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Return of the Body Snatchers

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , , on April 26, 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.


Inside or Outside The Ring: Keep Fighting

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on December 18, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Stolen from Ross.

If They Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say

Posted in Strategy and Psychology with tags , on November 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Elementary school isn’t so far away when one looks back because of all the hurtful things that were said.  I’m average height now, but spiked in my early years.  Every year we had an event called a walk-run.  It’s where you could either, you guessed it, walk or run.  It was designed to improve company fitness morale and it worked.  For every lap of a very long course, one would attain a painted-on-both-ends-popsicle-stick.  After the event that lasted a few weeks, we would trade in our popsicle sticks for awards and certificates.

I was always out there running but was always made fun of.  My legs would flare out as I would run because I didn’t have control of my body yet.  I actually didn’t even know this was happening until I saw one of my student peers running, throwing their feet out to the side mid-stride and laughing and pointing at me.

In High school, I had the same English teacher for three years beacuse that class split with another one.  Over the course of those three years, she proceeded to tell me that my writing skills were deteriorating.  I had been writing the same way she had wanted and she was failing me.  When it came time for provincial exams before graduation, I told her that I was going to an exam prep course for English writing.  She told me that they were worthless and it wouldn’t be able to help me anyways.

If they don’t have anything nice to say, f*ck ’em.

I now run sprints and compete in local trail race events.  That exam prep was the best time I’d had, learned a new way to write essays and brought my average up in her class because I rocked that provincial exam.  Now I’m a published author.

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”


Something In My Veins

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on November 28, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Birthday is coming up in January.  Capricorn.  Goat.

Chinese Zodiac is a Goat as well.


Another year almost done and I’ve got more drive than ever.

Feelings of running out of time – who has time for burnout?

Something in my veins.

I Don’t Watch TV

Posted in Health and Wellness, Music and Clips with tags , , , on November 15, 2012 by ctkwingchun

But when I do, it’s with my wife with melted cheese on nachos with salsa on a Friday night with the children tucked warmly in bed.

Jay-Z State of Mind

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , , on October 17, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Watched Jay-Z on Oprah’s Masterclass series a while back.  Said he was taught to walk fast through the projects so that if anyone was tailing him, they wouldn’t be able to keep up.  I believe this also taught another important life-lesson.

While it’s not the projects, the Darkside at night, with its ~7 bars, brand new sex shop and all-nite pizzeria, lights up with undesirables when I leave the clinic to walk to the car.

But walking fast has more to do with being a modern-day hustler than getting away from the baddies.  I park several blocks away to avoid the $12.00 fee to park.  I walk fast for the exercise of it.  I walk fast because I’m going places.


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