Saw your video freddie just uploaded great work mane!! Your training is really showing :)
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Freddie, i don't see how you stretch with shoes on. I imagine it takes some strength. When ever i stretch i have to use a carpeted floor or wood floor with socks to ease down into the split. I bring this up, because i wanted to do the splits outside but couldn't, maybe i just need to work on my strength more.
I thought that it would be nice to share with you some nice sayings. Most of them come from a card calendar of mine. Every day I take off a card and read a wise statement originating from the east. I will list some of them in no particular order below and write my interpretative understanding underneath each quote.
* "True freedom exists in our minds, beyond God or Buddha. In every moment, true wisdom must be freshly created." -Taisen Deshimaru
This basically tells us that in order to be truly spiritual, we must go beyond religion. Go beyond just following God of Buddha; become the sage your self.
* "...great balance sustains all things." -Chuang Tzu
I think that when people only train hard, they damage their bodies. When people are too soft, they get sick. When hard and soft are integrated, health is attained because they know not to go too hard (causing us stress and injury) and to not be too soft (not being active enough and getting ill).
* "Above, below, and around you, all is spontaneously existing, for there is nowhere which is outside Buddha-Mind". -Huang Po
This reminds me of the essence of the Universe that we are a part of. That essence is change. Nothing is set and nothing ever stays the same. Existence is spontaneous by nature, and that is what a True Martial Artist at the highest level often reflects through his expression.
* "You must personally accept the responsibility of improving your own life." -Chogyam Trungpa
Martial Arts is a personal, individualistic journey of self improvement. You are the only one who can make a change in your life. No one else.
* "To know the Way is to know where to go and how to get there." -Tseng-Tzu
I think that to know where to go and how to get there is already having a good understanding of the Tao. When you know, you are already half way there.
* "Understanding is the basis of love." -Thich Nhat Hanh
It probably is.
* "The Purpose of each soul's sojourn on earth is to learn to see beyond the evanescence of phenomena to the Eternal Reality." -Paramahansa Yogananda
I consider someone who understands eternal reality to be enlightened. To see that death is an illusion. How can there be death if there is no beginning and no end?. Our bodies decompose and eventually the universe demands that our matter be changed; transformed into something else. Into something new. Just as our occupation of what we recognise as a human, someone new is born as compensation. Nothing is ever truly lost. Nothing is ever truly gained. There is only change, the eternal circle of life, the whole. There is no death; just the ongoing changes in cosmic reality. Once this is realised, you will be at peace. You will be one with the hole, also known as the universe.
* "Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of man kind." -Mahatma Gandhi
It often takes more strength to be non-violent then it does to be violent; wether it be physical or verbal. Mahatma Gandhi is famous for his effective strategies of passive resistance.
* "Let us strive to be fully human and there will no longer be a place for evil." -Confucius
It's not easy being a real and genuine human being. We should strive towards minimising the influence of our internal negativity.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Osu
For me as an individual, this statement gives me hope that one day I will be able to help people through True Martial Arts training. Whether I make a living from it or not.
* "One's anger is often one's greatest enemy." -Someone has probably already said this but I just thought of it myself right now. The reason that I think anger is one's greatest enemy is because to my understanding, anger is often an emotional reaction to an unsatisfied ego. To thrive on anger is to be a slave to the ego. The a high ego clouds the mind and prevents rational judgement from occurring. I believe this is why you will never prevail if you haven't gained a good level of understanding and control over yourself.
"Invincible is the feeling that you get when day after day you do something to improve your life." -Invincible Worldwide, modified by myself.
I often feel happier when I train. Seeing the improving results in my bodies abilities feels far more rewarding than having a black belt. And that's where I see the essence of True Martial Arts lies. The improvement of one's being. The individual journey someone takes to improve their life in all areas.
To elevate yourself to the next level; becoming a kind of upgraded or superior version of yourself. To live your dream.
I hope you guys find some of these quotes helpful with personal development and day to day life.
Take care everyone and Thank You for reading my blog. Which quote has the most significance to you and why?.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I couldn't help but notice the huge amount of people that were black belts. The sad part, is that only three of them, were actually skilled enough to wear those black belts, they impressed with flexibility, footwork, kicking techniques an combinations.
There were lots of untrained kids wearing blue belts or above, I can see why people criticize WTF TKD so much. they are literally giving out rank promotions to make money, the tests to get a belt promotion get more expensive the further you "advance" in your training.
A lot of people critizice WTF TKD sparring. For using only mid to high kicks, no knees, no elbows, no locks or throws. It is still full contact.
So many TKD dojangs have become sport only dojangs. And have stopped teaching the full range of TKD techniques.
ITF TKD, is a semi contact sport, bans knees, elbows, knees, being a semi cotnact sport KO's are rare, you cant throw a variety of punch combos.
People talk about how TKD needs more violent style of competitions, to be able to use a wider range of TKD techniques.
To me, what TKD really needs is to stop competition, and go back to the roots. To the true essence of korean martial arts.
It was adopted by the military, it was influenced by chinese martial arts, Okinawan karate and korean martial arts.
I think TKD is beautiful, I still enjoy a lot of it, I have met great TKD practitioners, who have gotten away from competition, to focus on the more traditional aspects, and I think it's great, I have also learned a lot of the competition techniques that have been developed by the scientific study of the TKD techniques.
And now, I have gotten away from the dojangs, they were too focused on belts and competition, and I have started to look into different aspects of TKD, I have added weapon training to my routines, and have began to search for a more balanced way of expressions. But Taekwondo will always have a place in my heart
I am in no way an expert in martial arts, or TKD, or combative techniques, or fitness or anything really.
But I'm looking to improve, be more confident, and have a life worth living doing things I really enjoy and love.
Poomse (Forms) is ultimately the foundation of what you are taught in Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts.
Poomse consists of the various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order in response to attacks from multiple imaginary assailants attacking you from different directions. Each Poomse consists of an established sequence of movements beginning with a blocking technique and ending with an attacking technique. All techniques, which are taught in the studies of Tae Kwon Do, are used.
Each movement has a purpose as well as a philosophical meaning. Only from infinite practice and repetition, can the student begin to understand the true meaning and nature of Poomse. Balance, focus, coordination, breath control, self-discipline, to name a few, emerges as real benefits of continued Form practice. Performed with sincerity and conscious effort, the physical as well as mental and spiritual benefits are only then truly discovered. Therefore, Practice! Practice! Practice!
The reality of Poomse practice is that it prepares you to be able to execute the necessary offensive and defensive techniques in any direction, with the needed confidence, to protect and defend yourself or a loved one. Forms were formerly the only means Masters had to transmit the core of Tae Kwon Do and their interpretation of the Art to their students.
Poomse practice is considered extremely important, especially when performing during a promotional testing. Poomse could comprise up to 40-50% of the testing requirements necessary to achieve promotion to higher ranks. But, more importantly, it is impossible for a student to truly understand this ancient art, without a thorough appreciation of Poomse.
There are two types of Poomse (Forms), which are presently recognized by the WTF. They are the Taegueks and the Palgues. There are (8) eight of each style. The Forms are learned in sequence and taught in accordance with the ability of each student in order to prepare the student for more advanced Poomse. A student should never attempt to learn an advanced Form without the consent and permission of his/her Master Instructor. A beginner who attempts to perform advanced Poomse will only confuse and diminish the thought process in Poomse and ultimately lessen the hope of truly understanding ones appropriate level in Form practice. Therefore, know and understand your Form before you consider advancement.
Each Form has its own character and distinct quality. Like our own Character, through numberless Poomse practice we can begin to mold the rough edges of our character and eventually come to understand that Tae Kwon Do is an Art and has more substance in total than merely a means of self-defense.
Finally, to help us overcome complacency, idleness or the tendency to let our attention wander, Poomse will help serve to open the door to bringing mind, body and spirit as one. This focus can only result in a positive inspiration for any student to challenge everyday life’s endeavors. Not to mention the fact it will improve and develop a student total awareness and understanding of TaeKwonDo.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was walking to work and that thought occurred to me. I want my training to be like walking you never forget how to walk. You just do it without thinking it just comes natural. I'm like so that's what Bruce was referring to, so now im just gonna try to train like that.
Now that I am on school holidays this week and will be for all of next week as well, I have been focusing my energies on physical training. I am away for 8 hours a day 5 days a week during the school term and when I get home, I almost always feel too tired to do physical training. Often I just wright instead. Now that I am on holidays however, I find that I am physically training and exercising at least 2 hours per day at the moment.
I know that finding the motivation to get up and physically train can be difficult for many of us. Hopefully the video provided below will ignite that flame of motivation that is inside all of us. I especially like the quotes at the end as I believe there's a lot of truth to them. Enjoy....
PS: Does anyone on this blog live in Australia or a near by country?. If so, then perhaps we could get in touch on Skype or something like that.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
"The wall consists of three things: repressions in the body, dust in the senses, and thoughts in the mind." - Osho
"This is a simple quote to remind ourselves everyday of what we must work on in order to reach towards greater realms of meditation. We need to learn to love our bodies, increase our senses, and eliminate obsessive thoughts within our minds." - Freddie Lee
Saturday, September 20, 2014
"All masters cannot be follow. We must become our own master as a free individual."
"Being lazy and arrogant is easy. Working hard and being humble is not."
"Watching and Criticizing is easy, performing is not."
"Humbleness comes from hard work and defeat."
"The aim is not aim, as there is nothing to aim at"
"If we learn to master ourselves there would not be conflict, but peace."
"Contradiction Coexist with new ideals."
"Differentiation is only an illusion, Integration is not"
"Labeling a feeling does not make it a feeling" (feelings/experiences cannot be express in words)
"Nothing is good or bad. It's what we do."
I'm back to writing blogs.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
"Somebody believes that you are a saint? Drop it because he is dangerous; he will manipulate you through his idea. Once you listen to him and you believe him, he becomes the master and you become the slave."
"Never accept anyones opinion good or bad, you simply be yourself, when you are yourself, you are free." - Freddie Lee
"And this is the trick society has used to rule over you. Society has a technique: it makes you very ambitious for social respect. Through it, it manipulates you. If you follow the rules of society, it respects you; if you don't follow the rules of society, it insults you tremendously it hurts you very badly. And to follow the rules of society is to become a slave. Yes, society pays you great respect for being a slave, but if you want to be a free man the society becomes angry, it does not want to have anything to do with you." - Osho
"I don't follow the rules of society, I am not a slave, that is why so many people in this society disrespect me." - Freddie Lee
I'm just doing it and enjoying it, and improving myself.
I wanna start doing it more with what is now the career I'm majoring in, and it's music.
There's a lot of competition in music, there's a lot of egos in music. I kinda want to let go of that.
Music started as a way of expression and communication, I choose to do it because I like it, of course I would like to live and pay my bills doing what I love, who doesn't?
But then again I want to get away from those thoughts, and just be in the moment and enjoying what I'm learning studying, practicing.
Anybody has tips on this?
It would be greatly appreciated
Someone sent me a message about bjj and wrestling rashes they would receive on the mat. I think its a good article but disgusting. Here is the link http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Wrestling-With-a-Painful-Diagnosis.aspx
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
While doing middle splits my toes want to stay up, but if i lean on the floor my feet will lay flat on the floor. When i lean back to normal position my toes point up again. Basically, i want my splits to look like Freddies but my feet refuse they only want to point towards the ceiling, unless i lean foward on the floor. Im sorry, if this message sounds confusing i tried to make it clear as i could :)
This is a VERY disturbing video,
two dudes get into a fight while being filmed. One of the guys ends up choking and killing the other dude.
I saw Gracie Breakdown video of this.
They said, that people watch the UFC and MMA and then they go to the streets and try to imitate it, that this is why people should go to BBJ gyms and train under proper instruction to learn that this techniques are dangerous and shouldn't be applied unless you are on a situation where your life is at risk, well no shit.
Well this is what happens when you allow every psychopath in the world to learn and get examples from stupid people fighting on television. People like that stupid beast who killed a person shouldn't even be able to watch stuff like that on TV. Let alone go to a gym and directly train on the techniques.
I know it's an easy technique to do. That's why everybody can do it.
The guy who got killed tapped out, No referee, he's dead.
Then the guy filming screams KILL HIM. The murderer didn't release the choke after the guy was passed out, he held it for a minute longer and the video gets cut, and he was still choking then, we really don't know how long the choke was sustained.
I also saw comments of people talking about watching real fights and how one person just keeps hitting one person on the ground til they have seizures and more than that.
This is what MMA has created promoting choking and ground and pound.
Where did the guy learned to tap? from the fucking MMA and UFC, where else? From the Olympics?
Where did the other guy learned that it is okay to choke a person out, I guess that from the fucking UFC too.
According to the uploader of the page this started as a "friendly" fight. And one person ended up dead.
I don't care how friendly it starts, if you are not fighting in competition with protective gloves, mouth guard, a soft floor and a referee, you better be prepared to fight for your life.
I know that not everybody who watches or practices MMA is a psychopath killer.
But this techniques should not be available on television for everybody to learn, they should not be available to learn on youtube from MMA instructors. MMA gyms should not accept everybody who walks into their gyms.
On a ninjutsu dojo I attended to there was a freaking gang member, why else would a gang member be at a freaking martial arts dojo?
To learn how to kill.
He was there only a couple of months, but still the fact that he was allowed to train was very very disturbing.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Just wanted to say a couple things about the shutdown and some other topics. I've been supporting your channel for sometime now and i appreciate all the videos on stretching and fitness in general. Ill admit there were times i didn't agree with you on certain aspects. I chose to focus on the things i had in common with you and only watched those videos. I think your a good guy with a loving family you just hit some struggles on the way. Its unfortunate your channel was shutdown maybe for a good reason for a fresh start. What ever you decide to do ill keep supporting you and your new channel.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
So keep doing what you are doing, you have helped people (including me), despite the haters.
"Every Martial Artist should be able to perform pull ups with ease, if he cannot that is an easy indication to identify a fraudulent Martial Artist, no Blackbelt or any certificate can replace this special skill set." - Freddie Lee
Just a thought i had i don't see how people believe in Jesus Christ. When he was brought to America through the whites they killed all the Indians and then later got slaves from Africa then try to say they needed their souls saved. I just cant believe in him i think Christianity was used for power to control the masses used to get followers. That's the argument i used when a christen said i was going to hell because i said Im open to all religions.
I don't see this as being the end of FMK. Not by a long shot. I don't believe anything will ever stop Freddie from getting the truth out there. Freddie's expression of Martial Art is like water. Someone who is ignorant through a rock into Freddie's flowing stream of honest expression. Despite this, the water (Freddie) will flow around the rock with ease.
I pity the ignorant; for those who are ignorant (such as FMK haters) are unenlightened. Their ignorants is what causes their misguided behaviour. The FMK haters, being ignorant to universal truth, causes the torture to occur within their souls.
Freddie, the way that I see this is that nothing can ever be stopped, only changed. Of cause this may feel like a blow to you and FMK, and for that you have my sympathy. However, it is probably the start of a new beginning, a new chapter for FMK's expression. As you said in "Living the Way" regarding death: "There is no beginning and there is no end." This is what the ignorant fail to comprehend.
I think FMK will always flow like water, and not fight those with tortured souls, but try to help them indirectly. Freddie's Modern Kung Fu stands for the teachings of those such as Loa Tzu, Ueshiba and the Buddha. It stands for the teachings of those who understand the universe and wish to peacefully express universal truth. The truth of the universe cannot be stopped. It Just is what it is. FMK dose well expressing it, and thus FMK is indomitable, because our hearts are in the right place.
Oh, and in one of your recent videos Freddie, you were talking about not wanting friends because the more friends you have, the higher the chance of you offending someone who has become close. I understand where you're coming from. I sometimes feel that way about posting on this blog. I want you to know however, that on the rare occasion when ever I do not agree with what you are saying, I still respect the fact that you are expressing yourself honestly. Sometimes I may not agree with the way you are expressing yourself. I do however agree with where you are coming from and I see that that is the main thing. Don't let my personal dislike of explicit language stop you from swearing for example. I would honestly feel bad if you were limiting you expression just because you are trying not to offend me. If that were the case, than I would be robbing you of your freedom of honest expression. I believe that part of being a friend is having acceptance for each others differences. Whenever I have seen a philosia video clearly labelled "EXPLICIT", I choose not to watch it. As simple as that.
This is a time to stick together and have each others backs. We in the FMK community are experiencing a transitional phase. For many it may be difficult; understandably so. However I believe that FMK will emerge stronger than before. And I am excited to see where this takes us and how Freddie's Modern Kung Fu will evolve into the future.
Remember everyone, train hard, train soft, and train safe. Always continue to express a healthy balance.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I saw a clip online about kids doing the fire challenge. Wtf! Is wrong with these kids now days. Ice bucket challenge was dumb enough, now this. I know it was supposed to raise awareness, but still could have done it a better way. Sorry, to bring this up just on my mind atm.
Since I'm not attending a school right now, I train by myself. I feel I'm never going to reach my full potential without a training partner. I would love to join a school but money is tight, and I'm struggling so that's not an option. I tried training with my brother, but he doesn't take it seriously and fucks around to much pisses me off. I tried asking some friends, but they all make excuses when the time comes to train even if we make a set date to train. It seems like everyone rather sit on their fat ass drink beer or play on their electronic devices. I give up, i don't know what to do.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Below are 2 documentaries that I highly recommend viewing if you have the time.
The Truth Behind Traditional Chinese Kung Fu | China Uncensored:
This is a great documentary to watch if you can spare 25 minutes. It talks about the true significance of Kung Fu/Martial Art and how it can "Upgrade" ones life. It's also good to see some of Freddie's teachings; the teachings of true Martial Art promoted in the media. It talks about how it's a combat practice with deep moral and spiritual values. About how a Martial Artist goes beyond the practical uses of combat, elevating it into an artistic expression and for health. It's nice to see true Martial Art promoted in the media and combat sport spoken against.
Samurai Spirit: Karate (Documentary TV series):
"When I see you as equal to me. I am raising you to my being. When you see me as equal to you, you are pulling me down to your level. When I say you are equal to me I am trying to pull you to me. When you say, "Osho you are equal to us," you pull me to your level. Naturally you cannot pull anywhere else, you don't know any other level."
"It is up to you, it is your choice. If that is the way you want it to be, let it be that way - but then I am not responsible if nothing happens to you. Then it is your responsibility, utterly your responsibility, if nothing happens to you because you have created that barrier. I can flow towards you only when you look upwards at me because the flow of energy is possible only downwards."
There is too much of an ego barrier with Americans for them to learn the Real Martial Arts. People can easily accept someone as a coach or Instructor but they cannot accept anyone as a Master. Because they cannot accept anyone as a Master, they fail to grow, they continue to stay in darkness.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
"To be in close proximity to a master, the phenomenon can happen one day; you are uplifted - suddenly you have wings, a little taste of the freedom and the sky. And then, afterwards, things can be done on your own." - Osho
At first as a Disciple you will have to follow the Master until the time you become the Master yourself. Like the son following the Father for over 2 decades until he becomes a Father himself.
"If I say something which is rational and you do it, that will not surrender you to me, that will not be the gesture. If something is rational and you are convinced of its rationality and then you follow it, then you are following your reason, not me. If something is rational and can be proved rationally, scientifically, and you follow it, you are not vulnerable to me, you are not available to me. That will not be of any use; you will still be following your reason. So each master down the ages has developed a few absurd things. They are simply symbolic. They simply show that yes, you are ready and you are not asking for the reason. You are ready to go with this man, and if he has some eccentric ideas, that too you allow. This loosens your head; it just makes you a little more open." - Osho
There are not many true Masters in this world but also there are not many true Disciples either. People are following themselves, few will ever fully surrender to anyone. Unless they are following someone that is dead and no longer existing, then they can follow because they are still essentially following themselves, they have still yet to surrender to anyone.
"Now you know. Now you know yourself, now there is no need to believe. Now, even if the whole world says that God does not exist, it does not matter: you will be able to fight against the whole world because you know. How can you deny your own knowledge? How can you deny your own experience?" - Osho
I know what Real Martial Arts is. There is no need to believe. Even if the whole world says that MMA is Martial Arts, it does not matter: I will fight against the whole world because I know. How can I deny my own knowledge? How can I deny my own experience?"
I am a novice to martial arts and wanted to see what folks recommend on getting started on a weekly routine.
I do exercise daily already so I don't need to overcome that hurdle, however mostly what I do is bike riding moderate bench, and light jogging.
I am looking for a school in my area however I am going to be picky about where I commit myself in that regard so may take just a bit.
My bad habits are not stretching so obviously I need to do that for flexibility and meditation which I am trying to get better at which is hard for me because I have a lot of racing thoughts and anxiety issues.
I grew up skateboarding and snowboarding and have spent many seasons of 90+ days on the mountain so I'd say my balance is ok.
Looking at those factors can anyone tell me what else I can do to get started on a full package maybe what you guys did in the beginning.. Not sure what is the best things to put in priority or order, work on any kick/punches w/ a dummy as I do have room for something like that, or work strictly on flexibility and the metal aspect first, find a school, then start practicing at home, books/videos??
Again, I am not just striving for the physical aspect but most importantly the mental as I am a new father and want to be the best I can be for my family, I have many things to work on.
Any and all information, tips, opinions, etc would be great and much appreciated!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I just saw this video, this is the description.
"Grandmaster of Turkish Submission Wrestling and head of the Marital Kinetics Academy, Levent Altunbas, is unexpectedly challenged to a match when he visited the largest Aikido dojo in Vietnam. His opponent is a 4th Dan in Aikido and a champion fighter"
I saw a comment on fb and the guy asked the question:
"how could this be possible? Are we now supposed to start questioning old school martial arts?"
and the reply from the one who shared was
"yes you should. Question everything you see until you can be proved wrong. It's your right and life on the line"
okay that kinda makes sense BUT:
Firts of since when does an Aikido practioner challenges people to a fight. From what I know Aikido is all about peace and respect, not about challenging people to fight.
Second of all, I don't think we should judge old school martial arts because of a single video.
Just the fact that this "aikido" guy challenged someone to a fight should be an indication not to do that.
I think that it's because of ignorance of people not knowing what real martial arts is that they start to judge.
I know Bruce Lee was against tradition and established forms, systems or styles, and I agree.
However I think old school martial arts should be respected and honored, and not judge by a stupid video online.
Infact if it wasn't for "old school" martial arts, there would be no martial arts.
I bought some training ones with foam, I've read that if they have a cord that's better than a chain, but they only had chain ones, so I got that one.
I found some old VHS tapes, of nunchaku training and have started with catching techniques.
It's way more difficult than it looks, but I'm sure that with some practice I'll get a hold of it.
Monday, September 1, 2014
In some things he sounds very similar to some of the arguments Sifu Freddie Lee made, however he also, has some contrary thoughts to him on martial arts.
"A few days ago you took sannyas - or a few weeks - and you think that others are stupid? That is not right, that is not right at all. In fact, a sannyasin is one who stops interfering in other people's lives. This attitude is an interference. Why? If they don't want to see me, if they don't want to listen to me, if they don't want to understand what is happening here, then what is their freedom. They are not stupid, this is simply their freedom; they have to be themselves." - Osho.
You be yourself and you let people be themselves. Do not interfere in the lives of others.