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Rory Speaks; Ulcers

Posted in Health and Wellness, Quotes and Articles with tags on June 12, 2013 by ctkwingchun

You can take yourself seriously or your work seriously, but not both…ulcers and such.

-Rory Miller

Chinese Medicine’s Mini-System

Posted in Health and Wellness, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , on June 11, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Dr. Cai was a principle instructor for the time I attended Chinese medicine school.  His teaching method is the reason I am so successful in my clinics today.

I always thought he was a genius – and he is.  In my last year of study, he moved back to Texas where his sisters and mother were living.  Before the next year was about to graduate I made sure that I got all his course materials that they had.  I bought the provincial exam prep from him.  I made sure to watch him give acupuncture in the clinic and get his protocols; these never deviated from what he taught in class.

An MD(OB/GYN) in China, an MD in the USA, and MD in CAN, a Registered Acupuncturist in CAN and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the USA, Dr. Cai showed us how someone could learn anything quite quickly and easily: he effectively organized information.

I always thought it was JUST his ability to organize information but I was wrong.  Teaching this year at a Chinese medicine school has shown me something else through the questioning of the students.  My students asked me, “What about this?”  “Do you look at that?”  “Why don’t you ask that?”  Most of the time I responded, “Because I don’t get enough good information from it.”

While my answer was truthful, there’s more to it.  Dr. Cai showed me his mini-system of Chinese medicine.  The bare-bones, most effective diagnostics to get to the acupuncture point and herbal formula as quickly as possible.

In the upcoming Wing Chun Illustrated Magazine article, His Dark Side writes about how his Wing Chun Sifu and his Non-Classical Gung-Fu Sifu each taught him to make his own mini-system out of what they taught.

Learning martial arts skill is the easy part.  Copy this.  Do that.  Punch like this.  Kick like that.  The hard part is looking within oneself after a time of practice and finding out what it would take to defeat oneself.  Then, training for that.  Making a mini-system for that: mentally, emotionally and physically.

Wing Chun Kung-Fu is always talked about like it is easy to learn and takes less time than any other Kung-Fu style.  While this may be true to a certain degree, what’s the real timeline?  20 years for Wing Chun as opposed to 50 years for another style?  What makes certain lineages stand out?

I believe the masters of these lineages, while they taught the entire curriculum, concentrated on a core set of their own personal principles.

Personal revelations I’m sharing with the nation.

Thank you Dr. Cai.  Thank you His Dark Side.  Respect.

His Dark Story

Posted in Death and the Macabre with tags , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by His Dark Side

A young boy, drawn to the occult was warned that he should stay in the light.

So he heeded, with a smile that glinted like a straight razor. Yet his heart had already felt the magnificence of things that go bump in the midnight hour.

In the silence of his own being, he resolved that he would continue to believe in dark things.
He grew, his body extending, yet he remained sickly thin. His interactions with his alcoholic father increasingly volatile, but in the depths of his soul he knew that there existed shadows in the nighttime.

As a young man he witnessed violence and felt the frosty breath of fear. With obsessive compulsion he willed himself to become strong and fast, and in doing so was able to triumph over his fear of physical domination. He forged his body and surrendered himself to his life’s purpose. But the gnawing presence of something deep within plagued him.

Eventually, in adulthood he realized that despite becoming athletic, he had failed to confront the darker aspects of himself that had lain dormant since childhood.

Upon directing his minds eye inwards, he discovered, curled within the caverns of his psyche, an obsidian faced gentleman with a smile that glinted like a straight razor.


Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2013 by His Dark Side



Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , on June 6, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Sticks and stones may break my bones

My bones will fully heal

Names will hurt forever more

And my soul will steal

Search The Darkness; Gung Fu

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 3, 2013 by His Dark Side

The dust has begun to settle in the ether that surrounds me.

The prisms of brightness falling on my desk draw attention to the shards of light piercing through the slim gaps separating the blinds from the windows.

Even when it is day, I search the darkness. 

And as I sit here now, typing, still wearing a black business suit, I contemplate my next move. I’ll don a black hoody, grab my skip rope and exit my door.

After 20 years in Gung Fu, the only way that I am able to relate to the world in a way that makes total sense to me, is through martial arts. 

Don’t run from the darkness…

Search it.

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