Monday, December 8, 2008

Cross Polinations

Grasping the interconnected nature of everything may not always be the easiest concept to internalize.

Andrew and I are starting to get some heat for the video we made. I knew we'd get some, but wow, it happened faster than I thought. 

We are simply showing the related energies that both of our respected arts and practices share. It's interesting to actually see that some people aren't ready to hear this. 

And I get why it's happening. We just made a new video:

Which I'm sure will receive a lot more negative criticism. I want us to make one more video like this before employing the next set of videos with an explanation that talks about the energy first, then what that energy pattern looks like in Choy Lay Fut, and how that energy patter looks like in Grappling. But not yet. I want people to continue to criticize the techniques.
When they criticize the actual techniques, it's clear that they don't understand what we're doing.

It's not about techniques. It's about energy. We can show you that same energy pattern in music. Or in dealing with a political situation at work. Or negotiating a financial deal. Or a spousal relationship dynamic. It's all energy. We're just showing 2 physical manifestations of it.

In a "deficit-oriented" society that we live in, it is much easier and more desirable and glamorous to identify how we are different from each other. Especially if the society is like ours which is capitalism/mixed economy, where it's all about branding and showing how we are so unique and different from everyone else, thus you should buy from us.

But the reality is is that we're not all that different from each other if you understand energy patterns. 

One of the things I admired about some of my colleagues at Illinois who were doctoral candidates is that they could take any subject or topic whatsoever and relate it meaningfully to their dissertation/thesis!

Personalities have energy. We should have a discussion about what techniques we practice reflect/relate to what types of personalities.

Our training helps us relate to and understand life, if we dig deeper into what it is we are actually learning.