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My Gym – the 36th Chamber

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2015 by His Dark Side

I sit composing my frame and body, allowing breathing to steady and heartbeat to settle. The heat is turned up in the gym, and I wait for it to warm while water simmers. Black coffee first. I’ll also empty by bowels.

There is a dark ritual that allows me to enter a physical resource state for exercise. Focus has to be precise. Any lapse or break in concentration can make me depart from a good workout. Building muscle isn’t my goal, yet it remains a welcomed by-product.

Instead, it is about movement. The improvement in function of my body.
In many ways the gym is a torture chamber. It is my haven, a cleansed space only for my use. My creation. Patiently it awaits my entrance.

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Art of War – Quote

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2015 by His Dark Side

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him.
If he is in superior strength, evade him.
If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.
Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.
If his forces are united, separate them.
If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
Sun Tzu
(The Art of War)

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Monster

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 by His Dark Side

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Gung Fu Claw

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 by His Dark Side

“Sidi, finga powah!” he exclaimed, with his brow deeply furrowed.

Sifu Leung called me “Sidi” for the 11 year period that I trained with him in Red Boat Wing Chun. And despite having lived in England for a couple of years before I met him, he had adopted only the most rudimentary English words which he spewed out with a strong Mandarin accent.

He grabbed my forearm and demonstrated what he meant by ‘finger power’ which I will try to briefly explain by describing what I felt and saw.

I watched as he grabbed my arm and the tips of his fingers became embedded, pressed into my flesh. There was a white hot burning sensation where his nails threatened to tear into skin and I saw the veins furiously pop up across striated muscles of his tensed forearm.

In that instant, Sifu taught me that when you grab a person your hand should resemble a piercing claw.

The intent is to grab through fascia, skin, superficial tissue, and dig in such a way that you feel the separation of strands of muscle, into the rigid depth point of bone. When you seize, do it in such a way that you control the opponent whilst also making him feel pain.

This is Gung Fu.

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Anti-Life Equation

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2015 by His Dark Side

condemnation ÷ misunderstanding x guilt x shame x failure x judgment n=y where y=hope and n=folly, love=lies, life=death, self=dark side

(Grant Morrison)

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2015 by His Dark Side

“The aspirant has to be guided by a mentor. The stage at which this guidance can take effect is seldom, if ever, perceptible to the learner. Those who say ‘I am ready to learn’, or ‘I am not ready to learn’ are as often mistaken as they are correct in their surmise. Yet the aspirant must try, neither thinking that he is nothing, not ‘trying to sit on a throne’. I found this couplet in the Persian text of Rumi’s Letters: If you cannot sit on a throne like a king, seize, like a tent-pitcher, the rope of the Royal tent.” Idries Shah

Mastery

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2015 by His Dark Side

What does it take to be a Master? Deliberate practice? 10,000 hours? Is it a kind of magick, ethereal and esoteric? Is it something accessible to us all? Is it about knowing, but without conscious thought, like Wu-shin (or Mushin)?

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