02
Feb
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The other day I came out of the main house to start warming up for training and I had a light bulb moment. It hit me how lucky I am to be here training and spending my time dedicated to Gongfu. Sure, I definitely miss my family and friends, among other features of ‘standard’ life. […]

20
Jan
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Hope everyone had a great new years! Although it was nice and quiet here over break, with only Dr. Yang, Frank, Javi, and myself, it is great to have everyone back. It seems for the most part, all have had a good break and we’re getting back into the schedule. Hence I’ll be back into […]

17
Dec
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We’ve made it through the 11th semester.¬†Our new 5-year group did a good job learning the curriculum and working together. Part of that though was because of the work Dr. Yang and the disciples did in the previous 5 years to build a good, effective schedule and mentality to work from. Without that, it would […]

02
Dec
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Pressure is a necessary thing. In nature diamonds are made from the pressure of the earth. In training it’s best to let the pressure push and enjoy where the ride takes you. But this isn’t easy everyday. Some days I don’t like or want any pressure as if I’ve gotten sick of stepping up the […]

25
Nov
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Upstairs is where most of the 5 year students and an occasional guest sleep. There are five of us that share the room right now. We use air mats and sleeping cushions/pads. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter that we don’t have beds because we usually hit the floor like rocks. I […]

18
Nov
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Last weekend we moved about 60 beets and chard from the outside to inside the green house. This weekend we moved a bunch of mustard greens both inside and outside as they needed to be spread to the other beds. They’ll be hardy enough to stand the cold weather that’s coming. ¬†There are some leaves […]

11
Nov
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Here are the demonstrations of the high logs, low logs, and stumps. Thanks for waiting so long, it’s been an experiment with different programs to format the videos correctly. For now you’ll have to use the links at the bottom of this post. On the high logs it took me about a minute. The goal […]

28
Oct
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We’ve gotten to the end of our second month. As with anything there have been both good days and bad days. As you know we run up the mountain for leg conditioning. It occurred to me as I was heading to the bottom the other morning how much easier it was going down than up. […]

21
Oct
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Sorry I missed last weekend’s blog. It had been a long week for me and I was quite exhausted. Dr. Yang helped me recuperate by giving me some advice and good food. It is such a special opportunity to be here learning directly from him and I am very thankful for all the effort he […]

07
Oct

This last week we went through a testing experience. It gave us a feel for how the semester tests will go. It was two long days of pushing ourselves to the max (from speed drills to taijiquan form and everything in between). Thanks to Dr. Yang and the senior students we learned a lot from […]