Louise Dixon, tai chi&meditation.

Louise Dixon, tai chi&meditation.

Louise Dixon, 47, female, British, April 2014. Email:louloulou1001@gmail.com  I had no idea what to expect going to the Maling Kung Fu Academy and so I thought it was important to write a student experience not only for you readers but also to show how grateful I am to everyone at the academy.

I’m a 47 year old female from the UK who has been interested in Kung Fu and Qi Gong for a while and I finally decided to do something about it.  You only live once, well as far as we know, right?

I’d been inactive for nearly five years and a smoker and never done martial arts before.  I had my last cigarette the day before I flew to China to start me on my new healthy life style.  The training was tough, the running, body stretching and conditioning, doing (and remembering) the Shaolin forms, all of it….But I had fun and a lot of support from the masters and the other students.  One Friday I ran 5K without stopping.  I amazed myself, especially as I’d never run before to keep fit.

The Masters (Master Ba0, Master Tang and Master Lee) are great teachers and they really care about you and help you progress at your own pace.  Good nutritious food is freshly prepared every day by Master Bau’s mother and father.  Lisa, Master Bau’s wife takes care of the administration side and has better English than me!  The other students help and support you too and make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive.  And last but by no means least Daisy, the translator is helpful, friendly and funny and always around to help you.  I really enjoyed taking the Mandarin and Calligraphy lessons with her too.

I am so grateful to all of you and for the experience I had.  I have kicked started an active life style in an interesting way and had an awesome introduction to Martial Arts!  Love to you all, Lou.