzhuang, the store owner had her inside and I really hoped she would let it out, and when she did, I sat down, and she came to me instantly, I LOVE DOGS, maybe that´s why I actually walked Alice and Emma in minus 15 degrees last sunday.

My next blog will be a who are we here blog with interviews of some of the students, so look forward to that.

More to come

Argg The brits are overtaking the school

New year=new students, dynamic change, everyday trips, stretching, goodbye kayvon, interview, Xinyi and my personal journey

Oh dear the brits are overtaking the school, we have three guys from England now. It feels like there are tea and biscuits everywhere hehe, and the discussion about what it is called; fries or chips, chips or crisps has begun. Just too stop that discussion right here, it is called French fries and it is called chips, I don´t know what those English people are on about hehe. We do all agree about one thing it is called football, NOT soccer.

Our family has been joined by 5 new students, Three from England, One from South Africa and one from Holland. Today a guy from France will join us too.  I have said in a long time, that new students= new dynamic, and boy the dynamic has changed, as in it has become a lot better. We still need some girls around here, cause the conversations still get out of hand sometime. We will wait until April where as I have been told will come two girls here with their boyfriends. So the dynamic will change radically again there.. but GIRLS it is not as bad as it sounds, this school is also for girls, and we will welcome you here J

For me everything has become “the usual” here, the small town visits to Whungchon (still don´t know how the H… I spell this, – maybe I should ask someone? ) but I will write a little about it again cause the trip to Xinyi was a little special.

First of all, it has become a tradition that every time we get new students here, we go to whungchon Thursday. We go because the new students need something to put on the morning bun and in general needs stuff to survive here. When I say survive I mean Oreos, chips, cookies in general, cake and candy,  or maybe for some it means washing powder for washing clothes, 20160102_123540
hangers to dry it and shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Nonetheless we go there to get this. This is also an excuse to eat like crazy. For the time being we eat three different places in Whungchon.

First of all we get a wan to bring us there, then we will get off outside a little market, where we buy our drinks for the food. We do this because they don´t sell drinks the first place and the second place they only have beer. Yeah I know it is weird, eating places with no drinks. It is china as we know it hehe.

The first place is where we get our eggbread and fried noodles.

 

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it is a huge disappointment when they don´t have both. The eggbread cost 2 kuai per piece, and it is bread fried on a pan with kind of like a fried egg indside of it and then some tomato sauce smeared on it. GREAT explanation Morten, everybody knows what that is now. Well I don´t know how to explain it hehe. The fried noodles, does it need an explaination? No, they are just fried and not boiled.  Think it cost 6 kuai.

Then we move on, to the dumbling place, where we “-surprise” eat dumblings.20160114_18285620150828_182241

One plate cost 5 kuai or is it 6, even to this day we still don´t know how much it is hehe.

 

The we go to the supermarket where the English people can get their tea and biscuits hehe, I mean where the new students can get the most important stuff, which I still mean is the Oreos.

After the supermarket, we are offcourse hungry, because we haven´t been eating at all, so we go to the chicken place, which is called fun fries and it is a fast food restaurant. Fast food is relative in this matter cause from when you order some fries -“not chips” and your chicken burger/leg/nuggets until you actually get it, you have easily spent 20 minutes. We actually come to this place for one thing and one thing only, it is the milkshake, but sometime or a lot of times they don´t have it, which make the trip seem like England without tea and biscuit, boring and noting to make fun of.  It is a party though, everytime they have it hehe.

Then we go home, some of us are still hungry, but given we usually order like 20 egg breads some of us, Jauffrey and I always have extra to eat when we come home.

Since the new students has arrived a new thing has become a part of our training. Gettingmig i smerte
tied up with ropes. there are several stages you go through, when getting tied up.

First one unbearable pain hence the screaming face on the picture. Stage two the regreat, and inner monolog: why did I do this. stage three: making peace with the pain. Stage four: inner peace, finding that qi gong actually works. Some people never get to stage three and four… luckily I did!  You sit there in site splits while our master of pain, master Du tightens the rope. Master Du 

mig udstrækif you read this pleace don´t kill my legs Monday, when I stupidly enough, will come to you and ask if I can get stretched again. I don´t know why I actually want this cause the pain is a killer. Well, all good things must come to an end they say, but here that sentence has slightly different: all good things involve pain.mig med ro

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Kayvon luckily got to try to be stretched before he left. We had some great times he and I IMG_1675.jpgand I will miss that guy until we will meet again at Octoberfest in Germany. As I promised in an earlier blog post, I have prepared an interview so you can gain a little insight in our family here. Here is the first interview conducted byme, with Kayvon:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Kayvon Ghiassi IMG_1569

Age: 18

Country: England

Period of stay: 6 months

Have you done any martial before?, if so which?

Muay thai and MMA mainly but have experienced a lot of other martial arts as Karate, taekwondo, juijitsu etc

Why kung fu?

Because it is one of the most well-known and famous for its power and speed, and I really wanted to become faster

Why did you choose this school?

It was recommended from a friend and the website was the one with most information

Which lesson is your favorite and why?

Wing chun – Because I really like how effective it is and I really wanted to master it and I did enjoy helping others with the forms.

Given wing chun is an optional class I will also mention, Shaolin takedowns because I could draw upon my experience from Muay thai and rugby, which gave me an advantage

It is no secret that your knees are broken from rugby, but you chose to go anyway, why?

Because I was told I wasn´t able to do sports anymore and since I have lived and loved sports my whole life I wanted to keep on doing sports. I have heard that Chinese medicine and acupuncture could help me, so that is shy I chose China and it helped me a lot… I can actually go for a run now.

What do you think about the way we train here? 

It is great, it reminded me about when I trained muay thai, so it was easy for me to settle in.

Which experience outside school has been the best whilst you have been here?

Definitely modeling, because it gave me a lot of new experiences, great times with Morten and new friends (the taylor and his family) it also gave us adventures which I don’t think we would have tried if we didn´t become friends with the taylors son (Chen)

What are you taking with you from this experience? 

New friends all over the world of course, but mostly I have found a way to do sports again and the Chinese medicine has helped my knees so much so I can run again.

So I will take a better knowledge of my body, I have gotten a little bit faster and I learned everything in wing chun, which I now just need to train and train so I can try to master it. Also because my knees got better I actually learned an animal (mantis) form which I will go home and try to master as well

Well and I learned to kill people in many many many ways haha.

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This weekend was a bit special because it was Jauffreys birthsday Saturday so we all went

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Me, Paris, Greg, Matias and Brage

to big pizza to eat. First of all in the morning we were divided, because some of us, Matias, Kamal, Greg, Paris, Brage and me wanted  to go to the taylor. I wanted to go there because I wanted to pick up my grey suit, Paris, he wanted to put in an order for a suit, and kung fu , bruce lee style suit. Greg also ordered, he

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The picture is an old picture from a taylor visit

ordered a Tai chi suit. Kamal and Brage will put in orders as well later, so I think Chen is very happy about me bringing hi new customers. Also they get Kayvon and I´s special discount. Greg became really excited up there, and he just wanted to order everything hehe. Paris confused the crap out of chen, with his, I want this but not this speech and Kamal, Brage and Matias walked around and gathered ideas for what they wanted.

After the taylor, we went for big pizza. It was a bit special because of Jauffreys birthsday. But also because it seemed like more pictures were taken of us than usual. It didn´t help that a birthsday song

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All the students from maling mountain. left row: Paris, Brage, Greg, Thijs, Tom – right row Michael, Jauffrey, Matias – me taking the picture

 

suddenly sounded in the speakers and all of us sang happy birthday loudly. The waiters from big pizza came in singing Chinese and gave Jauffrey a heart shaped pizza, with meat. Excactly the one he always order, Jauffrey has simply been there too much hehe.

The mood of the group weIMG_20160116_193145644re loud and happy, and we enjoyed our time at big pizza, which also encountered some school girls asking for picture taking, first with Matias, then with Jauffrey and later with me. The they came back to take a picture of the whole group. Then we went on to the green fairy. The green fairy is one of our ice cream places, where we get 20160116_134944Oreo ice cream.  Then we went for the supermarket and then home.  it was yet another great day at Xinyi city.

 

 

 

I always leave a personal touch in my blog here, because I feel it is a good thing to know how I think I evolve in this place. So I will go a little deep 🙂

For the time being the training is good and I am running the long trips again, two days ago 30k, so my injury period is hopefully over now.

China and the rope stretch made me think about life here and how I live here without any stress and with a lot of time to think about my life. I have always used a lot of energy thinking about the past and all my choices in my life. Thoughts about if I did the right thing in a given situation and what I rather wanted changed. China gives me time to think about these choices and now I understand that most of them where the right ones. I am inspired by Nick vujicic and his book and lectures life without limits.

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”It is very hard to smile sometimes through the things that happen, that you don´t know, when you don´t understand and you don´t know if you get through it. You know you go through your storms in life and you don´t know how long the storm is gonna be”

and the keyword here in China is patience. When we learn forms we need to be patient while learning. Everybody wants to learn as fast as possible, but when we are patient we actually learn better and a lot faster, same goes for life we need to understand before learning.

“You keep on concentrating on the things you don´t have and things you wish you didn´t have and you sort of forget what you do have”

My point is, that I forgot that I needed time to think my choices through sometimes and I still forget that if I understand a move in a kung fu form, I can remember it better when learning it. In general does this mean that when we do meditation or qi gong, we need to understand how this effects our body and mind and use it in life. My best example is that I can actually, while tied up in ropes, meditate/do qi gong in my mind to forget the pain of the stretching.

China has made me see that I can do so much more with patience and time to think about things. I am not saying I wasn´t patient before, because I am a school teacher, so I am very patient, but I think you can always become more patient.IMG_20160115_111140236.jpg

China has made me realize that I am now in a part of my life, where I can actually shape my future without any limits, well there is one, and that is if I don´t get in on the university to study my masters in September, but otherwise I actually control everything myself, and that is a good thing to realize, because no matter what people say about that, there are always outside factors that needs to be taken into consideration

My point is that kung fu teaches us about ourselves more than it teaches us to fight and living here in China gives you time to think about things and turn them upside down to find answers inside. That is one out of many reasons to come here.

more to come