ABOVE: Josh getting instruction/correction from Wang HeLing
Sunday...the longest day so far...
Just to recap a little of what was written below, Saturday morning we reviewed/practiced on our own and then we trained from 2:30 pm until 5:30 pm with Wang laoshi. It was hot and sunny. The training was pretty fun as two more of Wang laoshi's regular students (Tian Ying and WuYaJun) showed up as they can only come to train on the weekends. So we got to train with some more guys who do what we do. After practice we walked back to the hotel (by mistake)-3 or 4 miles (along the way we saw a Taoist monk sitting outside a store text messaging), got back quite late, ate at the hotel and the went outside to train a bit before going to sleep.
We had to get up at 6:00 am to go back to practice with Wang laoshi. It was sunny and hot again and we were sweating profusely before we had even finished warming up. Tian Ying showed up and gave us gifts for health and happiness that his father had obtained at a temple but neither and Andrew and I can remember which one.
When we finished practicing Chris took Andrew and I shopping right away. Following another series of subway rides we ended up at the Pearl Market. Once we were done there we headed over by subway to another shopping area where they sell knock-off clothes. In between we decided to grab some western food for lunch.
We were all pretty wilted by the time we hit the clothes shopping area as the temperature had hit the high 20's and we had not eaten anything since the night before...so we ate right across the street from the shopping area at a new restaurant in Beijing. See important map below.
We finished shopping late in the day (LOTS of bargaining which was both fun and annoying at times...) and the took the bus to train with Lu Yan.
I was concerned about the evening's training with Lu yan as we were zonked from training and the heat AND we did not have the afternoon to review and practice before her class. We started traing with Lu Yan somewhere around 6:30-7:00 pm and all of my concerns came to fruition. Speaking only for myself, I can state quite clearly that my brain would not work at all for the first hour of training. The second hour of training saw my brain start to work and then my body decided to take a bit of a break. All in all, not the most impressive training on my part although I am hoping for better on Tuesday when we see Lu Yan again. In the meantime-and on the brighter side- Wang DeMing a very famous wushu coach- and a student of a very famous Bagua Master named Sun ZhiJun-whol coaches at the school where we are training with Lu Yan is starting to teach a Bagua Kwan Dao/Da Dao set and had an extra Kwan Dao made which just arrived Sunday and was offered to me for a very reasonable price (under $20.00)...so I bought it.
We then bused back to our neighbourhood, bought some water and Mr. Noodle type things, have showered and are now going to bed (midnight) as we have to get up at 6:00 am for training again.