Archive for June, 2009



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Warmed up with WC Curriculum.

15 mins HIIT drill on heavy bag.

10 100 metre sprints.

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A good friend of mine recently pointed out a quite well-known Wing Chun author’s video.  And while I’m not here to spout off that ‘I have the only true Wing Chun,’ I think that we can learn a great deal from the good AND the bad Wing Chun.

So in the post, I want to caution you – the reader – to BEWARE the trickery involved in the martial arts.

Whether it’s breaking chopsticks on the neck, breaking bricks on the forehead, or SAYING that you’re taking the force on your Centre Of Mass (COM) while all you’re really doing is uprooting your opponent to prove that your stance is superior – always ask this: Does this have anything to do with saving my ass in a back alley??

Stay safe and have fun.

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Wednesday evening yielded a great session with three new people.  All of them are/were athletic and saw similarities in body mechanics between Wing Chun and sports.

Had a previous commitment this morning, so I did some bodyweight exercises before bed last night.

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Reposted without permission:

4 Seconds Out of Time.

Are you present?
How much time do you actually spend inside you body?
More specifically, how far ‘out of time’ are you?
Four years, four days, four minutes or four seconds?
Most people, from my observation, spend more time with their attention outside their own body than they do being present. They time travel and marinate in the horrors or the honours or the humours of their distant past, or they jump forward in time; weeks, months even years into a future that they are either dreading due to uncontrolled fears, or excitedly anticipating because of wild and fantastical projections. Very few are spending any actual time in the here and the now of present reality. So, effectively, our all-powerful but unschooled attention is roaming the countless corridors of time eschewing the only present reality it has.
My friend John B Will, one of the most revered and respected Brazilian Jujitsu players in the world talks a lot in his teaching about the 4 second rule that keeps people from realising great Jujitsu. He says (and I concur) that most people fight on the mat as they live in their lives; always outside of the moment. They are either 4 seconds in the past, angry at an opportunity they just missed or they are 4 seconds in the future planning their next hold, their next escape or their next submission. But being 4 seconds out of time, whether in the past or in the future, stops them from seeing and taking advantage of the only real chance they have, which is here and now in the present moment. Opportunities that are 4 seconds gone can not be retrieved (unless you have a time machine) and moves ahead can never really be anticipated consistently because what you think might exist in 4 seconds time will likely have disappeared or changed shape or moved location by the time you get there. So the key to very good fighting is the same as the key for very good living; present spontaneity. John estimates that a good fighter can trim their 4 second lapse in time down to 3 seconds with two years of diligent practice, and by investing another two years of good mat work into every other surplus second they could potentially, within six years, be fighting completely in the now.
No longer carrying the heavy past on our shoulders or holding the burdensome future in our minds eye we will be able to fight and flow in the present moment. Similarly when we train our attention on present living we can also trim years, months, weeks and seconds off our lapse until we are no longer shackled by the manacles of past or future. Then we will be of value to ourselves and others, and we will be able to keep our attention in the hold grail of the here and now.
Be well
Geoff Thompson.

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Bodyweight exercises.  Gotta get back on the plan, I’m weak and I hate it!

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Morning yielded taking the back from the mount and the rear naked choke.  This was followed by Luk Sau, Toi Ma Step and Push-Pull Luk Sau.  Then Bong-Lop-Da.

Evening yielded a warmup of SNT, CK and dummy.  Then heavy bag – three 5 minute rounds.  Did some solo stick drills in the warm summer air on my dock as it got dark for the night.

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