Sunday, November 27, 2016

Bruce Lee's "The Art of Fighting Without Fighting" scene in Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee teaching the secret and highest level of martial arts!

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Bruce Lee's "Be Water & The Art of Dying" scene in Longstreet

There is a lot of Bruce Lee's philosophy in this one short scene!

Bruce talks about biting in close-quarters combat; gives the 'Be Water' speech (note the slight difference in words with the speech he gives in the Pierre Berton interview); and like a samurai, Bruce Lee talks about studying the Art of Losing/Dying.

Happy 76th Birthday Bruce Lee! 

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Bruce Lee's "Jeet Kune Do - The Way of the Intercepting Fist" scene in Longstreet

Bruce Lee would've been 76 today! Posting this video in his honor.

Bruce explains what Jeet Kune Do is in the first episode of Longstreet.


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Bruce Lee's "The Cause of My Ignorance" scene in Longstreet

Bruce Lee would've been 76 today! Posting this video in his honor.

James Fransiscus plays the blind Longstreet and wants Bruce Lee as "Lee" to teach him how to defend himself.

Happy 76th Bruce!

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THE WISDOM OF ... Bruce Lee (Nov 27, 1940 - Jul 20, 1973) ("Striking Thoughts")

Bruce Lee would've been 76 today! I'm posting some excerpts below from "Striking Thoughts" in his honor.

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50 of the 825 aphorisms are divided into the sections they appeared in. I have another 37 I didn’t have a chance to put into the correct sections yet. In time, I will work on organizing the 37 additional aphorisms into the appropriate sections.

Within the pages of Striking Thoughts, you will find the secrets of Bruce Lee's amazing success— as an actor, martial artist, and inspiration to the world. Consisting of eight sections, Striking Thoughts covers 72 topics and 825 aphorisms—from spirituality to personal liberation and from family life to filmmaking—all of which Bruce lived by.

His ideas helped energize his life and career, and made it possible for him to live a happy and assured life, overcoming difficult obstacles with seeming ease. His ideas also inspired his family, friends, students, and colleagues to achieve success in their own lives and this personal collection will help you in your journey too.

Sections include:

·         On First Principles—including life, existence, time, and death
·         On Being Human—including the mind, happiness, fear, and dreams
·         On Matters of Existence—health, love, marriage, raising children, ethics, racism, and adversity
·         On Achievement—work, goals, faith, success, money, and fame
·         On Art and Artists—art, filmmaking, and acting
·         On Personal Liberation—conditioning, Zen Buddhism, meditation, and freedom
·         On the Process of Becoming—self-actualization, self-help, self-expression, and growth
·         On Ultimate (Final) Principles—Yin-yang, totality, Tao, and the truth

"A teacher is never a giver of truth—he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst."—Bruce Lee

Part I : On First Principles

·         Emptiness the starting point. — In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.
·         Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.
·         Life lives; and in the living flow, no questions are raised. The reason is that life is a living now! So, in order to live life whole-heartedly, the answer is life simply is.
·         The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
·         The aphorism "as a man thinketh in his heart so is he" contains the secret of life.
·         Meaning is found in relationship. — Meaning is the relationship of the foreground figure to the background.
·         Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, unrhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.
·         Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.
·         The primary reality is not what I think, but that I live, for those also live who do not think.
·         The timeless moment. — The "moment" has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.
·         Knowledge, surely, is always of time, whereas knowing is not of time. Knowledge is from a source, from accumulation, from conclusion, while knowing is a movement.
·         To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is a vast movement, without the bondage of time, for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness — care for watching, but don't stop and interpret "I am free," then you're living in a memory of something that has gone before.
·         To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.
·         Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
·         Be aware of doing your best to understand the ROOT in life, and realize the DIRECT and the INDIRECT are in fact a complementary WHOLE. It is to see things as they are and not to become attached to anything — to be unconscious meant to be innocent of the working of a relative (empirical) mind — where there is no abiding of though anywhere on anything — this is being unbound. This not abiding anywhere is the root of our life.
·         Concentration is the ROOT of all the higher abilities in man.
·         Seek to understand the root. — It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.
·         What we are after is the ROOT and not the branches. The root is the real knowledge; the branches are surface knowledge. Real knowledge breeds "body feel" and personal expression; surface knowledge breeds mechanical conditioning and imposing limitation and squelches creativity.
·         Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

Part II : On Being Human

·         Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and NOTHING is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you'll be flexible to change with the ever changing. OPEN yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the TOTAL OPENNESS OF THE LIVING MOMENT. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
·         You cannot force the Now. — But can you neither condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on? You can never invite the wind, but you must leave the window open.
·         The Moment is freedom. — I couldn't live by a rigid schedule. I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them.
·         The Now is indivisible. — Completeness, the now, is an absence of the conscious mind to strive to divide that which is indivisible. For once the completeness of things is taken apart it is no longer complete.
·         The Western approach to reality is mostly through theory, and theory begins by denying reality — to talk about reality, to go around reality, to catch anything that attracts our sense-intellect and abstract it away from reality itself. Thus philosophy begins by saying that the outside world is not a basic fact, that its existence can be doubted and that every proposition in which the reality of the outside world is affirmed is not an evident proposition but one that needs to be divided, dissected and analyzed. It is to stand consciously aside and try to square a circle.
·         In Science we have finally come back to the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, who said everything is flow, flux, process. There are no "things." NOTHINGNESS in Eastern language is "no-thingness". We in the West think of nothingness as a void, an emptiness, an nonexistence. In Eastern philosophy and modern physical science, nothingness — no-thingness — is a form of process, ever moving.
·         What IS is more important than WHAT SHOULD BE. To many people are looking at "what is" from a position of thinking "what should be."
·         Conditioning obstructs our view of reality. — We do not see IT in its suchness because of our indoctrination, crooked and twisted.
·         True thusness is without defiling thought; it cannot be known through conception and thought.
·         Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare. — There is "what is" only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.
·         Reality is being itself. — It is being itself, in becoming itself. Reality in its isness, the "isness" of a thing. Thus isness is the meaning — having freedom in its primary sense — not limited by attachments, confinements, partialization, complexities.
·         A self-willed man obeys a different law, the one law I, too, hold absolutely sacred — the human law in himself, his own individual will.
·         One should be in harmony with, not in opposition to, the strength and force of the opposition. This means that one should do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous; the important thing is not to strain in any way.
·         The dualistic philosophy reigned supreme in Europe, dominating the development of Western science. But with the advent of atomic physics, findings based on demonstrable experiment were seen to negate the dualistic theory, and the trend of thought since then has been back to the monistic conception of the ancient Taoists.
·         If thought exists, I who think and the world about which I think also exist; the one exists but for the other, having no possible separation between them. Therefore, the world and I are both in active correlation; I am that which sees the world, and the world is that which is seen by me. I exist for the world and the world exists for me. … One sure and primary and fundamental fact is the joint existence of a subject and of its world. The one does not exist without the other. I acquire no understanding of myself except as I take account of objects, of the surroundings. I do not think unless I think of things — and there I find myself.
·         When we hold to the core, the opposite sides are the same if they are seen from the center of the moving circle. I do not experience; I am experience. I am not the subject of experience; I am that experience. I am awareness. Nothing else can be I or can exist.
·         Taoist philosophy … is essentially monistic. … Matter and energy, Yang and Yin, heaven and earth, are conceived of as essentially one or as two coexistent poles of one indivisible whole.
·         Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that. The void is all-inclusive; having no opposite, there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. The all illuminating light shines and is beyond the movement of the opposites.
·         Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat — to learn to die — is to be liberated from it. Once you accept, you are free to flow and to harmonize. Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.

Part III : On Matters of Existence

·         True thusness is the substance of thought, and thought is the function of true thusness. There is no thought except that of true thusness. Thusness does not move, but its motion and function are inexhaustible.
·         Liberate yourself from concepts and see the truth with your own eyes. — It exists HERE and NOW; it requires only one thing to see it: openness, freedom — the freedom to be open and not tethered by any ideas, concepts, etc. … When our mind is tranquil, there will be an occasional pause to its feverish activities, there will be a let-go, and it is only then in the interval between two thoughts that a flash of UNDERSTANDING — understanding, which is not thought — can take place.
·         Balance your thoughts with action. — If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.

Part IV : On Achievement

·         Concepts vs. self-actualization. — Instead of dedicating your life to actualize a concept of what you should be like, ACTUALIZE YOURSELF. The process of maturing does not mean to become a captive of conceptualization. It is to come to the realization of what lies in our innermost selves.
·         Life is better lived than conceptualized. — This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I've come to understand that life is best to be lived — not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand.
·         Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

Part VIII : On Ultimate (Final) Principles

·         What you HABITUALLY THINK largely determines what you will ultimately become.
·         Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. — To realize that it's just an inconvenience, that it is not a catastrophe, but just an unpleasantness, is part of coming into your own, part of waking up.
·         The change is from inner to outer. — We start by dissolving our attitude not by altering outer conditions.
·         Choose the positive. — You have choice — you are master of your attitude — choose the POSITIVE, the CONSTRUCTIVE. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.
·         Cease negative mental chattering. — If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.
·         A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
·         Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy ThanksGIFing/Thanksgiving! (2015-2016 edition)

I missed posting last year a "ThanksGIFing" post. Previous posts can be found here:

Given I've only made 1 GIF set for 2016 and I missed posting 2015 ThanksGIFing, this entry will be the 2015-2016 edition.

Just in case, readers do not know what 'ThanksGIFing' is ... what does GIFs have to do with Turkey? ThanksGIFing was a pun of ThanksGIVing ... I know, I know, I'm so punny! LOL @ me!!

For the Happy ThanksGIFing 2015-2016 edition, I'm going to post all the GIF sets I've made from 2015-2016 - the sets number 15 only.

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers who celebrate! I give thanks to many many things, however, suffice it to say, I give thanks to you readers for your continued support in spreading word about my blog and sharing posts!  

I thank you for joining me in my Sojourn of Septillion Steps... THANK YOU!!

Without further ado, here are the most popular GIF Sets of 2015 (well the period of Thanksgiving 2014 through Thanksgiving 2015) ... ENJOY!!

2015-2016 Most Popular GIF Sets in Ascending Order

15. 70th Birthday of Ted Lucaylucay:


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14. Unbeatable GIF Set 2 - MMA Training:

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13. Happy 50th Birthday Nick Cheung! (Unbeatable GIF Set 1 - MMA Training):

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12. Sonny Umpad: Sangot (Sickle) GIFs:

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11. Happy 39th Birthday Leigh Remedios!!:

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10. Sonny Umpad: Kniferoll & Angles of Attack GIFs:

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9. UFC Fight Night 61: 10 GIFs of Antonio Silva X Frank Mir:

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8. 5 GIFs of stickchoke from Daredevil S01E08:

Good night! Sleep tight!! Don't let the bedbugs bite!!!

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7. 7 GIFs of stickchoke from Blindspot S01E01:

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6. UFC Fight Night 62 - Godofredo Pepey X Andre Fili GIF highlights:

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5. "John Wick" Bar Shootout Trailer GIF Set:


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4. 13 GIFs of Ronda Rousey's UFC 193 Open Workout - Throws:

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3. Happy Birthday Lucy Liu!! (Elementary S03E01 GIF Set - Dr. Joan Watson vs Kitty Winter baton fight) :

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2. The Final Master GIF Set 1:

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1. Bruce Lee vs Dan Inosanto!! and it's not the Game of Death!! (Green Hornet S01E10 GIF Set):

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Hope you enjoyed the 2015-2016 GIF Sets of this site!

I remain very truly yours in GIF-making! Looking forward to next year's Thanksgifing post :)

Happy Thanksgifing/Thanksgiving!!

NOTE: Posted Dec 7 and backdated to Nov 24.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Miyamoto Musashi's The "Way of Walking Alone" (aka 'Dokkodo')

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The "Way of Walking Alone" (aka 'Dokkodo') is the summary of Miyamoto Musashi's life, his will and his philosophy.

The 21 Precepts of Dokkodo are as follows:

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.

"You must study this well."

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Monday, October 31, 2016

REVIEW: Greg Jahiel - "Smile at Strangers" by Susan Schorn

"Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons In The Art Of Living Fearlessly," by Susan Schorn
Book Review by Greg Jahiel

The landscape of Martial Arts studies is littered with autobiographies chronicling the background, training, evolution, and adventures of martial arts practitioners. Most of these books are interesting and at least somewhat insightful, but rarely do they motivate the reader to more closely examine his or her own assumptions and approaches to martial arts training. Written in a relaxed and entertaining style, Susan Schorn’s book, “Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons In The Art Of Living Fearlessly” is a book that does just that.

Susan Schorn came to the martial arts as an adult who, due to both her own personality and the childhood murder of a good friend’s mother, was “dogged by fear and hamstrung by the anger that accompanied it.” After an initial foray into a Korean martial art, she began training at a run-down all-women’s Kyokushin Karate school in Austin, Texas, called Sun Dragon. Sensei Suzanne, Sun Dragon’s founder and head instructor, practiced what the author termed an “empowerment approach” to training – meaning that besides the intense full-contact sparring that Kyokushin was known for, Sensei Suzanne also helped students become more aware of the daily choices they made and the how these choices played out in terms of safety, boundaries, interpersonal relationships, and ultimately their own happiness. By making them more aware of the options they had, students were empowered to make better choices – from the mundane ones they tended not to think about at all, to the life threatening ones we hope no one ever has to make.

I’ve always been pretty egalitarian in my approach to training, and never thought much about the benefits a woman might gain from training exclusively with other women. But as Susan Schorn points out, for some women (especially women who don’t feel physically confident), the absence of men can make training much less stressful and more productive. Furthermore, many of the scenarios that women find themselves in (getting groped on the bus, being catcalled on the street, etc), are ones with which most men (certainly most self-defense instructors I’ve met) have no real firsthand experience. In this regard, training with other women to handle these types of scenarios (along with others that are scaled up to include more overtly threatening and violent ones) makes perfect sense.

There are three main narrative strands in this book: Susan Schorn’s growth as a martial artist; the role her training had on her life outside of the dojo; and Sun Dragon’s slow transformation from a tattered Kyokushin gym run by Sensei Suzanne into a Seido Karate school run by her students (with Sensei Suzanne’s blessing). These threads are woven together in a series of entertaining chapters with titles such as “Fall down seven times, get up eight;” “You’re doing it all wrong… and that’s perfect;” and “Believe it or not, you are more than equal to the challenges you face.” As one would expect from titles like these, Susan Schorn is able to cull from her experiences life lessons which apply to us all.

This is a book I would recommend to any woman who has perhaps thought of training but isn’t sure if the martial arts are for her. I would also recommend it to anyone curious to learn more about Sensei Suzanne’s empowerment approach to the martial arts, and author Susan Schorn’s own journey conquering her fears and, in her own words, learning to smile at strangers.

~Greg Jahiel

NOTES:  My deepest gratitude for this review from my friend, Greg Jahiel! Please check out Greg's other review: REVIEW: Greg Jahiel - "When Buddhists Attack" by Jeffrey K. Mann.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Today would've been the 59th Birthday of PG Edgar Sulite & 35th Anniversary of the founding of Lameco Eskrima

Happy Birthday Punong Guro Edgar Sulite! 

Today would've been the 59th Birthday of PG Edgar Sulite & the 35th Anniversary of the founding of Lameco Eskrima!! I am reposting something Guro Dave Gould wrote to the Lameco Orenhal Facebook Group.

Today, on September 25, 2016 we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Lameco Eskrima System which was founded 35 years ago today, on September 25, 1981 in Manila, Philippines by Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite.
Soon after arriving to Manila, Luzon, Philippines on his 24th birthday, a young Edgar G. Sulite formally founded his own personal style which he named the Lameco Eskrima System.

Several of his Masters had expected him to carry on their specific systems, but he felt that if he chose any one system over the others, he would not be able to fairly represent just the one system without disrespecting the others, since he would also be teaching by drawing from the lessons of all of his Masters but doing so in the name of the one system which he would claim to represent.

Instead of disrespecting the Masters from whom he received his knowledge, he decided to form his own system, inclusive of all the Masters’ collective knowledge, and give them each credit for their knowledge and, thus, for the founding of the system.

He came up with an acronym, “LA-ME-CO,” which represented all three major ranges in fighting, by combining the first two letters of the long range (largo), the medium range (mediyo), and the close range (corto). “Lameco Eskrima” seemed to be the perfect compromise as he would be representing all of his Masters knowledge equally and be able to give them all credit with-out disrespecting any one of them or their respective Systems.

Below is a list of the Five Major Influences, Six Minor Influences, and two of the un-credited Influences which were responsible for the creation of the Lameco Eskrima System. The Major Influences represent Masters and Systems which Edgar G. Sulite formally trained under extensively for years and was certified to teach. The Minor Systems represent Masters with whom Edgar G. Sulite trained to some degree and with whom he collaborated but never received ranking in their respective Systems.
Five Major Influences on the Lameco Eskrima System:

1. De Campo 1-2-3 Orehenal (GM Jose D. Caballero)
2. Kali Ilustrisimo (GM Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo)
3. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje Jr.)
4. Modernos Largos (GM Jesus Abella & GM Pablicito “Pabling” Cabahug)
5. Sulite-Rapelon (GM Helacrio L. Sulite Sr.)
Six Minor Influences on the Lameco Eskrima System:

1. Doce Pares (GM Diony Cañete)
2. Balintawak (GM Johnny Chiuten)
3. Lapunti Arnis de Abanico (GM Felimon E. Caburnay)
4. Siete Teros Serado - Serado no Puwede Entrar (GM Marcelino Ancheta Sr.)
5. Abanico de Sungkiti (GM Billy Baaclo)
6. Tres Personas Eskrima de Combate (GM Maj. Timoteo E. Maranga)
Uncredited Influences on the Lameco Eskrima System:

1. Moro-Moro System (Master Alejandro Abrian)
2. Simaron Style (GM Abdul Hai Qahar Madueño)
In addition to this being the 35th anniversary of the Lameco Eskrima System, today Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite also would have been 59 years of age were he still alive. He was born on September 25, 1957 and he passed away on April 10, 1997 at the very tender age of 39.

He died far too young but will always be remembered by many around the world for his enormous contribution to the Pilipino Warrior Arts community. He was a Giant himself who stood on the shoulders of Giants. He is missed dearly by many.

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