28th May 2010
Shaolin Adventurers - Part 1
The training programme.
ID Fight Unit members Ronin Traynor, Sylvie England and Stuart Boother have touched down in China!
They are currently residing at the Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, situated at the base of the Kunyu Mountains where the Shaolin Masters are putting them through their paces. Our tropic trio start training at 5.30am each day until 7pm in the evening, with the odd rice and green tea break in between.
With two months intensive training, they have been given their own programme studying a variety of different styles. These include Shaolin Fist, Shaolin Staff, Tai Chi, Qigong, Baji Fist, and Bagua.
Shaolin Fist and Staff is responsible for much of the cool and flash stuff you see in many movies but has very real application and requires lots of strength and flexibility just to survive the warm up!
Our guys are studying both internal Qigong, mostly used for healing, and external Qigong, which is famously used for breaking bricks. The most impressive display so far has been a Master blowing out the candles on his birthday cake using explosive Qigong energy with a single hand gesture. Even Yoda would be impressed but more importantly it meant our guys got to eat cake!