of the Tiger - 2010
this New Year was rather uneventful here in Pingshan Town, although,
China's National celebrations were perhaps the grandest of all!
The weather was mild and the street celebrations were smaller and more restricted than past years, although there was no shortage of fireworks as large as Howitzers. Fireworks are banned in most China cities and I expect they will be everywhere soon. Many people died over the New Year holiday and even some buildings were destroyed due to misuse of fireworks. In one incident alone, 40 people were killed and several buildings leveled due to fireworks.
selling door charms and everything "red" were no where to be
seen. Even the flower and orange tree vendors were no longer
able to occupy the streets but were confined to sidewalks and the
Everyone buys two large five or six feet tall
orange trees in flower pots and places them on each side of the door
in a kind of sympathetic magic. Because the oranges resemble
gold, they are expected to bring good fortune in the new year!
The Tiger is the third sign in the Chinese Horoscope and signifies bravery. The Tiger was admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that kept away the three main tragedies of a household, which were fire, thieves and ghosts. This Year of the Tiger is predicted to be tumultuous.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Now set the teeth, and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit
To his full height!
William Shakespeare - King Henry V
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Ancillary exercises during the basic
training are numerous. Of course, standard exercises
kicking, sweeping, chinna, grappling, ground fighting and the likes,
but more specific Jook
Lum exercises such as two man internal
strengthening, two man body conditioning, sticky
hands and ging power explosive force are also included. And there
numerous two man "sticky-feeling-controlling"
Sticky training is to learn relaxation.
It is the ability to not blink when being struck. It is
attaching to the center of the opponent's being, neither pushing
into nor pulling away from him. It is being perfectly attacthed in
stillness and motion. Feeling hand is the result of sticky hand. One
must learn to neither anticipate the opponents movement or telegraph
Feeling hand is the reading of the opponents
intent. It is as if the hand (body) has an eye of it's own.
Controlling hand is the result of feeling hand. It is the jamming,
trapping and deflecting and attacking of the opponents intent. This
is done based on the control points of the body. The motto, is "hand
to hand, heart to heart, you don't come, I won't start." (The hands
are placed (chambered) above the heart and the elbows cover the
ribcage to protect the internal organs).