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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