Archive for October, 2010

Halloween History

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 31, 2010 by ctkwingchun

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century.

The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.

Masks and consumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given.

Part of the history of Halloween  is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of “souling,” when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling [whimpering, whining], like a beggar at Hallowmas.”

From http://halloweenhistory.org

Peace, CTK

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In For The Kill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 31, 2010 by His Dark Side

Macbeth

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 31, 2010 by His Dark Side

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

from Macbeth

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Goals, Achievers and Vengeance

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

“People who have achieved their goals tend to believe in personal accountability and responsibility. They tend to be more compassionate, supportive, at peace with themselves and others, and optimistic. They also tend to be more forgiving, hardworking and industrious.

Those who have NOT achieved their goals often have a victim mentality. They can be quick to place blame on others and may be bitter, angry, negative, pessimistic, and vengeful. Usually, they are less industrious and more critical and cynical than achievers.” Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, Ph.D., and Mark Mazzarella (Reading People)

So, which one are you?

Dark Matter

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

I’m looking out from the Starbucks window, watching ripples in the Universe. 90% of the universe is said to comprise of matter that cannot be described using any principles of Physics. As a result, the scientific community has taken to labelling this ‘stuff’; Dark Matter.

There are doors within doors, within doors.

Having undergone a paradigm shift last year that Kuhn himself would be proud of, I no longer need to see the world fitting a particular pattern. On the contrary I want my world to be dynamic, fluid, changing. And I no longer feel isolated, instead I am blended, merged and fused into the fabric of the world. Bruce Lee wanted the quintessential martial artist to have the same qualities of fluidity possessed by water.

Aldous Huxley says in his book the Doors of Perception that when you learn a language you are an inheritor of the collective wisdom of the people who have gone before you. But, you are also a VICTIM in this sense; of that infinite set of experiences that you could have had, certain ones are given names, labelled with words and are thereby emphasised and attract your attention. Equally valid, possibly EVEN MORE DRAMATIC and USEFUL experiences at the sensory level which are unlabelled typically don’t intrude into your consciousness. You therefore become a victim of following a particular path and thereby excluding other paths.

Thoughts on topics such as this are the reason why I departed from being bound and gagged by any particular martial system. These thoughts may also have precipitated my desire to believe in Magic.

So, as I sit here in Starbucks, looking out of the window I am not seeing through the eyes of science. Instead, I am limitless, timeless and can see ripples in the Universe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYKfX60bPrI&feature=related

Ross Enamait Compilation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 29, 2010 by ctkwingchun

Ross is back with another compilation of his training.

Enjoy, CTK

X-Factor/MMA vs. TMA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 29, 2010 by ctkwingchun

I enjoyed this read on Wim’s Blog: http://www.wimsblog.com/2010/10/guest-post-mark-mireles-on-mma-and-self-defense

Perhaps you might, too.

Peace, CTK

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