30 Days to a Better You or Oblivion (It’s Your Choice)
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Hello to everybody in quarantine land. Hope your toilet paper, hand sanitizer, favorite snacks and binge shows are enough to keep you going. Way before this situation ever occurred, I always had and still have remarked to my students that missing one day of training is equal to a week. Missing a week is equal to a month. Missing a month? You don’t even want to ask me about that. This leads me into something that I always found intriguing about training and conditioning of the human mind, how we think, perceive and react. I have always been intrigued about how people can condition or re-conditi ..read more
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DON’T BE A ROOMBA
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
A Roomba is supposedly a “smart” appliance. But is it smarter than you? Are you telling me the Roomba can sweep the floor better than you can? Or are you just so lazy that you want to rely on these conveniences? I don’t have a Roomba, and I don’t want one. Even if you give me one as a gift for free, I don’t want it. It’s a giant oversized frisbee that I can’t even play with. A Roomba is intended for lazy people, and in the most sublime of ways, undermines the individual’s ability to be free and discipline themselves at the most menial of levels. Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for convenience, but ..read more
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Ancient Wisdom for Life Today
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Never underestimate the wisdom of the ages. Everything that’s being put in front of us today seems to me to be gloom and doom and pessimism, and those things are contagious. This contagious attitude and mindset is the one thing that everyone needs to guard against, not only during this “uncertain time,” but during all occasions because life itself is a struggle, from the first breath you take, from the day you are born, until the day you die. You find it so hard, yet no one wants to leave. No one wants to die. Life is about living, so live life to the fullest. Live life in the physical, in the ..read more
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A healthy mind in a healthy body
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Νοῦς ὑγιὴς ἐν σώματι ὑγιεῖ “A healthy mind in a healthy body” - Thales of Miletus I’m here in Chinatown drinking my coffee, listening to music and training with one of my senior students who is feeling the pressure from the negative perception that has been built up by people and the media about the current panic over Coronavirus. Let’s just clear the air with a little good Kung Fu and some Stoic philosophy. I’m not a doctor, but illness of the mind is sometimes worse than anything else. People’s mindsets exasperate the situation. You have a choice of how to perceive things. You can go ab ..read more
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仁 Essential Quality of a Martial Artist
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Today I was taking some time to think about the Confucian concept of being a gentleman, which should not be misconstrued as someone with eloquent speech who is dressed to the nines. We’re not excluding the ladies, either. You have to understand the context and take into account the time, place and era that these Confucian doctrines were made. It’s not to say that this concept is geared only towards men; it applies to people in general, so, you’re not off the hook. Everyone can act with a gentle demeanor, gentle meaning respectful and honorable towards everyone in all things. Now, that bei ..read more
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KUNG FU & LIFE: CONTENT TO BE ME
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Apologies for being AWOL with my blogs for the last several weeks, but Chinese New Year takes a lot of energy and preparation and training and so on. I was noticing in those weeks how people’s satisfaction ranged, ebbed and waned during all the training. It’s very interesting to see how people react when put through pressure, pressure to perform, pressure to produce, pressure to bring it up to the next level. I noticed that pressure brings out the best or the worst in all of us. Fortunately, most people that I’ve trained rise up to the occasion and are able to be triumphant over their own pers ..read more
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GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Problems, problems everywhere, and not a solution to be found. Life is full of problems. I’ve heard many say to me that only the dead don’t have problems, which is probably true… but we’ll find out eventually. The problem is not the problem itself, but rather learning how to deal with the problem. In the case of martial art practitioners, students and the like, as with normal people, we tend to become like ostriches and stick our heads in the sand and hide, hoping that things will get better or simply go away. But as soon as you peek out from under that blanket of denial, the problem is still ..read more
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TOAD IN THE HOLE
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Some things are absolute. You either won the lotto or you lost. You either got punched in the face or you didn’t. There, there is no question. But, don’t think that there’s only one way to win or only one way to punch someone in the face. Thinking in absolutes creates polarization and divides within one’s self. It creates stagnation and does not allow the individual to grow and expand. Therefore, absolute likes and dislikes, absolute thoughts about how particular movements, techniques and applications should or should not be done is not necessarily the best way to look at things. Techniques, f ..read more
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PRACTICE STOP ANALYZE REVISE
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Learning is a process. We’ve spoken about this before, and I’m sure we’ll speak about it again, but it’s definitely something worth going over. Many individuals are not aware that they are not utilizing the process of learning when they’re training. Because of this, they miss out on knowledge that is sometimes right in front of your face. The truth of the fact is most of us, myself included, take a long time to discover a methodology and/or way of learning and practicing in order to gain true depth and understanding of the art that we are involved with. We all practice, but not everyone practi ..read more
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KUNG FU MEDICINE: GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YA
Bo Law Kung Fu
by Gregory Chew
2M ago
Happy end to the summer! Hooray. Finally. We can get back down to business. I’m sorry to burst everybody’s bubble. I love the summer just like anyone else does, but it’s the worst thing when it comes to training in the martial arts because everybody takes the big vacation, not just physically but mentally. You know how hard it is on the day after Labor Day to get organized and get your act back together. But I have a secret. That secret is Kung Fu. That is the medicine that we all need to get ourselves back on track. I’m not a party pooper. I want the warm weather and the sunny days to continu ..read more
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