Sep/30/2003The mark of a master is how he controls himself.
Jisheng-Tze trained fighting cocks for the king. After ten days the king asked him whether his cock was ready to fight yet. "Not yet", he answered, "the cock is still full of aggression and pride." After another ten days the king asked again, and Jisheng-Tze answered: "Not yet. He is still sensitive to shadows and noises." ...Read more
Aug/29/2003Concerning so-called turns, elbows, mottos and the fact that we can know nothing
We are constantly asked about the correct (!) turning angle, and people expect us to give a clear answer indicating the number of degrees etc.Read more
Jul/30/2003On the impossiblity of giving something if the recipient has no receptable for it yet.
But in fact these are merely showy superficialities (though admittedly interesting and helpful), e.g. the position of the thumb during Fook-Sao.Read more
Jul/01/2003Major interview with Grandmaster Keith R. Kernspecht, 10th Level WingTsun (Europe), founder, head and chief instructor of the EWTO, the European WingT
How do you prefer to be addressed? "Grandmaster", "Dai-Sifu", "Professor", "Dr. Kernspecht"? If you were my student it would be appropriate to address me as "Si-Fu", which indicates that you wish to learn from me and recognise me as your teacher. If you are not my WT student or are merely attending a seminar to try WT out, "Mr. Kernspecht" is perfectly adequate. Whether you add a title or not changes nothing, as I am still the same person with the same strengths and weaknesses.
Jun/01/2003The Winner – Part 2
However, I know that many disasters that end with murder and homicide develop in this way. As a result of consecutive irritations and difficulties, a poor diet and music that stimulates aggression the person concerned is already in a state of pre-tension, and quickly becomes more and more angry. The fact that R. nonetheless saw the light is worthy of the highest praise. He brought himself down to earth by taking stock and seeing himself through the eyes of an external observer. It was as if somebody had suddenly opened the curtains, allowing the sunshine to awaken a sleeper and end his nightmare at a stroke. R. was certainly a winner, as was the taxi-driver whose life and limb he may have saved.Read more
After waiting for two minutes he decided to make for the breakfast room, but she pointed emphatically towards another area of the lobby where a staff member appeared and demanded his coat, presumably to hang it in a wardrobe. On the way to his table he passed the breakfast buffet, whose selection of fruit and fruit juices bore no relationship to the room prices. He ordered a freshly-squeezed orange juice, and for the 47th time this year it annoyed him to be presented with preserved orange juice instead, served up as if it were something precious. Angrily he drank a large glass of Coke.Read more
I wake up very refreshed at 9 o'clock. Six hours of deep sleep are enough for me. I let out the dogs, who are already standing sentry at the door and greet me enthusiastically then roll around on the carpet stretching.
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Dec/31/2002RE-THINKING AND FORGIVING
What am I doing during the run-up to New Year's Eve? I am mulling over the events of the past year and considering where I have made mistakes, where I have treated somebody wrongly or overlooked somebody during all the hectic day-to-day activity. I can think of several – which gives me a guilty conscience – and accordingly these greetings especially apply to them.Read more
Dec/23/2002Editorial for the 1st edition of WTW online
Dear guests, friends, EWTO members, students and colleagues,Read more