Archive for June, 2012

Run. Hide. Or fly.

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on June 30, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Jesse Glover, Bruce Lee’s first student, dies at 77

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , on June 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

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Jesse Glover, the first student of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died on Wednesday at age 77 after a battle with cancer, according to close friend and past student Steve Smith.

Glover, a lifelong Seattlite, used what he learned from Lee and his days as a judo champion to become a prominent leader in the martial arts community himself. While developing a method called non-classical Gung Fu, he worked as a private martial arts trainer in Seattle and eventually taught across the nation and as far as Germany, according to Glover’s training website.

Lee and Glover met in 1959 while attending Edison Technical School, now Seattle Central Community College. Glover had already seen Lee demonstrate Gung Fu on stage when he ran into him on campus and asked to be his first student. They became good friends and trained together for four years.

Not Getting Paid

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , on June 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

About four years ago, a year after I opened my Chinese medicine clinic, I let people cancel and no-show without reprimand (read: payment).  What finally forced me to charge a fee was a day I’ll never forget.

Mortgage was coming out that Friday and I had three no-shows and two late cancellations.  I was out a lot of money and I immediately put signs up on all my doors.  I also put a new paragraph after the informed consent portion that my patients would have to initial regarding the new fee.

Just recently, I was introduced to an editor of a well-known magazine.  After pitching my article idea to him, he told me to go for it.  Two days later on the phone he steered my article in the direction he wanted to see it go.  I wanted the gig, and I like to try to be flexible, so I agreed.  As the conversation came to a close, he slipped in that he might not be able to pay me, but the self-promotion because of the exposure would be great.

I’ve finished the article and have to send it to him today.  I’ve been struggling with how I’m going to approach how much I want to get paid for the work.  I came to the conclusion that I would do this one for free, just to get my foot in the door, and then the next one ask to be paid.  And then something happened.

My car died.  The valve seat came loose and forced a bunch of little pieces through the engine.  ‘Terminal’ was the word my mechanic used.  So here I am again, forced to make a stand, not only on principle but on how my world works.  A new payment will be coming out of my bank account – one we haven’t had for a few years.  And I need to get paid.  And if he won’t pay me, someone else will.


Death of a Gung Fu Master; Jesse Glover

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on June 27, 2012 by His Dark Side

“Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”
Rabindranath Tagore

The world looks drab.

I imagine that when you have swum in a river of ecstacy or have run through everglades with wild things, its difficult to return to seeing the world as merely ordinary.

And I have seen greatness first hand and have also felt its iron backfist, stinging across the face of a punch pad.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Kahlil Gibran

Today, at this very moment, the world appears bleached as if the kiss of the sun has gone. Its brightness muted. Yesterday’s excited whirring and whizzing has been replaced by a muffled sound. A dull hum in a sealed tomb. And once, where my skin tingled with universal vibrations, I find myself numb.

He has gone, our beloved, my sifu, and the bringer of light to many students of Gung Fu.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
and the soul wears out the breast.
And the heart must pause to breathe,
and love itself have rest.
Lord Byron 

Jesse R. Glover passed away today.

He slipped quietly on the morning of the twenty seventh of June two thousand and twelve, after having lost his battle with cancer and its many manifestations of illness.

Love. Lost. Broken. Reborn. Missed.

Thank you Jesse for touching our lives.

Naturally I miss Bruce. I was quite sad when I heard of his death.

The best thing that I got from Bruce was a way to learn and a path to follow.

Jesse Glover on Bruce Lee

Today, My Heart Broke

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags on June 27, 2012 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, sifu
(16 October 1934 to 27 June 2012)

What’s In A Name; Go It Alone

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

Dark Wing Chun.

And to the uninitiated, it seems that the system of Wing Chun is what it’s all about.  And that’s fair.  But, it must beg the question, “To where can that lead?”

To which we attempt to construct an answer.


Postscript: The Most Important Thing*

Someone once unsubscribed from my blog and left a note that said, “Thanks for everything, but I need to go it alone now.”

*Excerpt from Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Flying to Mars; Foreign Beggars

Posted in Music and Clips on June 26, 2012 by His Dark Side

In Dark Side we trust.

More Gung Fu fight music;

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