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-Study in Beijng and Wudang

 

Study Taiji in Beijing and Mountain Mt

Name: Ryan McDonald
Age: 23
From: Boston, Massachusetts
Course Title: Tai Chi and Wudang Kung Fu
Course Date: 1st October - 28th November 2009

 


How is your Tai Chi class and the teacher?
Very good. My teacher is very good - her movements are clear and strong. She's very patient. The building is very good for training - it's comfortable, there's lots of space, it's easy to have a class there. Learning the posture is difficult thought because I'm a beginner! I'm more flexible because of Tai Chi - it's easier to walk and stand for long periods of time.

     

 Having delicious Chinese food

 Visit Summer Palace

 Visit Forbideen City


What's the basic class routine?
First we stretch a little bit, then run to warm up. Then we stretch more - stretching is emphasized a lot, as well as basic movements. Then we do kicking exercises like side-kicks, front-kicks and sweeps. We stretch on our own after that. Then we split up into different groups the Sanshou group, the Wushu boxing group, and the Tai Chi group. From there we start with walking, foot-work, hand movements, and stretch in between. We repeat this for the rest of the class. Once all the groups had a game of soccer after we'd finished, which was fun. Sometimes I do extra training after class, to review techniques.

How is your language class and the teacher?
It's good - I have two teachers. One teacher is very good because she interacts well with students and makes it fun to learn. The other teacher is a bit shy and only teaches from the book.

     

 My Tai Chi Teacher -Wu

 Classmates at CIPE

 Study at Wudang Taoist Kung Fu



What do you think of your accommodation?
It's like a hotel. I have a bed, a desk for studying, my own bathroom with hot water, and there's also a telephone and a reading lamp. On my floor there's a laundry machine and a hot water machine for noodles!

What do you think of Chinese food? And what is your favourite Chinese dish?
Hen hao! (Very good!) Two thumbs up. I love Chinese food. Laofu Cai (Tiger Dish) is good, also stuffed rice bread with vegetables is very nice.

What is your favourite thing about China?
Chinese culture, the Chinese people - I like the parks here. It's a peaceful culture.

Why did you choose SCIC Beijing's Program?
I researched on the internet, and it's a good website first of all. You offer a good program and you can combine different locations and different forms of study. You can design your own program.

Any tips for other travellers coming to China?
Keep an open mind and absorb everything! Relax when you're around Chinese people are very curious and are interested in foreigners. Don't take any offense - it's very friendly! Also be clear when talking to taxi drivers - don't use a black cab or one where they say the machine is broken. At the end of each journey you should get a receipt, and if there are any problems then SCIC will sort it out. Also if you are studying Tai Chi try to learn some technical terms for basic techniques and the body before class - it will make your training easier and more accessible.

Will you come to China again?
Yes!

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