P.T.G. Wing Chun – ”The Bridge”

•May 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The bridge from forms and drills to full-contact sparring

and eventually real fighting is actually a game –

consisting in various forms of isolated, light sparring.

Is letting your technique flow and your strategy develop

(Gwoh Sao – ”talking hands”) in a free, but controlled and low-stress environement.

P.T.G. Wing Chun ”Chained Punches”

•May 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My understanding of Wing Chun ”Chained/Linked Punches”.
( Antiboredom strategy on a rainy sunday😀 )

Mind

•May 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Mind is defined in Buddhism as a non-physical phenomenon

which perceives, thinks, recognises, experiences

and reacts to the environment.

The mind is described as having two main aspects:

clarity and knowing; meaning that the mind is clear,

formless and allows for objects to arise in it, and that the mind is knowing,

an awareness, a consciousness which can engage with objects.

    “What is the mind? It is a phenonmenon that is not body, not substantial,

 has no form, no shape, no color, but, like a mirror, can clearly reflect objects.”

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The two main types of mind are explained as the conceptual and the non-conceptual.

The conceptual is the “normal” mind aspect we use

to survive in daily life, but is ultimately mistaken

about the way in which reality exists.

The non-conceptual type of mind is also called the Buddha nature,

rigpa (Tib.), fundamental pure nature of mind

which realises emptiness (see the page on Wisdom).

Study and training the mind in wisdom uses the conceptual mind,

like preparing the mind before the underlying

non-conceptual Buddha-nature of the mind can appear.

In Buddhist psychology, much emphasis is given

to the so-called delusions, which we need to diminish

and ultimately even eliminate for spiritual progress.

An over 1800 year old ‘one-liner’ by Nagarjuna:

    “Without the discipline of guarding the mind, what use are any other disciplines?”

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Delusions

•May 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Definition of delusion: A mental factor that arises

from inappropriate attention and functions to make the mind

unpeaceful and uncontrolled. There are three main delusions:

ignorance, desirous attachment and anger.

From these arise all the other delusions.

There are six causes of delusions:

  1. The seed – this is the potential to develop a delusion that was already planted in our mind through past actions we committed.
  2. The object – anything we are observing or remembering when we develop a delusion. Attractive object become objects of attachment, and unattractive objects become objects of aversion.
  3. Distraction and being influenced by others – those we associate with have a strong influence on our own thoughts, views, and actions, for good or bad. We have a tendency to pick up our friends’ bad habits, which is why we need to associate with our spiritual friends as much as possible. Our spiritual friends encourage us in our spiritual practice and set positive examples for us to live by.
  4. Bad habits – bad habits of any kind are hard to break, including spiritual bad habits such as laziness or idle chatter and meaningless activities, or arguing with others.
  5. Familiarity – the things with which we are most familiar are the things that will come most naturally to us. We all have all kinds of bad habits or tendencies that come naturally to us because we indulge in them all the time, without even thinking about what we are doing or saying.
  6. Inappropriate attention – a mind that focuses on the qualities of a contaminated object and exaggerates them, either its good or bad qualities. This what actually generates delusions.

 

Pinoro Arnis L1: Basics of Korto Garote

•February 13, 2015 • 1 Comment

 Pinoro Arnis is NOT a new FMA system, but only the personal

and standardized expression of the systems

that I officially and proudly represent:

Kalye Todo Arnis, De Campo 1-2-3 Original and Igmat Baraw K.F.S.

It is the way I understand, practice and teach these systems,

not altering in any way their concepts and principles – which are the true essence.

Deepest gratitude and appreciation to my FMA teachers –

Cat Necula and Bobby Dela Rosa, as well as to other masters

that shared bits of their knowledge with me – Guro Tony Yarwood,

Sifu Adrian Tautan, Guro Benjamin ”Lonely Dog” Rittiner etc.

Of course, many thanks to my dedicated

and hard working students/training partners!

The first level of study deals with the basics of Korto Garote

(short distance stick fighting) and contains: coordination drills,

Numerada, Abecedario progression, Pendulum progression

and the first steps of Agak (”guiding”, flow development).

Words 3

•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

You will find meaning in life only if you create it.

It is not lying there somewhere behind the bushes,

so you can go and you search a little bit and find it.

It is not there like a rock that you will find.

It is a poetry to be composed, it is a song to be sung,

it is a dance to be danced.

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Do not accept any of my words on faith,
Believing them just because I said them.
Be like a merchant buying gold, who cuts, burns,
And critically examines his product for authenticity.
Only accept what passes the test
By proving useful and beneficial in your life.

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Knowledge is not power. Knowledge in action is power.

Using the knowledge for good purposes is real power.

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When you make a choice, you must choose to accept the consequences too.

Be convinced that you deserve everything that happens to you.

Believe in your decisions, because they follow naturally your way of life.

And there are NO mistakes, only experiences.

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We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

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Probably one of the silliest and most annoying sayings of the last years is:

”Faith in humanity restored!”

If your faith in your own species was so low before watching

a video of a biker feeding a koala or of a russian mobster

helping an old lady crossing the street,

you should have left the planet long ago…

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living

every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

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Why do we always want to defend what we believe?

Does the fact that others believe something different

threatens our own faith?
How can we get to a point of pure acceptance?

To a point of letting everyone believe what they believe

without feeling the need to prove them “wrong”?

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Love, deep and true love is the opposite of attachment.

In fact attachment in the Buddhist sense is the enemy of love.

This kind of attachment means clinging, craving and obsession.

This translates into love as jealousy and possessiveness.

These things are the enemies of love and can often destroy it.

Love is like holding a dove. She must be held gently

lest she be crushed so we must hold love gently

and be prepared when she flies.

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Stick fighting seminar with ”Lonely Dog” of DBMA

•January 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Once again I was offered one of the best possibilities

to spend my birthday:

a stick fighting seminar in Vienna, on January 17 and 18,

with an elite instructor and fighter –

Benjamin ”Lonely Dog” Rittiner, the living legend,

the Chief Instructor for Europe of Dog Brothers Martial Arts.

Single stick basics, power generating, efficient defense,

sparring tactics, as well as a bit of psychology of fighting🙂

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