In Pursuit of Kung Fu Destiny

Those that know me will find it no great surprise that I have found my passion in the study of Kung Fu.  To that end I am always studying and researching to further my understanding of kung fu, in particular the unique style of kung fu that is the family of Song Shan Shaolin Temple martial arts.  Along with kung fu there is the study of Chan, or Zen Buddhism and Traditional Chinese medicine.  To me these three items go hand in hand and as far as Buddhism is concerned it cannot be separated from kung fu.

The more I study and learn about kung fu and the more benefits that I experience, the more I want to share what I have learned with other people, who like me, are interested in Chinese martial arts.  Along with Da Shi Xiong Kevin Sears, I have envisioned creating a school is not just a kung fu school, but a Chinese Cultural Center.  A place that offers instruction on a variety of cultural arts including martial arts, Buddhism, music, history, literature, language and calligraphy to name a few.  This organization allows people of many different interests a place to pursue their understanding of Chinese culture.

This is an ambitious goal, but one worth striving for nonetheless.  My main contribution to this endeavor will be my knowledge and understanding of Buddhism and kung fu.  Though I have studied kung fu for a decade, I have much to learn. To truly be able to help people on their own journeys in the pursuit of kung fu, I feel there is a certain level of skill that I need to achieve.  To reach that level I need to opportunity to focus all of my attention and effort to it’s development and that is not something that I can easily do here.  Here I must work to afford to have a place to stay and food to eat and this limits my ability and energy for training and study.

Therefore, I have decided to move to China for a period of years to afford myself the opportunity to reach the level of skill I feel is required to reach my dream.  In China I can study 12 to 16 hours a day for 6 days a week.  Doing this consistently for the next 3 to 5 years under quality instruction will be my best chance to further my understanding and ability in kung fu.  This transition will not be an easy one and has it’s own unique challenges.  I must have enough liquid capitol to be able to remain in China that long without needing to work.  This means that in pursuit of my dream I will have to sell or get rid of most of my possessions to raise money.  Once I return, there is a good chance that I will not have much and will trade the comfortable life I now maintain for one that is much more humble.  I will gladly and willingly do this to reach my goal. I will also have to get the appropriate visa to stay in the country for any length of time.  I also need to study Mandarin to become more conversant in the language, especially in I intend to study the more in-depth subjects of Chan Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

If everything goes well I hope to make this transition over the next several months and by June of 2010 I hope to be on my way to China for training.  I decided that if I really am sincere about reaching my dreams then it is time to seriously go after it and try to realize it.  I feel it is now or never.  The training I will undergo is intense and I need to attempt it while my body is still in good condition and can handle the rigorous training schedule. I am excited and nervous at the same time at the prospects of training in China for so long.

If those of you reading this have the ability I would greatly appreciate any assistance I can get towards reaching my goal.  If you feel inclined please make a small contribution towards funding this trip.  On the sidebar to the right, and at the bottom of this post you will find a badge that will walk you through the donation process.  Though I will have limited Internet access while in China, I do intend to continue my work here on Kung Fu Destiny and will write and detail my journey as often as I can so that you may all share in this experience with me in some small way.

More important to me though is your support in this endeavor.  Your thoughts, words of encouragement and insight mean a great deal to me and help me to steel my resolve in moving on to this uncertain path.  Thank you all for visiting Kung Fu Destiny and sharing this time in my life with me.


Comments  4 Comments »

  1. Melissa Laycock - November 24, 2009 9:23 pm

    Wishing you a safe and meaningful trip :)

  2. Amy Huster - November 25, 2009 3:21 am

    Here’s hoping that your dream comes true. Your solid determination is going to get you far my dear.

  3. kungfukid - November 25, 2009 7:01 am

    Totally agree and think that your goal is worthwhile, ambitious and something every martial arts school – beit a Chinese martial arts or a style from any other country could do much to promote healthy lifestyles and beliefts often found through martial arts (and of course Kung Fu) training.

  4. Matt Talbert - December 4, 2009 2:36 am

    Da Shi Xiong Matt Talbert

    Thank you everyone for support. I have lots of things to get done by the time I have set to go next year. Your thoughts and encouragement will help me not be overwhelmed by it all and to keep plugging away at the details a little at a time.

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