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My daily routine at the CDA:

Wake up at 5:00 a.m. for breakfast.
Practice kung fu until noon.
Practice until dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Practice until bedtime at 11:00 p.m.
Do it again the next day.

For ten years, I got only six hours of sleep, night after night. Like all the other boys, I slept on a rolled-out mat in a corner. The carpet on the floor hadn’t been cleaned for years and was filthy. We ate, slept, pissed, and had nightmares there, and it was covered in spilled food and my master’s phlegm. It had accumulated so much crud, the carpet was three times heavier than when it was new.