Summer season is near its peak here at the academy. Cicadas sing their rhythmic tune from when the sun rises and hand over the chorous near sunset to the crickets, whom take over for the night. The cranes who have made their home in the shallows of the lake can be seen flying behind the academy and the valley and mountians are covered in a lush green from the pine trees, corn fields and the rice paddies. The heat and humidity that builds (between 25 to 35 degrees C daily), help to create thunderheads that build into beautiful and stunning lightning storms.
Students from our academy are preparing for the second major competition of the year that is specific to the Baji Style. 5 Students will be attending the 2015 Baji Communication Competition of JiLin Province. The Foreign students that will be attending will be: Thomas (Canada), Luke (USA), Ossi (Finland) and two Chinese students: Liu Ji Ha and Li Hong Lin will be making the trip to Chang Chun to compete for August 30th. Li Shifu, the academies Baji Master is excited to see his students go and compete, they have worked hard to develop their skill and each one of them has a great chance of placing first in their specific categories.
The 2015 Baji Communication Competition of Jilin Province is not just a compeitition, but an event to spread knowledge of the Baji style and encourage freinship between the competitors. Several hundred practitioners will be competing in empty handed, weapons and partner Talou (kata/forms).
The improvements continue to happen around the academy. Most recently the showers have all been rennovated which will allow students to have access to showers 24 hours a day. Hot showers are still limited from 7:30 till 9:30 due to the academies water heating system being run by a boiler, but a brisk cold shower is most welcome to have in the mid day to help keep feel clean, refreshed and deal with the heat.
The Chinese students have shown rapid improvement in the last few months since the spring when Li, Jing and Wang shifu have arrived. While they are still young, the skill, expertiese and training methods these masters bring from Shaolin Temple, Chen Villiage and Shaolin Tagou is helping the students push through difficult training and reach new heights in their skill.
As it has already been mentioned, our academies 20th anniversary is quickly approaching and the first step to celebrate this event is a training discount of 20% for 20 years of operation. Mr. Che, the academies owner has more announcements to commemorate this event, but he is keeping them a surprise for October 1st, the official day that marks 20 years of passing the knowledge of Chinese martial arts and culture to people from around the world.
Till next time: Happy training and travels to you all.