What is Shaolin Kung-Fu Wing Chun (Yim Wing Chun)?
Wing Chun is a traditional Chinese martial art which combines the most important and effective principles and techniques of Shaolin Kung-Fu into a simple but complete system of self-defense. Over 300 years ago a Buddhist Nun named Ng Mui mixed the Snake and Crane styles of combat into a combination hard/soft form, close-quarters, street-fighting style, brutally effective even when used against bigger, stronger, faster opponents. Ng Mui's first student, the art's namesake, a young girl named Yim Wing Chun actually used her training during a challenge fight and won her freedom. Since then the art of Wing Chun has been passed down through the generations in secret and in recent years has gained international recognition thanks to famous Wing Chun practicioners such as Ip Man, Bruce Lee, Donnie Yen, Robert Downey Jr. and many others.
Why I Train Wing Chun
As a cocky 20 year old, I thought my sidekick alone would be fast and powerful enough to defeat my soon-to-be Wing Chun instructor in a series of full contact challenge fights. I was quite sure that he couldn’t get past my legs and he was quite sure that he could. After several philosophical discussions about fighting we decided to put his Wing Chun and my Taekwondo to the test. Time and time again he waited for me to attack, parried my kicks, then completely dominated and destroyed me with an intense flurry of chain punches, stomp kicks, knees and elbows. At best I clipped him a couple times with my kicks, but ultimately he would always take advantage of my one-legged, off-balance, side-facing positioning, maneuver behind, kick out my back leg, and take me down embarrassingly easily.
Most of the fancy offensive striking techniques are indirect, less powerful, and less effective than tried and true quick, direct strikes along the opponent’s centerline (as in Wing Chun). So much time is spent practicing flowery non-combative dancing or acrobatic techniques that proper application and actual fighting often takes a back seat. Karate and several traditional martial arts also have a similar problem incessantly training rigid robotic forms, stances, blocks and strikes absolutely inapplicable and unusable in the street. For example the traditional front stance low, high, inside and outside blocks of Karate are so slow, wide, rigid and telegraphed that they cannot work even against an unskilled opponent. All Karate practitioners realize this and never use the traditional blocks while sparring anyway, but still spend countless hours training these useless forms and techniques regardless.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In his book “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East”, John Allegro, one of the translators of the scrolls found at Qumran, advanced the thesis that the religions of the Middle East were ultimately based on shamanic practices, utilizing plants as a source of communion with God. Publication of such a controversial thesis in the 70s was a courageous act. He brought upon himself the ire of every insufferable know-it-all scholar and every insufferable Bible-thumping ignoramus. He paid a high price: it ended his career.
At the heart of Allegro’s thesis is the fly-agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria). I do not think it very likely that this species of mushroom would have played a significant role seeing that its natural habitat is circumpolar and that it is almost always associated with pine trees: it would therefore have been rather bare in the Middle East. There were then and are now more likely candidates; all of them widely available in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Near East and I will look at just a very small selection.
Datura: The datura is a member of the solanaceae (nightshade) plant family to which various species of henbane and mandrake also belong. Both henbane and mandrake have the same constituents as datura, albeit in different proportions; they are less toxic but have the same effects as the datura. The mandrake is mentioned twice in the Bible (cf. Genesis 30:14). The traditional view is that mandrakes were an ancient folk remedy to help barren women conceive. While mandrakes do not contain to our knowledge any fertility-enhancing constituents they do have, if used judiciously, aphrodisiac, euphoriant and relaxant effects that can aid in conceiving as barrenness is frequently a result of psychosexual factors. Song of Songs 7:12-13: The ‘Song of Songs” is a sensuous love poem and the connection with the mandrake is impossible to miss:
If their blossoms have opened,
And if the pomegranates are in bloom
There I will give you my love.
And at our door is every delicacy
Both new and old
Frankincense and Myrrh: Frankincense and myrrh were both used in all ancient civilisations as a perfume, incense and in medicine. Frankincense and myrrh were precious; they were gifts fit for a king! Think of the gifts offered to baby Jesus! Furthermore, a convict led to execution was given frankincense or myrrh mixed into a cup of wine, numbing his senses so as not to suffer pain. The women of Jerusalem donated the frankincense, myrrh and wine to the court. When they were not donated, they were purchased from public funds (Sanhedrin 43a). Think of the cup that was offered to Jesus (although he refused to accept it)! Modern science shows us that frankincense has the ability to increase oxygen around the pineal gland, thereby stimulating the pineal gland through which we communicate spiritually. A recent study conducted at Hebrew University noted frankincense smoke contained the psychoactive substance incensole acetate that relieved depression and anxiety (Moussaieff et al., 2008). Myrrh, taken internally – if you can stomach the extremely bitter taste - has very strong narcotic properties. It induces a state of consciousness which partakes of both wakefulness and dreaming. You are here and at the same time you are …. well, somewhere else. I can personally vouch for its efficacy as an aid in meditation and a tool for consciousness and dream enhancement.
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If every day you go to someone else’s establishment, work on their schedule, do everything they say, and make money for them, then I’m sorry to bear bad news, but you might be a slave. If you often awake to an alarm clock smothering your dreams to death with a pillow then you very well might be a slave. If you went into debt so you could spend the best years of your life qualifying for a piece of paper to qualify for a salary-wage job, then you’re likely a slave. Even if you work in a fancy high-rise building, a compartmentalized neck-tie drone in some sociopathic hierarchy, you might still just be an office slave, an expendable rung on the corporate ladder.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Upon finishing my latest book Spiritual Science, my good friend and loyal reader Matt gave me one of my favorite reviews. He said, "In my opinion it's the best metaphysical book on the market, better than the Bible." Now depending on who you ask, that statement is either a blasphemous impossibility or not even a compliment, but coming from a fellow gnostic yogi I knew he meant it as high praise. Having put nearly three years of my life into compiling and writing this esoteric encyclopedia of modern spirituality, it is my greatest wish for it to be read by as many people as possible. I truly believe the knowledge and wisdom condensed and consolidated between it's bindings can awaken anyone to their inner latent spirituality:
My first and second books Asbestos Head and Atlantean Conspiracy which I've always given away free have now been downloaded by over 500,000 people. Spiritual Science, however, which I charge $20 for has only been downloaded by 50 people. After factoring out many other alternatives and giving my tens of thousands of loyal weekly readers the benefit of the doubt, my team of expert analysts has concluded that the reason Spiritual Science has received so few downloads is that most people don't value my hard work and dedication :( I've hired a separate team of specialists to help console me but unfortunately their consolations don't help pay the rent. If you appreciate and benefit from what you've learned on AtlanteanConspiracy.com please help me out and download a copy today! Thanks so much to everyone who follows my websites and those of you who have helped make my dreams of being a professional writer come true.
Monday, April 1, 2013
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Lies are broadcast daily from our governments, mainstream media, big pharma, the public education system, pundits, politicians, lawyers, actors, and advertisers all making a living from lying. To take our power back from the liars we must be devoted 100% to honesty and integrity in our own lives. We must make a 24/7 habit of absolute sincerity, standing strong in our truth, striving to express as eloquently and articulately the truth as we know it. We must refuse to believe the lies and help to expose the liars. Refuse the temptation to lie to make our lives easier and never cheat on our spouses / partners because that is a form of lying too. We must refuse the notion that some lies are acceptable because "the truth would hurt" too much. If there is ever to be an actual "Truth Movement" it can only happen through radical, unconditional honesty and integrity.
Slavery is practiced by governments, corporations, banks, private prisons, insurance companies, factory farms, bankers, politicians and lawyers who all make a living from enslavement. To take our power back from the slave drivers we must be 100% free and sovereign in our own lives. We must quit our wage slave jobs, stop paying taxes, stop obeying unlawful legislations, get free of debt, learn self-defense, acquire tangible assets, get off the grid, grow our own food, create our own jobs, become entrepreneurs and freemen on the land, start our own interest-free banks and local currencies. We must completely refuse to be enslaved, refuse to enslave others, and help one another achieve true freedom.
Violence is practiced by governments, corporations, militaries, police forces, private security, prisons, gangsters, mafias, mercenaries, factory farmers and butchers all making a living from violence. To take our power back from the bullies we must be 100% peaceful in our interactions. We must refuse to be employed as a soldiers, police or mercenaries. We must end the animal holocaust. We must stop domestic abuse and practice peaceful parenting. We should never hit, harm or even raise our voices to others, especially our friends and family. All interactions between parents, children, siblings, friends, and strangers alike should be free of all force; even passive-aggression is still aggression which we must personally refuse to manifest.
Fear is employed by governments, corporations, militaries, police, banks, insurance companies, factory farms, mafias, private prisons, politicians, and lawyers who all make a living off victims of fear. To take our power back from the fear-mongers we must practice unconditional love. As Jesus, John Lennon and many-a-martyr will agree, no one word, no one concept is so powerful and unifying as Love. Love is the main immutable pillar for a truly moral foundation. If you have developed true unconditional love, then you already have the other three pillars of Truth, Freedom and Peace as well, because love is certainly honest, free and peaceful. Cheating or lying is not true love. "Loving" a bird enslaved in a tiny cage is not truly loving the bird. And forceful or "violent love" cannot be called true love at all, in fact it's called rape or domestic abuse.
So before saying or doing anything, remember the four pillars: Is it true? Does it promote freedom? Is it peaceful? And is it loving? Or if you're short on time just check the fourth: Is this a loving thing to say? Is this a loving thing to do? Adhere to these and we will be on the Dharma fast-track through morality to another golden age. All we need is Love.
All we need is Love??? NO!!!
"Four Dharmic ideals which I constantly strive to embody, embrace and express are Truth, Freedom, Peace, and Love."