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The Greatest Trick The Devil Ever Pulled

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , on August 21, 2012 by ctkwingchun

(R)Evolution – Questions by MrMLSI

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on May 3, 2012 by ctkwingchun

MrMLSI commented on an old blog post, asking many a good question.

My answers are italicized.


So what ever happen here? Did you ever change your approach to Wing Chun training? Did you make it more ‘applicable’ making slight modifications here and there? Did you do as rageholic mention, change and personalize it to a point where it can be recognize as a new stand alone branch of Wing Chun?

I think all I have been looking for is a way to break out of the shackles traditional martial arts create.  My own freedom of expression through a system.  So, in part, I have worked hard to do what Rageholic suggested and personalize my Chun.

I haven’t made any ‘modifications’ to the system, per se – just the way I now approach it.  I have changed my solo training to reflect what I want to become.  Time is precious, so I make sure that I get my biggest bang for my buck when I train.

What I’ve done is taken the training regime of the boxing and overlayed it onto the Chun.  Cardio/conditioning is a big part of my training, instead of just sitting in YJKYM for hours practicing patty-cake drills.  Heavy-bag and sprints make up a good part of my workout as well.

A few more questions.
When you say the Wing Chun you know cannot stand up against Boxers do you mean with/without gloves and rules, or does it even make a difference at all?

To me, it doesn’t make much difference.  Pressure testing is pressure testing.  What I was getting at in the previous post, specifically, was how the training methods differ and therefore the training outcomes differ.

So what was your answer to your last question?

I assume you’re asking me about what I’ve done with all those Wing Chun techniques.  First, I’ve streamlined my ‘teaching’ process.  When someone asks to train with me, I don’t show them all the rhetoric and try not to talk too much (Wing Chun folk tend to run their mouths a lot – especially when explaining techniques or writing responses to questions on a blog).

Second, going back to personalizing my Chun, something His Dark Side and I have talked about at length, I am constantly in the process of creating my own ‘mini-system’ within the system.

Lastly, I’ve been looking at all the similarities instead of the differences – bringing all ‘techniques’ together into one common goal: hit the guy while minimizing damage.

Sorry for so many questions! I’m looking forward to your response.

No problem.  I sincerely hope you got something out of my responses.


Romanticize; Plug The Hole

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , on April 12, 2012 by ctkwingchun

There is a line in the movie Iron and Silk where Mark Salzman says, “I think people are looking for something in China that they feel they can’t get back in America.”  Actually, there a lot of great messages contained in that book and the screenplay.

I’ve felt this way and perhaps this is just romanticizing about something that is very far removed from the truth.  Growing up watching Kung-Fu movies will do that to a teenager.

Kung-Fu started an interest in Chinese culture.  I read about Taoism and Buddhism and burned incense in my room.  I visited Chinatown and gathered sculptures.  And perhaps, as it is with human nature, I thought that I was doing everything I could to try and understand a culture so different than mine.  I felt like I didn’t have a culture, a way of being – so I grabbed onto something else in hopes that it would…fill a void, plug a hole.

In both the book and movie, Mark asks a Chinese gentleman, “What are two things that you think about all the time?”  “Eating and sleeping.”  “That’s funny,” Mark replies.  “What about you?”

Mark says, “Well, I want to be really good at something.  And I want to be liked, especially by women.”

“That’s easy.  Just work really hard at what you want to be good at and be nice to people.”

The Chinese gentleman then laments over the fact that the food they are fed at the teaching institution is crap and how his sleep is disturbed – two things he can’t control as easily as Mark’s problems.


X-Factor/MMA vs. TMA

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 29, 2010 by ctkwingchun

I enjoyed this read on Wim’s Blog:

Perhaps you might, too.

Peace, CTK

The Solo Path

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 9, 2010 by ctkwingchun

September has brought a considerable number of extra-curricular activities.  Beyond running my own company, I now find that all evenings throughout the week are taken up.  I’ve had to say goodbye to boxing.

But I try not to view it as if I’ve left boxing – but instead that I’ve returned.  I’ve returned to the true training of a martial artist – Solo Training.

Our time, with all our growing commitments, becomes swallowed up.  Work is very important as it puts food on the table and provides a stable and stress-free home environment.  What time does this leave for training at gym?  For joining a class?

Options that I am working with:

  • Pay for private lessons with instructors.  This enables me to keep my free schedule.
  • When my children are in bed and my wife is at Yoga, I’m downstairs working on my skills.
  • In between bouts of work, I can have bouts of martial arts.

I’ll let you know how it goes…


(Why I’m About) Backyard Wing Chun

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 21, 2010 by ctkwingchun

“Teachers who do elect to push students toward the single hard training experience that they are likely to encounter during their lives seldom have successful commercial schools.” – Jesse Glover

No Respect (or Your Kung-Fu Is No Good Here)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 12, 2010 by ctkwingchun

“Traditional Martial Arts

What do those three words conjure up in your mind?  What image do they paint?  Perhaps you envision Shaolin monks, or Karateka all lined up shouting Kia!

Recently, I had a discussion with a fellow Wing Chun practitioner.  He was lamenting over the fact this a co-worker of his (who practices Mixed Martial Arts) showed no respect for Traditional Martial Arts.  That he wore T-Shirts that said “Your Kung-Fu Is No Good Here.”  …that the MMA guy didn’t get ‘it.’  What the hell was ‘it?’  ‘It’ meaning, well, what Traditional Martial Arts are all about.  That he was always in a sport mentality and that was his downfall.  And it got me thinking (other than what the hell was TMA about then): What is it that we do, as TMAists, that would actually garner respect from someone who pressure-tests themselves all of the time?  …hits focus mitts and heavy bags and pushes their cardio limits?

Maybe the people who aren’t in the know and even us TMAists get all romantic about TMAs themselves.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with some of the other attributes that creep up due to hard training, but if that MMA practitioner could just take the roof off the club and see what we were doing he’d have just cause for the case his T-shirt was trying to make.  We did so many drills that trained bad habits.  We chased hands.  We played slappity slap games.  And finally, when it came to the Chi Sau, there were people who wanted to hold my wrists and stalemate the engagement.

No respect for TMA?  Me neither.  Oh well.  At least my heavy bag understands.

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