After the break ……

August 17, 2010

Hey folks,

Again I find myself telling you that no; I am not deserting this blog but that too many things just popped up concurrently making sitting down in front of my computer turned  into some scheduling……

Also sadly, my partner’s (for the last 11 – 12 years) elder sister passed away after 2 -3 years of struggle with cancer; all that chemo, radiations, drugs both western and eastern….. I don’t know…..what I do know is that our prayers are with her to go to a better place…..

Then with our new training center seeing good response, we have about 15 new intakes since words got out, Por Suk’s visit to share his Ban Chung Wing Chun – all these took some nifty coordinating from my staff.

Not forgetting that we got to squeeze in some R&R time for Por Suk to be a tourist since this is his first time in Sarawak. Even then, we spent most of the time talking about TCMA.

And when Por Suk revealed that he does a very rare Hung Gar form – “Buddha Crane Palm”, I persuaded him to pose the form for me to shoot…in the middle of a Chinese temple we were suppose to be just visiting….. Must have spooked the other tourists …hahahahaha

I will talk more about this uncommon Hung Gar form and another “monkey cudgel” form that he does – forms that I remember vaguely reading about in some real old books and thought no longer practiced today…..

Once again proving how little I really know ….

Good health to all of you.

“Dojo Rat”

May 18, 2010

Received an email from a gentleman, John Titus, who runs a blog named “Dojo Rat”…… click here.

I browsed this a little and …. really… nice….

But what is with the “rat” ???

Got a call, out of the blue, from a senior journalist of a local daily asking to interview me couple of weeks back.

Errrh, I was a little hesitant at first – me and my keeping a low profile mindset – hey, I don’t need every Tom, Dick and Harry asking to “touch hands” when I am out there …… better things to do with my hands really….

Anyway when the journalist, Wilfred Pilo,  mentioned that he is a Tang Soo Do practitioner, I thought this should be interesting – a wordsmith and martial art exponent, so I agreed to meet up.

So there we were, 2 strangers meeting in a food court and exchanging experiences – what can I say?

It just doesn’t get any better than this ……

Simply simple…..

March 29, 2010

Okay, back to talking shop …. To a salient point that I’ve been trying to make, like forever, in this blog and forums that I used to take part.

Kung Fu, the art of Fighting, is meant to be SIMPLE!

The objective is to take your opponent out in the shortest possible time with the upmost efficiency you are capable and this is a function of the sum total of your training.

Every component of your training must be to achieve this end regardless whether it is conditionings, techniques and even understanding of the principles behind the techniques.

If your Kung Fu revolves around “esoteric”, intricate and tougher than neuroscience type that need special “key” to unlock – I say “Kung Fooey”……………..

Working with TCMA masters around here these last few years, I come away with the certain perception that after spending an average of 4 – 5 decades, these masters become so polished with a just few techniques, executed at such high levels that it’s scary touching hands with any of them.

Each time I try something, they got their hands in my face – menacing I say …….

And with many of them, their fighting philosophies is really straightforward – to be fast, accurate and ruthless – attributes that they devote decades to achieve with their conditionings, forms, sparring or working with apparatus unique to each individual system.

Herein could be one of the reasons I stayed out of forum discussions these days …. I am okay with micro-viewing details and all that …..

But when you have folks adding legs to snakes, playing scissors, papers and stones and some just plain blowing smoke – all purportedly in the name of TCKF ……

It’s time to mosey along…..

Got a clip here for you showing Wu (Hao) Taiji Quan sample applications from their system.

Nothing fancy, just direct application of classical techniques that could be found in almost all Taiji streams.

Well, at least, none of that you touch me and you fly like a butterfly gag.

Now maybe if I sting you first ……hmmmmmmmmmmm……..

Yeah yeah I know, I am starting to lag a little in updating this blog ….. but then you gotta see the amount of work I’ve got piling up on my work bench.

Yup, I got a work bench as opposed to a regular table, just like a carpenter’s hahahaha …. At least, equally messy with tools lying around everywhere.

Well, with 4 cats, staying orderly is quite mission impossible; maybe I should leash them up ….. Nah, that’s mean.

Okay, before I do anything else, I just want to thank those who have written in with your encouraging words; I am particularly touched by those from mainland and I just want you to know that it’s okay to write in Mandarin.

And yes, it is time to really  “fulfill the circle and appreciate the fullness”……. Again, Xie Xie.

Got another mainland clip here to share and this time the spotlight is on the application of “tiger” technique from Hsing Yi.

From the form, to formal and then free style application, this clip kinda make me wish that all forum discussions are conducted in this manner and not so much of that I can piss further than you shouting matches.

Or mystification of TCKF that I thought went out with the “White Lotus” Sect……..

Phew…what a way to start the new working year….with a meeting with none other than the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak himself, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan.

So for about an hour, we were discussing a project that the company is spearheading and when you’re dealing with the DCM of the country, you want to be on your toes and your figures at your finger tips……

Can you imagine the preparatory work that went into the blue print?

So once again, don’t let it be said or even whispered that I don’t have to work for a living and on top of that, not more than an hour after I left the DCM’s office, a call came in on my cell to tell me that the authorities over at Penang want to see me about another MA event that they are setting up for the end of this year.

Got to get my traveling gears ready again …. Not that I mind this, another chance to play with Por Suk …. Nice ……..

But before any of that, I was checking the Hsing Yi form clip that I posted over on youtube earlier and noticed some comments about; is this wushu or traditional was asked.

Well, how do you demarcate really … with other forms, maybe, the distinction is easier to spot but with this Hsing Yi form ,which to my eyes , an traditional form granted done in a “exaggerated” manner plus this is taken from an traditional form competition, I really don’t want to be to quick to call.

Hmmm, maybe my Chinese Wushu coach friend is right; traditional forms are simply “modern Wushu” forms done “shabbily”…not that I concur with him, you understand.

But he does both, so maybe he is on to something.

Anyway, I got another Hsing Yi clip here and this time, I am pretty sure most of you would agree that there are traditional standards.

This whole issue is almost like the argument that you hear a lot lately – is sport fighting really “fighting”. If it is not, so what are they doing in the ring is one contention.

Then I remember when I was in Denver last and during one lunch with some MA friends, the topic of “Ultimate Fight Challenge” was raised.

So what is so “ultimate” a friend asked? Who died already?

Isn’t that the “ultimate” of fighting?

Well, folks, it’s getting late and I don’t really want to get into semantics.

My position is simply this; we can all debate until our faces turn blue or any other colors but when your trainings and skills are really tested…..

Just make sure the red you see is from the other person or persons.

Talking war on paper is in the words of Por Suk, nothing more than “farn farn” or “play play”…….

I am back.

January 10, 2010

Aha I am back; some of you must be thinking:-

  • I have forsaken this blog to become like tumbleweed sweeping across the deserts of cyber world.
  • Taking a hiatus, lying on the beach somewhere soaking in the sun and checking out the 2-piece ……hahahaha…

Actually ….. Nope……I was moving and if that  wasn’t enough, I got to sprain my back moving all those big boxes etc etc etc and there were lots of etcs……

Then it took them more than a week to re-hook my internet and it was raining and arrrrrgggh it is all Murphy’s fault!!!!

Him and his “every that could go wrong will go wrong” truism!!!

Annnyway, I ended up going to the grandson of the late Huang Xin Xien for some TCM treatment and now at least the pain is bearable.

Got to remember that I am 25 no more, maybe that is the real problem; I am losing my memory…..

Okay okay enough complaining and back to “business” and I want to talk a little about this big dichotomy of “internal” and “external” TCKF.

A little googling and you won’t believe the number of sites opining about this and we are concentrating on  English sites only, I have yet to search in Mandarin.

Here is something from one of the sites that I skimmed:-

There is a lot out there on the subject of internal and external martial arts. A lot of it is very good information, some is pitched as a marketing approach; other information could be attributed in either ignorance, or arrogance. There may be more then one truth here. I think that the meaning of internal and external martial arts has changed over many years.

The original distinction between external and internal martial arts comes from Huang Zongxi’s 1669 Epitaph for Wang Zhengnan. The identification of the internal martial arts with the Taoism indigenous to China, and its identification of the external martial arts with the foreign Buddhism of Shaolin, and the Manchu Qing Dynasty to which Huang Zongxi was opposed. This may have been an act of political defiance rather than one of technical classification.

What people speak of today as differences in internal and external, tend to refer to principles, and interpretation of such principles. I think this line of thinking may have started being promoted around the mid 1800’s with Yang Lu Chan, and became widely accepted in the 1920’s-1930’s.

I think the reason that the three sisters (Hsing-I, Bagua, and Tai Chi) are generally thought of as the only internal systems, is due to Sun Lu Tang who practiced and taught, these three systems. Sun Lu Tang lived from 1860 yo 1933, and taught until 1928. He was a very prominent practitioner of his day.

Regardless of the origin of this classification scheme, Chinese martial art styles have external and internal components. Classification is only where the initial emphasis of a particular style is, and should not be considered an absolute division.

For more, click here.

Really, more than enough have been published on this subject and all you got to do is look.

Here’s a nice Hsing Yi form; a style considered by many scholars to be the “original and oldest internal” style and we are not talking wannabes hypothesizing after reading a few books,

Well, it’s good to be back ….. enjoy……