Monday, 18 April 2016

More martial arts for the world

I was reading LXEON post about the kids in China showing their training, I've also been watching a lot of Dragon Ball Z lately. Watching this things gave me a vision of how I want my life to be, and how I want the world to be. The world just seems so empty, like all people do is go to work, go back home sleep and repeat this til they die. It just seems so empty to me. Of course we can say there's more to it than that, like people sharing with their families, or people who work their asses off to give their families a good life. But from my point of view, it doesn't have to be this way. I mean, not just that. I think that countries should have martial arts classes in every school, every college, every office. It shouldn't be mandatory to go to this classes, come on, we all have different tastes and things that appeal to us. Also, values should be inserted into kids minds since their kids, so that they don't use what they learn to hurt others. It's just an Utopia in my case.

But going a little bit more realistic than that, I wish true martial artists would unite, I'm not talking about skill,or how many hours of training they do , or their ranks. I'm talking about people who have the right intentions for their training, who do it because they love it, and to protect themselves and others. Unite to gather more people, to create more interest, to create a society of people who have something in common. Who have values in common, people who respect life, who respect peace, who respect themselves, their own bodies, their own minds, their own spirits, and who respect others. People that can unite in times of trouble and in times of peace, to create a better world.

Friday, 15 April 2016

36,000 Kids You Don’t Want to Mess With

Check this video out. I find it inspiring for some reasons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FDL4ZYEfcw

Also I would like to copy and paste some hilarious comments made by viewers.

"for all you idiots saying that they can't karate chop a bullet and that guns could easily take them all out...you're missing the point of this video. this video isn't saying they can beat up anyone, it's showing hard work and discipline; something most american kids don't have." (theazn07)

"36.000 fat american kids vs 36.000 well trained Chinese kids. Battle of the century." (Chronos)

"Future soldiers of ww3 right there." (Plank Hill)

"see this is why the US will lose if we ever go to war with China. Western kids are to busy play video games getting pregnant or killing each other over drugs to busy snap chatting etc." (Blasian Code)

"Meanwhile 36.000 fat americans kids playing Call of duty and eating burgers" (Drealmers S)

"Martial arts is about self discipline not fighting. It develops the mind and body making you a better person overall. You not only become stronger but smarter, healthier and happier. All these kids are doing something positive in their lives unlike fat lazy unhealthy American kids. Hating on these kids do nothing why not learn from it instead." (Kevin Thao)

Don't take these comments too seriously I just wanted to share because I find them hilarious. I don't know why they keep mentioning American kids lol. The comments regrading American kids also applies to most western countries in general not just America. Even like myself as a kid I did the same thing as typical westerner.

Now I am different. Watching this video made me want to improve myself even more, in terms of health, fitness, intelligence and other personal development.

Monday, 11 April 2016

How to Become a True Martial Artist!

Hello!

This blog post is written for people who are interested in studying the purest form of Martial Art. I commonly referred to this as True Martial Art because it is true to your inner spirit, it is a physically combative representation of ones internal beliefs and mentalities, an expression of the spirit. It is the expression of Martial Art that comes from within you and you alone, that is why it is so unique and rare. Every movement presents opportunity to observe your place in the world around you, in the Universe, then you will eventually realise that you are another part of the one whole, the one Tao, the one existence.

So you feel like True Martial Art is in your heart, thus you want to become a True Martial Artist, here's what you can do...

I recommend looking for a Martial Art school in your area, this is the first step. The stylised, systemised communal expression that you begin with will be very significant as it will influence (but will not determine) your overall development as a Martial Artist. This is the foundational stage, it is when you are developing your roots in this phenomenal practice, thus it will interestingly enough, influence many of your natural inclinations later on. These inclinations include the manner of how you may block, execute certain strikes and/or even the order of how you may conduct your training. Each stylised communal expressions have their differences on the surface, but their similarities far out way their differences. When I say differences, I am referring to the specific areas of the total physical development that dominates their focus. For example, Karate practitioners generally have a very good upper body strength, which aids in their simple, linear, devastating hand striking techniques. Aikido practitioners generally have a good understanding of the anatomy of human limbs, thus enabling them to specialise in joint manipulation and human biomechanics. Also how human movement is relative to the world around us, thus teaching the Tao, the (Aiki)DO, in its practice.

Styles are a very interesting topic to discuss and I will talk about them more but it must be done in future posts. As a beginner in Martial Art, finding a good teacher is far more important than the style of the school. You must always remember and never fall into the trap of believing that one style (communal expression) is better than another communal expression. Spending time arguing about this is like arguing about what brand of car is the best. They all do the same thing! The true power lies within you and how you can apply your stylised communal expression of practise to...

1) Maximise the effectiveness of your Fitness Training (Total Body Fitness Development.)
2) Become an Efficient Combatant (Theoretical Understanding and Practical Application of Combat.)
3) Effectively Enhance your Everyday Life (All areas of life outside the school.)

The teacher at a school is a far more important factor to consider than the style he/she teaches. A good Martial Art teacher should be firm but fair. He should be compassionate and very knowledgable about the communal expression practiced in the school and should have a good idea about how the tendencies of different age and gender demographics influence the overall quality of a students progress and their enjoyment of the curriculum (providing there is one). Ideally, Martial Art teaches should be COMPLETELY non competitive. In the world of perceived reality where people's minds place value on being above or below one another, thus maintaining an illusion, this ideal teacher may not be entirely possible to find. A good teacher should at least not force competition on you as a student and tournaments should not dominate their focus for a plethora of reasons, including the fact that the essence of competition goes against the harmony and unity of Tao, which Zen/Chan/Meditation will help you awaken to. Another reason why it may be relatively disadvantageous for you to have a competition focused instructor is that the combative training in class he/she teachers may be more geared towards the artificial rules and regulation of competition. This means that, although the techniques practiced in class might provide you with a good physical work out, they are often broken (as I like to say) from the viewpoint of practical application. For example, many Taekwondo schools tend to focus on Olympic sparring techniques that look cool and require a great deal of training and skill to execute, but the techniques that dominate their time lack kinetic energy that would otherwise make the techniques, well, practical for real combat. If your circumstances happen to be like this, and you are unable to physically access a school that may be more pure in intention to the timeless way of Martial Art, fear not; for we live in an age where information is easier to obtain than ever before!

The internet has changed many facets of life, including how Martial Artists can, and do, learn.
You can use internet sources to help you learn your communal expression in question. Watching tutorial videos on websites such as YouTube will help you learn to reiterate the "crystallisation of years of study and experiment of great passed masters" ("Masters" is referring to the founding pioneers of your system) - to paraphrase Wong Kiew Kit. For example, if you are studying the curriculum of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), all the Poomsae (forms) are there in instructional videos designed for comprehensive learning, made by the governing body of the WTF, the Kukkiwon. All the knowledge of this system and many other commercialised communal expressions are available to you on your phone if you know what to search for.

On the internet, just as in the commercial Martial Arts industry, you will find many, 'fakes' for want of a better word. This is why I feel your safest course of action is to learn from the material that the founders of your system themselves produced. The next safest source will generally be the information produced by the governing body of your systems. All of this may sound like it contradicts what I was saying earlier but self expression is the highest attainment and as a beginner, you will most likely benefit from a structured curriculum. You can use the Internet as a brilliant supplemental tool in addition to training in a full or part time school. Even if your school is of a 'sloppy caibelr', you will at least have access to it's training facilities and other practitioners to experiment with techniques on.

There are other, more unofficial internet sources that you could go to for knowledge and guidance. Regardless of whether your training is predominantly formal or informal in nature, videos from Jake Mace will be great supplementation for you. This is because Jake Mace shares good health and fitness advise, effective combat tutorials, philosophy and spiritual training. His online tuition is comparatively holistic. There aren't many people on the internet that can provide you with a holistic education about Martial Art, but whoever is offering you 'the whole package' that you choose to learn from must, in my opinion, offer you the following points.

1) Effective fitness training and physical health advice.
2) Effective combat lessons, delivered in theory and practice.
3) Basic lessons on the spiritual development of the human being and philosophy of Zen and Tao.

Apart from the internet, books are amazing learning tools for practitioners that study formally and informally. Searching for books will be similar to Internet study. I recommend that you study text books from the founder/s of your formal art. If your training is informal to begin with, then I believe the best source to learn from are the works of Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee will teach you to be a self expressive Martial Artist from the very beginning. You will be provided with knowledge to build your foundation without being moulded into another reiterator of a crystallised system. It is perhaps more important that you study Bruce Lee's works or equivalent works from other sources if your foundation is structured around a formal system. This is because you must become self expressive to attain the purest form of Martial Art, as stated at the beginning of this post. Wong Kiew Kit is another author that I personally recommend studying. Bruce Lee's approach is very modern whilst Wong Kiew Kit displays a somewhat more classical approach. Wong Kiew Kit's publications will provide you with stories and wisdom from the times of old, valuable insights into the practicality of 'flowery forms' of which Bruce Lee displayed an apparent bias against, training programs, training methodologies for external and internal practice, the theory and practice of Zen or meditation and how it all relates to Tao. Wong Kiew Kit's works are a fair bit more advanced and in some ways more mature then that of Bruce Lee, thus it may be more advantageous for you to begin with Bruce Lee and then eventually overlap to Wong Kiew Kit. These are just two of the many inspirational figures you can learn from by reading books. There are many, many more you can learn from so I encourage you to go and find inspirational figures yourself. Good book publication companies that produce quality Martial Art content are Black Belt and Tuttle. These might be good places for you to start searching for reading material.

Your foundation may bare it's roots in what I consider to be a 'Martial Craft'. The knowledge provided by Martial Craft schools can be great forms of supplementation to you becoming a True Martial Artist because they bare relevance to Martial Art through practical combat and physical fitness training. Martial Crafts should provide you with a solid foundation, providing the school of which you choose is of decent to high quality. You will only find True Martial Art within yourself so you will never be able to find a school (external source) that teaches True Martial Art, guaranteed! A Martial Art school or even a Martial Craft school can act as a catalyst for you to attain this state of being. In fact , I know that some people find studying at Martial Craft schools far more useful then Martial Art schools. It really does come down to the instructor as an individual; his beliefs, his values and his willingness to help you excel. Common Martial Craft schools you may find study systems such as Boxing and Krav Mega. To learn more about Martial Arts and Crafts, click the following link.



"Every Bird must eventually leave the nest." I don't believe this statement should be taken literally in the context of Martial Art, however; the essence of this statement should be considered. My interpretation of the essence of this statement is that you will one day reach a point when you are no longer learning anything at your Martial Art/Craft school. Granted, this will happen years down the track, but it is a situation that will most likely occur, providing you stay with your school and/or communal expression for long enough. At this point what will you do? Well, once you have learnt everything you can from your system, that is when you must assent to the higher plane of expression. Your expression will start to come from within yourself, not strictly from documentation from years gone by. If the system you studied was Taekwondo for example, then you will no longer be strictly expressing Taekwondo in your practice. Although Taekwondo may have an influence in your expression (as your roots will most likely be part of your overall expression), your expression of Martial Art will become a physical manifestation of your inner beliefs and mentalities, making your expression true to your intrinsic self, your spirit. This is what, in my opinion of course, separates the greats from the everyday system reiterator.

It is important that you learn to paint your own picture and become an artist in your own right. However, this doesn't mean you should discard practicing painting someone else's beautiful picture. Sure keep their work alive, but don't let it "enslave" you as Bruce Lee would say. Do not let anyone else's art prevent you from producing your own, fresh, original and unique art. In my opinion, you should achieve a state when you know your system like the back of your hand. I for example, stay at my Taekwondo school after 7 years because at least half of what I do there now is teaching. I find joy in doing my best to help people reach high levels. However, to learn Taekwondo's advanced black belt forms, I require the aid of books an the internet. Once I have learned all 25 patterns, I will continue to practice them whilst creating my own forms at the same time. Once you are one with the way, teach others the way and inspire others to create their own ways! There is no higher divinity than this, especially since you and I most likely won't live long enough to achieve anything more. It is rare for people to reach this stage as not many people stay with Martial Art for long enough to reach such a high level. Not many people are enlightened to the fact that Martial Art is a metaphor for life right down to the molecular level, as is explained in the post below.



If you are still reading more than 2000 words in, then I commend you. You might just have what it takes to go all the way in Martial Art. There will be much that you will learn on your journey that will span a lifetime and it all begins when you listen to your teachers instruction of physical training for the first time; whether it be in a school, via online correspondence or even reading what a wise and accomplished master has published.

I believe that there are 3 general stages of development:
Stage 1 = Formless
Stage 2 = Formalised
Stage 3 = Transcendentalism

First you are formless, like water. You begin knowing nothing. Then you become formalised as you study a system and/or from a teacher. You are moulded into a block of ice; you have become a conditioned response to somebody's chosen inclination. Finally, you are melted into water, just as you were at the beginning of your journey. Only now, your malleable nature can be strategically coordinated to benefit you in ANY situation, not just what a system chose to prepare you for, hence you have transcended system. These 3 stages are the basic outlines of your journey as a Martial Art practitioner. It is something that is all ways good to keep in the back of your mind. For now however, listen and follow the instruction of your teacher. And have patience; you will need it. Always remember, if you don't try to force things, you will make much faster progress.

Your journey starts here my friend. Train Hard, Train Soft and Train Safe. Strive to express the balance in everything that you do.

Thank you ever so much for reading!

Ho Chi Minh

This was one of my High School History Reports from 2014.

Nguyễn Sinh Cung was born on the 19 May 1890, at the Kim Liên, Nghệ An Province, French Indochina -
- died Sept. 2, 1969, Hanoi.

*As a child Nguyễn's farther, Nguyễn Sinh Sắc, (a Confucian scholar and teacher, and later an imperial magistrate in the small remote district of Binh Khe (Qui Nhơn), took him out of a Chinese/Confusion school to a school that offered Nguyễn a French education. His mother died when he was 11, heavily influencing his overall development.

*At the age of 21 in 1911, he learned to become a kitchen helper. This allowed him to work on ships, and thus discover a world beyond Vietnam. He traveled to many corners of the world, in particular French colonies and saw what he considered to be the terrible effects colonialism had on people all over the world.

*He eventually applied to get into an academy to become and serve as a French official across the world. Nguyễn was rejected and thus he perhaps thought that in order to make a change, he could not work in the system, but must work outside the system. This was perhaps one of the first steps that led to him becoming a revolutionary.

*Nguyễn travelled around the world to get an idea of how people of different ethnicities were treated and how different political systems operated.   He went to New York and saw how, although non-white people were not treated as fairly as those with fair skin yet still better than European colonies, they were allowed to vote. He then went to become a chief in England, before moving back to Paris. During Nguyễn's time in Paris during the Great War, he joined a French socialist group who sympathised with his views that Vietnam should be liberated. Being a member of this group provided him with the opportunity to publish his visionary views in a news paper that was enjoyed by the Vietnamese-Frence community but more so by the people of Vietnam. This angered the French colonials in Vietnam and thus ordered Nguyễn's immediate execution upon arrival in Vietnam.

*Nguyễn was present at the treaty of Versailles. He agreed with the American president Woodrow Wilson's popular idea of self-determination among nations. He tried to speak with Woodrow Wilson in hopes that the President of the USA might put pressure on the French to liberate Vietnam. Unable to reach him however, Nguyễn went elseware - to Vladimir Lenin. Nguyễn probably had no interest in communistic ideologies. However he did have a common interest with the communists, but for different reasons. The shared opinion was that European colonialism must end.

*Nguyễn learnt from the communists in Moscow during the 1920s about how they accomplished a revolution. In the 1930s he left and disappeared in South East Asia, determined to liberate Vietnam or die tying. His whereabouts was largely unknown during the 1930s. During this time he was said to have used 50 different names. He knew that there would be an appropriate time to actively liberate Vietnam. That time came at the outbreak of World War 2. He re-emerged in 1941 with his currently recognised title Ho Chi Minh, which translated as the "Bringer of Light".
*In 1941 he when to the Vietnamese northern countryside and gained favour of the locals by talking simply to them like an uncle, gaining their favour. Eventually he went from being a local leader to a national leader. As the French were kicked out by the Empire of Japan in the early 1040s, Ho Chi Minh could have sided with the Japanese. However he felt the Japanese were foreign invaders no better than the French.

*In 1942 he moved up to China to offer his support to the Nationalists who were fighting the Japanese. Ho was seen as a communist and and was jailed by the Chinese Nationalists. Eventually Ho Chi Minh successfully spoke his way out of jail, claiming that he could work as a valuable intelligence agent.

*In 1945 Ho Chi Minh came back and took back North Vietnam. However he faced opposition from France, wishing to reclaim their imperial territory that had been taken from them by the Japanese 5 years earlier. Ho Chi Minh went back to Paris for the last time in his life. This was his first attempt to diplomatically push for is vision of a autonomous Vietnam. Negations failed. The French would not give up their colony without a fight.

*As a chance of avoiding war, Minh appealed to America for help. He had worked with them during World War 2. However as the Cold War was just beginning and France was geographically a strongpoint on Western Europe, it was apparently necessary that America stay out of the affairs of Frances imperial colonies. America never responded to Minh's appeal.

*Diplomacy failed. Ho Ch Minh Now saw that the only way to attain a liberated Vietnam would be to wage a guerrilla war against the French. And thus began the first Indo China war. This gorilla war waged from 1946 to 1954, ending with an embarrassing defeat for France. This was the second time a European colonial power was defeated and forced to leave by the colonials. The first being Britain losing America.

*Vietnam was now divided into the north and south. The Americans occupying the south. Eventually on to the most significant proxy conflicts of the Cold War broke out in 1964. Ho Ch Minh died in 1969 aged 79. It would be another 6 years until his dream of a unified and independent Vietnam became a reality.

*Today Ho Chi Minh is commonly thought of as a communist leader who, with the backing of communist China, would stop at nothing to get his way. However through study, one might find that he was more of a person with humanitarian values, and would stop at nothing to achieve his goal. He did not always care about the means or time taken. What mattered to him were the results.


"You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours.
But even the odds, you will lose and we will win."
-Ho Chi Minh

The 6 Day War

This was one of my High School History Reports from 2014.

The specifics of why the 6 day war began are unclear. However, according to Israel's official  explanation, the Egyptian president Nasser felt the need to prove to the Arab world that he was still a great leader. Thus he made supposedly obvious preparations to invade Israel. Israel then responded to this to this by launching pre-emptive strikes against the hostile nations that posed to invade: Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The Israelis felt vonereble; surrounded on all sides by hostile enemies.

Historians interpretations differ as to what specifically ignited this conflict however.

June 5
In 1967, a war between Israel and its Arab neighbours Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon reshaped the modern Middle East.

Fearing attacks from it's surrounding nations, Israel decided to make the move first by annihilating Arabian Air Forces to acquire air superiority before their enemies mobilise. On the the morning of 5th of June 1967, suddenly and unexpectedly, the Egyptian airforce, the largest in the Arab world, was obliterated by Israeli air attacks. Later that day Jordanian and and Syrian air bases fell under attack by the Israeli Air Force.

In retaliation, Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi air strikes began in Haifa; the chief port In the north western part of Israel. Jordan then launches air attacks on numerous Israeli targets including Netanya, a city in the Northern Central District of Israel. They also attempt airstrikes against Tel Aviv, the second most populous city in Israel after Jerusalem. Thus ends the first day of the Six day war.

June 6
Syrian forces fortify the border with Israel and begin artillery fire in fear of falling victim to Israeli invasion, as has been the case with Egypt, who lost Gaza, Ras el Naqeb and Jebel Libni. Israeli forces also capture Ramallah, North East Jerusalem, Ammunition Hill and Talpiot. Jordanian forces are then ordered to retreat from West Bank.

June 7
U.N. Security Council presents a cease-fire initiative. Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser turns it down. Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eskol proposes to Jordan's King Hussein that a cease-fire and peace talks begin. Hussein doesn't respond.

Egypt is defeated as Bir al-Hasna and Al Qazima in Egypt are claimed by Israel.

Old City of Jerusalem, Nablus and Jericho are among those places that fall in Jordan.
Israeli troops storm into Jerusalem. Despite resistance from Jordanian snipers, Jerusalem fell in the early afternoon. Jordanian forces were ordered to retreat.

Fighting between Syria and Israel continued on the border of Golan. Whoever had control of the Golan Heights would have a clear firing rang of each others country.

June 8

On the forth day of the war, Israel captured the entire West Bank, thus defeating Jordan. Egypt had also fallen by this point, having lost 12,000 military personal in 3 days. Israel now turned it's focus on the Golan Heights; the high grounded location in Syrian territory along the Syrian/Israeli border, which the Syrians occupied and used to shell arias of Israel since the second day of this conflict. The majority of the 100,000 Syrian inhabitants fled during the conflict.

June 9

Israel launched it's attack on the Golan Heights. Whoever controlled the this high land would be able to fire artillery into their enemies Countries.

June 10

One the 10th of June, Israeli forces captured the Golan Heights. Israel And Syria accept a ceasefire. The 6 day war ends, with Israel claiming the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula (A huge expansive desert) to the Suez Canal.

The Results of the War
In less then a week, Israel emerged as the dominant power in the Middle East. Egypt lost 80 percent of it's military capacity. 30,000 Arabs dead or injured after the 6 days of war.

Bibliography: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10694216

http://www.sixdaywar.org/war.asp


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Interesting Blog Written By DefenceLab

http://defencelab.com/10-short-cuts-for-getting-a-black-belt-faster-without-decreasing-skill/

Being a nice martial artist.

There's persons who train in some sort of combat form, let's say  Muay Thai, MMA, or they have a personal trainer. In some cases, I've noticed that there's people who train, and therefore they think they have the right to bully people, to insult people, because they can just kick their asses. because they compete, and get beaten and beat others daily.

Recently I've had encounters with people like that, who know I do some sort of combat training, mostly what I've shown of my combat on videos, or talking to people, is the most generic stuff, that almost everybody does, and that you can share with people, because they have something in common, so it's usually kick boxing type of techniques and talk. I'm not gonna share, like more of my self defense techniques or my actual training with most people, even though I have done so with some. But usually when I talk about martial arts with friends from college, who usually do muay thai, or kick boxing, I'm gonna share my experiences and maybe some techniques similar to that because that's what people relate usually to, as opposed if you bring them some sort of weapons training, or stuff like that. Most people I have met who do some sort of combat training are into the boxing, and kicking type of thing..

So anyways, as I was saying,, you encounter people like that who kinda want to test you, and see what you do, just because they train and they want to prove themselves. I think that as people who train in martial arts or combat, we are going to encounter people like this, be it on college, on your own gm or dojo.

I've found that most of the times you can keep it verbal, like if they insult you, or say something to bother you, you can say similar stuff to them, most people don't want to fight, but they act as if they do. Or they are trying to push your bottoms, but if you are also pushing theirs, no physical confrontation might happen.

When I was younger I actually had some physical encounters with people like this, they never were street fights, they were controlled still, but I've had people like that actually get physical.

The kind of persons that I've encountered recently, haven't really got physical. which means I haven't either. I think that as martial artists, or people who do fitness and combat, we need to be aware that people like this might appear. And try to stay away from them.