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Much Rather

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Music and Clips with tags , , , on September 11, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Woke up cold and tired.  Usually a bit more cold when tired.  Much rather would have stayed next to some extra body heat in my bed.  Turned off the alarm and made my way downstairs.  A glass of water because of that parched feeling.

Downstairs; forms.

Upstairs; the street.  Much rather would be in the basement where it`s warm.

Sprints.  Tired and cold.

The sun peeking out between a split in the clouds as it rises up to welcome a new day.

Every breath is a prayer
We still livin
World still spinnin
I’m still thanks givin
Trying to get it right
But I’m left here trippin

I Like Playing With Myself

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , , on August 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

You read that right.

I mean, you probably read that with your mind in the wrong place, but you read it right.

I play with myself all the time.  I play with my mind – constantly changing my world view.  I play with my body – stretching, playing with my posture, pull-ups at the playground.  I play with my soul – allowing the Great Spirit to enter my being and take life’s burdens away.

Better get playing with yourself, no?


Less Demons

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training, Strategy and Psychology with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by ctkwingchun

I’d like to think that I think I can do anything.

I’d like to think that I’ve made strides in quieting the voices in my head that would have me take a different route.  It’s been a process.

Or perhaps, like many conditions I treat, I’ve just chased them into a corner.  And there they wait – until there is even a bit of let-up.  But I have learned, as is the same when facing an opponent, never let up when they are at their weakest.

“The most dangerous time is when you have your opponent hurt.” – Kru Phil Nurse’s maxim (from Tapped Out by Matthew Polly)

Strung Out

Posted in Health and Wellness, Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , on May 11, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Strung out…

…so I go for a run.

…so I lift some weights.

…so I hit the heavy bag.

…so I run some Chi Sau.

…so I gear up.

…so what do you do?


(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.


The Plan

Posted in Martial Arts and Training with tags , , , on March 29, 2012 by ctkwingchun

The Plan was to teach and it was the wrong thing to do.

The Plan was to impart some knowledge on some folks and these folks would train hard.  They would embody the kung-fu lifestyle.

The Plan was to make a monster as fast as possible so that they would get better and make me better.  They would buy some gear and stick around and want to bang.

Don’t follow in my footsteps.  Don’t be so eager to teach.  Shut your school down.  Go learn.  Seek out a reputable gym and keep growing.  That’s the New Plan.  It’s never too late.


Rabbi Rami Shapiro Q&A

Posted in Martial Arts and Training, Quotes and Articles with tags , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by ctkwingchun

Q: I want to devote my life to spiritual pursuits, but so much of what passes for spirituality seems self-serving and narcissistic.  How do I know the real thing?

A: You know you’re on the right path if your capacity for holding paradox expands, your sense of humor broadens, your commitment to justice deepens, your compassion for and protection of life grows, and your love of people transcends race, color, creed, tribe, religion, politics, and sexual preference.

Commentary: Does your Kung-Fu do this?

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