Today is the last day of 2013. After today I am no longer posting here. I will keep the blog open until the evening of 1 Jan 2014 Singapore time.
In its place I will have two new blogs as follows :-
Why am I closing this blog? If you know me you would know that I do not like to hang on too much to the past. Zen is about the present, now, today. The past can be excess baggage. I am not one of those who keep worshipping the past, harping on greatness that no longer matters, adoring the dead for the sake of propping up a lineage or because a style has suddenly become trendy due to movies, etc.
My aim has been more towards discovering that which defines the style as outlined in their principles. If the principles are not present in one’s hands then what are you really practicing? Some may live a lie but I rather confront the fact that I do not know and work towards knowing than pretending to know but never really knowing. This is one of the biggest challenges facing traditional Chinese martial arts today. I can’t change others but I can change myself.
When you are young the future seems so distant but when you arrive at a certain threshold you know that suddenly the sands of time are slowly but surely running out. For some the end can be sudden. So before time runs out steps should be taken to ensure that the living art continues on. Tick, tock, tick, tock, the Grim Reaper awaits.
Part of the explanation to my friend back in 2007. Check out my Youtube channel as there are 6 more of the clips there on this friend who incidentally was learning Chen style Taiji back then. If you want to know how the Wing Chun in The Ip Man Questions would look like you can take this as an example.
This is a clip taken in 2007 and shows me explaining Wing Chun to a friend.
Have created a few playlists for my Youtube channel so that its easier to see related videos.
A clip from Nov 2007. When I first read the story of Sifu C’s student winning a match and throwing 200+ kicks I wondered how this can be done because it would in a 3-round match it would average throwing about 60+ kicks within say a span of 3-minutes which is about 20 kicks per minute.
Since I don’t remember reading how many rounds and the time per round of that match I am just making a guess here. Of course if its 5 rounds and 5 minutes per round that would be 40 kicks per round and 8 kicks per minute.
After knowing the principles of kicking as I explained in The Ip Man Questions for some years I thought I would have a go at chain kicking to see how it turns out. One thing – wear shoes when kicking a ladder as there are parts which can hurt the kicking foot and don’t kick too hard as the ladder may topple, fall and cause damage / injury.
Found another old clip impromptu clip from Oct 2007 showing the Wing Chun footwork that I learned and eventually wrote about in The Ip Man Questions on page 95-98. I know I have been slow in coming out with the instructional manual but this will give an idea of how its done.