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Jesse Glover, Bruce Lee’s first student, dies at 77

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , on June 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

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Jesse Glover, the first student of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died on Wednesday at age 77 after a battle with cancer, according to close friend and past student Steve Smith.

Glover, a lifelong Seattlite, used what he learned from Lee and his days as a judo champion to become a prominent leader in the martial arts community himself. While developing a method called non-classical Gung Fu, he worked as a private martial arts trainer in Seattle and eventually taught across the nation and as far as Germany, according to Glover’s training website.

Lee and Glover met in 1959 while attending Edison Technical School, now Seattle Central Community College. Glover had already seen Lee demonstrate Gung Fu on stage when he ran into him on campus and asked to be his first student. They became good friends and trained together for four years.

True Essence

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on November 30, 2011 by ctkwingchun

Everytime I watch this video I get something more from it.

Enjoy, CTK

Journey into Gung Fu

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by His Dark Side

The following took place when I was a teenager living in London, UK;

Broken, jagged glass was pushed into his face. Glass grinding against the bone in his head. Blood flowed down his white jacket creating a slick layer of red, reflective goo onto the pavement. The attack was swift and executed with merciless precision. The police looked on, complacent deciding that an attack on a black youth, carried out by other black youth was not worthy of their attention. I watched as the victim tried to stand up, even after the barrage of punches, even after the kicks and even after the bottle attack.

I came close to being that victim. Just moments earlier the same mob had confronted me. Luckily, I managed to talk myself out of the situation only to watch them carry out their vicious attack on someone else moments later. This singular event gave me nightmares, eventually leading me onto a quest for a code by which I could live. A code that would grant me skills for self protection. Something that would allow me to decipher the violence that erupts on the street whilst giving me a means by which to get out. And finally, perhaps a code that would grant me the strength to fight when all hope of escape was lost.

In short, I needed to become a martial artist.

Non-Classical Gung Fu by Jesse Glover

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 12, 2011 by His Dark Side

Most people have little idea about what NCGF is. Let me say that it is not a system but rather a process. The process requires that the teacher have a broad background in how best to transfer information to other people.

Another requirement is that the teacher can figure out what it is that the potential student hopes to gain from engaging in this process. Many people want to develop some type of fighting skills because they realize that they don’t know what to do in a situation with an aggressor. My training approach for these people is different form those expressing a lifetime interest in the development of a fighting method. People wanting to develop some basic fighting may be around for a short period so it is vital that I give them something that they can learn in a short time.

It is possible to give a person who doesn’t know how to punch, a punch in a very short time, like a few minutes. The punch will not be the greatest in the world but it may get them through a fight. The main idea is that these people leave each training session better than when they entered the session. By better I mean more able to give a good account of themselves in an encounter.

Because of differences in peoples physiology and psychology the way that I approach students differers from person to person. The long range goal for students who will be around for a long time is to help them create their own approach, one that works for them. The short range goal for people who will only be around for a short time is to develop in them something that they can use in the short time that they will devout to training.

When I do seminars I present different material. Often this material is dependent on the skill level of the people who are there. I realize that everyone won’t develop this material the same way and that is okay. I want them to get an idea of the central theme and to develop their own version of it. Often during these seminars I see people applying the material that I present in a different way,a way that is working for them. Sometimes I can take their method of application and pass it on to others because when I teach people I am also learning from them in terms of feedback about what can work and how it can best work for different people.

When people who I have trained teach others I hope that they give their students the same flexible outline that has been given to them. The truth is that others can’t teach me anymore than I can teach Bruce Lee.

What my students can teach is their version of the material that has been taught to them.

Gung Fu and Me

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 3, 2011 by His Dark Side

When I first started posting on my blog, I used it to chart my workouts, something like a personal reference system so I could chart progress. Since then, the blog has grown. Along with my co-writers, we have diversified the topics that we post about. However, just to set things straight, this blog is about martial arts and self development primarily. Personally, without Gung Fu and martial arts, my life would be at a standstill. It has given me an immense grounding as a human being and has been a constant, even during life’s hardships. I continued to train (under my Opera Wing Chun teacher), during law school, when my father died and during the early part of my career. Martial arts have remained a constant companion. I would go so far as to say that Gung Fu has defined me.

I firmly believe that all of us need some skill or vocation that can help us define our role in the Universe. This can be through such mediums as music, dance, religion, philosophy, tea making or anything else that fits the profile of helping us in our quest for self knowledge.

Mine is Gung Fu.

On another note; yesterday I squatted 270lbs for a set of 3. My pull ups seem to be stuck as a 1 rep max of an additional 135lbs. I weigh 158lbs. I am stronger than I have been, but to the detriment of my martial arts training. I have been so focused on fitness that the simple acts of hitting bags, pads and sparring has been placed on a back burner. Maybe it’s time for a change. But, like most changes in my life, I need to chart my goals first. So, it’s time to let the neurons fire, time to put pen to paper in order to plan out my training. Everything starts with a well formed plan, no?

Wing Chun Documentary

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 22, 2011 by His Dark Side

Dark Gung Fu – Kuen Kuit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 9, 2011 by His Dark Side
Kuen Kuit are “Words of Wisdom” which capture in poetic terms the finer attributes of Gung Fu. “Kuen Kuit” is Cantonese for “martial sayings” or “fighting songs.”

To the new student;

Teachers are just people with greater experience. Take everything they say with a big pinch of salt.

The chief concern of your development should be the effectiveness of your fighting ability, the gauge of which should be measured by training with and against competent fighters.

Despite what you are being taught, always remind yourself that the system was meant to be simple. Always ask “Is there a simpler way of achieving the same result?”

If you find yourself being coerced into unnatural fighting positions, remind yourself that the system was supposed to rely on the natural attributes of average people.

The punch is the central movement. All other hand techniques are used to facilitate the punching action.

There are no blocks. Any defensive moves are merely diversions used to prevent yourself from being hit with the dual action of setting up your own strike.

Do not be afraid to mix sound scientific fighting principles with your own intuition. If it doesn’t ‘fit’ let it go.

Amassing techniques only leads to interference patterns when attempting to execute the technique in a highly adrenalized state. Instead, concentrate on being able to fire the same basic punches and kicks from any position, including but not limited to, standing, sitting, crouching, ducking, laying down.

Always have a back-up plan.

Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law.

Skill is not something magically acquired by attending classes. The development of skill depends on what you do, away from the class setting.

You are only as good as the company you keep. You are only as good as the weakest person you train with. Always strive to find competent training partners.

The best martial artists do not tend to have a significant public or media, or social media profile. They are hidden from view, tending to prefer training and improving over discussing and ranting.

Beware of the salesman.  There has been, and forever will be, someone, somewhere trying to convince you that what they have is more complete, comes from a better place and contains all the answers you seek.

If you seek answers to your questions and are looking for a guru or some sort of authority to guide you, look no further than the reflection in your own mirror.

Martial artists dispense advice freely. Be cautious about the advice you adopt.

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