The Thrilling Thrill of Teaching

by Sifu Vince
(Manila, Philippines)

What is a teacher without a student? he is not a teacher.
Funny to say it but in Kung fu language you will hear more such as ” It is hard to find a good teacher but harder to find a good student!”
and the musings do not stop but when a teacher and a student kind a come to the right mix of which there is a chinese kung fu term for that again “/.,*&^” time and place equanimity or affinity or divine appointment. But you will know it is it.

Well again I find it funny and amusing. I have been teaching for some time being a little white and tall I look a little downward to my students. Now a new student has come a tall one where I giving the lessons is looking up to him. And truly he has come far and wide to be gifted with this art so accidentally but fatefully met.

the minute we met I knew he was a seeker, but more surprises come as we meet the second time I get to know he writes. And here his mind meets his muscle let me introduce to you my new student with something he has written.
“Be Water, My Friend”
By Keith Jensen
This season, we’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs. We won 2 in a row, lost 5 straight, and then won 4. We’ve become a streaky team¬¬—and it’s quite a roller coaster ride.
Being present to the journey, I’ve noticed that as a team we tend to get high or low on ourselves depending on how our season has been going. Coach acknowledged this after a lackluster effort in the first half against Rain or Shine during which we went down by 20 points. He pointed out that we had become lazy in practice after winning previous games and said, “We’re starting to think we’re better than we really are!”

It’s a common mental trap that naturally seduces the minds of athletes. Players and teams will become attached to the idea of winning; entangling themselves in the duality of the game. Self-identifying as a “winner” or “loser” blocks the ability to have an objective perspective, and lures people away from acting and reacting in the present moment.
Bruce Lee came to this truth. He said, “Empty the mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water…”
You cannot fit the preconceived form of “winner” or “loser” into the shape of a new game.
Winning cannot be the reason to play. Yes, losing can be incredibly painful. But it can also be beautiful: when the lesson in the loss is recognized and the agony of losing is contrasted with the ecstasy of winning. It is this excitement, the energetic charge, caused by the coin flip of winning and losing, that makes the game so fun. The glory lies in the Yin and the Yang. The highs and the lows are experienced as the thrill—the very reason we ride the roller coaster in the first place.
“Running water never goes stale. You gotta just keep on flowing.” –Bruce Lee Please insert your text here.