Apparently A.I. doesn’t do hands very well. But then again perhaps AI has a much broader view of what beauty is. Humans really have advanced through the knowledge learned from the sick, diseased and infirm. The following images were created on the CrAIyon website. The music was also A.I. generated via a couple sources.
Watts on Money
Allan Watts seems to have become more and more relevant as time passes. If you listen to enough of his work you will know that he in fact is NOT a “spiritual” teacher but rather someone whom has infiltrated religion and spirituality to promote basic reason.
YouTube Wing Chun’s 2023 Playlists
I watch my own videos often. I think it is important to review your work and attempt to make improvements. In my own head I make perfect sense. However, when I review my content, I am made more than aware of the short comings of my communication skills. There is a reason why most people do not voice their thoughts and ideas on YouTube. They don’t want to come off looking like an idiot. I know – I often watch my videos thinking “fuck I sure am an idiot”.
So why do I do it? And why have I been doing it for so long (since 1994 at least)? Most complex ideas or concepts are difficult for even good communicators to convey. Noam Chomsky also warns us against the eloquent speaker (think Obama). The challenge of communicating the art of Wing Chun is monumental. I hope to at the very least be one of many that attempt to extol the profound virtues of our art in relation to attaining our humanity. Ip Man, Chris Chan, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Nicholas Cage, Donny Yen and many many more have committed a great deal of their lives being exponents of Wing Chun. It truly takes a village.
Enjoy this playlist and refer back to it as I add new videos. I am open to your ideas and advice on how I can make my videos better and more beneficial to you. Even if I am unable to fulfill your requests right away, I keep your feedback close to heart and mind. As I acquire more time and resource I will be more capable of putting the required effort towards making great videos and music that will entertain, educate and inspire… me, as much as you! lol 😆 – Sifu Z
Here is a good video and a great article on mastering social media – Wing Chun style. No more Backwards Monkey style. Fun, time saving, super efficient WC Tech rocks yer party pole.
Social media has become a ubiquitous part of modern life, providing a platform for individuals to connect with others, share information, and build communities. While there are many benefits to social media, it can also have negative consequences if not used in a responsible manner. One of the most pressing concerns surrounding social media is the pressure to constantly compete for likes, followers, and attention.
To combat the negative effects of social media, we can implement several strategies, one of which is reciprocality. By engaging with others on social media in a way that is mutually beneficial, we can foster a sense of community and support. When we follow someone who creates content that we enjoy, we should also support them by liking, commenting, and sharing their posts. This helps to create a more collaborative and positive environment where everyone benefits from each other’s engagement.
Another approach is to be a non-monetized creator, creating content purely out of passion and interest, rather than for the sake of making money. By doing so, we can reduce the pressure to constantly create content that is designed to get more likes and followers. Instead, we can focus on creating honest, meaningful content that contributes positively to the online community. This can help to combat the negative effects of social media, such as fake news and misinformation.
However, it’s also important to be aware of the dangers of a “cult of personality” and celebrity worship. When we blindly follow a particular person or group, we may become blind to their flaws and mistakes. This can be harmful, as it can lead us to accept ideas and policies that are not in our best interests. To avoid falling into a cult of personality, it’s important to be critical of the people we follow on social media. We should ask ourselves why we’re following them and what values they represent. We should also be aware of the negative effects of celebrity worship, which can harm our mental health and self-esteem.
In conclusion, social media can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on how we use it. By implementing strategies such as reciprocality, being a non-monetized creator, and being critical of the people we follow, we can turn the potential crisis of social media into an opportunity to advance as a society. When we engage with others in a positive, collaborative manner, and create meaningful content, we can build a healthier and more supportive online community… and a better World.
We As Organisms – Allan Watts
Very compelling perspective from the great Allan Watts. Enjoy!
Sifu Z Teaching Status Update
Circumstances have me rather – working arduously, or attempting to get more than four hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. This means my ability to do anything else, including teach Wing Chun, is extremely challenging.
However, I remain loyal to my long term students. In kung fu, this is historically known as a teachers closed door era of teaching.
Creating posting, and even more importantly, managing content online is a full-time job, one in which at the moment I simply do not have time for. So for this reason, I ask my beloved students to simply contact me directly via the plethora of methods available. Simply request a lesson, be it live or within the archives.
Once the opportunity arises, or when I can find someone to help me tackle the task, I will update the Patreon offerings. This will include creating archives. As long as the footage is not corrupted my Wing Chun archive dates all the way back to 1994. Currently, this is a treasure trove for my most dedicated students.
I hope this post sees you all in good health and spirits during these challenging times. Any potential new students interested in training with us can begin the process by interacting with our current content available to the public.
To everyone reading this post that would like to join me in participating in the greatest art form known to humanity – online reciprocality is the Internets currency. Our very online success relies upon it. Like, share, comment and subscribe to all of our content. Do not be a passive consumer. Be proactive in creating the change we all want to see. Trust me – together with Wing Chun, we can and will help to create a better world now and into the future for our children. – Sifu Z
ps- In the end when all is said and done – all you are left with in life is the love and integrity you have struggled to create. It is the only thing you can take with you.
In Grouping Is Stronger Than You
In grouping is stronger than you. The reward of in grouping is the support of the group to your shallow low maintenance illusion of individuality. God loves irony.
The System Will Eat Itself
The system (all systems by definition) will eventually fail. The process will always find it’s way through. Sifu Z’s 12 Laws “Transition over transaction.”
system: a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. “the state railroad system”
process: a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. “military operations could jeopardize the peace process”
entropy: is simply a measure of disorder and affects all aspects of our daily lives. In fact, you can think of it as nature’s tax. Left unchecked disorder increases over time. Energy disperses, and systems dissolve into chaos. The more disordered something is, the more entropic we consider it.
Words have meaning and connecting the dots between terms allows the Wing Chun practitioner a clearer understanding of the process required for problem solving. -Sifu Z
The best life advice can come in strange places
In true empathetic communication we reflect not project.
The Trickster archetype is a universal symbol that appears in the myths, legends, and folklore of cultures around the world. It is a complex figure that embodies the paradoxical and mysterious aspects of human nature, and its role in the collective unconscious is both fascinating and elusive.
The Trickster is a shape-shifter, a master of disguise, and a boundary-crosser. He is both a creator and a destroyer, a bringer of light and a harbinger of darkness. He is a messenger of the gods, a mediator between the worlds, and a guide on the hero’s journey. He is a trickster, a thief, and a liar, but also a teacher, a healer, and a wise old sage. He is a figure of both comedy and tragedy, and his actions often have profound and unexpected consequences.
The Trickster is a powerful symbol of the human psyche and its relationship with the world. He represents the archetypal human impulses to explore, to create, to question, and to rebel. He is a symbol of the human capacity for self-awareness and self-transcendence, as well as the human tendency to fall into deception and delusion. He is a reminder of the importance of critical thinking, skepticism, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. He is also a symbol of the human struggle to balance the competing impulses of reason and emotion, and the need to find a balance between the different aspects of our nature.
The Trickster archetype can be found in many different forms, depending on the culture and the context. In some cultures, the Trickster is a god or a spirit, while in others, he is a mortal. He can be a animal, such as a fox, a coyote, a hare, or a raven, or he can be a human, such as a wise old man, a clown, or a rogue. He can be a hero or a villain, a savior or a destroyer, a wise old sage or a foolish young man. He can be a trickster, a thief, a liar, or a wise old man. He can be a creator, a destroyer, or a mediator. He can be a messenger, a guide, or a teacher. He can be a figure of comedy or tragedy.
One of the most well-known examples of the Trickster archetype is the figure of the trickster god in many indigenous cultures of North America, such as the coyote of the Navajo, the Raven of the Haida, and the Iktomi of the Sioux. These trickster figures are often depicted as cunning and mischievous, but also as powerful and wise. They are associated with the creation of the world, the invention of fire, and the theft of the sun, moon, and stars. They are also associated with the power of language, storytelling, and the ability to change reality with the power of words.
Another example of the Trickster archetype is the figure of the “wise old man” in many cultures, such as the sage in ancient China and India, the wise old man in many fairy tales, and the mentor in many epic stories. This figure is often depicted as an old man who is wise, powerful, and mysterious, and who has the ability to teach the hero important lessons and guide him on his journey.
In Western literature, the archetype of the Trickster can be found in many of the works of Shakespeare, such as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in the character of the Fool in King Lear. The Trickster is also a common figure in the works of many great writers such as Mark Twain, with his character Huckleberry Finn, and Edgar Allan Poe, with his character The Raven. In both of these examples, the Trickster is a complex and multi-faceted character who embodies the contradictions and ambiguities of human nature.
In contemporary literature, the Trickster archetype can be seen in the works of authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, who uses the character of Kilgore Trout as a satirical representation of the human condition, and in the works of Neil Gaiman, who uses the character of the Sandman as a metaphor for the power of dreams and imagination.
In psychology, the Trickster archetype is often associated with the concept of the “shadow,” which is the part of the psyche that contains the repressed and unconscious aspects of the self. Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, believed that the Trickster archetype was a powerful symbol of the human capacity for self-awareness and self-transcendence. He argued that the Trickster was a powerful symbol of the human tendency to fall into deception and delusion, but also of the human ability to overcome these tendencies and achieve self-awareness and self-transcendence.
In conclusion, the Trickster archetype is a universal symbol that appears in the myths, legends, and folklore of cultures around the world. It is a complex figure that embodies the paradoxical and mysterious aspects of human nature, and its role in the collective unconscious is both fascinating and elusive. The Trickster is a powerful symbol of the human psyche and its relationship with the world, representing the archetypal human impulses to explore, to create, to question, and to rebel. It is a reminder of the importance of critical thinking, skepticism, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. It also highlights the human struggle to balance the competing impulses of reason and emotion, and the need to find a balance between the different aspects of our nature.