No Evil. Jackie Chan!

Sensei Posted in Entertainment

The Chinese government has been in the news a lot lately, busily censoring it’s film industry and driving directors like Ye Lou right out of the country. Artistic oppression in that country continues unabated. Now they’re persecuting their greatest natural resource: Jackie Chan.
IESB has dug up a story in the Xin Kuai Bao newspaper which says that Jackie’s latest project, Rob-B-Hood, was toned down in order to get Chinese censors off their backs. Not for sexual content, or because there was too much violence, but because they thought Chan’s villainous character was too evil.
Apparently, the Chinese government just doesn’t like Jackie playing a baddie. He told the paper that the first drafts of the script portrayed him as a full fledged villain, but that the character he was to play was watered down in order to get the government’s essential seal of approval.
So how evil is evil? Jackie says that originally his character hit all the usual super-evil clichés. “He hits women, burns people with cigarettes.” The kind of really bad character you see at least once a month in Hollywood movies. “The Chinese government said Jackie Chan can’t be so evil,” affirms Jackie.

A State of Mind

Sensei Posted in Training notes

Pain is weakness leaving the body
The question isn’t how much more you can take,
But how much more can you give.
Just when you’re ready to quit, you mind says push harder.
You listen sensing an inner strength that wasn’t there before.
And suddenly you discover … the pain no longer has meaning or effect … you no longer feel the pain.
Now you are a Martial Artist!
Yes I stole this from the Army and made slight modification, it was to good not to!

Seared Ahi Tuna Glazed With Wasabi Butter

Sensei Posted in Recipes and Health Facts

24 ounces ahi tuna steaks, around 1-inch thick
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
salt and pepper
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons wasabi paste (the tube kind)
3 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
lemon slices (for garnish)
1. Drizzle sesame oil on both sides of each tuna steaks. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly to mix and prevent scorching.
3. While sauce is heating, heat a heavy frying pan on another burner with high heat. Place tuna in pan and sear until crispy and brown. Turn and sear on the other side.
Note: Tuna steak fans who like their tuna on the rare side will usually find 2 minutes searing time is ample. Folks who like their tuna steaks more well-done may want to sear their tuna for 4-5 minutes per side.
Eat up and Enjoy!

Meditation Point #55

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes

When elephants fight,
it is the grass that suffers.
Kikuyu Proverb

I find this proverb particularly resonant as a parent. To often we forget that the fights we “adults” have can reek significant collateral damage for our children. It is often those who are not directly involved in a fight that are most effected, especially children. I have found very few occasions when it was necessary or appropriate to “fight” whether in a relationship or on the street. Hope my idle ramblings add something to this proverb.

Why Judo is Better then Kung Fu!

Sensei Posted in Fun Stuff
This was to funny to pass up 🙂

Meditation Point #54

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
William Blake

This is something I tell my students all the time, though I say it differently. Life is about perspective, primarily other people perspective. Most people only understand their own world and this is simple and easy, it is comfortable. By only considering things from my perspective I can pass judgement on everyone around me, scoff at the homeless, belittle the drug addict, frown at the parents of unruly children. It is all so easy to do. I a conflict I need not concern myself with why my aggressor is upset or aggressive, it’s not my problem. But what if I make it my problem? Not in an earthly crunchy, we should all love one another way, not at all! But in a quest for understanding. If I can gain the perspective of my adversary I may just be able to avert a conflict and in the process gain an ally. So the next time you see something or some situation, try to see it from another perspective, I think you will be surprised by what you see. The alternative is to remain the fool.

Brain Teaser in 2 minutes!

Sensei Posted in Fun Stuff

You should be able to solve this in less then two minutes!

Meditation Point #53

Sensei Posted in A Zen Thing, Quotes

Wherever there is a poetical action,
a religious aspiration,
a heroic thought,
a union of the nature within man,
and the Nature without,
there is Zen.
— R. H. Blyth

Jackie Chan’s secret past

Sensei Posted in Profiles

Many will think Jackie Chan’s reputation is now tarnished but I for one have to give him credit for his honesty and even more so for the accomplishments of his life! Why do I say this? Because Jackie Chan gave an interview which seems more like a movie script, than a real life story, revealing some closely kept secrets about his parents and his past life experiences. The martial-arts star had always thought that he didn’t have any siblings, until one day when his father told him that he has two sisters and two brothers. He revealed that his parents were very poor and both had lost their spouses during a war before they met each other. They fell in love with each other when his mother, who was an opium supplier was caught by his father who was a customs police officer. At the time of the incident his mother had two daughters and his father had two sons.
Jackie Chan also said that Fang Shilong was his real name and his father changed their surname to “Chan” because he didn`t want to reveal their real surname while they were fleeing the poor situation. Chan said he was about 6 years old when his parents went to Australia to earn money. This is when he picked up some bad habits without his parents care, like fighting, selling drugs, racing and theft. “When I was 16, my father said he could not longer instruct me because I had already grown up, but he made me promise him three things: not to enter the underworld, not to take drugs and not to gamble. I promised him even though I was doing those things at that time,” Chan was quoted as saying. Jackie Chan claims he mended his ways after seeing the fate of two of his friends, one who ended up in prison and the other who died. I think given his life work we can believe him!
OSU! Jackie Chan for being honest and forthright.

Kyokushinkai, the Strongest Karate

Sensei Posted in Competition

Kyokushinkai fighters in action, not many defensive moves here.