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Boxing Philosopher

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , on May 9, 2012 by ctkwingchun

” ‘Myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them.’ Isn’t that good? Isn’t that good?” he recently told a classroom, leading them in a close, line-by-line reading of a Camus essay on how to respond to the absurdity of life. ” ‘A face that toils so close to stones is already stone itself!’ Oh, man. That’s unbelievable. C’mon. That’s an amazing image.”

In the gym, he’s equally insistent on detail and focus. Attention must be paid to the slightest movements of the head, hands and feet.

“Hands up! Hands up!” he shouts to fighters in a sparring session. “Don’t stand in front of him. Work. Work.”

The Circle of Discipline, a place full of boxers of all levels hitting bags and each other, is noisy, crowded, intensely kinetic, but orderly. For Marino, it isn’t a crucible, but a refuge.

“This gym is a very special place,” he said. “There’s such a feeling of family.”

Emoting Stoic

Posted in Health and Wellness, Music and Clips, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , on March 14, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Stoicism makes sense to me.  The ability to control how I react to the world makes life less like a rollercoaster ride.  Staying cool under pressure.

This does not mean that I feel no emotion.

As a human being I believe that our emotions are a wonderfully natural way of getting rid of all the excess.

So there is a balance.  A balance between not letting emotions run out of control due to uncontrollable circumstances of the world and letting emotions run their course.

I am

The Emoting Stoic


Gung Fu; the Higher Order Skill

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by His Dark Side

Gung Fu: Health Warning (you will get punched and kicked)
Gung Fu is a singular, insular activity with limited real world value. I rarely get into fights and training martial arts is arguably dentrimental to health on a variety of levels; such as elevated cortisol levels and the obvious wear and tear on the body. Additionally, over the next few years I predict that the medical fraternity will publish further research regarding head trauma as a consequence of getting hit and long term brain damage.

Benefits of Gung Fu: Free Your Mind
So what are the benefits of Gung Fu, or any type of martial art training? Ultimately, training Gung Fu is about learning a life skill which will help us survive if we end up getting into a fight. Now that I’m in my eighteenth year in Gung Fu, I am beginning to recognize the fringe benefit, which can be said to be true of any vocation that is approached with a high degree of focus; self mastery.

In Gung Fu we are obviously learning to express our own bodies (e.g. proprioception) but by doing so, we are also creating a foundation which allows us to relate to the World and connect with nature, consciousness, or the divine. By striving for mastery we are forced to approach the subject matter from multiple and diverse angles, figuratively and literally and therefore we learn about the ACT of learning. For instance my Gung Fu training has been a segue into topics ranging from kinesiology, to body language and hypnosis.

Gung Fu as a Higher Order Skill
Mastery of Gung Fu is a higher-order skill as it covers critical thinking, experiential modes of learning as well as specific skills like anticipation, which instill a level of foresight. The latter being especially important in enabling us to predict the build up to potentially dangerous situations (awareness leads to avoidance).

Choose your passion. Mine is Gung Fu.

Death, Insomnia, Gung Fu and Coffee

Posted in Death and the Macabre, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by His Dark Side

I spend an inordinate amount of time sipping black coffee at varying Starbucks locations. I once sat down with a warm cup and wrote about my visit to the death scene of a young man who slit his own throat. Perhaps some subconscious neural association attracts me to the coffee shops. Perhaps it my obsessive compulsion to contemplate death. For instance, even today I found myself reading some dark quotes by the late clothes designer Alexander McQueen. Or conversely, perhaps it just speaks to the more mundane aspects of my life. Whatever it is, the elevated levels of coffee in my body are at least a contributory factor for my insomnia.

I need to cut back on the coffee, focus on the fact that I am alive and practice more Gung Fu.

***click on the highlighted links above for further readings

On Good and Evil

Posted in Quotes and Articles, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , on December 22, 2011 by His Dark Side

“…. It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil.

…. If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) 

Psychopaths Among Us

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 2, 2011 by His Dark Side

This is an interesting documentary;

Gathering by Rumi

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 30, 2011 by His Dark Side

This is a gathering of Lovers.

In this gathering 

there is no high, no low,

no smart, no ignorant,

no special assembly, 

no grand discourse, 

no proper schooling required.

There is no master,

no disciple.

This gathering is more like a drunken party,

full of tricksters, fools, 

mad men and mad women.

This is a gathering of Lovers.

by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī

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