Cole Williams Shodan,
Kohai of the CMAC Mokurai Dojo in New Zealand,
Joined us for our 2 week CMAC training tour of Wudang, Quanzhou and Yong Chong.
Then he took up the challenge and is staying at the Southern Shaolin Temple for the next month!
Here are his thoughts and observations.
Blog 1, First day after our 2 Week CMAC trip.
4.40 - Wake up!
5.00 - Meditation in the great hall.
6.00 - Running with Master Wu.
7.00 - Breakfast, then clean up.
9.00 - 10.30 Training.
11.00 - Lunch.
14.30 - 15.50 - Training
16.00 - Meditation.
17.00 - Dinner.
19.00 - 20.30 - Training.
22.30 - Lights out
It was great!
Three training sessions and a run up a steep hill. I'm definitely being pushed here.
The food tasted bland at breakfast, good at lunch and amazing at dinner.
With that level of exhaustion you don't care what you eat. Good thing Sunday is free day...
This is a truly amazing experience. Staying at the Shaolin Temple is something not too many people get to do. It's cool being able to be completely immersed in the culture of it.
The monks don't seem to have a distinction between playing and training. They'll just mess around with the forms or do some short bouts of light sparring seemingly at random. What suprised me is that it's no where near as strict as I thought it would be. You have to push yourself rather than be pushed.
I've gotten used to the 4.45 wake up call ( it was four today), but my entire body is sore. Hopefully I'll get used to the training soon. The dorms are nice and clean (apart from the toilets but what do you expect in China)
And I'm definitely enjoying myself.
Thankfully I've found another English speaker who might come to stay at the temple.
To anyone who's thinking of doing something like this, learn Mandarin.
It will be a much more fullfilling experience. That's it for now.
Will have more for you next week