Martial Arts Secrets Revealed: Did You Know...?
The worst, most devastating enemy we will ever have to face during our
lives is our own self. The enemy within you, unless defeated daily, will
surely defeat you.
You will be unprepared for the challenges that surely lie ahead,
impotent to accomplish what you should, even helpless to save your life
in dangerous times or situations, if you are ruled by emotions and
behaviors such as fear, doubt, indecision, anger, hate, resentment,
envy, egotism, guilt, impatience, stubbornness, procrastination,
laziness, pleasure seeking and pain avoidance.
attacker standing before you is of little consequence in comparison
with the power of the formidable foe within you. Other people can
never cause you the harm you cause yourself.
now how to ally with the attacker’s enemy within him, while facing and
mastering your own self. Know well those who wish to take your liberty,
property, health or life, but know youself even better.
Find where your limitations lie. Then push them further away from you.
Find and use the power, which also lives within you, to defeat the real "enemy". 092307
3. Countless combative systems have been developed throughout the ages, practiced and honed, only to finally be lost to us in the mists of time. Becoming extinct not because of inferiority, but because of a weak link in the chain of the generations of mankind.
A lack of eager and
capable students, able to recognize the value of the arts and carry
them forward. A failure of the arts’ caretakers to pass on the gift they
had received, erased them from man’s consciousness, as though they had
about 650 years ago in the village of Pon Hong in Guangdong Province in
southern China, the monks of the Kwan Yin monastery developed and
refined a temple boxing art known as tsoi-li-ho-fut-hung. This practical
and effective art and it’s techniques came into the possession of the
Chin family in the late 1700's, was passed from generation to
generation, and by the late 1800's had been used by them to gain
governing control over an entire province the size of Orange County,
1942 the Japanese invasion of China had moved northward reaching Chin
Siu Hung’s village. Hung, then 73 years old, was forced to answer the
challenge of a regimental karate champion, or see the people of his
Against his will Hung participated in what was intended as an exhibition
of power, superiority and control over the conquered people. Instead he
killed the challenger after about 20 seconds of fighting. He and most
of his students were then in turn killed by machine gun.The art, in
effect, disappeared from it’s country of origin.
for us, this art had previously been carried to America in 1935, and
was preserved there by Hung’s nephew. Chin Siu Dek, aka Jimmy H. Woo,
taught the art, which he called Kung Fu San Soo, to thousands of his
students prior to his death in 1991.
his passing no one has been strong, or respected, enough to fill the
shoes of the founder. The International Kung Fu San Soo Association has
become defunct amidst posturing and petty bickering. In this new
atmosphere, free from politics and either control or support, will the
art, and it’s techniques, standing on their own merit, survive, thrive
or die? Will this generation pass on the legacy so that it will be
available to future ones? Time will tell. 072706
The outcome of a physical confrontation is largely determined by mental
factors. While a trained body capable of the desired action is
necessary, it is the mind which directs the body to do it’s will.
Choosing good or poor strategy and tactics fixes probabilities in your
favor, or against you. inability to control emotions leads to lack of
awareness, distorted perception of reality, poor reasoning, indecision,
frustration, doubt and paralyzing fear. Slow reaction and incomplete or
inaccurate execution are the result.
potential of the mind is without limit. A correct exercise of attitude
can make visualizations of desirable outcomes real. In a crisis frail,
elderly women have been known to throw tractors or cars off their
husband who was pinned beneath. The mind can be unshackled to produce
these results at will, as well.
the late 1500's and early 1600's Japan was emerging from a century of
civil war and strife. Armies were disbanded and displaced. Masterless
samurai swordsmen known as “ronin” roamed the country, testing their
fighting prowess, hoping to build a reputation which would land them one
of the scarce bodyguard jobs, with some local lord.
resulted in dismemberment, but usually in the death of one of the
was in this environment that 13 year old Miyamoto Musashi fought his
first duel killing a skilled swordsman, using a blunt piece of wood in
the shape of a sword.
In his The Book of Five Rings Musashi states that
by the age of 29 he had engaged in more than 60 such lethal fights.
Sometimes these were honorable contests, at prearranged times and
places. Many times they were against multiple assailants motivated by
revenge, fear and greed, and under circumstances of surprise or
disadvantage designed to ensure his elimination by whatever means
did he fail to attain victory. Through disciplined self control,
unhindered instinct, innovations such as the use of two swords
simultaneously, and the use of the psychology of fighting and
battlefield tactics to unnerve, demoralize and confuse his opponents, he
was protected against injury or death. He was able to have the
advantage over dozens of opponents at a time. He also fought in six
21st century America these timeless mental skills and the psychology of
fighting still have value and can be turned to other useful purposes
more suited to our times, or can be used to preserve us when necessary. 071206
You can increase the speed at which any particular bodily movement can
be executed, through repetitious exercise of that movement. Through
conditioning new, shorter and more efficient neural pathways are
These nerve pathways run from the sensory organs to the brain, where the
incoming signal is processed and a course of action is selected. From
there they run to the muscles, where the execution takes place through
complex and measured motor movements.
The neural impulse will actually jump across the synapses between
neurons progressively more quickly. At least Bruce Lee thought so.
According to Jesse Glover he was able to complete a two foot punch
starting with his hands at his sides in 5/100 of a second. His slower
punches were timed at 8/100 of a second.
the Jeet Kune Do founder of using "special" cameras in the action scenes of his movies to make himself appear quicker than he really was.
He did use high speed cameras which film more frames per second. The
reason for this, however, was to allow the camera to capture some of the
movements which otherwise would have been lost.
He then slowed down the
film so that the viewer could see, and follow what he was doing in the
action sequences. His movies make him appear slower than he actually
Lee was a unique individual and not all of us can accomplish all the
same things he did but we can improve our skills many fold and realize
our own achievements. We can certainly surpass the vast majority of
people, who do not try. Like the tumble weed, they are blown to and fro
without purpose or direction.
The hardest step is the first one; choosing, becoming inspired. Taking action. 062906
Phoenix, Arizona Kung Fu
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