Hey family to say we have had a busy week is an understatement! Today is actually our first day back to work since last Friday!
First we started the weekend at the International Chinese Martial Arts Competition in Middleton, New York.
We found out about it because Master Li who teaches my daughter Cara and Jamie’s daughter Jaya, invited Cara to be in a short team demonstration which was part of the entertainment for the event. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to capture some extra Kung Fu footage for you and our YouTube fans.
Here is a clip from the demo Master Li and his students put on. In the beginning of the clip when they do the drum part my daughter is the girl on the left hand side. 🙂
Li’s Chinese Martial Arts at the International Chinese Martial Arts Competition:
Hey family we wanted to share our favorite part of the martial arts competition we are at…
We are a bit biased because this is our girls Wushu school performing… But minus small bias, Master Li and his students are amazing! ?❤️
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Posted by Enter Shaolin on Sunday, September 18, 2016
Jamie recorded a lot of footage from the competition. Once we get back into the swing of things this upcoming week, we will start editing the footage to share with you! Both of our daughters train with Master Li in Wushu. Wushu literally means “Martial Arts”. It’s a beautiful art that is physically demanding on the body and very acrobatic at times.
It was a good time and we all got to see a lot of various forms we have not had the pleasure of seeing before.
We got home Sunday night and then had to repack to get ready to do some learning to keep our skills sharp and stay in the loop on various technologies at the Digital Summit in Washington, D.C. That was where we were for from Monday until late yesterday afternoon. While we didn’t learn as much as we had hoped for, however we did come away with some great takeaways and a good swift kick in the pants that a. we know more than we give ourselves credit for and b. we need to get over this next hurdle get somethings outsourced so we can do all the things we aren’t getting to.
Like building a more robust training site and community. Our vision is not just a place for you to feel safe learning, but one that is a place where you can make like-minded connections around the world. It is important to surround ourselves with people that are where we want to be in our journey and those on the same path as well. It helps inspire us, teach us and keep us moving towards our goals.
We keep learning internet marketing strategies and community building skills, so we can continue to provide you with the absolute best online martial art training site.
Enter Shaolin at the Digital Summit DC 2016:
We know we have something special here at Enter Shaolin. We are doing stuff here that we know our competition isn’t. We have only scratched the surface with what we have here. We will be filming for our training vault for years to come and have so much to offer to not only provide great martial arts training online, but a great online martial arts community.
We are constantly striving to make a better end user experience. We will continue to keep upping our game to provide you our absolute best. Just like we must keep training and learning in Kung Fu, the same applies to keeping our skills and goals sharp for managing Enter Shaolin.
Also, while we were gone we celebrated Jamie’s 35th new year aka her birthday!
If you haven’t given her some love yet, please do as without Jamie’s tenacity we wouldn’t be talking right now! 🙂
We really enjoyed DC, we were in the Southwest district. We also had our first AirBNB experience, not sure what that is? You can click here to check out Airbnb, it’s now one of our favorite ways to travel. You can stay like a local, get great recommendations and unique comfy environments with all the creature comforts of home, usually for way less than hotels! It was a cool experience.
This is our second time coming to DC for a business conference and both times we had great experiences with friendly people and great food.
The celebrate Jamie’s birthday on the 21st we went on our first dinner cruise. I must be crazy because it was my idea and I tend to get motion sickness super easily whether boats, flying, cars, etc… Jamie did ask IF I was sure I wanted to do this, but hey I figured it was a good chance to work on my Tai Chi and Qigong breathing. 😉 LOL The docking was literally across from where our event was going on and sounded like a fun adventure to start her year off right.
The dinner cruise we went on was the Odyssey III in DC. The food was excellent, the entertainment which wasn’t as dance provoking as Jamie had hoped for was still good and we laughed a lot at the festivities. The staff was fun and friendly and we got a chance to drift down the Potomac river and see some of DC’s monuments from a unique perspective.
And in case you are wondering about the motion sickness, on a scale of 1 to 10, it was a 3. Which seeing how bad it could have been, it wasn’t too bad after all. But yes, I did get a lot of good use out of proper breathing and internal chi applications while we were on the boat!
Jamie wanted to thank everyone for all the birthday love:
Speaking of getting out of comfort zones, learning, training and sharpening skills…
The Pittsburgh Conference & Seminar is open for registration for the until 9/29. We are opening this up to 30 people max to keep the experience more intimate.
We hope to see you in Pittsburgh, here’s our group photo from last year:
Before I leave you to your training. I just want to talk about mindset when it comes to traveling to learn and train. Many times we hear people think things cost too much or they are too far (even when it’s like 3 hours away at times, what!?!?). Here’s the reality, if you want something bad enough you can and will make it happen. We have met people that have sold their cars to get to a company event because they knew it would help excel their life. Now we aren’t saying you should sell your car, unless you feel deep down inside that’s what you should do, the go for it! Ha!
However, Jamie and I have been all over the country to make different events to better ourselves. Most of the times we never really had the money to make them and many times they weren’t close by at all. Jamie even drove a very not road worthy car from Columbus, OH down to Miami, FL and back just to make things happen. I prayed for her to say the least and I am pretty sure she said a bunch of prayers along her route.
But the point is, she knew she needed to be there and it was cheaper than flying her and her daughter down, so she made it happen. Not only did the car somehow survive but so did she and it helped her take her life to the next level and is one of the reasons she moved here to NJ… Which shortly after put the wheels in motion for Enter Shaolin, something Jamie had been bugging me for years to do!
What if she never made that trip in her jalopy car? What if she did not have the guts and faith to go? Would you be reading this now? Would Enter Shaolin still just be a dream for her? It’s very well possible.
My point is, if we didn’t get over ourselves and push past our own mental limitations, then neither of us would be where we are today. We had to save money, cut corners, sell things and prioritize things to make most of those trips. We did these things because we knew at the end of the day that what we were doing would make us better; that attending events would help us to learn and therefore grow.
We really really want to see you in November family and we hope your Kung Fu journey is worth you investing the time and money to put yourself around like-minded individuals and to give yourself an opportunity to train with us face to face. Here is the link again to all the details:
Now on to your training…
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