APRENDE KUNG FU CON MONJES SHAOLIN (viviendo en templo chino)
Have you seen Avatar: The Legend of Aang? No, it’s not those blue guys. It’s an animated series from Nickelodeon where the main character, Aang, it’s from the Air Nation tribe which is inspired by real monks. That’s why it’s been a longlife dream to learn kungfu in China. That’s why I’m in Dali a small town in China in the Yunnuan province where I’ll be several months learning from Shaolin monks. If you like traditional Chinese architecture you have to visit Dali, it looks like just like the China I wanted to see. Just check the hostel I’m staying
so you can understand what I’m saying. Before arriving to the temple, I’m getting ready as there’s no electricity there. I have my chargers ready. Got my towel too.[00:01:39.20 Bought toilet paper. Also, I’m doing something more crazy… it’s not necessary, but let me show you. Have you asked yourself why monks shave their head? Me too. Today we will find out. [In this precise moment, Sergio realized that he’s fuc—] All my life… since childhood, people has recognized by my hair. This is something that I have never done. Shave and not feel it. It will be weird. Let’s see… Damn. I did it. What do you think? I feel weird. [True agony] Now that I’m shaved… let’s go to the temple. Here’s the full Dali map. This is the hostel I’m staying. I’ll take a taxi, that will take me here. and just walk the mountain to arrive to the temple. Also, it has a “Caicun” [Cancun] copying Mexico as usual. I found this temple thanks to a blog, of an american guy who lived there. Learning Kungfu. So I said: “I gotta go there” I’m almost there. I’m excited. And tired, lol. [Overexcited] I made it. Can’t promise too much content
as I want to experience the place. I’ll see next week, and I’ll show you more about this place. [One week later] So it’s been a week, now I can tell you more about it. Most interesting part is that, they have a precise itinerary for the whole day. You know what will happen all the time. At 5.30 am, the chants start. it wakes you up and stay relaxed
meanwhile listening. It’s an hour long. At 6:30 am we fully wake up, we put our shoes and we run 500 meters to arrive at the cascade. Where we choose a rock that we will take straight to the temple. You will need patience to make it. Also, we use the morning hours to see the sunrise Looking how it arrives from the city. We also meditate from 10 or 15 minutes. Simple we get ready for the upcoming day. Now, let me show how this temple looks. So you can immerge on this experience with me. Pretty rad, huh? The temple’s name is WuWeiSi. which translates to “action without action”. that’s the philosophy lived here. Everything has a time and order, everyday is precise. It’s a simple, buddhist and minimalist life. Now, let me show where I’m sleeping. I’m lucky to get the luxury room. [TARAN] It’s not the best, but it’s part of the experience. Just the minimum to live well. This is my bed. The wall has some written of past students. Here’s my towel and scared being dried. Here are my slippers. My clothes. My toiletry bag. My glasses. Here are my backpacks. My jacket. By the way, we do have an electricity outlet. I can charge my iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. It’s enough for everyone’s electronics. At 7:30 am we do some stretching exercises, half and hour before breakfast. Let me show more about the food in here. Let’s talk about food. First of all, obviously you’ll use chopsticks. You’ll have to learn how to use them. You’ll have your own dish that
you’ll reuse and clean each time. They bring a big dish that’s in the center of the table. Usually it’s soup. And then six small dishes, that we share altogether. We eat in complete silence, there’s a sign that says “Be quiet”. It’s an interesting experience because, you are concentrated eating and also, listening others chewing and stuff. An hour after breakfast, here’s where we start training. We do long stretching exercises, like, trying to open our legs as much as possible. To the point of having good overall flexibility. Getting ready to everyday’s exercise. Even some abs exercises. You can train: Kung Fu. Or Tai Chi. We use this forecourt to train basic Shaolin movements until we learn to do complete sets. Meals are completely vegetarian. I love it. Usually is rice, lots of vegetables, nuts, rice or egg noodles, even some spicy. They serve very, very well… after every meal I’m way too full. Won’t deny, tho, that after some weeks
I miss eastern food. Like a pizza or a burger. But I can handle eating this food every day. Quite tasty. After main meal, there’s a 4 hours long break. First, I do a nap. Then I stay here. In this beautiful pond. Usually I read books, chatting with my new friends, trying to speak with the locals in chinese, playing Nintendo, or simply nothing. Just being present. If you remember, this is the main entrance of the temple. It’s also, a different area to train some movements. At 4:00 pm, we start our second training of the day. First, some strechings. Then, we train the Shaolin movements that we have learnt. Even tho, there are always touristing checking us out. Here, we train for 2 hours. Until we are saved by the bell. Which means, that it’s time to eat for the last time in the day. I’m hungry! Moreover, we don’t drink water while eating. It’s only after you finish your food. By the way, water is taken from here. These tubes comes from the upper mountains. It’s completely healthy. We do some prayers, saying: “Ami tuo fo” which means “Buddha bless you” or the catholic version of “God bless you” so we pray to everyone’s food. Lastly, it’s importan to talk about the monks. The most important one is the “Shifu”. It’s the master who takes care of the temple. Everytime we see, we have to say “Ami tuo fo”. This Shifu is just how you expect from the real ones! Funny. Bald. And a biiig beard. I’m sad, tho, that I can’t talk chinese because, after meals, he gathers everyone to talk about Shaolin, buddhim and much more. So, that’s how we live everyday in the temple. Only thing left, are the night chants Around 7 or 8 pm, sun’s gone missing so there’s only time for sleep and start over. I’ll tell you more when my days here are over. [Three weeks later] It’s been three weeks since last time we talked. I’m in Dali, in a beautiful coffee place And man, it’s been a incredible experience. Very happy to spent so many days learning kungfu. If you stay only one week, you could learn one Shaolin set. Like this: Isn’t cool for such small period of learning it? I wanted to stay longer as you can learn weapons like swords. Or staff, like this I learnt: I fulfilled my dream to learn staff. Finally can consider myself as an version of Aang. If you’d like to, there’s no website. Just go to Dali. Show up. Ask. And pay per week. Any age is good for kungfu. At 30’s. 20’s. 40’s. Just be cautious: At least you should’ve done some exercise before, or else… You won’t be there for long. There will be more info about the temple on written article in my blog. If you want to see my hair back,
give me a thumbs up. Write a comment here about my hair… or about the kungfu experience. Please share it with others interested in this stuff. See you in the adventure!