My first full day in China and I started it off right by doing my complete workout at 1:30am local time. My circadian ryhthms are all screwed up but at this hour I had all the energy I would need. At first I couldn't find anything to do the lower hamstring strap stretch and then realized that my leather belt would work just fine - and it did. I really liked the assistance of the belt, while not as giving as a fabric strap, it was easier to get the stretch I needed as opposed to a conventional stretch.
Food here is great, there are lots of good, wholesome dishes but I stuck to basics - Namely rice, vegetables, fruit and eggs. At any hotel here I've found that you can get a fairly simple version of any one of these dishes. Lots of broccoli, peppers, watermelon, and eggs all around. The only problem I knew I'd encounter was the reaction of my Chinese hosts when I turned down a few of their offers of richer foods - I ended up explaining in detail what I was into.
I didn't realize what an impact my explanation would have on everyone - I explained the core principles of the KFB - Developing speed, agility, coordination, strength and flexibility through the use of basic strength training, Kung Fu principles, flexibility and meditation.
I explained the premise quickly but found many asking about it in detail. Kinda neat and I found that they were proud and encouraged that I would look at eastern philosophy and training to get into really great shape. I have found that my Chinese comrades are less prone to cynicism and happily focus and listen intently.
I'm just starting to get into the KFB and this simple interaction has given me a new perspective which I can use to better understand this way of life.
See you soon...