Archive for Jesse Glover

Few People

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , on December 27, 2013 by ctkwingchun

When I think about Wing Chun I think that certain aspects of it are great. At the same time I think that other aspects of it are not practical for the average student. Wong Shun Leung said that Wing Chun is a good horse but few people can ride it. I totally agree with this statement. The techniques in Wing Chun that anyone can learn are chain punching, chasing, simultaneous punching and blocking and certain aspects of sticking hands.

– Jesse Glover

Jesse Teaches

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , on December 14, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Aim; Go

Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , on August 21, 2012 by ctkwingchun

In the long run men hit only what they aim at.  Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.

-Walden, pg.24

How far are you willing to go? I’ll see you there.

—Jesse Glover (1935-2012)

Occams Razor and Gung Fu

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on August 1, 2012 by His Dark Side

Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor), is the meta-theoretical principle that “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity” (entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem) and the conclusion thereof, that the simplest solution is usually the correct one.

At what point did Gung Fu men depart from this idea, thus complicating a previously simple method?

More importantly, why?

“The supreme excellence is simplicity.” Jesse Glover – Non-Classical Gung Fu


Function; Jesse Glover

Posted in Quotes and Articles with tags , , , on August 1, 2012 by His Dark Side

“The two major concepts that I have tried to instill in students are a sound physical fighting structure, (workable techniques) and a sound psychological structure, (how to apply the techniques in fighting and non-fighting situations). The key to the successful transmission of this information is an appreciation for functional reality, the ability to deal with the here and now.“

Jesse Glover

Simplicity; Jesse Glover

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , on July 19, 2012 by His Dark Side

“In character, 

In manner,

In style,

In all things,

The supreme excellence is SIMPLICITY.”

Jesse Glover (October 15, 1935 to June 27, 2012)

The Funeral

Posted in Death and the Macabre, Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on July 18, 2012 by His Dark Side

(Saturday 14 July, 2012, at 11am)

The black shoes that finished off my attire for the funeral shimmered despite the overcast morning weather. White shirt and black suit. It was 6.30am, when I departed my house, headed for Seattle. Ten minutes later, I flashed my passport and crossed the border.

Fog shrouded my vehicle for the initial part of my drive through woodland and rural homes. By the time I reached the motorway, the mist cleared revealing a dull grey slate sky, the sun obscured.

I reached my destination early, arriving at 9.10am. This afforded me time to settle down with a cup of coffee and a book. A short while later I walked into the cemetery with its low laying monuments and headstones set amidst closely cropped grass.

There was an uncomfortable-comfort I found at that burial site, having visited several times over the last decade to pay my respects to Bruce and Brandon Lee, as well as Ed Hart.

A hole had been dug.

A small green canvas tent erected.

Two dozen chairs in orderly lines.

People started congregating shortly after 10am. Within an hour, a small throng of mourners had arrived, people freely mixing, shaking hands, hugging. Old friends, family, Gung Fu fighters representing varying lines, the majority of whom tracing their roots back to Bruce Lee. This gathering brought together the Seattle era of Gung Fu, which began in 1959 when Jesse Glover, met a young Bruce Lee. Together they configured a fighting conceptual framework that endures.

What struck me most about the gathering was the subconscious divide that occurred at the funeral. Seattle era private students within Jesse’s core group tending to remain on the periphery, content to remember our mentor with quiet reflection.

The most notable speeches were made by Bruce Lee’s widow Linda Lee, Jesse’s family members and students. A short distance behind the speakers stood Taky Kimura, a wonderful gentle soul. Within the crowd another friend of Jesse’s from the Bruce Lee era; Leroy Garcia.

There were too many notable martial artists to list individually. Students from as far off as Switzerland, Germany and England. All great fighters in their own right, many of whom remain indebted eternally to Jesse Glover.

The funeral began under the looming presence of an angry sky. Rumbles of thunder rippled when speeches commenced. By the end of the funeral, as the coffin was lowered and soil placed above, the Heavenly host had cleared the sky, unleashing the skin warming glow of the sun. As the world mourned his loss, the divine spirit celebrated the arrival of Jesse Glover. A man who practiced Gung Fu and taught the art of transcendence.

20120717-212303.jpg(flowers and fresh grass mark the spot where Jesse was laid to rest)

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