Friday, September 04, 2015

Martial Arts & The Elderly...

You wouldn't think this little old lady could be a martial artist, but just look at how great she does! Don't let your excuses, whether it's age, your weight or other circumstances get in the way of what you want out of life. Sometimes, all you need is to be around the right people to help keep you moving forward. If you'd like some help meeting your goals, we'd love to be a part of your experience!

Uma arte chamada capoeira, só quem pratica entende.Capoeira Movies
Posted by Capoeira Movies on Monday, May 18, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Chinese Martial Arts | Culture -Ghost Month

Here in Tempe, Arizona most people are no strangers to the Mexican holiday of Dia De Los Muertos which takes place before Halloween, but did you know that the Chinese have an equivalent holiday on their calendar?

This month, - the gates of hell open- ghosts/spirits come to visit the living world- most Chinese people avoid...
Posted by Chineasy on Friday, August 28, 2015

This month happens to be the "Ghost month" on the Chinese lunar calendar, during which the living mourn the loss of loved ones, although according to my I Liq Chuan kung fu brother Jeff Wong, most people in Chinese culture seldom observe the old customs associated with Ghost Month anymore.

The Ghost Festival (also known as Zhongyuan Festival by Taoists or Yu Lan Pen Festival by Buddhists) is the day to sacrifice to the deceased.

In Chinese culture, it is thought that all ghosts will come out from the hell on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month, so the day is called the Ghost Day and the seventh lunar month is the Ghost Month.

In China, people also have the custom of sacrificing the deceased on the Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, and the Double Ninth Festival. But different from these festivals, the Ghost Festival is the day that all ghosts will come out to visit the livings. Also, people only offer sacrifices to their ancestors and relatives on the above festivals, while during the Ghost Festival, besides ancestors and relatives, people will sacrifice to all the ghosts or spirits. The Ghost Festival is regarded as the most important one among all the festivals that sacrificing the deceased.

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Service To Others...

Or "What I Learned Serving Tea To Sifu"

If you spend much time learning Chinese martial arts (kung fu), you're sure to be exposed to Chinese culture as a matter of course. (I've written some about this before here.)

One of the most time honored traditions of Chinese martial arts is serving tea to your Sifu and to your seniors in the art.  The practice varies widely from school to school, and in China, from village to village.

Since I recently spent so much time at Sifu's house, naturally I spent a lot of time serving tea! Over the years I experienced a lot of stress trying to make sure Sifu's cup was never empty.

Initially I viewed the practice as one of a) Confucian fealty and b) an exercise in awareness. (Can I keep my attention on Sifu's cup strong enough to notice when it's getting low.)

However, after my most recent trip to Sifu's house I had, what I think, is a revelation;

Serving the tea as a sign of respect for Sifu is only a very superficial level of understanding.  Rather than try to watch Sifu's cup like a hawk, I started to think "if I'm thirsty, maybe Sifu is too.."

"More tea Sifu?"

I think when you look at things this way, you start to see "the other" in yourself more.  I'm starting to see the needs of others in my needs, and trying to use that as an opportunity to be of service to others.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Excuses Are Like *ssholes...

They all stink!  So many people want to start training martial arts and want to achieve a high level, like a black belt, but never do.  The same goes for working out and getting fit.

I like to say "there's always a reason NOT to do something."  In other words, it's easy to look at a goal and only see the obstacles and use that as your reason to not even start.  If you want to achieve a goal, you have to flip the script, and start looking for the reasons why you SHOULD do something.

This is one of my main goals for our Tempe martial arts classes;  to establish and nurture a community of people who want to develop the best possible physical and mental version of themselves, and support the same in others.

I recently found this great video on Facebook of a man who didn't let his age become an excuse to not start training!

A common reason to not start training in martial arts is age. Len Kovar started training in his late 50s. He is now over 90, and can still hit the mitts. Be Len Kovar. From The UnderGround Training Series.
Posted by on Monday, August 17, 2015

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Martial Arts Myths Dispelled...

Martial arts movies are a blessing and a curse to martial arts instructors like myself. Although they keep interest in training at a school, like our school here in Tempe, Arizona fresh, new students often come with highly unrealistic ideas of what martial arts training can teach you to do.

I found this great video done by some kids in China that dispels common martial arts myths.

Movie Martial Arts VS Reality - KUNG FU FAQ #1-7Dear friends,As a martial artist, I find I am often asked the same questions over and over. I hear questions like... "Can you fly?", "How many bad guys could you take on?", "What's the best defense against an attack?", and so on... So I thought that I would create an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) video for everyone. This way the next time you hear these frequently asked questions you know where to direct them.If this compilation of FAQ answers is useful, we hope to create more. So feel free to submit questions you hear the most often and we will add it to our list!Hope you guys are well and keep training hard!Sincerely,Kung Fu FAQ TeamWritten and Produced by: Alfred Hsing ( and Directed by: Van Yang ( thanks to everyone that contributed their time and expertise to our Kung Fu FAQ!
Posted by Kung Fu Bootcamp on Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kung Fu & Chinese Culture - The God Of Wealth

One thing that's really great about being back in the Tempe area is access to all the great international cuisine, especially good Chinese food!

If you're a fan of any of these places you've probably noticed some kind of poster or calendar on the wall or maybe a statue that looked like this;

Ever wonder what's going on there?

Well that's Cai Sheng, the traditional Chinese "god of wealth".

For my money, one of the best non-tangible benefits of studying Chinese martial arts (i,e, kung fu) is getting to know another culture up close.  

When I was visiting Sifu recently he gave me a calendar to bring home and when I put it up, my son was asking me what was going on in the image and I actually didn't know, but I reached out to my kung fu brothers and got some answers that I thought I would share with you.
That's Cai Sheng, the God of Wealth, plus a bunch of "Wealth-inviting boys". Think of it as Santa and his Elf helpers.
The green thing in midst the pile of gold is a jade "Ru-yi" to mean things will go as you wish.
The Chinese scrolls is saying "God of Wealth arrives, good fortune comes"
Getting to learn about fun stuff like this is just one of the great benefits of studying a Chinese martial art like I Liq Chuan!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Right Viewing & Martial Arts

Thich Nhat Hanh quote on attachment to views.

Now that I’m back in the Tempe area, I thought it would be a good time to revive this blog a bit and write about our local martial arts classes more often, or just post either martial arts, or meditation related things that I think are kind of cool, but aren’t necessarily appropriate for my blog on Hopefully, you’ll think they’re cool too and want to come train with us!

I came across a couple of posts (the Thich Nhat Hanh quote above and the video below) on Facebook today that were completely independent of each other, but sort of on the same topic that I thought I would share, because they reminded me of something that is very important to I Liq Chuan (and meditation) which is the concept of “right view”.

Sifu often says “your view is blocking your view!”

“Everyone is right from their own point of view, but what is your reference point for viewing?”

In other words, if you’re looking at a situation from the common point of reference, which is our past experience, then you’re point of view is filtered by the mental feelings of “like and dislike”, and you’re responding and reacting to the situation rather than acting mindfully.

In short, you don’t see things clearly.

In a self defense situation, the dangers of not seeing things clearly should be obvious.

Sifu gave a talk in Poland where he said “I Liq Chuan teaches you to understand [the] condition, [the] situation.  So, if you see a situation of danger, you don’t walk into it—you walk away. Avoid danger. All this is part of the training.
Getting yourself in the proper situation, [is] like feng shui, the Chinese belief of putting things in good coordination so it doesn’t disturb you.  [ex: chair in front of door…over time, will annoy you, affect you.]

I thought the video below was an interesting example of what happens when you use past experience to try and judge a situation [or person].  Like the three blind men arguing about an elephant.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mindfulness Of Taste...

All mindfulness meditation has an object and subject.

The object is whatever you focus your attention on and the subject is your consciousness, or what is actually doing the observing.

Most often the thing being observed is the breath, but there can be many different objects to focus on, and in the Zen tradition, one type of meditation is to place a single raisin on the tongue and see how long you can maintain awareness of it there.

This morning I was enjoying a piece of dark chocolate when I realized I'd better get my practice in before everyone else woke up.

Since I had the chocolate in my mouth already I decided to use that as my object of meditation first; watching the bodily sensations due to the dark chocolate (like my heart rate increasing, the range of flavors as the chocolate melted, etc.)

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