Archive for December, 2011

Eels Within

Posted in Death and the Macabre, Music and Clips on December 31, 2011 by His Dark Side

Eels writhe wildy, where my intestines once lived. Hissing vile creatures. Of a muted hue to match the dark place that birthed them. They knot inside my navel, thrashing, coiling, churning. Their snake dance conjuring forth a sentiment of despair, lost hope and melancholy. Serpentine blackness, swishing embryonic.

The sullied tips of fingernails, claw at outside skin, yet fail to penetrate and pierce. Merely drawing heated red welts across my abdomen. Helpless to stop the scaly maelstrom as eel dances atop eel, within.


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Wednesday Evening

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on December 30, 2011 by ctkwingchun

Took almost the entire week off work and was happy that PF could come over so I could spar a bit.

Warmed up with Chi Sau.

Moved on to Chair Sparring.  Starts off a bit like Rock’em Sock’em but teaches upper body evasion and it’s a lot of fun.  Kept having to scoot my chair forward so I eventually put PF’s chair-back against the wall.

Moved on to some boxing.  Cooled down with some more Chi Sau.

Was a good time had by all.  Gave some, took some, learned some.

CTK

 

On Violence – A Quote

Posted in Quotes and Articles, Strategy and Psychology on December 29, 2011 by His Dark Side

“Your career criminal / person with violent proclivities does not need martial arts / combat sport training to be extremely skilled in their own environment. They are “untrained” from a martial arts / combat sports / consensual fighting perspective; but their experience in the context we are discussing (crime and violence) makes them far more skilled than the allegedly more sophisticated martial artist whose expertise derives from another area and who lacks that experience.” Iain Abernethy (Karateka)

Gung Fu, Deception and Mordor

Posted in Death and the Macabre, Martial Arts and Training, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , on December 29, 2011 by His Dark Side

When shadows reappeared in Mordor in the third age, it gave rise to a reawakening. The evil that had dwelt in the lands “dying but no yet dead” became revitalised. The rebirth happened quietely, outside of the gaze of the shire and was led by Saruman.

Gung Fu is never meant to spill into the public domain. Its effectiveness relies on its technical aspects remaining firmly behind closed doors so as to enable its underlying principle to function; deception

The purpose of *dissimulation is simple. As Gung Fu men, realise that deception is one of the key traits of a successful street aggressor and so our training, although mostly physical, is presented in a way where we train to out beguile the attacker. A good example would be to place the hands in a preparatory position evoking the non-verbal cue of submission and tricking the attacker to believe that we are being compliant. And it is from this position that we launch our non-telegraphed pre-empted strike, be it a punch delivered to the nose, jaw or neck, or a well-timed kick delivered to the groin or knee. A central maxim in Gung Fu being ‘sien faat jai yan’ – (move first to gain the initiative).

So, to create an environment in which our Gung Fu skills can operate, our aim is not to reveal the intention behind our actions, be it in training or the street. If the general populace has no idea as to how Gung Fu works, then they are unable to prepare a defense against our attacks or a system of movements to counter-act our skills.

Disguise what you do under a veil of secrecy and overall, do not allow the techniques of Gung Fu to become public (biu jee but chut mun).

*Dissimulation is a form of deception in which one conceals the truth.

Jesse Glover on Gung Fu

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , on December 29, 2011 by His Dark Side

“Make techniques as simple as possible, avoid complexity for the sake of looking good and constantly look for ways to perform a technique with less movement.” Jesse Glover, describes the essential elements of Gung Fu.

A feeling of awe is hard to describe. Something that grows in the pit of your stomach and makes your skin tingle with excitement. When I first met Jesse in 2004, I remember this overwhelming feeling of awe. 

(Jesse Glover far left, Bruce Lee center, Ed Hart far right)

Fighter

Posted in Martial Arts and Training on December 27, 2011 by ctkwingchun

My life is changing.  Constantly evolving.

Fighting has started to take on a larger meaning.

I fight those who want to harm me.  I fight to make a living and support my family.  I fight to keep my relationship alive.  I fight for my rights as a human being.  I fight the barbel across my upper back.  I fight for my family values.  I fight to live my dreams.  I fight to find out my true nature.

What do you fight for?

CTK

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2011 by His Dark Side

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