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Canada; Adidias; Skateboarding

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , on October 2, 2013 by ctkwingchun

The Death of Creativity

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , on September 5, 2013 by ctkwingchun

BOMBAKLATS

Posted in Music and Clips with tags on August 22, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Skateboarding, Revisited

Posted in Strategy and Psychology with tags , on August 6, 2013 by ctkwingchun

I landed a varial kickflip yesterday.  Never in my life have I done that.  Honestly, it’s not that big a trick.  It was on flat, in front of my house and I was going a decent speed.  But it’s the concept or epiphany (read: synchronicity) that occurred that allowed it to happen.

His Dark Side asked me if I have ever learned anything that has taught me how to dissect life.  I responded with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Recently, I watched a video on longboarding where this one guy demoed a trick and talked about ‘pressure’ and foot placement.  And there it was.

In Gung-Fu, it’s about a lot of things, but for me it’s about pressure and placement – placement of everything.  Pressure here, pressure there.  Move your hand here, move your head there.

So I took my board out – 20 years later.  I never was really good.  Mostly grinds on curbs and kickflips, heelflips and 180’s.  I couldn’t figure this board out.  I wanted it so bad – to be good, go pro and all of it.  Perhaps if I had had a coach because I learn differently.  The same is with martial arts.  I’m not some big engineer head that can think three moves ahead.  I’m in the now, forgetting, most times, what I had for supper yesterday.

So, martial arts strikes again: pressure and placement.  And wouldn’t you know it, that fixed everything – to ask the question, for each individual trick:

  1. Where’s your body weight?
  2. Where’s your front foot placed?
  3. Where’s your back foot placed on the tail?
  4. Where’s the pressure on your front foot?
  5. Where are your arms – are they going to help you in that position?

Shit.  Maybe I’mma get good at this thing after all.  Oldest sponsored amateur yet?  I’mma send myself some fan mail.  Brrrap.

Faith > Pain

Posted in Death and the Macabre with tags , on April 19, 2013 by ctkwingchun

Physician, Heal Thyself

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

I am very blessed to do what I do for a living – trading health for bread.

I am even more blessed that I can do what I do on myself.  I am currently nursing my shoulder which seems to pain at the most odd times – like shaking off my toothbrush.  Alas, even the jolt from a run is quite annoying.

So I’ve been pinning myself, burning moxa and cupping it daily.  Shoulders are tricky – right up there with hips.  I find it interesting that shoulders mirror hips according to image- and channel-theory.  It’s a pain the ass to try and treat my hip (pun intended), so I’ve just been using the ol’ maxim: ‘Where there is pain, there is a point.’

Unlike Skip, I didn’t start my Chinese medicine studies to keep my body in check because of the active lifestyle I lead, but it’s a wonderful benefit just the same.  Blessed, this one will heal himself.

CTK

Second Nature

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Girls Rule

Posted in Music and Clips with tags , , on August 22, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Skateboarding and Kung-Fu

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

When I was 14 years old, a drug-dealing skater moved into my neighbourhood.  My parents didn’t want me hanging around him because they thought that I’d get into the life.  I did, however, end up bumping into him on several occasions and instead of telling me to smoke a fatty with him, he told me to start skateboarding.  Around the same time was when I got into Kung-Fu.  A late-night commercial enticed me into the club.

I believe that as a teenager I needed something to latch onto.  Something healthy to pull me back in line from the pressures of acquaintances at school.  Still to this day I look upon those years fondly.  I remember the fun that I had and the friends that I made – some of these people are still with me today.

When I got married and started having children, I decided to choose.  Not because of any external pressures, but I started to realize that my time would soon be divided into too many pieces.  I pictured myself at the age of 80 on a skateboard or doing Kung-Fu.  I figured that I could always do Kung-Fu, so I gave up the skating.

I still take my board out from time to time but I haven’t 50-50’d in years.  Both activities helped define me as a person and I will continue to practice Kung-Fu until I pass.  I just hope that the following generations of teenagers have something to hold on to like I did.

Make it yours,
CTK

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