Instinct: Part 2

本能

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

李师傅 Sifu Li welcomes us warmly into his school. He is not tall, but he appears strong and relaxed in his movements. He also appears jovial and excited to have visitors. We are excited that he is excited. What better way to come across a kung fu master? First things first, have a seat and have some tea! This is an auspicious sign in my book. There appears to be no class in progress, as I said, he had just turned on the lights. Continue reading

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Instinct: Part 1

本能

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015

“You need to forget about what you know, that’s your problem.” From the film Fight Club

As we are passing through the alleyways, turning left, then right, the city lights and the cafés slowly disappearing, there is a lot of talking. Yet, I find it hard to focus on the words, because there are other thoughts which are occupying my interest. Continue reading

The Best Kept Secrets

最好保存的秘密

Tuesday, 10 November, 2015

(I use real names and identities where I have strong reason to believe the individuals being named are comfortable being so.)

wing chun kwoon address

Wing Chun Kwoon

I met with my friend, Christian, outside the metro station in 江南西 West Jiangnan. This is a busy area in Guangzhou – high-rises, lights, people, shopping. It was evening, Continue reading

Exploration

勘探

Sunday, 22 November, 2015

Dear friends,

Much has happened here, such that I find it hard to dedicate time to writing, which I had hoped to do more of. Yet, most of the goings-ons have not been particularly interesting or relevant to kung-fu.

One, I had stumbled across a Wing Chun school in my neighbourhood, but attempts to contact the teacher were not met with enthusiastic response, and the school seems to have moved. I have not pursued this further as of yet.

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