Soree……me bad boy…..

October 31, 2009

Again, a public apology to those who left messages over at youtube and facebook ………and I fail to answer.

You see I am really swarmed with work commitment and the last thing I want for now is to join groups and friends and then fall flat.

Work, this blog, my 4 cats and 1 dog is taking up almost my entire day.

Plus working on translations, preparing articles for a local newspaper (yes, yours truly will be starting on a weekly column talking about ….. ta da…..martial arts) ……

Then in a couple of day’s time, I will be on the road again ….. jeeze ….. this is a good time to think about that Apple Iphone …..to stay “connected”…..

Once again, thank you for writing and please look the other way if you don’t get an immediate reply.

Ooops, time to feed the cats again.

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Just flow …….

October 31, 2009

Here is something written about Portishead:-

I am a confirmed portishead head. they are one cool (really) band. i’m not a real hip-hop fan, but i think portishead’s alchemy of that with lounge music, jazz and blues, and a little ’60s secret agent theme music thrown in is quite unique and listenable. beth’s voice of course drives the sound. the woman has SOUL.

Their music is defined as “acid jazz”…jazz instruments with a hip hop flavor and a steady beat to which you can dance to.

Me?

I just looove Beth Gibbons.

Don’t ask me why – somethings are meant to be left unexplained …. hahahaha..

Like Carlsberg.


Wushu Association Sarawak.

October 31, 2009

Might not be my “thang” – competition Wushu, but I cannot deny that the level of dexterousness must be demanding.

Looking at some of them going through their routines, their commitment is so clear cut.

When I was at the Wushu Association of Sarawak training hall the other night, my reason there was to talk to some of these  athletes for addition into our book, we are featuring the young generations of Chinese of Sarawak in one segment.

Some of these athletes are national and all of them are state’s level representatives, the crème de la crème of Sarawak Wushu.

The age ceiling for them is 23 after which they are no longer eligible to compete in the National Sport Wushu Competition and talking to James Ting, their coach, I was told that the plan is to switch some of them to Sanda competitors…….

Well something tells me they will excel in that too…….

Sing…Sing….Singapore!

October 31, 2009

4 millions people packed onto a small island ….15,000 people every sq mile…..

And I tell you, the population is still growing …….every time I go back, I see more and more non-Singaporean folks …. yes yes yes, we can tell….

Got an email a couple of days ago from Wayne Welsh, a good friend in Colorado and a Pak Kua longtime teacher; spoke about him briefly in one of my earlier entries right after my US trip last year.

Well, the email is about Mark Darcascos, you know the star of movies like “Crying Freeman” and “Only the Strong”….. I was told there is this TV series “The Iron Chef” that has Mark in it;  don’t know anything about this cos I don’t have cable TV remember?

So here is the story – Wayne and Mark’s father, Al Darcascos are tight, so tight that Wayne used to baby-sit Mark.

Now Mark is involved in the “Dancing with the stars” thingy that is happening over in the States and the mail is garnering for support for Mark …..

Here is the link and if you’re a fan, you know what to do…….

Mark

Being Hainanese ……

October 30, 2009

So it is starting to look like more and more overseas Chinese are beginning to review their roots …….

Click here for full story.

Read this story and maybe you’ll understand why we are so “motivated” to do what we are doing….

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First met James Ting, Chief Coach Sarawak Wushu Association, some 5 maybe 6 yrs ago …….

In the locality where I live, there was this Chinese tea shop that we used to hang out, me after my landscaping day and James, after his Wushu sessions.

I remember, there we were with a bunch of local Aikido and Judo guys, coach from China, we would kill hours just trading experiences in the various arts.

James, apart from completion Wushu, spent many years in the pursuit of TCMA and even went as far as formulating a hybrid style composed of the many styles that he acquired thru the years; hey, this is a guy who is almost 60 but looks anything but ….

The one shared passion, when the 2 of us sit and talk, is traditional stick fighting and the assorted skill sets that got replanted all through the 200 to 300 years of Chinese history in Sarawak.

And one name kept popping up; Shen Fong Fa or Sim Hong Huat in Teochew.

GM Sim is acknowledged by the local TCKF fraternity as the leading personality in the founding of the Wushu Association. Back in the 80s, before competition Wushu, Kung Fu around here was all about “lei tai” which over the years started declining due to lack of support.

A TCKF veteran, GM Sim studied with some of the biggest names in the world of traditional Chinese Kung Fu. Names that include:-

  • Li Teck – Hakka Tiger.
  • Li Zai Ruan – Wuzu and White Crane.
  • Li Kiang Ke – Shaolin White Crane.
  • Huang Yi Ing – Fuzhou White Crane.

Due to various reasons, I was only able to meet GM Sim quite recently and straight away, got into the thick of action, so to speak.

The opportunity to interact with someone with so much Crane exposure is rare, to put it mildly……….

So, it was “touching hands”, comparing and analyzing the Crane like never before.

What is GM Li Zai Ruan’s Crane like as opposed to GM Huang’s, why is GM Li Kiang Ke’s often mistakenly quoted as “flying crane”…..

And just when I thought we had enough, out came the sticks, in 3 different lengths and the iron ruler and we found ourselves pulled right back into where we started.

So before I left the Wushu Association’s training hall and instead of saying goodbye, GM Sim and I just decided on another day to meet up again.

More Cranes……….

 

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Trying something out……..

October 29, 2009

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Don’t get excited – I am just trying out some gif files here.

Thinking of converting some of my pics into this format – animated I say man!

Talk Kwon Do.

October 29, 2009

Here’s something else that really get on my nerves sometimes; those who are trying to over-intellectualize TCKF.

You know the type, they filled paragraph after paragraph with hypothesis and speculations, usually using obscure nebulous terminologies, to bamboozle those uninitiated; subjects could range from “chi” to “5 elements” “jin” etc etc…….

Well, my position is VERY simple – show me what you can do, I don’t care if it is chi, jin, 5 elements hand or whatever ………

Walk the talk – what you going to do in a real fight situation? Out intellectualize your attacker???

Maybe you are planning on baffling them with your theories; taking the art of deception to a new height?

There was a time, not too long ago, when it is flattering to describe an art as “clear, crispy and simple”.

All these hypothesizing, to me, are nothing more than “flower fists and embroidery kicks”.

Here’s something that I found on youku; got no background info but whatever that might be…..

I just love the “clear, crispy and simple” techniques.

Remember folks, you really got to KISS more.

Keep it short and sweet     🙂

It’s really heartening to discover that in the midst of all the posers, pretenders and frauds,  proper legit descendants of esteemed traditional CKF are starting to make their marks and really, showing how it should be done!!!

Look at this kid, what 8 or 9 yrs old maybe, brandishing the single-head pole.

And not simply any single-head pole ……

This is the 5th Brother Pak Kua Gun ……. Wow !!!

The next wave of the mighty “Chang Jiang”.

加油!!!