Though you may never need a headstand in combat, it has it’s place in martial arts training as it requires focus and control of the entire body to balance.
Last Friday, we held the annual rare and antique Pu-Erh tasting event. It was a bloodletting occasion. You see, fewer and fewer truly aged Pu-erhs are out in the market, and there’s no way to replenish a piece if history. Pu-Erh that I have had since the 60s witness the last 50 years of weather, people, and location challenges that will never be repeatable, producing a singular taste all its own.
But sharing tea is what I am about, for without this sharing, tea is much less meaningful. Against this quandary, I uncave the oldest and the best to share with folks each year, because if you don’t share what is most valuable to you, then what is the meaning of sharing at all?
Though there are waves on its surface,
in its depths there is perfect calm.
|—||Second book of the Tao|
Yongle emperor’s sword (pictured above) is one of the many treasures to be displayed at the
Ming treasures at the British Museum
A forthcoming show at the British Museum, London will include precious Ming era artefacts leaving China for the first time.
For more information, see: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ming.aspx
On a monday night in August a couple of years ago, we closed up after our last classes and some of the instructors went to dinner with Grandmaster at S&E cafe on 19th. It was an ordinary night for pretty much everyone else, but for me it was a bit more special as it was my birthday. If you know me, I don’t disclose that information and never advertise it especially on the day itself, which pretty much makes me the worst Leo and that day was no different.
Somehow during the dinner, Grandmaster found out it was my birthday and then spoke to the owner, in Chinese, without me or anyone else knowing and had them bring out a banana split with a candle in it. Now let’s take a step back, this is in a hong kong fusion cafe that serves chinese/western fusion meals and usually only has red bean soup or jello for dessert… Somehow Grandmaster got them to not only make a banana split, with two flavors of ice cream but also had them put a candle in it and did it all as a surprise!
I was so moved, the man I had looked up to, my role model, my martial arts idol, my mentor, the most important guy in the room had done that for me.
I axe-ually think we’ll have enough axes for Tai Sifu Wong’s seminar on Sunday! Been working like crazy to get these done and ready and still have a bit more to finish. I’m beyond pleased with the result and hope that their new owners will be just as excited!
Firebending Open Palm
Firebending Double Fist