Introducing Maling Shaolin Kung Fu School.
I arrived at Monday evening. The school is like I already said in this post in the middle of nowhere. Which is amazing, because there are simply no distractions.
You train, you eat , you train, you sleep, you train…you get what I mean. It is pretty much perfect.
Lucky me also came during a supposedly rather easy week. Which saved me from the worst muscle aches. I still am sore, don’t get me wrong.
The hell I am moving around like an old woman and when sitting down I kinda fall the last 20 % of the way, instead of lowering myself gracefully 😛
Besides that I am bruised in all colors of the rainbow.
But I am really happy to be back in training. I also signed the school application, it’s now done and settled. I am staying here for one year. If I will stay or if I will try my luck in a chinese school, we will see.
First things first =)
So what is there to know about Maling, now that I am here and can tell you?
It is a relatively small school. Right now there are I think 15 students, but there is some coming and leaving at the moment. For these students there are 3 masters, which is an amazing ratio.
The students are divided into two groups and the headmaster is doing the Tai Chi Class and some of the afternoon lessons.
What surprised me even more is how much the masters care for you here. If you are injured or having pain, they will buy medicine with you, spent time after training and help you out. If you have questions you just can ask them.
I am positively surprised.
The whole atmosphere here is like a big family. They do know how to push you, but they will
also tell you to take it slow when you are going overboard. Finally a school that realizes that you can not train adults the same way you would train kids when they begin.
The schedule is pretty much the same then in most schools, but they do mix it up a bit and you get your fair share of practising applications, which is another positive surprise, as that sometimes comes a bit short.
They pay attention to the little details. For example actually explain the Qigong in detail, instead of leaving you to figure it out for your own.
The only thing that keeps bothering me a tiny bit is that the water is turned of at 9-10pm, which means there won’t even be cold water to wash your face. So one has to be smart about when to get ready for bed. If you look at it this way, the perfect reminder to go to bed early, then you won’t be bothered by the lack of water 😛
But then I guess that’s just what you have to take for living on the country side in the middle of nowhere.
While it isn’t the most amazing scenery, it is still pretty and the air quality is definitely better than in the cities. Here you actually can go for a run without worrying about your lungs.
The rooms are pretty basic. Two closets, two beds, a table and a chair, but it does the job. Not like we are spending huge amounts of time in our rooms either way. And what is pretty damn amazing is the fact that the beds actually have a proper matress. Not a soft one, but still a matress, not just one of those super thin, super hard 5 cm thick foam plates.
So I am sleeping pretty well, but then with all the Training I guess I would sleep well on a stone too 😀
All in all I settled in well and am looking forward to what this year is going to teach me.
Have a lovely day and talk to you soon =)