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Chris's China training Forum

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:07 am
by Chris Rivers
Hey Guys I'm coming up on almost my second week of training here at the shaolin academy and may I say my ass is busted on a daily basis and I love every second of it. I can already tell my skills have increased ( they do that when you train for like 6-7 hours a day. Anyhow any questions, comments whatever, feel free to post here I will check it periodically. Oh yeah, Tye, Write me back dammit!

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:13 am
by Tye Botting
Excellent! Glad they're keeping you in line. :lol: All I can say is that it's a good thing you're young and in shape! Seriously, I envy you this year of training over there - it's something I always wanted to do when I was younger and was never able to swing it.

Have fun and represent! Keep us informed, too. I know there's lots of our students that would love to hear the kind of stuff you're doing there, and I would too.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:43 am
by TKF_Dan
Sweet. My face runs green with envy right now. Definitely keep us posted Chris, I'd love to hear about how your training is going.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:55 pm
by BenGarcia
Geen With Envy is right, Dan!! I think we're all living a little vicariously through you, Chris. Any funny and/or amusing anecdotes, good training trips...etc, put'em here. Especially training tips!

Hey, so, where are you in China? At THE Shaolin Wushuguan near Dengfeng, or what? I heard a Shaolin temple in the north is taking students, now. I bet it's good to get away from everything here, huh? I wish I could...

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:24 pm
by Tye Botting
He's at the Si Ping City Shaolin Martial Arts Academy - here's the link:

Neat stuff - plus the ability to train for multiple years over lots of good material. I can't quite make out if it's traditional wushu or contemporary wushu, but it looks great from what I can tell. And it's a good deal too!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:05 pm
by BenGarcia
Are you trying to sell it to me or what? It sounds like they're paying you... ;)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:20 pm
by Tye Botting
Nope, just wish they had something like that when I got out of undergrad - then I could have done it at the perfect time.


PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:55 pm
by marchere
Hook me up with your direct email account.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:05 pm
by Abel Martinez
Well then, I must definitely test in the Spring, otherwise I will look so bad that Master Wang will take away my black belt if I had to test alongside Chris.

It would probably take about 6 months or so just to test for white (like the first time) again.

Please send info about the training regimen, food, and especially anything on jows and injury prevention, culture, etc.

Have you done any special weiner qigongs?


PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:45 pm
by TKF_Dan
He doesn't need to. We did tooooooooooons of ween0r qi gongs before I

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 6:08 am
by Chris Rivers
Ok, Ill try to answer all the questions. My direct email acct. is, that's now, not We wake up at 5 am and run from 5:30 to around 6:15 ish (there is push ups and other fun and creative exercises thrown in as well.) first class is 8:30 to 10, second form 10:30 to 11:30 , third form 1:30 to 3 and after that optional classes from 3:30 to 4:30 and 6-8. Our training consists of shaolin forms, power stretching (that's fun, let me tell you!) (not really), power training, sanda (Chinese kickboxing), acrobatics, chi gung (I do that daily, it's reallly cool, after three weeks, I can actually feel it!), tai chi (it's in the evenings and I havent done it yet. I'm trying to take it easy at first, so I will take evening classes later on. Weiner Chi Gung, well no. However, having a roommate, no women and daily chigung class does wonders for the libido and general energy level - no release, ya dig? I should be very...potent :D the time I return home. Injury lineaments, they have this stuff called red flower oil that is great. It is supposedly a secret recipe, but judging form the smell it is a mixture of grain alcohol, peppermint and clove oils with another neutral oil to give it substance, plus zheng gou shuei (bone water!). Injury prevention techniques...yeah, sure, uh, don't injure yourself! Hey Dan, an optional evening class is Hsing Yi...I'll begin taking it this month (Jealous?), well, I'll teach you what I learn when I arrive home. O.k. That's enough for now, so if I forgot any questions or didn't answer them fully enough, sorry, I'll get to it later.
Swarmy out!

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 3:26 pm
by TKF_Dan
Awesome. I saw the Hsing-I optional and thought I would have to kick your ass if you didn't partake in a few classes of it. Glad to see it's going well for you.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 8:16 pm
by Tye Botting
Hey, I'll take some of that xingyi action too! Always been fascinated by that style and its power generation. Classes sound great, but I guess you'll have to catch up on the lower extremity qigongs with Abel when you get back. :lol:

And yep, you gotta love that zheng gu shui - I use it all the time. I think you tried some of mine before, years ago.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:01 pm
by R O Dubl S
Wow Chris, that place seems amazing. I can't imagine how bad ass you are gonna be in a year.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:06 am
by Chris Rivers
O.K. Guys, This one might be a little short because I'm tired and I'm very sore. Cold weather is apparently not good for thinks like joints and muscles and motivation. What's worse is that it's only going to get colder, oh well - I'm sure it will make me stronger. I will be more than happy to teach whatever hsing yi knowledge I receive as well as any other information. Ross, as far as training tips are concerned, I have several, but it's a little difficult to express them over the forum. Oh yeah, write me an email so I have your email address and maybe I can give you some more information. I have my first skills this this week (Friday) and have been getting ready for it. I'm sure I will do great, especially when compared to the other level 1 testers...I should be proud of that, but most of them have not studied martial arts at all, so I would be mad at myself if I wasn't better than's not really a competition, I don't think so but there are always a handful of people who are concerned with comparing scores. Anyway, that's all for now...swarmy out.