Year of the Ox.

February 14, 2009

This is gonna be a crazy year for me and my gang of people. With  economic situations imploding and crumbling everywhere, it’s going to be tough to navigate through all that mayhem and emerge unscathed.

It’s like my White Crane concept of “avoid the direct” and “moving to the 4th gate” being put to the test.

Anyhow, the Chinese say “Chaos spawn heros” – so forward we must go.

Fortunately, some of our projects are spared the current turmoils and hopefully catch the upswing when the situation turns around after hitting bottom.

The key is the timing of that turning and the world is looking to President Obama to turn that key…

Okay, enough negativism – “tomorrow will always be a better day” is my motto. Actually, the title of a Chinese evergreen pop song …….

One of my projects, working with Rich Dean and Russ Smith, revolves around history of some martial arts.

And in order to research, apart from combing old books and mags, I also visit discussion forums to get ideas.

One of which is this : Chinese History Forum.

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Some really solid highhands there and apparently some Singaporeans are behind this.

You might want to check it out.

Abstract from the forum about Shaolin Kung Fu :

The founding of Shaolin

According to one legend of the founding of Shaolin, three men; a rich man, a 风水 practitioner and a Buddhist monk from India (Bá Tuó 跋陀), were travelling along the road to Mt. Song (嵩山) from the south, north and west respectively.

Suddenly, though they were in separate locations, they heard a voice in the clouds and saw an image of a monastery named “竹林寺”. A young novice in front of the temple was asking an elderly monk about an earthly counterpart to their temple.

The elderly monk replied, “天上竹林, 天下少林”, and pointed to a northern part of 少室山 of Mt. Song where a phantom of the Shaolin Temple suddenly appeared. The images then disappeared and the sky cleared.

That night, each man thought of the location they saw.
The rich man wanted to build a luxurious residence there and believed it will ensure his flow of wealth.
The 风水 practitioner wanted to move his ancestral graves there to ensure smooth future for his descendants.
The monk thought it would be a splendid place for a monastery, and set off for the location before dawn.

Three days later, the three men were arguing on the same spot about who had the right to claim the location. Their argument reached the ears of Emperor Xiào Wén of Northern Wèi who was touring the vicinity. The claimants then requested for the monarch to settle the dispute.

The emperor asked each of them to prove their claim.
The rich man pointed to his cap placed on a stick to prove his having claimed the spot.
The 风水 practitioner pointed to the stick to prove he was there earlier.
The Buddhist monk unearth his sandal buried beneath the stick to prove he was the first, and thus was awarded the site..

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