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14th March 2012

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Since I’m here:

I almost didn’t go to class this evening.  I started a new job a week ago, and it’s been kicking my ass; on my first day, I followed it up with WT class and felt like a useless lump the whole time.  Today, I worked again after a few days off and was afraid I’d have a similar problem — but I didn’t!  I learned things, and I had fun in class and felt a little accomplished afterward.

Victory.

Tagged: Wing Tsunmartial arts

14th March 2012

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Boob Punches

So I was in class this evening, and we’re doing a training drill, and my (male) training partner strikes me (female) in the boob.

My first reaction is an internal, “Dude, WTF?!”

My second reaction is to consider the fairness of this move.

It’s not like I have giant bazongas (if you will); when I wear bras, it’s for the sake of cultural appropriateness or because I’m doing something active and don’t want them, like, chafing. (See: male runners, post-race.)  Still, they are there, and breast-shots aren’t pleasant, but breasts also take up a pretty decent chunk of what would be acceptable practice target range on a dude.  

Saying “ABSOLUTELY NO TATA SHOTS” seems a little unfair from strictly a training perspective, but… ow.  And also, that’s kind of a personal space! 

Seeing as this is Tumblr and therefore a pretty open forum, I pose this question:

What’s your school’s approach to boob-punches?  What’s your personal code?  (Open to all, regardless of whether you actually have breasts.)

Tagged: martial artsWing Tsun

5th January 2012

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An “Ossu!” from the West Coast

I began the moving process from the Midwest to the West Coast on December first; today, January fifth, marks one month since I arrived in California.  (If things on the blog have been awfully quiet for a while, the whole moving thing is why.)  I left my last dojo at the very end of October, spent two months practicing (irregularly) on my own.  

Last night, I had my first Wing Tsun class.

…Note that I’ve been doing Japanese hard arts and T’ai Chi for the last five years.  This switch is messing with my head.

Biggest difference-I’m-struggling-with so far: the punches.  In Karate-do, your knuckles line up horizontally and your goal is to impact with the knuckles of the index and middle finger.  Aiming your impact this way keeps your hand in line with your arm so you don’t damage yourself, and the straight line improves your strike.  In Wing Tsun, your knuckles line up vertically and your goal is to impact with the knuckles of the ring and little finger… because it keeps your hand in line with your arm so you don’t damage yourself, and the straight line improves your strike.

(One mountain, different paths…)

On a more victorious note, Sihing showed us a wrist grab escape technique whose motion very strongly recalled something from the T’ai Chi form (the flowering of the hand just before Punch Under Elbow).  I freaking love that moment where you make a connection between something that’s been taught and its actual application.

Tagged: Wing Tsunkarate-dopunching

15th June 2011

Link reblogged from Zolarkian with 5 notes

Don’t let us confuse studying with the actual work! →

zolarkian:

Click the title to read a wonderful article by Grand Master Keith R. Kernspecht.

He gives 10 common traps in which we find ourselves in the quest to understand ourselves.

It’s an important reminder, especially for someone writing a blog.. or reading one!

Thanks for reading, share if interesting.

-Marcus

Here is the editorial:

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Everything you read about the human psyche in my editorials is merely information. You can read it and nod sagely, but this does not change anything – not a thing.

Only when you start to implement these ideas, to observe yourself, to recognise your many personalities and roles, your identification, your susceptibilities and the extent to which you are influenced by external circumstances or other people – only if you can find yourself after forgetting yourself have you really begun the actual work on your own improvement.
This work can take years, and you may experience continuous setbacks, but if you really make the effort you will be successful.
A good teacher or group of like-minded people would be ideal, but it is so easy to happen upon the wrong one.
There are many traps you can fall into on the long road towards finding yourself. Here are just a few of them:

1. Confusing study and reading with the work itself. Things only change if they are actually changed, however. This means hard daily work on yourself.

2. Talking and writing about the work without doing it. Working on oneself internally is not particularly exciting, must it must be done tirelessly on a daily basis.

3. The urge to teach others something you are not yet able to do yourself.

4. The urge to save others before being able to help yourself.
This is why we allow the beginner a healthy amount of selfishness. He must help himself first. He must first observe and recognise himself before he can recognise and assess others.

5. The illusion that you are a “chosen one”.

6. Becoming a star-struck disciple, believing everything your teacher says and giving up thinking for yourself.

7. Fanatically believing that only one path – to the exclusion of all others – leads to the goal.

8. Only working when your teacher or others are present, but forgetting yourself at home or in the office.

9. Meandering from one path to another and from one teacher to the next, but never staying long enough to really learn something. Always going in search of something even better to avoid having to do the work itself.

So don’t let’s confuse theoretical study with actually working on ourselves!

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