Dinosaur Rock Climbing

DinosaurRock is a beautiful climbing gem nestled at the gateway of Carson City Nevada. This is currently the area where I’m training Wing Chun and also rock climbing. If you’re interested in climbing or Wing Chun kung fu drop me a line and arrange for a session of fun and adventure.

FYI – I’m a NOLS graduate and have worked as a climbing guide over the years. Although I have done more free solo climbing than trad or sport, I’m putting more time into rope and gear use. Come on out and climb! If you’ve never climbed before I’ll be happy to teach you the fundamentals. CLIMBING!!!

US Wing Chun YT Playlist

feat GM Chris Chan

I am actually off camera in some of these videos. It is of course an honor and privilege to have trained with GM Chan and US Wing Chun during this era.

Silence

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” — Elbert Hubbard

Grandmaster Chris Chan

I just received this picture from one of my original students Ben Jacobsen. He got it from Facebook and I’m thankful that he forwarded it to me.

Grand Master Chris Chan

Randi Johnny and Carl

My mentor James Randi was close friends with Johnny Carson and Carl Sagan. When I was living with Randi he was on the phone with them regularly. Their form of Wing Chun was intellectual. I often wonder how much more they may have accomplished if they actually trained in Wing Chun. Randi’s influence on the world of science and skepticism was profound. The work of manifesting humanity continues as we stand upon the shoulders of these giants.

Kali’s Wing Chun Roots

Here is a fantastic video that demonstrates Wing Chun as the foundation of its martial art. I will find and post other arts (such as krav magra, jiu jitsu, lua and muay thai) that have its origins in our art. We will also look into the Wing Chun strands of dna that run through many physical and intelectual endevours of humanity.

Ancient Wisdom

Penn & The Amazing Randi

It has been popular since the beginning of modernity to extol the virtues and profound wisdom of the ancients. And whereas we must be careful to not ingratiate ourselves in youth culture – we must also maintain the balance of how much credence we put into “ancient wisdom”.

Consider this – language evolves and changes meaning over time. Some words change over long periods of time and others change within a lifetime. I use the example of language because it is the very medium that is engineered to communicate information and ideas. Let’s also consider context. Human population was drastically different from what it has become since the industrial age. Let’s also consider the emergence of free will. Not as a fact but a task only recently within reach.

With recent free will, population boom and linguistic engineering put into context, it becomes obvious how little ancient practices correlate with modern tech, medicine, science or understanding.

We will not throw the baby out with the bathwater. The study of ancient civilizations has value in context of history. However it is intellectually disingenuous and requires a lot of abstraction and convolution to place so called ancient wisdom on the same level or hierarchy as modern understanding. As the Amazing Randi would say in his lectures “we can continue to reach for the stars or run back into the caves – the choice is ours”.

It’s an old trick to lure humanity from the stars back into the caves through the use of so-called ancient wisdom. Historically this technique has been used with temporary success typically riding on the back of bigotry and suppression cleverly disguised as the status quo. The potential of humanity always wins over time… spite our efforts.

We are creatures of a very long evolutionary processes of homogenization for which there is no turning back. Beware the charlatans and con artist peddling ancient wisdom and remember – humanities potential has always come from reaching to the stars and not retreating into the caves.

The balance and subtleties of the complexity for which we emerge as life is not to be understood by over simplification. With Wing Chun we not only manage the complexity that is human. We make it look easy!