It has been a long time since I even thought about these interviews. Bruce Lee was awesome, and one of the three stars who inspired me to begin and continue training in the martial arts. The “Lost Interview”…
Monthly Archives: August 2009
I have received an number of emails from people asking questions about what I am doing with the GJFFK form, and what these changes are.
As stated in previous entries, I am going through that form, as well as the 8 trigram staff form, and simply working the form. I am not looking for hidden applications, although I did discover some applications which had become obscured due to the changes that have crept into my form after many years of getting hung up on the idea of making the form “pretty” for tournament competition. I have openly confessed that I had become over conscious of practicing the performance of the form and more and more losing sight of the utility of the form.
Forms should not be pretty.
One funny side note – in spite of openly confessing the above information, some people have actually bought my GJFFK book and then slammed me in emails (of course not in person, why would they do that??!!?!?) for the very point which I have openly confessed here as well as several martial arts forums.
I have also openly admitted that the idea for this project came from Mr. Burgher’s excellent work “Five Years, One Kata”. I do not intend to write a book about what I am doing, as some people are claiming is my intent. I am blogging about it, because this is a free format, and easily accessible to anyone who wishes to read about it. There is also video on the way.
The point of what I am doing is to discover for myself how I should be doing GJFFK. IF you do it exactly like your Sifu, you have missed the point. The point of the form is not to make it an exact replica of your Sifu, it is to make it your own personal expression.
As I said, video is on the way. I have several videos which can show you much better than I have time to explain in writing. If you care, keep checking in, and you can see it.
It should not be long now!
Well, it has been happening again.
In my research into the GJFFK form, and the in depth training of the form that I have been involved in, my form is changing a lot.
Personally, I have never felt that there was any reason to take an over reaching pride in the “my-form-has-not-changed-in-6,000-years” mentality. I know there are purists out there who laugh at people who are willing to make their form their own, but if I am to effectively apply the form, it has to work with my body. So, it is going to have to be adapted in some way.
I wanted to post videos, but the ol’ computer got a virus, and while I was able to reload almost all of my files, some things were lost. The bad thing is one of the things lost had nothing to do with the virus, it was the software CD for the video cam. SO, until I find it, I am stuck without being able to show you what all is changing in the form. Trust me on this one though – the changes are huge.
Someone out there is gonna tell me not to call it Hung Gar anymore…
For those who have not been notified, the classes resume effective immediately. There will be a small change in the schedule and the pricing.
For the schedule, we will be holding classes on Saturday’s only for the foreseeable future. There are many reasons for this, but they are best discussed in a personal setting. The classes will be Saturday’s from 3:00 – 5:00. The classes are still held in my garage, so the weather will still have a powerful effect on you physically and mentally. When and if things change, I will add extra days to the schedule.
Regarding the price structure, it will be as follows – all students will pay $60 per month. The price remains the same if you are coming every week or not. There are times when due to my schedule with KICKSTART I have to cancel some of the Saturday classes, and on these months I will prorate the tuition. I still do not charge for rank testing, the tests (when they occur) are done at cost.
Due to a recent virus on my computer, all contact information has been lost, so those of you who know each other, please pass the word along. If you are interested in getting started but have not been here before, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you started.