Mantis

Do you want to try your White Crane against my student? My first introduction on a  hot, humid summer day in Korea to a style and teacher who had used his art during and after the Korean war. The teacher a medium sized Korean man nothing really special stood out except for his eyes. People […]

There is no taiji

“Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. .”That’s impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth Neo: What truth? Boy: There is no spoon. Neo: There is no spoon? Boy: Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.” “男孩:不要試圖想彎曲湯匙。那是不可能的。 相反地只是試著去認識真相。Neo:這是什麼道理?男孩:沒有湯匙。Neo:沒有湯匙?男孩:那麼你會發現不是湯匙彎曲,只是你自己彎曲。” “To try and realize the truth.”   […]

Beginning

In my own journey to emptiness I have had many teachers/guides along the way.In the 70s as a young teenager growing up in San Francisco during the troubled times of the day.   Looking for a refuge,  Chinese Martial Arts “CMA” opened its door and invited me in. Little did I know, I would never […]

A day in the park

Winter time,  a local Xingyi teacher takes a nap.  The others in Master Zhang’s group go about their practices while he sleeps. 在冬天練拳前,我們會掃雪,地面非常硬且寒冷。冬季的某一天,當地的形意拳師傅在打盹兒。 張師傅的學生們在他睡覺時仍進行他們的練習。 Master Zhang,  training our group in the park.  In his 90s at the time of the clip. 張師傅在公園裡教我們練拳。 在拍攝此影片時他已經九十幾歲了。 His style of training was very informal preferring to  let the art […]