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fartboystinks643 karma

What VPN you use to climb the Chinese firewall?

jiaweihoo1018 karma


Iskippedfaceday579 karma

What is your diet and physical lifestyle like? Wrestlers and gymnasts (many young ones especially) often face weight issues in order to stay functional in their sport or fit a weight class. Do you have this same pressure? If so, how do you navigate it?

jiaweihoo953 karma

Yes i have to monitor my weight also because if i get heavier it gets harder for the bases to do their work to throw me around and it gets tough for them and for me to be safe. I avoid all sugar drinks, only plain water, and eat the meals at the troupe, although i have sunday as an off day where i eat out but don’t drink any sugar drinks. I train for 2 hours in the morning, have classes, have lunch then train for another 4 hours until the evening and burn all the food I ate. We have night training closer to competition and shows

jack-of-all_spades292 karma

What kind of food is offered by the troupe? Are there any other foods you avoid besides those that are high in sugar?

jiaweihoo589 karma

We have porridge, tofu, nuts, chicken. I avoid oily foods, fried foods too and also bread. I don't eat bread

dusmeyedin143 karma

What is your 火锅 intake?

jiaweihoo227 karma

Not much, -2

homboo-7 karma

When will you start enjoying life ?

jiaweihoo27 karma

When i stop being a flyer... maybe

Dandannoodle2476 karma

What do you eat on Sundays?

jiaweihoo210 karma

I head out and just eat what i want when i see it. Not having to think about the oil and weight

SwaggersaurusWrecks309 karma

Ah the see food diet. I too am familiar with this diet.

jiaweihoo148 karma

Only for a day!

quincyguy1415 karma

What are you afraid of?

jiaweihoo1013 karma


Sweeztastic351 karma

On average, how many times have you hurt yourself learning a new routine?

jiaweihoo553 karma

At least 50 times

amerikaninjunwarrior134 karma

Idk if this has been asked already.. But what's your most serious injury to date?

jiaweihoo243 karma

A fractured arm... Luckily that was it

badassmthrfkr341 karma

Your English is really good. Where did you learn it?

jiaweihoo532 karma

We learn some in the troupe because we travel and also interacting with people oversea

badassmthrfkr144 karma

That's really surprising: I suspected you were raised in an English speaking country. I'm Korean-American and most Koreans who never spent time in the West aren't nearly as fluent, and they seem to have the hardest time with the punctuation which you seem to have no problem with. Good for you and I hope it'll be a great asset.

jiaweihoo209 karma

My dad spent time in europe which helped

toonwa113 karma

im in a local circus community, everyone is so incredibly nice and social there! Do you interact with a lot of people?

jiaweihoo171 karma

I spend alot of time with people in the troupe, because we spend most of our time in here!

toonwa60 karma

you must be very close

jiaweihoo123 karma

Yes we are! Luckily, because we spend so much time together

Joshfu295 karma

Are you happy?

jiaweihoo643 karma

To be honest, sometimes, not all the time. When the training gets tough and you can't do what you want it's very sad

Joshfu427 karma

I hope you realize you are like a super hero to so many people. Your will, dedication and bravery are beyond many. I admire your efforts. Thank you for entertaining us.

jiaweihoo350 karma

Thank you so much!

panjialang110 karma


jiaweihoo105 karma


sallypiece41 karma

I just want you to know that you are an incredible and unique human being. ❤

jiaweihoo36 karma

thank you! :)

Scrapple666238 karma

How young were you when you started training?

jiaweihoo348 karma

When I was 6 i started

BonkeyKongCountry149 karma

Have you always enjoyed it, or has it sometimes been more work than fun?

jiaweihoo316 karma

It is not too enjoyable, but i feels more like a job now

BonkeyKongCountry121 karma

You said that acrobats tend to be young. Do you have plans for what you will do when you're no longer an acrobat? Do you ever wish that you had a different job?

jiaweihoo320 karma

I hope to be a coach within the troupe, and i know finding a job outside would be tough.

Somedays, yes. I did not like i was kind of forced into this

alimeep34 karma

How did you get into it at 6 years old? Did you want to do it or did your parents decide for you?

jiaweihoo78 karma

My parents decided for me

alimeep27 karma

Did they sign you up for a certain length of time or could you have quit if you didn’t like it?

jiaweihoo49 karma

my parents could pull me out

TheLittlestTiefling222 karma

How many hours a day do you practice? Also Who decides your routines? 謝謝 您!

jiaweihoo315 karma

2 hours in the morning, 4 hours in the afternoon, and sometimes at night for another 2-4 hours. It gets more during competition or show, we can train up to 12 hours.

Our coaches decides what routines we do, and grouping us according to our strengths and what the routine require

brownu95211 karma

How long can a person be an acrobat before it takes its toll on the body?

jiaweihoo335 karma

I think it is when you are almost 30? But for a flyer like me, we stop doing it when we are too heavy and larger and may move to another role

brownu95121 karma

What kind of roles? What’s life after being an acrobat?

jiaweihoo279 karma

I could move to becoming a base. Or becoming a coach in the troupe.

AlexHimself211 karma

Have you ever had an accident or gotten hurt during a live performance?

jiaweihoo344 karma

I have fallen during a performance, but lucky it was not at the highest point of the act and it was quite low, and i fell onto a soft trampoline which we use as part of the performance

Tarijeno201 karma

Hey, me and nine of my buddies are planning on robbing The Bellagio, but we need an acrobat who can fit inside a rolling cart and do a standing backflip inside a laser-lined bank vault. You in?

jiaweihoo218 karma

I could definitely do that!

paranalyzed188 karma

How do you handle injuries?

jiaweihoo259 karma

We have someone in the troupe that handle our injuries and resting. But sometime if it is not very bad, we just keep training

BigDickMcThickCock174 karma

How long have you been doing it professionally and what's a typical length for a career? Is it strictly a young man's game?

jiaweihoo239 karma

I have been performing for 6 years now, and people usually stop about 25 to 30. It's better when you are younger

BigDickMcThickCock72 karma

Thanks. That's a pretty long career for a professional athlete. Most athletes in American sports retire around the 35 year old mark when they stop being competitive and that's usually after starting in their early 20s.

jiaweihoo115 karma

Yeah, but if i get older and i grow in size, i would not do what i am doing now and shift to carrying people instead and not get carried

thelivingtypo162 karma

Are eating disorders common in Chinese troups like in America?

jiaweihoo222 karma

Yes, especially people like me who have to be light to be able to do what we do in the air and get thrown around

inohsinhsin102 karma

How is that dealt with, or is it kind of a hush-hush, leave other people alone kind of thing?

jiaweihoo209 karma

We don't talk about it, we just do it, and do what we have to do to keep our weights

inohsinhsin78 karma

That's unfortunate. My friend's teenage daughter is going through an eating disorder and its kind of on the hush hush too. I see her like a little sister so it's fucking with me being so helpless to her situation.

jiaweihoo115 karma

it is something common with flyers here in the troupe too

Bodark43139 karma

In Japanese circuses there is almost always a bicycle acrobatic act. Is it the same in China?

jiaweihoo249 karma

We have a unicycle act

TheOuts1der134 karma

Whats your relationship like with your family? Do you see them a lot? Do you miss then when youre traveling? How do you feel about them pushing you into this career?

jiaweihoo344 karma

I see them once a year, during lunar new year, they don't work in Wuhan so i never get to see them. I do miss them sometimes. To be honest, I sometimes hate them for pushing me into this because of how tough this can be

inohsinhsin39 karma

It's interesting because I'm on the other side of the spectrum. My dad wasn't really in the picture and my mom worked all the time. I've trouble finding direction growing up and continue to in some regards. 或許人生就是如此。

jiaweihoo37 karma


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Sweeztastic129 karma

What is the highest height you have fallen from?

jiaweihoo239 karma

About 3 stories high? But i was caught so i was lucky then

TheOuts1der103 karma

How were you caught? By a rope system? Or by, like, a dude?

jiaweihoo236 karma

A dude, we don't perform with a safety rope for that act

Fenzke92 karma

Wow. How do you safely catch someone from a three-story fall?

jiaweihoo152 karma

There were 2 guys on the trampoline below that we use for the performance, and as i landed they slowed me down a little and i landed on the trampoline

themcjizzler40 karma

Did you fall as part of the ACT or accidentally?

jiaweihoo84 karma


altcodeinterrobang58 karma

that's terrifying. are you more scared of that happening again or bees?

jiaweihoo209 karma

bees. still. I fall almost everyday that is alright

Miningman664112 karma

What are some of your hobbies?

jiaweihoo387 karma

I like just lying around, watching shows. That's the only thing i have time for

GentleRice103 karma

What is your favourite country to visit?

jiaweihoo187 karma

Monaco. It's really interesting

Fenzke63 karma

How so?

jiaweihoo212 karma

Seeing the yachts, sea so close to everything, everything so compact but yet so high class. It is different from what I am used to

inohsinhsin27 karma

What are you used to? I may have missed this, but which part of China are you from? And if you miss home, what do you miss most about it?

jiaweihoo62 karma

I am from Wuhan. It's quite urban but not as high class as Monaco

kthamrin74 karma

Hi there!

1) Are there any acrobat moves you are afraid to do? 2) What made you want to be an acrobat? 3) What’s a bucket list acrobat move you have yet to try?


jiaweihoo128 karma

1) Being spun when in a horizontal position on the wheel, because you have no control in that position and you have to fully trust your base.

2) My parents got me into this, to make myself useful.

3) Not sure, but i would love to go into the russian bar

Grphx68 karma

2) My parents got me into this, to make myself useful.

I know you said English isn't your primary language but it sounds like your parents couldn't think of anything else you would be good at so they told you to do this so you wouldn't waste your life away. Is that what you intended to say?

jiaweihoo110 karma

Yes that is right

xenogeneral37 karma

They said that when you were 6?

jiaweihoo60 karma

They told me to learn something from there and be useful

rjr379069 karma

How much do acrobats get paid? Do you make enough to retire after your acrobatic career is over?

jiaweihoo145 karma

I get 250usd allowance a month, and about 50 usd for one performance. It is not enough yet, but i get paid more after i turn 18

eziligede57 karma

Does your troupe provide housing, food?

jiaweihoo69 karma

Yup they do

chinchillada68 karma

How are acrobats and other performers viewed in China?

jiaweihoo169 karma

Acrobatics is quite a well respected art form in China, and is quite competitive

TyGO2864 karma

Can you describe how you practice for the most difficult parts of your act?

As the audience, it seems like it would be dangerous to practice the hardest part all the time.

jiaweihoo145 karma

You have to just do it over and over again, for hours everyday,we can do the same thing, and you fall alot. But after alot of practices and falling, you can start to feel what is the right grip and strength you need to complete the moves, and that is when we start being able to perform it without much problems. Because of that spinning wheel, practicing on ground doesn't help because it feels different, so I have to always do it on it and you fall alot, but to perform it good, you have to know what you have to feel before executing the act

unsharpenedpencil64 karma

嘿! 你看起来很年轻,你打算一直做这个工作,还是学习别的专业?

jiaweihoo89 karma


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jiaweihoo43 karma


NaCl-more93 karma

Didn't know you were only 16! That's incredible! Do you have any plans regarding academics, or does this take up most of your time?

jiaweihoo95 karma

We study in the troupe, but i know it is not as good as studying like a normal kid, but being in an acrobatic troupe, the acrobatics is more important

bl1nds1ght25 karma

Your English is good enough that you could do translation work, potentially! Also, your work is super unique and you'd probably be able to get into some great US universities if you score well on entrance exams and can write a great app.

jiaweihoo21 karma

thank you so much :)

errgreen62 karma

Are those normal jeans? No special clothing?

And what's your favorite snack?

jiaweihoo144 karma

Those are like jogger pants, but look like jeans.

I don't snack :)

thishorizon59 karma

Do you work for yourself? How's the living like? Over in the US most acrobats are relegated to carnival shows and the like. Except for a very few high calibur shows.

jiaweihoo117 karma

No i work in a troupe, I study in the troupe and I live in the troupe. We perform 2 performances a year for a month and also do overseas performances

thishorizon29 karma

Cool man. Good luck to ya!

jiaweihoo39 karma

Thank you!

ninjacereal59 karma

Is your ass always bruised from being kicked in the ass for hours a day?

jiaweihoo105 karma

No bruising, but i wouldn't know if there are. But i am used to it now

Walkbyfaith12352 karma

That was really cool to watch! How did you get into acrobatics?

jiaweihoo115 karma

Thank you! It was my parents that made me go into acrobatics so that I have something to learn and do and hope to make money doing, which is what most kids in the acrobatic troupe came in for

noobto47 karma

What exactly do you do for training, if you can give a brief rundown? Also, have you ever hurt yourself while performing? What was that like?

jiaweihoo101 karma

We spend the first hour on warm up and physical, like squats, jumps, push up sit ups. Then we work on basic skills like handstands, flips, jumps. Then i go to do partner work, where i practice being thrown in the air, kicked in the air, spun around and working with my base on the ground for at least 2 hours a day. Then we move to routine training where we work on the routines for at least 2 hours or more

kitikitish46 karma

What's your favorite dinner?

jiaweihoo101 karma

Chicken noodles

Elhaym46 karma

Are your testicles immune to pain at this point?

jiaweihoo92 karma

You get used to the impact of landing on there, after a while you know how you should land and get used to the feeling

iamyouareheisme43 karma

How old are acrobatics in China?

jiaweihoo69 karma

We start at about 6 to 8 years old, and can go up to 30

200footdrop33 karma

How big is the bond between a base and a flyer? How often are you training together? Can you easily switch between different bases or do you need to learn how to work together first?

jiaweihoo68 karma

The bond is very strong because i have to trust him alot because some of the tricks i have no control, only he has control. I work with multiple bases so i could switch between them, in fact during a performance i can switch bases

Demderdemden30 karma

What are your retirement plans?

jiaweihoo53 karma

Maybe to be a coach at the troupe, or do something in there

toonwa25 karma

can you juggle?

jiaweihoo185 karma

Nope. People juggle me

joliesmomma24 karma

If you could switch career paths right now, what would you like to do instead of being an acrobat?

jiaweihoo51 karma

Study. Continue my studies and complete senior high school, education is only compulsory up to junior high here

StainedMugz22 karma

How do build your strength and maintain it in order to excel at your fascinating proffesion?

jiaweihoo44 karma

Constant work. We train 6 days a work, and spend at least 2 hours a day on fitness

ZLUSpec17 karma

Your daily routine seems pretty intense. As a professional athlete what do you do to avoid muscle fatigue? Do you take any supplements besides your daily meal to enhance muscle recovery?

jiaweihoo32 karma

We do cool down massages, but we don't take pills

KeySlapper14 karma

What is your relationship like with your base? Do they carry a lot of guilt when you fall/are dropped?

jiaweihoo29 karma

I have grown to be close with them because we work together alot. They used to feel bad but after years we get used to falling and falling is part of the job, so we just get back to doing what we are doing and learn from it

Ispeers14 karma

I love Chinese acrobats! Any chance your troupe will come to Vancouver, BC?

jiaweihoo19 karma

Never been to canada before, but would love to!

musea1814 karma

What inspired you to go into acrobatics?

jiaweihoo23 karma

My parents. They were the one that got me into this to learn something and make myself useful

frog_at_well_bottom12 karma

Did you go to a special school for this or was your training part of your after school activities?

jiaweihoo17 karma

Yes i went to the troupe directly and we study in the troupe

japaneseknotweed11 karma

What will you do after your circus life?

Does your troupe help members prepare for a career change?

What happens to performers when their bodies will no longer allow them to perform so heavily?

jiaweihoo15 karma

I would probably be a coach within the troupe or in other troupes, because i know its hard to find job outside after this. No, if you stop performing the troupe stops its job there. Some performer coach, or just leave and do small job

cvheuvel10 karma

Do you have a fixed point in the venue that you focus on in order to maintain balance and/or not get nauseated?

jiaweihoo30 karma

I don't have a fixed point in the venue so i focus on my partner face. haha because we are on the spinning wheel so focusing on the venue would make it even more confusing, so i try and focus on the only thing not moving, the platform i am on and my partner

Surinical10 karma

Do you eat differently the day you perform?

jiaweihoo35 karma

You eat at least 2 hours before the perform, but you don't eat as much, and you eat lighter foods so you do not feel like you want to throw up

FoxInKneeSocks10 karma

What is the craziest unplanned thing to happen during a live performance?

jiaweihoo18 karma

Being stuck in the air, because the wheel stopped working all of a sudden, and we had to wait for them to try to fix it

FoxInKneeSocks5 karma

Oh no! How long did it take to fix and how did the audience react?

jiaweihoo12 karma

Luckily it took about 5 minutes, and the audience cheered and clapped when it started working again

hkbfernape10 karma

What was your worst injury?

Have there been any acts that you have done in a show or competition that genuinely scared you?

jiaweihoo32 karma

Fractures are my worst injury.

This act on the wheel was the scariest. Because I go up to 10 metres high on this act, and at that point I am standing on top of 2 other people as well

apprehensiveabtthis9 karma

What’s your favorite movie?

jiaweihoo22 karma

i don't watch movies :/

SeaWhole9 karma

How long have you been living in Wuhan? Did you live there your whole life (I have family there and family that grew up there so I'm interested)? Also, do you play video games? If so, what game(s)?

jiaweihoo25 karma

Yes I have been living in Wuhan my whole life, I was born here. No i do not play video games, i do not have time for that hahaha

dannnter9 karma

How often do you preform? Where is your favorite place that you have performed?

jiaweihoo31 karma

We perform twice a year in Wuhan for a month at a time, and multiple times overseas, depending on how many we have been assigned to, but we could spend 2 months or more overseas. France is my favourite

hspace86 karma

I'm curious about your progress. Did you notice your body got stronger very fast when you train? When did you notice you got the strongest the fastest? Did you grow a lot of muscles in a short time, or was it a slow progress?

jiaweihoo11 karma

When i was younger i noticed i become strong faster, being able to hold a handstand longer and a stronger core. It was quite fast because i started younger and training was intense

Dinus695 karma

Have you ever screwed up during a performance?

jiaweihoo14 karma

Of course, mainly because of falling. And if you fall, you would always have to redo that move in the performance, and hope you don't make the same mistake.

Yaynewaccount1234 karma

Hi! What an interesting career! Thanks for doing this.

You say you started training at age six. What was the training like in your childhood and do you regret your parents setting you on this path? (this is a tough question, you don't have to answer)

For studying, are you studying for the 高考 at all or just a high school equivalent? Is it covered or mandatory /encouraged by the troupe? How does that work for you?

Thanks for sharing!

jiaweihoo6 karma

Training was tough when i was young, because i did not expect things to be so painful and difficult, and i did hate my parents for making me do this. I stopped at 中考,and don't do studies anymore once i was done with that which was the compulsory level

the_only_edeleanu4 karma

are you any good at martial arts?

(because of the whole acrobat thing)

jiaweihoo7 karma

Not really, i do not think so

DumbBoizHour4 karma

How many hours do you spend practicing a day? And what’s your guilty pleasure food?

jiaweihoo4 karma

We spend about 8 to 12 hours a day training. I like fried chicken, or any fried meats with a sauce...

illimitable13 karma

You mention that you are specifically a Chinese acrobat. As you'll know, there are many circus performers of any nationality. Is there something about your skill or performance style that makes it a particularly Chinese skill?

jiaweihoo3 karma

Chinese Acrobats i think are known for their more ridiculous acts that you don't really expect and for the trainings. Just wanted to put it out there and to know about the chinese acrobatics field

r0cx893 karma

What kind of pre-work stretching and conditioning do you have to do in order to just physically do this night after night? How did you figure out you could do this?

jiaweihoo3 karma

2 hour of warm ups and fitness work to start the day. Push ups, sit ups, runs, stretches. You can not skip this 2 hours otherwise you cannot do this so much. I never thought i could do this, but you just have to use you mind to get through this!

saralulu1212 karma

What do you eat in a day? :)

jiaweihoo4 karma

For breakfast just biscuits and milk, lunch would be rice porridge, with chicken and picked vegetables and potatoes, and dinner would be rice with fish and small sides

Dandannoodle242 karma

Have you ever had to deploy your acrobatic skills in real everyday life? You know, like Superman swooping down from the sky to save someone tied to a railroad track?

jiaweihoo2 karma

No, I wish

musea182 karma

any tips on getting the straddle split (if you can do one)?

jiaweihoo2 karma

I do not have any proper tip i think because in the troupe we get pushed into it xD

Nert1182 karma

How much do you make? Feel free not to answer.

jiaweihoo3 karma

Not alot. We get food and lodging but not much allowance

Tran5552 karma

Ok who works Hardest? You or bottom?

jiaweihoo1 karma

My base has to do alot of the strength work to be able to toss me around. And i do alot of height stuff in the air and landings and core work. Equal work i guess haha

trailangel42 karma

I know that, in China, the government runs state institutions for sports. I always assumed that those who end up at Circus School are the non-Olympic track, but still talented and flexible, gymnasts. Would that be accurate? How did you end up doing this particular job?

jiaweihoo5 karma

My parents got me into the circus, to make myself useful. And they are less tough to enter than gymnastics and you can last longer because you perform and not try to get medals. But the training is still as difficult

11twofour1 karma

Do you know red Panda?

jiaweihoo3 karma

If you talking about the animal, yes!

MpVpRb-5 karma

A common myth is that Chinese acrobats are superior to all others

Do you feel superior?

Can you explain the myth?

jiaweihoo5 karma

No i don't feel that way, i never heard of that before too, this is my first time hearing this