Archive for March, 2011

MOB: Best Advice Ever

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 by ctkwingchun

Conversation between long-time trainer Bunny and WBC Champion Tyson at my boxing gym went like this today:

Bunny: So, Tyson, we’re gonna get Kenton a fight here coming up.  Maybe, say, what are we now?  April?  Let’s shoot for May.

Kenton: Sounds good, guys.  I’ll see if I can taper back at work a bit to get some more training in.

Tyson: No.  You don’t say no to money for fucking amateur boxing.  This is fun for you.

Bunny: Yah.  Tyson’s right.  You gotta take care of number one.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 by His Dark Side

How fast can I run? When I get to the running track, I become Hermes, abandoning my cadaceus for my MP3 player and Dre Beats. I stand, shoulder deep, poised to run, the soles of my Nike Free’s vibrating. When I run I blaze a trail on rings of Saturn. Trembling tempest creating blade branded winged patterns. Mercurial speed. As I sprint, images become brushstrokes gliding across the edge of my retina. Zooming, heed steedily, raising heat, burning, burning hot. When I dash, I race at speeds at which things stand still. Aging stars, age no more. Mercurial. I land softly on the blossom of Venus, the finest caress, skipping her heart between beats. Stealing away as she extends her exposed wrist, fingers reach, closing clasping nothing. I am air and I flow Mercurial.




Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 by ctkwingchun

Big up to Maija for the find, CTK

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2011 by His Dark Side

“…there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there. It is hard for me to make sense on any given level. Myself is fabricated, an aberration. I am a noncontingent human being. My personality is sketchy and unformed, my heartlessness goes deep and is persistent. My conscience, my pity, my hopes disappeared a long time ago (probably at Harvard) if they ever did exist. There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it, I have now surpassed. I still, though, hold on to one single bleak truth: no one is safe, nothing is redeemed. Yet I am blameless. Each model of human behavior must be assumed to have some validity. Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this—and I have countless times, in just about every act I’ve committed—and coming face-to-face with these truths, there is no catharsis. I gain no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding can be extracted from my telling. There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing….”

The Bruce Lee Mind

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2011 by His Dark Side

Styles tend to not only separate men – because they have their own doctrines and then the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But if you do not have a style, if you just say: Well, here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely? Now, that way you won’t create a style, because style is a crystallization. That way, it’s a process of continuing growth.  

To me totality is very important in sparring. Many styles claim this totality. They say that they can cope with all types of attacks; that their structures cover all the possible lines and angles, and are capable of retaliation from all angles and lines. If this is true, then how did all the different styles come about? If they are in totality, why do some use only the straight lines, others the round lines, some only kicks, and why do still others who want to be different just flap and flick their hands? To me a system that clings to one small aspect of combat is actually in bondage.

This statement expresses my feelings perfectly: ‘In memory of a once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the classical mess.’

There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. 

I always believe that the easy way is the right way.

Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. 
To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself.     Now, it is very difficult to do. It has always been very easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, and be flooded with a cocky feeling and feel pretty cool and all that. I can make all kinds of phoney things. Blinded by it. Or I can show some really fancy movement. But to experience oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly, now that is very hard to do.
Question: What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
Bruce: There is no opponent.
Question: Why is that?
Bruce: Because the word ”l” does not exist.
A good fight should be like a small play…but played seriously. When the opponent expands, l contract. When he contracts, l expand. And when there is an opportunity… l do not hit…it hits all by itself (shows his fist).
Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it. 

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.

Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible.

The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my movement is a result of your movement.

The height of cultivation is really nothing special. It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost with the minimum. It is the halfway cultivation that leads to ornamentation. Jeet Kune-Do is basically a sophisticated fighting style stripped to its essentials.
Art is the expression of the self. The more complicated and restricted the method, the less the opportunity for expression of one’s original sense of freedom. Though they play an important role in the early stage, the techniques should not be too mechanical, complex or restrictive. If we cling blindly to them, we shall eventually become bound by their limitations. Remember, you are expressing the techniques and not doing the techniques.

I believe that the only way to teach anyone proper self-defence is to approach each individual personally. Each one of us is different and each one of us should be taught the correct form.

Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely – lay your life before him.

Brick Vader

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