About a decade earlier I moved to Beijing China to study martial arts and work as an English teacher. It had been a lifelong dream of mine to study martial arts in Asia, since I was a young boy in my hometown studying karate and watching kung fu movies. I stayed in Beijing for 4 years before moving to southern China to a modern city called Shenzhen in Guangdong province. Though the training in Beijing was good the lifestyle wasn’t suitable for me. For one the environment was very dry, and because it is such a big city traveling around is not always convenient.
Shenzhen is a beautiful city with nice weather, friendly people and modern facilities, it is also the place where I met my wife. Shenzhen however was not an ideal place to study kung fu. The only teacher I could find was two hour by bus, which I would visit once a week. The teacher was a Shaolin kung fu instructor who grew up as a disciple of the famous Shaolin monk Shi De Yang.