Archive for April, 2012

I Can

Posted in Music and Clips, Quotes and Articles, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on April 30, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I know I can

be what I wanna be

if I work hard at it

I’ll be where I wanna be.


Sharpen Your Wits

Posted in Martial Arts and Training on April 30, 2012 by His Dark Side

Skill is easy to acquire.

Skill can and should be dispensed freely without ‘secrets of Gung Fu’ baggage.

The best advice we give to a student is to; sharpen their wits, learn how to run fast and should these 2 things fail, punch.


Suffer, Endure; Charlotte Bronte

Posted in Strategy and Psychology on April 29, 2012 by His Dark Side

You held out your hand for an egg, and fate put into it a scorpion. Show no consternation; close your fingers firmly upon the gift; let it sting through your palm. Never mind; in time, after your hand and arm have swelled and quivered long with torture, the squeezed scorpion will die, and you will have learned the great lesson how to endure without a sob.”

Charlotte Bronte

***this post is about the suffering required in learning a craft such as Gung Fu.


Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , , on April 28, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Now, whoever has courage and a strong and collected spirit in their breast, let them come forward, lace on the gloves, and put up their hands.

-The Poet, Virgil

Rain; Did You Do Your Best Today?

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on April 27, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The rain fell hard this morning.  In fact, I don’t think it really fell with all that wind – instead it pummeled.  Horizontally.

Looking out past the porch at the back door moments before I would go downstairs to hit the heavy bag, I thought, ‘I’m not going out in that.’

One hour later, post forms and heavy bag, I finished off my burpees outside on the porch.

Sweating, I thought, ‘I’m already wet with sweat.  What’s the difference?’  And with that, I laced up my Pegasus.


Before I Sleep

Posted in Death and the Macabre, Quotes and Articles with tags , , on April 27, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though.
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer,
To stop without a farmhouse near,
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake,
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep,
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

— Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Your Talent is a Gift; Sweet Science

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips, Quotes and Articles with tags , , , on April 26, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Intrigued by this concept, I spent some time pondering the meaning of the phrase.  The word “sweet” has many confectionery and feminine connotations, but in this context it means “winning and persuasive.”  The word “science” is defined as “knowledge and skill.”

Putting the two words together has a truly artful meaning: “a winning and persuasive knowledge or skill that is accumulated and established over time.”

-White Collar Boxing by John Oden, Pg. 18-19

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