Forwarded by Anthony Revill, first appeared on site 2nd week of Febuary 2010 "As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts."
Forwarded by Awates Edwin, week of Febuary 15th 2010 "To cling to the submissive is called strength"
Provided by Kevin Earle, week of 20th Feb 2010 "True kung-fu is rooted in the feet like a tree, it developes in the legs, it's directed by the waist, and it is transmitted through the fingers" (Ancient kung-fu saying)
Provided by Waz of Wanaka 28th Feb 2010 "Be careful what you wish for!"
Provided by Kevin Earle week of 7th March 2010 "Skill is a gift handed down from our parents"
"For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." from Sun Tzu, The Art Of War. March-April 2010
"It is hard for a student to find a good teacher; it is harder still for the teacher to find a good student". Old kungfu saying. posted 05.04.2010
"Knowledge without practice makes but half the artist." (- a proverb - submitted by Anthony Revill 10.04.2010)
"Learning the usual way allows for thoughtful variation" Submitted by Waz of Wanaka. 19th April 2010
6 May 2010: Of old the expert in battle would first make himself invincible and then wait for his enemy to expose his vulnerability. Sun Tzu
17th May 2010 The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. - Sun Tzu
25th May 2010 - "Yield not one moment to the angry impulse" - Buddha, from Awatea Edwin
30th May 2010 -The things we can touch have no permanence, it is all an illusion - the Master would say that "a man's primary need is to let go, only then can he possess what is truly real". Yi Soon Shi.
9th June 2010 submitted by Kevin Earle "Among three men who walk with me, there must be a teacher of mine" -- Confucius
17th June 2010 submitted by Kevin Earle - "Impeccability begins with a single act that has to be deliberate, precise and sustained. If that act is repeated long enough, one acquires a sense of unbending intent which can be applied to anything else. If that is accomplished the road is clear. One thing will lead to another until the warrior realizes his full potential". - Don Juan, Castaneda
26th June 2010 - "Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire".-Reggie Leach - as submitted by Awatea Edwin
12th July 2010 - The things we can touch have no permanence, it is all an illusion - the Master would say that "a man's primary need is to let go, only then can he possess what is truly real".Yi Soon Shi.
21st July 2010 -The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or as a curse. - Don Juan, Castaneda
2nd August 2010 - Since many people have been inspired by the words of our friend and Wing Chun brother, Sfu Lindsay Mutch, who recently left us in this mortal space whilst departing for some other place, we feel it appropriate to share with you a selection from his works, that we in turn may find inspiration..... enjoy!
of lessons for the wise;
learned one night
on a hill
(that never happened),
among the plastic furniture
wrought by an
on a stone-age people.
from Speech Insediment, Recently fossilised poetry, by Lindsay Mutch
1st September 2010 - "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough".Einstein. (Thanks to Waz of Wanaka)
13 September 2010 -Nothing can temper the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with impossible people in positions of power. - Don Juan
30th September 2010 -Warriors have an ulterior purpose for their acts which has nothing to do with personal gain. The average man acts only if there is a chance for profit. Warriors act not for profit, but for the spirit. - Don Juan, Castaneda
December 1st 2010 - ?Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." - Plato
December 19th 2010 - "Your attack is initiated by the enemy. Your power comes from the ground"
30.12.2010 - "The More We Sweat in Training, the Less We Bleed in Battle" - ancient Chinese proverb
29 January 2011 - If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything;
it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.- Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi
10 February 2011 -"The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity."--- Douglas Horton - submitted by Anthony Revill
12 March 2011 - A Zen Story
4 April 2011 - 'Gaining Kung-Fu is like rowing upstream. Continue rowing and you make progress. Stop rowing, and you drift backward'. Submitted by Waz
6 May 2011 - Master Beau's workshop "was like the 'Butterfly Effect' in play, reminding us that the subtleties of Wing Chun create and effect it's existence and direct it's application dependent on the practitioner's interpretation of these subtleties." Debbie Lomax
25.05.2011 - When starting to learn to stand like a mountain rooted in the earth, I find My legs are molten lava My arms are formless and without structure My head is full of rocks. But, Time compresses these into a diamond core of Wing Chun. Training carves the structure Experience smoothes the form And leaves me standing as a mountain rooted in the earth.Scott, Wgton.
20.06.2011 - "As a warrior I have 7 directions; above , below, front , back
left, right, but the most important direction is the first one, within. "Courtesy of Awatea Edwin: ("translation of a Rapuwai warrior saying taught to youngsters when they start their training in the 7 trails of the warrior. Rapuwai are the first tribal people of the South Island of New Zealand, my ancestors." Awatea.)
10.07.2011 - ?Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.? - Mahatma Gandhi. (supplied by Rush)
11.09.2011 "A martial artist who drills exclusively to a set pattern of combat is losing his freedom. He is actually becoming a slave to a choice pattern and feels that the pattern is the real thing. It leads to stagnation because the way of combat is never based on personal choice and fancies, but constantly changes from moment to moment, and the disappointed combatant will soon find out that his 'choice routine' lacks pliability. There must be a 'being' instead of a 'doing' in training. One must be free. Instead of complexity of form, there should be simplicity of expression." - Bruce Lee
13.10.2011 - "Ying Da Juck Da, But Ying Da, But Ho Da" - [Strike when you should, Do not strike when you should not] - Wing Chun saying
06.11.2011 - This colorful saying was submitted by Sifu Awatea Edwin of Man Sau Gwoon
"It is only a fool who pisses into the wind and an even greater fool who fails to know his enemy and in the Rapuwai language there is no word for enemy, only oa-riri which means wild friend....the only person one should know better than ones wild friend is ones self. Conversations with Poua Huata of Rapuwai (Pronounced Rabuva'i)"
04.12.2011 - "The most boring people I meet are those from other martial arts who presume we have something in common". Kevin Earle
21.01.2012 - "If by the weight of my reasoning I convince one person or many that Wing Chun truly is invincible, I have failed; for the real understanding can only be owned through "hard work", not by the conviction of others." - Kevin Earle.
22.02.2012 - ?Pre-fighting postures?.five stages of combat?.eight stages of combat?.Wing Chun ground fighting?.rattan rings?.gradings. Why so complicated? So much nonsense is written about Wing Chun. The Wing Chun I learned is simple, practicle, and devastatingly effective.? - Kevin Earle
updated 20.04.2012 - traditional Zen Buddhist story
"In a small hut, Hakuin lived a quiet life devoted to monastic purity.
When the young unmarried daughter of the village grocer
became pregnant, she named Hakuin as the father. Her outraged
parents went to Hakuin and charged him with the deed.
Hakuin simply said, "Is that so?"
When the child was born, once again the parents came to Hakuin.
They handed him the baby and demanded he take responsibility
for raising it. Hakuin said, "Is that so?" and took the baby in his arms.
Dutifully he began to look after the infant.
A year later, the young woman could bear it no longer. She confessed
that the real father was a young man who worked in the
nearby fishmarket. The parents went to Hakuin once more,
this time making deep apologies, and asked him to return the child.
Hakuin said only, "Is that so?" and gave the baby back to them." .
31.07.2012:- HARD WORK
A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly,
"I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it."
The teacher's reply was casual, "Ten years."
Impatiently, the student answered, "But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?"
The teacher thought for a moment, "20 years."