Archive for January, 2013

The Grande Finale

Posted in Death and the Macabre, Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles on January 19, 2013 by ctkwingchun

On September 29, 2009, I joined forces with His Dark Side to write for this blog.  It’s now time to say goodbye and move on to something else.

I still have memories of when used to point to a comic-style website with an invitation to email the owner – responses on an ad-hoc basis.  If my memory serves me correctly, it was a forum post with a link that probably brought me there.  I really liked what the guy had to say.  His opinions were sound and yet, unlike most, he wasn’t selling anything.

What grew out of that chance website-encounter will be greater than anyone could ever imagine.  I’ve grown by leaps and bounds over the years and have developed a friendship closer than I ever thought possible.

I’ve always been terribly upset when visiting a blog and finding it defunct, but now I understand why it has to be done.  Blogs are their own little entities in the stratosphere of the internet.  Very much like a band that tours year after year, eventually looking across the studio, they say: I think we’re done here – some “We came.  We saw.  We conquered.” -type sh*t.

Perhaps this isn’t goodbye.  Perhaps it will remain an open-ended project in some regards.

I will start a new project that will continue on the lines of ‘Dark’ Wing Chun – just more personal than what I’ve been building here.  Perhaps I’ll come back to this post and leave a cookie crumb when it has started for those interested.

So.  Without further ado:

May you find your own path.

Sh*t My Patients Say

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , on January 19, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Patient: I poop once a week and that works for me.

Me: That’s unhealthy.  You need to go everyday.  I recommend you get some more flax in your diet.  I also recommend eating some roughage like apples.

Patient:  Flax everyday?  And I don’t like apples – they hurt my teeth.

Me: So…what do you have planned for the rest of the day?

Patient: Going to the gym.  I’ve gained about 60 pounds over the last year.  Stopped going to the gym because my wife and I started trying for a baby.

Me: How are you feeling?

Patient: Nothing happened.  My back still hurts.

Me: Okay.  So how’s the pain in the hip?

Patients: Oh, that’s gone.

Me: And the hot flashes?

Patients: That’s a lot better.

Patient: I wish I was skinny like you.

Me: Come run sprints with me this week.

Patient: (Nervous laughter.)

Patient: I started with a new exercise class this week after not exercising for a long time.

Me: That’s great!

Patient: She was really good.  I didn’t feel anything the next day.  No muscle soreness or anything.

Streetfighter 2 on the SNES

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , on January 18, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Hat tip to HDS over there on Tumblr.

I have a crush on Tumblr.  Jus sayin.

For B.P.

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips on January 18, 2013 by ctkwingchun
Put good food into your body.
Put good books into your mind.
Put good music into your soul.
Go out for a walk in the snow.
And if all else fails, get really pissed off and use that as fuel!

Diamond Cadillac

Posted in Music and Clips on January 17, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Jim Morrison Thinks You Are Afraid of Yourself

Posted in Health and Wellness on January 17, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Pushing; Forty

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , on January 17, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Usually the patient comes in and tells me how they are doing so many things, staying up late, waking up early and basically just burning the candle at both ends.

It’s my duty, as a holistic practitioner, to address their lifestyle with Chinese medicine and some lifestyle advice.

I’m usually the one telling people to slow down.  Get more rest.  Drink more water.  Eat better.  And then I give them acupuncture that essentially jacks up their root water and root fire processes of the body.  It’s a long process and is more common than not in today’s rat race.

A new patient came in two days ago.  Burnt out.  When asking her about her sleep she told me that she doesn’t get a lot of it.  When I pressed some more she told me that she never wakes up feeling rested.  Two kids.  A job to help support the family.  But there’s more.

She wakes up at 4am every day to work on her Masters in Epidemiology.  Then she goes to work, comes home to take care of her kids – and get this – she’s coming to see me for plantar fasciitis so that she can keep running.

So instead of telling this 40-year-old woman who is burning the candle at both ends the usual, I told her to keep pushing for another six months and get it done.  I told her that she should be proud of herself.  And I gave the best supportive treatment I’ve got.

Never settle.


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