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Silver Lining

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , on December 1, 2013 by ctkwingchun

At least

while I wander aimlessly



I can do it in style

I can do it with music

from the soul.


Already Gone; Not Very Good

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , on December 20, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I’ve got an idea in my head.  I’ve got this idea of what I want my Chun to look like and where I want to take it – and I think I just want to master a few key things before I decide on whether I need to go in a new direction.  I do like the ‘look’ of some of the WSL Wing Chun because it seems to have an ol’ style boxing flavour.  I’m a sucker for boxing.

As I said to yesterday’s training partner, “I’m not very good.  But I’m not too bad either.  If I can get together with some of these folks and out-skill and out-gas them, then I very cautiously think I might be on the right path for myself.”

It’s also important to follow Rule #6.

Share What You Love

Posted in Health and Wellness with tags , , , , on July 13, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Owner of My Darkness

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , on April 24, 2012 by His Dark Side

I got lost in the night,

without the light of your eyelids,

and when the night surrounded me,

I was born again;

I was the owner of my own darkness.

Pablo Neruda

Lightning In A Bottle

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , on March 16, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Big up Bassnectar and The Glitch Mob!


The Enemy

Posted in Music and Clips with tags on March 5, 2012 by His Dark Side

Give me hope in silence
It’s easier, it’s kinder
Tell me not of heartbreak
It plagues my soul, it plagues my soul
And bury me beside you
I have no hope in solitude
And the world will follow 
To the earth down below

But I came and I was nothing
Time will give us nothing
So why did you choose to lean on 
A man you knew was falling?

What Music Taught Me About Martial Arts (Deliberate Practice)

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , on February 28, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I played piano for a few years until junior high where I played clarinet right through until the end of high school.  Now my children are learning piano through Music For Young Children.  Music taught me a lot about deliberate practice and how I could approach studying other subjects.

In martial arts, and in life, as in music – timing is everything.  The issue becomes apparent when someone is trying play a piece and is speeding up the easy parts and slowing down the hard parts.  There are three easy fixes that are not always clear:

1. Stop playing the whole piece from start to finish in hopes that the difficult parts will somehow become less difficult with them adjacent to the easy parts.  This is a waste of time and energy.

2. Practice the hard parts over and over, breaking them out.  You already know the easy parts, so nail down the difficult parts and then put the whole piece back together.

3. Nobody likes to hear a piece with a mismatched tempo – and a combination of techniques that runs out of control only to slow to a crawl during a highly technical portion doesn’t work either.  If you can’t get the timing down fast – slow the whole piece down to as slow as you need to go for the difficult portion.

Make it yours,

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