Showing posts from February, 2012


A wise master once said that training the secret arts is much like excavating an ancient ruin. In the ruin can be found a hidden city with jewels a treasures that are almost unimaginable. Once we return to the surface to proclaim our discoveries, we find that the world doesn't understand a word that we are saying. As if touching these treasures has somehow changed our ability to communicate with those who are unwilling to explore themselves. My own metaphor carries the same meaning but differs slightly. The martial arts is like a magnificent lap top computer that can be used to solve any problem if you enter the right data. However people continually treat this lap top as a plate for food. Piling spaghetti and meatballs along the keys of their computer as they brag about how many meaningless fights they have won. In the end they have completely destroyed their art for something much less valuable in return. Many masters would say that it is better that these arts are not fou


Reality for everyone is only a collection of ideas that are taught to us by others. Is anyone born knowing how to respond to anything significant? About 80 percent of our reality is learned through public media, making any original thought nearly impossible. To those who remain hypnotized by the frenzy of glittered politics there is no hope for betterment. Change has always been accompanied with fear, but it is the only indication of growth. For myself, my art and my family, I must embrace this change. You must first accept the reality given to you, and accept that it can be changed. Bagua was developed from the Yi Qing which is one of the oldest written texts in the world. Their purpose was to understand the mysterious and energies of the universe. Each one of the eight trigrams represents and animal, organ, element, energy, philosophy and a relative. Just by continually reviewing the techniques of Bagua, my mind is expanding in every aspect of my life. My music, teaching, stu