Forums > Living in Kunming > True Story
I know what you mean. I'll occasionally, but NOT regularly pick up neighbors articles and toss them over the line again. Depends on whether I'm feeling RAKish. But yeah - nobody else (that I know of) will touch other people's stuff, out of habit.
It's NOT a RAK - it's just "the right thing to do".
Forums > Living in Kunming > Real GK Meetup
I'm up for another coffee mtg, depending on time and location. Be good to see you again and catch up.
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Forums > Food & Drink > Subway Sandwich Shop
I see tremendous potential for TCM for livestock (hint: already in progress).
Forums > Living in Kunming > Advices on buying a Chinese brand car
The best way to verify a vehicle's reliability is to check it's resale value after 1-5 years. A resale value close to the car's original purchase price would usually indicate a reliable vehicle.
BMW for example, loses its value at a remarkable pace.
Others have commented on brands, so you need only research the purchase price and search online for used or second hand cars (er shou or 二手), to compare depreciation rates. Use the search engine baidu.com to search for used cars. If you need an online translator, use fanyi.baidu.com, as google is blocked in China.
Most foreign branded vehicles are made here, so you're basically paying for the brand, which implies higher quality, better service, better parts, (or in the case of BMW, higher face).
Welcome to Kunming. Trust your extended visit will be a pleasant and memorable experience and you'll make (and be) wonderful new friends.
And please don't feed the trolls.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Martial arts Kunming
You're welcome. Thanks for the alternative perspective on Krav - I'd only perused a few books on the subject. I was taught martial arts for health and exercise. The first rule of combat is avoid a direct confrontation, if possible - which is in alignment with SunZi et al. If you are forced to engage - be fast, precise, crippling if possible, deadly as the opportunity arises.
The art of surprise is critical in a forced confrontation - also derived from Sunzi et al.
So, depends on one's philosophy and purpose. Since you studied Krav - I assumed you were more interested in the self-defense aspects, with exercise being a secondary benefit.
FYI - All forms of Taiji (that I'm aware of in my very limited world) provide enhanced stance and ultimately balance bases - which will help you significantly in any other style. One way to verify your taiji instructor is an expert or master - check out his/her legs and thighs - they'll look like mini versions of an Arnold Schwarzenegger - hence the comment regarding the focus on stance and balance - both static and transitionary. One of my old buddies was (probably still is) a lifelong practitioner - but denied he was an expert - scrawny little guy - but his legs were like sprung steel. The drawback - he muttered something about finding pants that fit as his thighs were larger than most humans with his waist size, which may explain the loose fitting workout clothes.
Hope you find a great instructor and even more important - great students to commune with. Iron sharpens iron.