Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year and Updates

Well, happy new year to everyone. I hope all your goals were achieved, and that you have been able to grow yourselves into stronger athletes no matter what your sport or discipline.

Unfortunately, my blog hasn't been on the forefront of my efforts recently, but that's pretty much due to me being busy training! My schedule has been packed with 4-6 days of training a week in either Wushu or Parkour over the past months. However, I'm sad to say that my own goals were sidetracked by other efforts (such as Wushu, Sanda, strength training, and generally other movements). Nevertheless, I have come closer to achieving all of them. Recently my Wushu has been getting a lot better overall, so I'm very happy with that, and Parkour has been good to me too with a few new techniques, and personal achievements. Break dancing has apparently become the new thing too haha. So I've been attempting that.

In any case, I should really crack down on those goals. But I have nothing to complain about as other things has definitely gotten better in return. Work work work. Good luck to everyone!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Trip Return/Graduation/Update

Haven't updated in a long time simply because not much has happened in the recent months out of the ordinary. I've begun swimming at least twice a week, and am looking to begin training kung fu at a school in the area on top of my Parkour training. As well, I've recently graduated from university, earning my Honours Bachelors degree in Business Administration. However, at this point in time I have had not much luck in finding a job... but I'm not too worried as I have my own projects possibly in mind.

Trip Return:
I recently returned home after just about a month trip back in China. Hangzhou was a lot of fun, where I was able to meet many more new people. One downside to the trip was the lack of training during that time period. I can feel the difference now, but I'll work it back. During my trip I was able to make it back out to visit my old kung fu school for a day. It was great to see my shifu and see those who are still training there, again.

Speaking to local students I was able to learn that there is also a local Parkour group there, which was established around 2-3 years ago. It was great as I was explaining Parkour to them and a few of them were very familiar with it and had a few friends who do/have tried it. Unfortunately I couldn't make it out to meet up with them, but I'm sure I will next time I'm in the area. Lots of new cultural knowledge was learned especially this time around as I had the opportunity to immerse myself with the local students more so than during my previous trips. It was a ton of fun this time, but it's also pretty relaxing to be back home for good after 4 years of being everywhere and out of town.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Return to China

I'm glad to say that I'll be returning to China soon again. As another exchange with my school, I along with a bunch of other students will be staying in Hangzhou for 3 weeks to promote ourselves to a local university there. This is really exciting as I can visit Shanghai and all the people still there again! I can maybe even make it out to Nanjing or some other cities on the weekends. Hopefully that will be possible. I'll be going from mid-May until early June. 不久见中国!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

School Life Almost Over

This final semester of school has been a bit of a doozy, leaving me with not a ton of time for myself. I can't believe that my university life is over soon. That means that the next obstacle is just about to come up... finding a job. I don't know where I want to work, or what exactly. I have ideas in mind, but we'll see what happens when it happens. There are three main places that I've been looking into, though almost nobody is hiring worldwide. I'd be interested in China, Australia, or simply staying at home. But again, who knows what's going to happen until it does.

Fencing has been on and off unfortunately because of school work, but it's been a good optional source for some supplementary training when needed. Once this semester is over I'll finally have a lot more time to train.

China Parkour
A lot of people have been contacting me to get info on the Chinese Parkour scenes. Don't feel weird about doing so as I'd love to help. Just shoot me off an email, or leave a comment here and I'll gladly get back to you as soon as I can. There are many Traceurs in each of the main cities and I'd be glad to help you get in contact with them, specifically the ones in Shanghai, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, and Beijing. They are all very active groups and would love to promote Parkour, themselves.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year 2009

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that all your goals and resolutions were achieved last year, and hope that all your new ones will be even greater.

It was definitely a new and great year for me. I look forward to the upcoming one.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

China Parkour Scenes

I luckily have been one of very few westerners to have experienced Chinese Parkour groups first hand. It has been an incredible experience, and I've made friends for life here from it. I had the opportunity to train in 3 different cities (Shanghai, Nanjing, and Wuhan), and hopefully next time I can meet the Beijing group. It's kinda like a look into the past, seeing these groups... but with a more "big picture" train of thought than we had back in the beginnings of our groups.

Training with groups from other regions, may they be nation-wide or international, is an experience that everyone should have. Even if it's just going out to a new city, you will always learn at least something from those new people and make great friends in the process.

I have had an amazing time this trip, and I'll be going home next month. Gotta get some more training out before then.

Important Lesson Learned

Never bite into a fish oil tablet.... it's just wrong.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


This is a Camel:

This is me on a Camel:

I assure you it's real, not stuffed!