Archive for September, 2013

It’s Your World

Posted in Music and Clips, Quotes and Articles on September 28, 2013 by ctkwingchun


Whether you think you can,

or you think you can’t –

you’re right.

― Henry Ford

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Will Kung-Fu For Food

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on September 27, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Thanks to D.Hyde, I learned that charging for Gung-Fu training sessions is pointless.

If I don’t charge you any money, I don’t owe you a thing.  And neither do you.

And one day I can up and leave.  Or take a break.  And so can you.

So we can just be.  And train.

You Can’t Fool Me (A Warning to Myself)

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by ctkwingchun

You’re a Master, a Guro.

That doesn’t sound right, so you’re a Sifu.

No, wait, you’re a Coach because Sifu implies too much.

Now Coach is overused so you’re a Mentor.  You Mentor people in Wing Chun.

You run Chain-Schools.

No, that sounds dirty so you run an organization.

But everyone is allowed to build on their own, so they really aren’t organizations – more like groups.

You don’t do dead drills.

You don’t do sport.

You don’t get all caught up in the Chi Sau.

At least that’s what you tell us.  However, Gung-Fu is about doing, not talking.

And we can all see your ego grow with each year that passes.  Soon you’ll be a pompous ass like what’s-his-nuts.

What We Listened To

Posted in Music and Clips with tags on September 22, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Chi Sau (Chi Sao); What Is It’s Good For?

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on September 22, 2013 by ctkwingchun

So I got the question this morning – you know the one:

“This is great and all, these drills and Chi Sau, but in order for this to work I need someone else to play with.  Someone on the street isn’t going to Chi Sau with me.”

And as I explained the difference between system and style, she got it.

This isn’t some do-this and do-that martial art.  Some please-line-up-and-be-a-robot approach.  Some copy-your-teacher style.

This is a finger-pointing-back-to-yourself, use-it-as-you-see-fit-according-to-your-personal-expression, personal-growth martial art.

So what’s Chi Sau good for anyway?  Blips in time.  Eat-you-for-lunch centre-of-mass honing.  Stick-it-out-ness.  Thin-slicing.

Or as she put it in the end, “Higher learning.”

*Typo in title for a reason

Good Gung-Fu

Posted in Music and Clips on September 22, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Presence and projection.

Calm and assertive.

RDJWC

Posted in Martial Arts and Training on September 20, 2013 by ctkwingchun

RDJWC

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