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It’s everything we’ve been dreaming about, waiting for, and expecting. But being this sore is definitely not part of it. And, we’re all sore, super sore. Our muscles have been pushed and strained all week in ways that can’t normally happen while back in the real world. But it’s definitely the kind of sore that makes you know you did something and for good reason.

Thankfully it’s Sunday…that means we rest, it’s the only day of the week we don’t have scheduled training and work. Every other day we start a little before 6am and finish around 7pm. In the mornings we tend to stick to softer training which includes meditation, white crane qigong, weapons, taiji, and tumbling. In afternoon we go with the harder stuff like long fist kung fu sequences, and a variety of body conditioning. They essentially cover everything from head to toe. My personal favorite is the mountain run. To be honest, it’s more of a “power walk” by the time we start adding weighted vests, but don’t get me wrong, it’s the hardest “power walk” I’ve ever done. I’ll get the details for that up after I make sure I’ve got accurate ones.

So today, being Sunday, there are still things to keep up with. This blog, article writing, and studying pinyin/translations for Chinese are some thing I have going right now. Later, a senior student Javi and myself are going to prep for cooking. Tomorrow is our day to create some tasty dishes for everyone. Who likes chicken?¬†(if anyone has any recipes they’d like to shell out, feel free! There’s only so many times you can do stir fry…)

For now I’m going to leave you with the picture of the retreat center’s main building which I had wanted to get up a few days ago. ¬†There’s also a shot just off to the west. My phones camera didn’t quite get the mood, but the sunset left everything with a slightly pinkish hue that was stunning.

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5 Responses to “First Week”

  1. Dave Fearon Says:

    Chicken Tacos–Cooked shredded chicken, low-fat refried beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, diced onion, diced peppers, place on small corn tortillas, Add hot picante sauce and sour cream.

  2. Janice Says:

    Hoisin chicken. Don’t know measurements because my Chinese sisters in lawmtaught it to me.
    bake chicken pieces 350 for about an hour with this sauce poured over

    1 c hoisin sauce
    1/3 c soy sauce light
    1+ tablespoon ginger..grated or just smashed after pealing
    1+ tablespoon garlic smashed

    Adjust amounts of sauce so it’s tangy…like mu shu pork only stronger

  3. Dave Fearon Says:

    Oh yeah, avocado and lime to squeeze on it! Robbie prefers cabbage to lettuce–it’s crunchier!

  4. admin Says:

    Hah, awesome, thanks for the recipes everyone!

  5. Robert Says:

    Super simple but very, very tasty:

    Chicken legs (thawed) put into a microwavable bowl and lavishly covered in soy sauce. Microwave until done. Be sure to turn the chicken legs halfway through the cooking cycle.

    Seriously… this is very good.

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