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Australian Cameron Andersen takes rigid trainings at Shaolin Temple

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Article Guide:IN 2008 Australian Cameron Andersen was practicing international law in Shanghai when he was spotted as a TV natural by the producer of Getaway. He was then invited as a guest for the 30-minute travel show on International Channel Shanghai, or ICS, which is seen nationwide and overseas.

Before Andersen came to Shanghai, he used to be a weightlifter, lifting 130 kilograms in the clean and jerk. He was a member of the Australian Weightlifting Team for the 2000 Youth Commonwealth Games in Scotland and the 2000 International Nauru Cup. If he hadn't pursued a career in law, he probably would have represented Australia in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

After six years of training, he holds a black belt in mixed martial arts karate, but Shaolin Temple has always been a legendary place for him since his childhood. On one visit he trained for two days and says it took two hours to learn the difficult "hurricane kick."

"My mentor didn't actually teach me anything about how to do it, but asked me to watch his apprentice and practice over and over," Andersen recalls.

"I realize he does this because if you learn someone else's technique, it will always be their technique. Every single technique must be your own because everybody is unique. The mentors just show the gestures and techniques, and the students should find the way themselves."

The Shaolin experience was also an exercise in humility, he says, adding that Chinese people appear extremely humble - none ever says how gifted they are.

Andersen's fluent Mandarin and basic Shanghainese astonish many Chinese.

The key is determination and practice, he says.

"Memory usually loses its power after two days and people need a lot of practice to bear every new word in mind, just like a parrot," he adds.

He enjoys interviewing old local aunties, imitating their tone and accent.

His next challenge is Ningbo dialect since his girlfriend is from Ningbo in Zhejiang Province.

"I find I get pushed by the society to improve myself," he says. "If I don't have something new, I feel 'out'."

Andersen plans to settle down in Shanghai and says his parents plan to move to the city for long-term China travel.

"Because of 'Getaway,' I changed my career completely," he says. "I want to continue hosting since I love to communicate with people."

Cameron Andersen

Nationality: Australian

Age: 29

Profession: TV host

Q&A

Self-description: All smiles, no regrets.

Favorite place: Tian Zi Fang.

Strangest sight: Unexpected snow in 2008.

Motto for life: Live life like there is no tomorrow.

Worst experience: Arriving just in the nick of time ... at the wrong airport.

How to improve Shanghai:

Free WiFi throughout the city.

Advice to newcomers:

Leave all your self restrictions behind, and do what you've always wanted to do.

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