When the Student is ready the teacher Appears and the power of gratefulness

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I just got a new student and felt the Kung Fu saying “When the student is ready the teacher appears” It has happened to me and I saw it happen again to this guy who has become my student.

I was in line to buy some healthy veggies mongolian dish.

On my hand was a book “the selfless self” a book about meditation of which you will never know just reading the cover.

this big man a professional basketball player comes near me and asks what is a selfless self. I said it is a book about meditation. He said he also did meditation. I told him there are 2 meditation places I went to in my area the Ocean Sky (a Chan Chinese Zen buddhist meditation)and one in ABS CBN (Japanese Zen meditation) I was surprised to find out that he has been there. After a short but heavy talk he said he wanted to be my student so that was the long and short of the experience.
We had our first session and seemed like he was on the road to enlightenment and me too. He is learning the small form Small Arrow Fist.

Thankfulness: A meditation Here is my learning and enlightenment thanks to Dr. Jay Kumar

He invited me to remember “Thanksgiving or Gratefulness” original significance–that is to give thanks and cultivate an attitude of gratitude for all the abundance of my life.

I was happy to know of the outcome of Modern Research: On Gratefulness

Researchers in neuropsychology, who study the intimate connection between the brain and emotions, state that gratitude is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to experience overall well being in brain, body, and being.

In the past few years, neuroscientists have now begun to recognize that gratitude and compassion are among the most powerful and healthiest of human emotions.

Studies at Stanford University and other universities successfully demonstrate that embodying compassion and remembering to be grateful for what we have in life can greatly outweigh any sadness, stress, or challenges we might currently experience.

The Reason:, why expressing gratitude has such a strong effect is its ability to connect you to other people. Generally, when you express thanks you acknowledge the actions of others.

Being grateful enables you momentarily to expand your thoughts away from your own individual concerns so that you remember the joy and happiness that others provide.

“The Pause button of your mind”:,

When you experience gratitude or express compassion you hit the proverbial “pause button” in your mind. You shift away from your repetitive thoughts, your worries, and anxiety and begin to focus on authentic happiness, joy, and love.

“left prefrontal cortex”

From the perspective of neuroscience, the part of your brain that fires when you give thanks is the left prefrontal cortex, a region just above your left eye that brain scans appear to correlate with feelings of love, compassion, and self-worth.

“Its Physical Benefits”

In addition to boosting your emotional and psychological health, cultivating an attitude of gratitude has physical benefits. As you experience greater levels of gratitude, studies show that neurotransmitters in the brain release chemicals to stave off stress, depression, and anxiety.

One of the easiest ways that I find to generate feelings of gratitude is to make a list of all that you’re grateful for in life. Your list might include your family, spouse, partner, children, pet, or possibly even your health, the beauty of nature, and the very fact of being alive. Make copies of this list and place them by your bed, on your office desk, or on the fridge, or places where they are most visible to you. Every time you look at this list, repeat out loud to yourself one thing on your list that you are grateful for in life. Not only verbalize the statement, but truly feel it! Envision that person, place, or idea in your thoughts and connect to the emotion of gratitude and joy that accompany the memory.

“Brain Muscle”

Like with your body, neuroscience also states that your brain is also a muscle that can be trained and developed. As you cultivate greater gratitude for what you have in life, you automatically experience a healthy attitude toward life!

Always enjoy and cultivate “Thanksgiving” always remember and dwell (give time) to be grateful. Never forget that the greatest gift is actually

A student turned fastest dentist in town

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I got a call today from Cebu. Let me get straight to the point the caller told me. “One of your student has become the fastest dentist in town”. I told him please explain what that means exactly.

Here is the story with so many unexplained parts:

The caller’s exact words were:
“your student had a brush with another martial artist. and that the martial artist said ” why does your style include tai chi? that art is only for whimps?

and then after more words said your student was attacked and he had no choice but to counter and in one swift move he took out 2 front teeth of the aggressor. He is now nick named “The dentist”. that explains the story.”

I did not know what to say upon hearing the news. And just mulled it over for 2 days now and wrote this.

Definitely, I do not know of the entire story. Neither am I inclined to hear of it now and would want to hear of it only from my student first hand.

Firstly, I am not pleased when I hear of my student using his kung fu unless it was an emergency and the requisites of self defense is fully present.

My concience is clear since all the students I teach is always made aware of the responsibility of becoming Kung Fu. I take the distance to really inculcate this in them.

Right now until I hear it from my student I will leave it at that, that he has become a dentist for now.

SOMETHING FOR THE TEACHERS

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I have always written about teachers. One reason I got to like about this style of Kung Fu I practice the Choy Li Fut System is its historical roots and foundations.

first the founder named the style under his teachers. Choy Fook , and Li Yau San and Fut for his beliefs his religion maybe his god.

It shows the heart of this man, he did not name it under himself as is common now a days. Nothing wrong with that! but personally I like the thought that he honored his teachers that much! and his God.

And more than that I also like the foundational thought of his teacher that would not teach him if he did not study their religion, Buddhism. He kept the link it was not just an ordinary martial art devoid of strong spiritual link.

On my part I see this and I make efforts to teach my students this way, however I am not buddhist but catholic so I try to enlighten them on this path and also let them learn the roots of buddhism in my understanding. So they have a good link to both.

Now going back to teachers, their roles and honor due them as I always write that “Teaching is a way to immortality in the Kung Fu mind”, here is an article I saw that I would like to share with my readers. On the value of Teachers!

Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Sometimes it’s hard to find a gift that really recognizes the important contribution that someone makes in your life. That’s certainly the case with teachers.

I grew up in Trenton, Tennessee, a small town of 5,000 people. I have wonderful memories of those first 18 years. And during those years, there were two teachers who I can say, with certainty, helped to make me who I am today.

The first was Ms. Bridges, who taught me in the 4th grade. She was amazing! I’ll never forget her beautiful smile and her passion for teaching. She made learning so much fun and made all of us feel as though we could do anything we wanted to do. The positive seeds she planted in my head are still growing!

Then there was Fred Culp, my history teacher in high school. To this day he is still the funniest person I’ve ever met. In addition to loving his history class, he taught me that a sense of humor, especially laughing at yourself, can be one of life’s greatest blessings. He also, more than any teacher I ever had, made learning so much fun. His class was always the highlight of my day.

As most of you know, I also love quotations. That’s why this inspirational quote book for teachers is so special to me. It combines my appreciation for teachers and my love of quotes in a gift book that is perfect for recognizing those one-of-a-kind teachers in your life.

The two people behind this book—John and Linda Podojil—are teachers themselves and also know from first-hand experience what it means to have your life touched by a great teacher.

You see, in elementary school, John was hard of hearing and failed the first grade because only he knew he could not hear. He read people’s lips to try and learn, but could not when they turned away from him. John was diagnosed with an 80 percent hearing loss and underwent an operation to restore his hearing. He was also a high school drop-out and it took special teachers to ignite his love of learning…so much so that he not only received a GED but also an associate’s degree.

John went on to teach technical education at the University of California San Diego, California State University Dominguez Hills and the College of Southern Nevada. He has presented at both Cornell University and Stanford, educated over 3,000 technical education instructors on safety in technical skills classrooms and is an advocate for technical education. John says his greatest teacher of all times is his wife, Linda.

Linda also was a teacher. Before retiring from the Boeing Company as full-time safety administrator at Boeing Portland and also in Seattle, Linda was a part-time safety instructor for South Seattle Community College, where she taught occupational safety and health-related subjects.

John and Linda know that teachers who believe they can make a difference do make a difference.

Here’s just a sampling of the 130 great quotes included in Inspirational Quotes for Teachers:

“I touch the future. I teach.”
-Christa McAuliffe

“The greatest gift that you can give to another is knowledge for knowledge is power—power to build and to dream. What you can envision in your mind you can achieve.”
-Jack Podojil

“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”
-Charles Kuralt

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”
-Andy Rooney

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.”
-Jacques Barzun

“A child miseducated is a child lost.”
-John F. Kennedy

“If your plan is for 1 year, plant rice;
If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees;
If your plan is for 100 years, educate children.”
-Confucius

“Good teachers are costly. Bad teachers cost more.”
-Bob Talbert

“I’m not a teacher, but an awakener.”
-Robert Frost

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”
-Anatole France

I hope that you enjoy Inspirational Quotes for Teachers and that in a small way it helps to recognize those special teachers who are changing the world, one generation at a time.

Here are just a couple sample reviews from Simple Truths’ customers who have read Inspirational Quotes for Teachers:

“I truly loved this book so much (I read it cover to cover), I gave it as a gift to a teacher who sat and read it and cried at the numerous quotes she loved. I will be getting more as gifts for those who give so much and unpack the most precious resource we have, our kids. A must have.” -Ralph Shelton of Park Forest, Illinois

“I love this book! I use the quotes on my staff memos and in my staff ‘area.’ On my ‘tough’ days or moments, I refer to a couple of the quotes I have marked for some inspiration!”
-Sue Stewart of Rocklin, California

letting go…Surrender

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

In the CLF forms you will not fail to notice that after you pay your respects in the “Ging Lai” Salutation the roll hands follow and Master Ty told me “You can put meaning to that movement as a letting go, or offering hands, surrendering all negative thoughts , emotions, let it all go, …surrender it, empty up so you will be filled, etc. ” On the topic of surrender here is the secret…

Daily OM: The Secret Of Surrender
Seeing The Illusion

by Madisyn Taylor

Surrender should be seen as a great strength and comes when we let go of trying to attain the impossible.

Most of us were raised and live in a culture that emphasizes the ideals of independence and control. The general idea is that we are on our own and we don’t need any help from anyone else, and if we are really successful it’s because we are in complete control. However, true lasting success comes only with surrender, which is the opposite of control. We cannot accomplish anything truly great on our own, without any help, and the idea that we can is an illusion that causes most of us a great deal of suffering. Surrender comes when we see that illusion and let go of trying to attain the impossible. Surrender can then be seen as a great strength rather than a weakness.

Even small moments of surrender are powerful indicators of how different our lives could be if we would only let go. We’ve all had the experience of extending huge amounts of effort and energy to reach a particular goal only to realize that we can’t make it happen after all. At the moment of letting go, realizing that we need to ask for help or simply release our agenda entirely, a profound feeling of relief may rush over us. This warm, open sensation is the essence of surrender, and if we didn’t feel that we didn’t really let go. But it is never too late to let go, even of things in the past that didn’t work out the way we wanted them to, because surrender is always an option in every moment of our lives.

When we finally do surrender, our goals actually become possible, because the act of surrender is, in essence, asking for the help we need. This help may come in the form of other human beings or unseen helpers such as angels or inner guides. It may also come in the form of shifting circumstances, the small miracles that we call grace.

Wanna feel Positive Energy…read this story

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I forget who or which of my Sifu’s gave me the answer to my question on highest positive energy source but most of them made me feel this was what the highest of emotions that bring most positive energy to a person.

If I am not mistaken it was Master Johnny Chiuten who answered me, that it was “Love” that gives the most potent positive energy in the body.

just as jealousy, unforgiveness, anger etc. give very negative energy that results to cancers and dis ease or disease.

Now read this story, be very aware of the feelings you will get, nurture the feeling let it energize and circulate in your whole body this will bring healing to you. Here is the story. May you be energized and empowered. Good luck

A DATE WITH THE OTHER WOMAN
Author Unknown
August 14, 2012

After 21 years of marriage, I discovered a new way of keeping alive the
spark of love. A little while ago I started to go out with another woman. It
was really my wife’s idea.

“I know you love her,” she said one day, taking me by surprise.

“But I love YOU!” I protested.

“I know, but you also love her.”

The other woman my wife wanted me to visit was my mother, who has been a
widow for 19 years. The demands of my work and my three children had made it
possible to visit her only occasionally. That night, I called to invite her
to go out for dinner and a movie.

“What’s wrong, are you well,” she asked? My mother is the type of woman who
suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad
news.

“I thought it would be pleasant to pass some time with you,” I responded.
“Just the two of us.”

She thought about it for a moment, then said, “I would like that very much.”

That Friday, after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous.
When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous
about our date. She waited in the doorway with her coat on. She had curled
her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last

wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an
angel’s.

“I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were
impressed,” she said, as she got into the car. “They can’t wait to hear
about our meeting.”

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy.
My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady.

After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large
print. Halfway through the entree, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting
there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips.

“It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,” she said.

“Then it’s time you relaxed and let me return the favor,” I responded.
During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation – nothing extraordinary
– just catching up on recent events of each other’s lives. We talked so much
that we missed the movie.

As we arrived at her house later, she said, “I’ll go out with you again, but
only if you let me invite you.” I agreed and kissed her good night.

“How was your dinner date?” asked my wife when I got home.

“Very nice. Much nicer than I could have imagined,” I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so
suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to do anything for her.

Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt
from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: “I paid
this bill in advance. I was almost sure that I couldn’t be there, but,
never-the-less, I paid for two plates –one for you and the other for you
wife. You will never know what that night meant to me. I love you.”

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying, “I LOVE YOU” in time,
and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is
more important than God and your family. Give them the time they deserve,
because these things cannot always be put off to “some other time.”

Mind Kung Fu

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I just came in contact with people who I consider have mind Kung Fu. The likes of Peter Kreeft try to listen to their podcast in peterkreeft.com these minds are just fantastic. Anyways I believe we should have to find their “Tao” how they became like this what training they did. But I believe this is one of it. And we are on our way to mind Kung fu.

Also met Rajah Yoga practitioners and said they have King of Yoga which is the Yoga of the mind.

Reaching up and down and connect to the energies

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

When we practice our Kung fu notice that there are postures that the palms face to the sky or the heavens and times when the palms face down to mother earth.

You can make your mental imagery to these like a tree opening opening its head or crown to the Universe and connecting through your palms to mother earth or rooting down deep with our feet into mother earth.

What is important is that you “Will it” how important is this decision your will to be one and connect yourself to the universe earth and heaven even applies to spiritual realities.

It was an interesting find or study I found of a most respected Doctor of the Catholic Church Thomas Aquinas when asked by someone how can one go to heaven answered with two words “Will it”.

this makes our will of great importance linking spirituality to the mind of Kung Fu.

Many teachings of kung fu tells stories of trees. One of it is the bamboo what is pliant and goes with the winds direction and not breaking but coming back to its former position.

Here a tree that grows sends roots down into Mother Earth just as it reaches into the sky seeking nourishment from the sun and the air and and through its roots from the soil.

Even in our breathing my Sifu’s told me direct breathing way down to your feet to the ground.
Imagination plays a great thing we can envision ourselves as trees, imagining that we have roots reaching down into the earth.

Well not to complicate things when doing the form make sure you are connecting up and down that you are not alone, there is the energies of the universe up and down that you are connecting with.

A Challenge to Myself

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I was just asked the other day if I wanted to teach as an outreach to the binondo street children and orphans. First knee jerk reaction was “of course, surely!” but then I thought hard again. I had an experience before and I sent those poor kids home. I just could not take their undisciplined behavior. ex. I was teaching them on the street and as a car passed one of them scratched the paint with a piece of rock or wood! of course the car owner was furious. and I was shocked at this kids behavior. I was so angry I gave these kids a 30 minute lecture. telling them this was an art about discipline, virtue and they should become models in society of good character etc. many more days passed and eventually to my sadness I had to let them go home and stop the classes since they could not and did not want to be disciplined.

But talking to many experts in the field like the soccer coach of my son. He said ” the school Don Bosco of manila holds many of these children, it is their outreach.” and it is a rule that no matter how far the child had to come to go to a game or school. If the child said one bad word that was it, he was not going to play and he was going home.

I realized those pranksters in my class were given one chance after another. This time I will be strict and follow that, so I will try it again and we will see what happens. It is a learning experience that I will not back down for some past mistakes remembering we will always be Hung Sing (Always winning). There is something to learn in everything.

So I am looking forward to do our best to touch the lives of these street kids and orphans. Once Again with better vision.

Its a minute by minute battle

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

I just went for a little walk and realized the battle was fierce. I do not know how modern man can think there is no need for kung fu anymore. Well my battle today was in the mind. As usually is where it starts.

The little walk but big battle:

I went for a walk to buy something nearby. The Philippine noon sun can be very uncomfortable at times. So I realized these battles in my mind:

1. I wished I had was using a car instead of a walk.

2. I wished it was not too hot, or there was a walkway covered by trees like one I saw in Thailand that made my walks so cool.

3. Wished I had more of this and more of that, I felt discontent.

All these brought me a restless unhappy feeling. Then being in tune with myself I realized the battle:

1. I countered the wish for a car, with the thought walking is a good exercise. In fact I remember I lost a lot of leg muscles the first time I started driving more often. So I battled the negative thought with a positive one.

2. Wishing it was not so hot, I reasoned the cold could just be as bad or worse. I remember in Japan when I was freezing and feeling 5 more minutes of this ice weather I was going to die of the cold. I vowed never to complain about the heat then. Because when its hot you can go to the shade but without a warm place you will die in the cold.

3. Feeling discontented, I told myself God knows what we need before we even ask so why fret.

The battle starts in the mind. You need to have the right thoughts to fight it. There is a great need for kung fu in everyone’s life.

Nurturing Positive Energy

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

Here is something that talks about what is inside. High Kung fu talks about finding things inside that makes us super human. We know we tend to gravitate to the negative so we need to exert more effort in working on the positive.

Notice how the little child in this story is using positive imagery and developing it while the mom is worrying and working nurturing the negative aspect of the idea. Nothing wrong with being careful but to be fearful is a different thing. Just something to think about.

SMILE
– From Gene Colgrove

A little girl walked to and from school daily. The weather one morning was questionable and clouds were forming, yet she made her daily trek to the elementary school.

As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she feared that the electrical storm might harm her child. Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky.

Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.

When the mother’s car drew up beside the child she lowered the window and called to her, “What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?”

The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty. God keeps taking my picture.”

May God bless you today as you face the storms that come your way ..