When we are injured or just not motivated it can be the hardest of times as a martial artist. We have trained our mind and bodies to accept pain and the repetition and perfection of techniques but nothing prepares you for when that ends. Or when you feel that there is nothing left to achieve or strive for, it’s a strange feeling indeed not something I am accustomed to. It’s like accepting your fate, embracing the inevitability that physical skills are not enough, there has to be something more?
Maybe its time in my life and martial arts to review and reduce what I do. Not increase, but decrease. Not more, but less. Refine it and condense it, to the essence of whats important. I think I finally understand a few things, here’s to the next 40 years of personal development!!
As I sit here in the afternoon heat I am contemplating what this time of year means to me?
For a long time it controlled my life and also my time in that for the week coming up to and also during Chinese New Year. I was Lion Dancing and doing demonstrations for my Kung Fu Sifu and extended family, it was always a very enjoyable time for me I had trained long and hard and this was my time to shine and show the world the skills I had been taught and the gifts I had received from Chu Sifu.
From my first Lion dance in 1981 I was hooked and completely dedicated to learning and performing the Lion Dance. Over the years I worked hard at being the best I could be and it culminated in being able to drum non stop for the complete Chinese New Years day.
The drummer started the dance and also was the last to finish a total of 5-6 hours in those days, to be as fresh at the end as I was at the beginning was a tribute to Chu Sifu’s training and I loved it still do and miss it terribly at this time of year.
I would like to wish my Sifu his family and Kung Fu brothers and sisters a happy new year may they perform to the best of their abilities keeping the tradition alive for the next generation.
Kung Hei Fat Choy !!!