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One thing I was praying I’d have done for you by today was the switch over to our new affiliate program with Clickbank. However, after going through setting it up we found they have changed a lot of how they operate and sadly their method of operation is not going to work for how we need our affiliate program to run. 🙁
I am not going to lie, I was a bit bummed out. But then I started doing some research and found two other platforms that will be great alternatives. Unfortunately we could not find one that like Clickbank takes care of all the paperwork for us, however that is a small price to pay for having the functionality that we need.
So I will be working on going through these other options and testing them out to see which will work best for us long-term. For those that are already affiliates, feel free to keep sharing your links with others as we will keep everything functional until the switch and when we do you will be notified.
Now on to some more fun stuff! 😉
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“The Principle of martial arts is not a thing that can be learned, like a science, by fact-finding and instruction in facts. It has to grow spontaneously, like a flower, in the mind free
from emotions and desires.” – Bruce Lee
I really love this quote, because the majority does not think this way. They think they need all the facts and specifics, often times over thinking rather simple principles. This makes them more concerned and consumed so much with their thoughts end up overwhelming them and they miss the point all together.
We are all guilty from this from time to time, but as you empty your mind and become more calm and centered this happens less and less. If you keep practicing your martial arts, you will find your mind becomes less busy. I’ve shared and joked a bit about how Sifu Larry, Hector and myself have ADD and also have shared how my Kung Fu practice has significantly reduced the chatter in my mind thankfully!
I find if I slack just a bit, my thoughts start racing again. So what do I do? I just get back on the saddle and get back to being more consistent. The good news is while I may fall down, I keep getting back up faster and faster. My times between training become less and less and with consistency as always there are many rewards. Not just in mental clarity, but also in skill, health and overall well-being!
More on that another time. 😉
Now for some laughs, because laughter is good medicine. And while there is some laughter, there is also a valuable lesson in simplicity.
Check out this simple counter offensive technique aka the lip lock:
— Enter Shaolin (@EnterShaolin) April 22, 2016
Ouch! You know that hurt! Have you ever had a lip lock happen to you? Oh man it hurts!!! You can even do it to yourself and if done right, it will hurt.
We also shared a quick tip on what to do when someone comes at you with a knife and you are unarmed. Sifu Phu is using weapon strikes which when executed properly are extremely painful with little effort.
Here’s one way to defend against a knife attack:
There is a longer version of this as well as what to do when you also have a knife in this week’s new training below. If you are interested in more knife techniques, check out our past webinar on knife defense and offense here. And get some more basics on knife fighting here.
We plan on having many more weapon training in the future, so there is much more to come! 🙂
In this next clip you will see me working on push hands with one of my training partner’s Kevin, another of Sifu Larry’s students. If you are not familiar with the term push hands, it is a training game used in Tai Chi.
Check out Jamie and Kevin working on their push hands:
As you may have noticed from the clip, I am not in typical training gear. It is intentional and I suggest if you wear other clothing besides training gear on a regular basis that you switch up your training too. This includes types of shoes and even going barefoot from time to time! The reason I switch up how I train is because the reality is I am probably not going to be attacked while I am in training gear. Generally if an altercation is going to happen, it is going to happen when you are out and about running errands, going to and from work, going out for the evening, on vacation, etc., etc.
Because you just never know, it’s a great idea to be comfortable moving in all of your clothes and in the various types of shoes you might wear or not wear for that matter. Train for all cases, train for people that may be taller than you, your height, shorter, your size, larger and so on.
Some people don’t get this and get really offended when I don’t follow their made up rules (especially on YouTube), but at the end I’m not training for the ring or a competition, I am training for life.
What about you? Do you switch up your training and how you train too?
Last but not least we shared a great quote spoken by Jackie Chan in the remake of The Karate Kid (2010). I’m not sure why they chose to call it the Karate Kid, when it is clearly Kung Fu and takes place in China… But hey, what do I know!? 😉 Regardless, if you haven’t seen it, it’s a great movie for the whole family with many gold nuggets throughout.
Here is by far my most favorite quote from The Karate Kid (2010):
“Kung fu lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on a jacket and how we take off a jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything is kung fu.” – Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid 2010)
This by far is the one thing that has permeated over and over throughout my training and my life while I’ve been training… Everything is kung fu!
Not just the aspect of being disciplined or not, whether we are dedicated or not, how much time we invest on something or not, it is also our mindset and attitude towards things, relationship, work, etc. and even down to the physics principles and the movements, all can be used in your daily life from walking, cutting up vegetables, cooking up a meal, dancing, to exercising, to making love and everything else.
Not only can it be used, it should be. Kung fu is in everything and everything is kung fu. If we master this, then we will master ourselves and our life moving through it with ease vs. resistance and pain.
Essentially we will be able to go with the flow vs. forcing and be able to respond to the energy vs. react to it. Now that is truly living!
What have you noticed your kung fu is in since you’ve been training? Share your story in the comments below!
Now on to your training… 😉
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Blessings & Happy Training,
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