June in Australia
The journey continues. Back in November, 2016 I was visiting in Wudang and began teaching a Chinese-Australian woman for about two weeks. We talked a lot inside and outside of training and began discussing the possibility of my traveling to Australia to teach her privately. May 1st I boarded a plane in Los Angeles bound for Melbourne, Australia and arrived on May 3rd. After a day or so of jetlag I began teaching. I was originally only supposed to be there for one month, but chose to extend my stay for another full month.
During my time there I taught various different workshops and private classes. I was also able to spend some time with my Shifu and Shiniang as they flew from Wudang to visit for 10 days. I departed Australia and went to visit a friend in New Zealand for a week, then took a 14 hour flight to Los Angeles, drove to San Jose, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, and then back down to Los Angeles. I was in California for only a week before I boarded yet another flight, this time bound for London.
I was in London for a bit and it was my first adventure there during the summer… or what qualifies for summer in the UK. A big thank you to Le Le Wang and David Burns for organizing and being such wonderful hosts during my stay. And a thank you to Charles Potter, Adam Martin, Stewart Holdsworth, and Ralph Spethmann for hosting me in a variety of very well-received workshops. And of course thank you to all the students who took part in training. Looking forward to training with you all again soon! My kungfu brother, Alex Mieza (资晓) was also with me in London visiting and doing some workshops. He taught the first half of a Taiyi 18 workshop in Oxford this past Thursday as well as a Baji workshop this past Saturday. Alex runs an amazing school in Tenerife, Spain and also teaches classes in Barcelona. For more info on learning opportunities with Alex, please have a look at his website: Wudang Zixiao. I am now in the mountains of north Italy where I will be running two men's workshops with my friend Thomas Albers and his association, Salvaj. Check out some of the pictures below of my travels in the Upside-Down.
Here are some wombat facts:
Wombats have tough butts. It is mostly cartilage and their first line of defense against predators such as dingos.
Often times when threatened by a predator, wombats will dive into their burrows and block the entrance with their buns, sometimes even using their thick booties to completely crush the skulls of the predator against the roof of their burrow.
Wombats were once as big as rhinos.
Apparently wombat poop is cube shaped.