South San Francisco, California, United States
Old Shaolin edict:
run before you fight,
fight before you injure,
injure before you maim,
maim before you kill
I've been vegetarian since 1978, and for just as long have I been practicing martial arts. During 1980 to 86 I trained intensively in Tang Soo Do, obtaining the rank of second degree black belt. This was during my time in Florida, and I dabbled in other styles 'on the side' to further my appreciation of the arts. One of them was Wing Chun Kung Fu. Later, upon arriving in California, I took up Hapkido for a couple of years under Grandmaster Han Jae Ji (who curiously stressed a vegetarian diet to his students). I also had another 4 or 5 different Wing Chun teachers over a period of the next 15 years, as I seemingly floated about the place as a drifter (though not bare footed), a few months here a few months there, with a lot of lapsed time in-between. Currently practicing Choi Lee Fut.
It wasn't until these last few years after taking lessons from John Kang in Oakland, that Wing Chun felt comfortable with me. Under his tutorship, my chi sau started to excel.
I am a long time fan of the Kung Fu television series. I watched it growing up in London, but the aspect of Caine's reverence for life to the point he'd avoid eating meat did not register with me as a teen (at least not on the conscious level). I suspect it is true with most people who watched the show, and so I've created this site to convey the philosophy of ahimsa found in many of the story lines.
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"All creatures - the low and the high - are one with nature. No life is insignificant. If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues.... Life sustains life and all living creatures need nourishment. Yet, with wisdom the body learns to sustain in ways that all may live."
- Master Kan
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