“Without going outside, you may know the whole world. Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven. The farther you go, the less you know.” –Tao Te Ching
Advances in technology and the Internet have changed the world completely in the past decade. This is mostly a good thing, but I want to discuss its impact on traditional martial arts culture. YouTube, Google, social media, and web forums make it possible to study martial art forms, Chinese philosophy, and history, and communicate with practitioners across the globe from the comfort of your home computer. These conveniences make us all more connected and, in a way, ensure the survival of some parts of a traditional culture that is in danger of dying out.
However, these technologies can also be hurtful to a culture which has its roots in a Way of Honor that few understand. Continue reading TRADITIONAL KUNG FU AND THE INTERNET AGE
“Those who know do not speak; Those who speak do not know.” –Tao Te Ching
Thank you for visiting these pages. I humbly submit my thoughts and reflections on the experience of learning traditional Chinese Kung fu, the rewards of being part of a Kung Fu Family, and Taoism. My journey is far from over, I still have many adventures to embark upon with my Sifu, my Brothers and Sisters, and my own students. Anyone interested in authentic Chinese Kung fu training should contact Lao-Tzu James McNeil via www.littlenineheaven.com. You will not be disappointed. Thank you for reading.
My first lesson upon arrival at the Little Nine Heaven Internal Kung Fu School in Rainbow, California, in 2001, was how to address my Teacher. My senior brother told me, “When you meet him, when you walk into a room he is in, when he walks into a room you are in, when you are in the school training and he enters, or when you enter the school and he is there, bow. Call him Sifu, or call him Sir.”
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