The reason why we decided to come and practice Shaolin kung fu, was mainly just to try it out. Also because the Shaolin kung fu is such a big part of Chinese culture which we find interesting. This whole month has been really enjoyable. We have experienced a lot in so many different ways.
We had expected the school to be bigger, and that it only had about 8 students for one master each, so that you would get more personal instructions. But a good thing is how helpful the other students are also helping you out if you have questions about the exercises, and you can also always ask the master. We had also thought that the food would be more various, with more meat and other nutrious things, supplying the training. But the food tasted really good.
It is amazing how much you can learn, how much you can improve, and how far you can push yourself in only one month! We really like and respect Master Bao, not only he is a good teacher and a good talented master, but also he is a really good man. The other masters are also good, but sometimes you can tell that they are younger, and use different training methods than Master Bao. And that is enjoyable too, if they are fair and reliable. Lisa has been such a great help to us, always prepared to answer questions and give advises if needed. She is a really good translator too, the ultimate best one.
In all we really liked this school and enjoyed our stay. We also felt lucky to be able to see the Shaolin Temple! The classes lived up to our expectations, Særós personally liked the Shaolin basics, traditional forms, jumps and rolls and tai chi the best, but Søren liked the Sanda, the traditional forms, and the takedowns the most. Apparently we like different things, and are good at different things too.
It has been really inspiring to be here, and we will take our experience with us back home, and never forget it.
Icelandic&Norwegian, April 28, 2012—May 26, 2012. Email: