The Ming Concept: Part 2

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

銘念

Now, I have some sad news: Henry’s father, Master 何金銘 Ho Kam Ming, has suffered a stroke, I believe last October (I will correct the date if I find it to be wrong). He is currently staying in a hospital in Toronto, Canada, where his other son lives. Continue reading

Ming Concept: Part 1

Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

銘念

Prior to heading to China I sent an e-mail to 方政荣 Augustine Fong, in Arizona. Though I’ve never had the honor of meeting him in person, I’ve always heard great things about his character. I come from a lineage primarily influenced by 何金銘 Ho Kam Ming and his student Augustine Fong, based in Tuscon, Arizona, with a bit of 梁相 Leung Sheung thrown in. This lineage, and even our school in Seattle, has a fairly distinct character, which I think is very much like Fong’s Wing Chun. I had corresponded with Fong once in the past, about some Wing Chun terminology, and he was very forthcoming. This time, I wrote him to ask about Wing Chun schools in or around 广州 Guangzhou (Canton), that he might know of. (If you’re new to the show, I’ve been living in Guangzhou for the past several months.) Continue reading

Interlude

An interlude of media.

To be perfectly honest, I prefer to write, and I try to convey as much as I can through that medium. However, I’m not always great at writing, though I am practicing in the hopes of being better. Also, this being a blog, and not a book or essay, I try to keep things fairly short. Finally, I know that some people just want media. I’ve tried, in the past few posts, to play with the addition of media. This is not easy, mostly because it’s time consuming, and that’s time I’d rather be writing. Continue reading

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

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