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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