I'm very excited to say that Rod's Big Adventure begins tomorrow.
I'm headed to Beijing, China to study Kung Fu for two weeks. 10 full days of training basically from dawn til dusk. My wife and I are headed there a few days early to get in some shopping and see some of the sites. I'm very excited to get to see The Great Wall in person!
As for the training, I'll be studying 4 different styles: Baguazhang, Tong Bei Quan, Six Harmonies Praying Mantis, and a Shaolin long staff style called "mad demon staff". Two weeks really isn't a long enough time to master anything obviously, but it is a great opportunity to learn from different Chinese Masters. Just seeing them go through the movements should be educational in itself. It will be some grueling training, but a very exciting opportunity.
Anyway, I'm not sure what all is blocked in China (Facebook, Google+, etc...) so I'll probably not see any of your posts for about 3 weeks. In that time, stay well friends! I look forward to catching up on all your hobby accomplishments when I return.