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I had a client that ran ultramarathons. He would regale me with stories of the 100km races he ran through the mountains of Hong Kong. His best time was 17 hours. I struggle just to stay awake for 17 hours, let alone run for that long. That same client was trying to convince me to spend a summer with him training at a Shaolin temple. I passed. I'll just watch them perform at the Orpheum Theater on Oct 16th instead.

For over one thousand years, Shaolin kung fu has been the heart and soul of Chinese martial arts culture. The Shaolin Warriors Troupe consists of more than 20 kung fu masters who have each perfected the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat. With the precision of Olympic gymnasts, the grace of ballet dancers and the magic of Cirque du Soleil, the Shaolin Warriors demonstrate their sacred and deadly art form in a dazzling kung fu theatrical display.

He may just have been messing with me, but he told me that one thing they do is tie you upside down to a wall, put an empty bucket next to your feet and a bucket of water down by your head, and then give you a spoon. Your job is to transfer all the water from the bottom bucket to the top bucket via sit-ups - one spoonful at a time. After which, they untie you.

I suppose if I didn't die, I would have come back in really amazing shape.

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1 Response to "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting - 10/16"

  1. Dan Dan Said,

    Based on the times, your friend was probably running 100miles. 100km in 17 hours, while really freaking awesome endurance-wise, is alternating a really slow jog and walking. Now 100 miles in that time is pretty ridiculous shape and something most marathoners would brag about as their "best-time".

    Plus, most ultra marathons I've heard of are 100miles.

    Posted on 8/18/09, 10:18 AM


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