Once upon a time, there was an Asia Chinese man from Malaysia who doesn’t know Chinese and often being called a “banana” (yellow skin at the outside, white inside). One day on a film set, he was given a fresh script written in Chinese characters, and was being told to do some stunts. That was one of his most stressful days ever.
Frustrated he dropped every responsibility and took a leap of faith to China, an unknown country to him and studied the language he should’ve studied long ago and one thing leads to another, his curiosity in Chinese culture blossoms.
The enormous variety of food, different cultures, habits, weather, knockoffs… how the Chinese would have a 7-8 course dinner meal, that meat is expensive and referred to as “rich man food”, the changes in weather(Malaysia is a tropical country, only sun and rain), how the locals are fascinated with laowais in public…every day seems amazing.
Part of the Chinese culture aside from their food, calligraphy, and language is martial arts. I’m so thankful that after many trails, emails back and forth and hard decisions, I chose Maling Shaolin Kung Fu Academy.
It’s located in between Shanghai and Beijing, makes travels easy and convenient. Best of all, the Academy is away from the city and very close to nature, allowing us to focus on our training and mind cleared from any distractions.
Mater Bao and the other shifus are exceptionally good at what they do. Always ready to help and answer your questions not just regarding training but also about life, religion, etc. I’m amazed that I’ve learned so much in just a little over 2 months. How much an individual progress is definitely depends on how much effort they put in. Of course the most athletic would progress much faster. That doesn’t mean the unathletic ones are left behind. I’ve see how everyone excels in their own way. The trainings will make you sore, some muscle aches here and there and sometimes you asked “Why am I playing this?” I’d asked a few students their reasons to be here. Everyone’s answers are different. However it all comes back to the save point — “To improve ourselves.” The training won’t make you a master in just a year. However you will learn a lot about the arts and yourself in a short span of time.
I strongly recommend the Academy and will be back again someday. The journey for knowledge never cease.
Malaysian, March 18, 2012—June 1, 2012. Email: