Before I came to RDS I had no real martial arts experience and wasn't completely sure what I was getting myself into but I was ready. When I finally got there I knew it was the right choice, for the first few weeks it felt as if I was in a kung fu movie, very cool!
I chose to learn the internal martial arts; Sun Style Taiji, Bagua and Xingyi Quan. It had always been a dream of mine to learn Taiji from a Chinese master, and here I was able to do that but it wasn't all I learned. I was at RDS for about 14 months and with all the other masters and students around me I never stopped learning.
I am still amazed at what I saw;
It's not the same as seeing it on TV! During my time there I got to meet and see some of the best martial artists I've ever seen, Meeting the Sun Style Association at Sun Lu Tang's 150th anniversary and going to the Northern Shaolin Temple are just two of the trips I took with the school and they are certainly events I will never forget.
One of the highlights of my time in China was performing with Jackie Chan on live TV and in front of an audience of 17000 people and it was all thanks to The Rising Dragon School and Scott Bird!
I spent about 14 months at the school; I trained hard and learnt a lot. The one thing I really understood is that the learning process will never stop.
For me that's the challenge, I hope you find yours.