Having spent most of the past year either confined to a wheelchair or hobbling along on crutches, I thought a Shaolin sojourn would help in regaining some fitness. Given that simply walking caused me great anguish, this may have seemed slightly ambitious. The Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy, however, has proven to be pivotal in my recovery. Everyone at the Academy was exceptionally understanding of my condition: the Shifu readily adapted my training, gearing it towards recovery with a focus upon Qigong; the Grandmaster shared his knowledge, prescribing exercises and remedies that calmed my chronic pain; and, even though I wasn’t able to participate in the more intensive training, the other students were highly inclusive of me and wonderfully friendly. Such a positive experience – and my dramatically improved health – is a reflection of the Academy’s pleasant atmosphere, the Shifu’s genuine joy for his art, and the holistic philosophy of kung fu.