Archive for May, 2010


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 31, 2010 by shadowsamurai

I walk towards the highest point on the hill. My hands fill my grey oversized tracksuit bottoms, while the hood of my black top clings to my head. The wind catches it and creates a pocket of air, but it doesn’t fall away; the breeze feels crisp against my skin. The peak of the hill draws nearer. In the fading light some blades of grass become grey, others have a bluish tinge. The smell however remains faithful to my memories. My pace shortens. I hover above my seat on the ground. Before I sit, I look out at the sky line, the panoramic scene is immense. Lights illuminate the ground, creating a glowing yellow aura which surrounds it. It beams with intensity. I think of the people. I think of their problems and their worlds. How each of them has their own spectrum of reality and how a culmination of their realities builds the light that grows around the city. My fears and my doubts become trivial in comparison.

Then I sit up on the grass with my knees up. I can faintly hear the hustle of the city in the distance. Cars horn, sirens sound. The city is alive. It has a breath, it has a united voice.

I start to roll a cigarette. I don’t smoke, but tonight I will. The tobacco is slightly wet. I tear it into the sheet, roll it and then light it. My elbow falls to the ground and I lean back. As I blow the smoke out of my mouth I look up to the sky. The sun is setting. Its crown has just dipped below the horizon. The sky is filled with purples and oranges, with streaks of cloud interrupting the vision like thick brushstrokes of a paintbrush. The other side of the sky has blackened. The oranges, to purples, to blues, to blacks bleed into each other seamlessly. The blackness brings with it pinholes, which behind bare brilliant whiteness. I blow more smoke up into the air. I contemplate my insignificance. Our insignificance under the sky. My goals, my aims become meaningless. My roll-up finishes, I flick it out of view.

I sit back, supported by both elbows. My minds workings quiet. I hear my breath. Time passes as I absorb my surroundings. I get up. I pull the hood back over my head and walk back into the light.

Growing Young

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 30, 2010 by His Dark Side

“A true maverick, Aubrey de Grey challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition — that aging is inevitable. He argues instead that aging is a disease — one that can be cured if it’s approached as “an engineering problem.” His plan calls for identifying all the components that cause human tissue to age, and designing remedies for each of them — forestalling disease and eventually pushing back death. He calls the approach Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).”

Burst Training

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 30, 2010 by His Dark Side

“Short-burst interval training — often with 15-, 30- or 60-second bouts of all-out activity followed by a brief recovery period — has long been a part of the regimen for elite athletes. And now, fitness professionals say, it’s gaining popularity with recreational exercisers who are tired of their usual, monotonous endurance workouts and looking for ways to save time.

A recent article in the trade journal for fitness instructors and other professional members of the IDEA Health and Fitness Association highlighted short-burst training as a “new frontier” in the fitness field.”

An introduction to Burst (or HIIT) based training;

Video on burst sprinting on treadmill;

Article on how to do Burst Training;


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 28, 2010 by His Dark Side

Preying On Your Insecurities

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 27, 2010 by ctkwingchun

So very not cool – yet so very typical.  I just saw it again on the local Wing Chun forum: “I, and only I, have the real Wing Chun.  And by the way, you don’t.  But I could teach the real Wing Chun to you – just buy my XYZ.”

When I first opened my Chinese medicine clinic, I used to sit in it alone a lot.  No phone ringing, no e-mails, no appointments and no clientele.   The demons in my head started gaining ground: maybe I had made a terrible choice, maybe I should pack it up, maybe there’s something else I could be doing.

I would open up the supply-shop newsletters and there it would be – staring me right in the face!  If I purchase this piece of equipment, or bought this book on practice management, I could be just as successful as the guy or gal who wrote it!  I could increase my PVA (patient visit average)!  My OVA (office visit average)!  My ROI (return on investment – in this case, returning clientele)!

…but in the end I, and only I, already have everything I need.  I already have the ‘real Wing Chun.’  Be careful.  They’re preying on your insecurities.

Quantum Gung Fu Theory

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 27, 2010 by His Dark Side

In the eighteenth century, a man named Bishop Berkeley claimed that objects can only exist because people are there to see them. This proposition has some support in quantum theory which suggests that what is being observed, only becomes manifest due to the very fact that it is under observation. Up until the point that it is being observed, it is in a state of flux, existing as pure potential. Therefore without an observer being present, that ‘thing’ cannot be said to exist.

Perhaps this serves as an important lesson for Gung Fu folk. Up until the point that their skill is being observed (preferably by a competent opponent), their “skill” exists as nothing more than potential. For true skill to be asserted, it has to have been witnessed first hand by someone acting as the observer.

This not only suggests the futility of single man forms and drills but also of the entire notion that a person has skill, when no attempt has been made for that skill to be demonstrated, hands-on, against someone willing to serve as a critical observer. Skill only exists when it is applied against someone.

Koan Sound – Blessed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 26, 2010 by ctkwingchun
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