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    started a topic Quotes from Sifu (Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

    Quotes from Sifu (Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

    My Dear Family,

    For 2018 I would like to open a thread on quotes that mean a lot to you from Sifu. It can be from Sifu's books, his Autobiography, Q&A's, courses or over a meal.

    I shared one on FB recently and I have been thinking a lot of it since.

    Do not ask rhetoric questions that deter you from your goal, just get on with the task that leads you to your goal of overcoming your illness
    Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit taken from http://www.shaolin.org/answers/sp-issues/choice.html

    I feel that we often block ourselves in daily life also, not just in overcoming illness, which is why I like this little gem

    So............

    I invite you all to join the thread with your favourite quote or one that has meaning for you.

    Just one quote please with each post and mention where you read it or heard it.

    Then it will be easier to read back over them throughout the year. Of course, you can post as often as you like!

    Many Blessings and Enjoy!
    Joan

  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another lovely and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "According to science, butterflies are not supposed to fly because their wings are too flinsy to support their body weight. Yet butterflies can fly. Why? Because butterflies do not know science." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find another wonderful and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "It is also interesting to note that some critics feel offended seeing how relaxed we are when we spar! They question whether we have any fighting experience, not realizing that some of us have used our art not only in winning sparring competitions but in coming out safely in actual combat where deadly weapons were used and where the out-come could be serious injury or death.

    Obviously, these critics do not know that the more proficient the kungfu practitioners are, the more relaxingly and elegantly they fight. Novices are tensed and agitated, whereas real masters are calm and relaxed -- in combat as well as in their daily lives." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another wonderful and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "As Damian has rightly pointed out, “There is nothing glamorous about fighting.” We want to avoid fighting as best as possible, but if we have to fight, we shall fight well. We want to come out of combat unhurt.

    But that is not the purpose of many martial artists today. Many martial artists seem to enjoy fighting. They look for fights when they can and they get hurt, sometimes more than their opponents.

    Why do we train kungfu, any style of kungfu, if we do not want to fight? As I have often mentioned, kungfu training gives us many qualities important for our daily living, like quick reflexes, fast movements, calm disposition, mental clarity as well as good health, vitality and longevity, usually more than what chi kung can provide." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another fantastic and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "If we sincerely want to preserve these marvelous arts, we just have to reveal some secrets. Actually many of these secrets, which bring important results, are not secrets in the traditional sense. They were teaching points any student practicing genuine chi kung or kungfu in the past would know.

    For example, to be relaxed and focused, which is the most basic requirement in a chi kung state of mind, was what any student in the past would know and do when he practiced chi kung, otherwise he would not be practicing chi kung! But today chi kung has been so debased that most practitioners do not know this "secret".

    This "secret" is found in most chi kung instructions, but most practitioners merely read this instruction to be relaxed and focused without putting it into practice. This is one great "secret" that we highlight in our teaching and which we also share with the public. If chi kung practitioners, even though they may not learn from us, appreciate this "secret" and put it into their practice without changing any other things, they will enhance their result by at least three times." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Originally posted by LeeWeiJoo View Post
    Dear Siheng Santi,

    Thanks for sharing this latest quote from Sifu about our Kung Fu sparring. The very important principle of Safety First comes to mind

    With Shaolin Salute,
    Lee Wei Joo
    Thank you dear Sidai for your kind words. Much appreciated. :-) . I agree with you on the Safety First principle. It was a life-changing experience for me.

    Please find below another wonderful and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "How would kungfu practitioners fight? Of course they fight using kungfu pattern! The answer is so logical that the question seems silly. It is like asking how would footballers play football, or how would pianists play the piano. Of course they perform using the techniques and skills they have practiced."

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • LeeWeiJoo
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    Dear Siheng Santi,

    Thanks for sharing this latest quote from Sifu about our Kung Fu sparring. The very important principle of Safety First comes to mind

    With Shaolin Salute,
    Lee Wei Joo

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "We in Shaolin Wahnam are grateful to our lineage of masters that we practice kungfu sparring.

    Oddly, we are criticized for practicing kungfu sparring! Some common criticisms are as follows:
    • Our kungfu sparring is not kungfu sparring; it is choreography.
    • Our sparring is not brutal or aggressive.
    • We have no fighting experience.
    • It cannot be used against other martial systems like Boxing or Wrestling.
    While we are not bothered by such criticisms, it is good to know them. They can, for instance, help us to examine our kungfu sparring from another perspective. Here are our brief answers to these criticisms.
    • Our sparring methodology is very comprehensive, ranging from pre-arranged one-step sparring to totally free sparring, including against multiple and armed opponents.
    • We are actually proud that we can be combat efficient without being brutal or aggressive.
    • Many of our Shaolin Wahnam members not only free spar with martial artists of different styles but also have real fighting experiences.
    • Our sparring has proven to be effective against other martial systems, including Boxing and Wrestling. (In fact we pay much importance to fighting Boxers and Kick-Boxers, not because of the above criticism but because today many people use Boxing and Kick-Boxing techniques in their fights.)
    It is also comforting to know that the above criticisms, though vocal, are only from a small minority. Many other people have written to thank us for sharing our sparring methodology — something that was quite unheard of in the past." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Originally posted by Damian Kissey View Post
    " It is the spirit that is the real person. It is the spirit that has energy and a physical body, and not the body that has energy and a spirit. The spirit is “permanent”, whereas the energy and the physical body are constantly changing, although the change is usually invisible to the naked eye. "
    Thank you dear Siheng for sharing another wonderful quote. :-)

    Please find below another inspiring quote from Sifu that I personally love:

    "From our perspective, the most important discovery is to transfer our chi kung and kungfu training to enrich our daily life. We do so purposefully and systematically, and I am very happy that we have been very successful.

    Previously I thought that the biggest group of people who wrote to thank me would be those whom I helped to cure from so-called incurable diseases. But this was not so. The biggest group of people, by a very big margin, who wrote to thank me were initially healthy. They thanked me for sharing our arts that enabled them to enrich their lives as well as the lives of other people." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • Damian Kissey
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    " It is the spirit that is the real person. It is the spirit that has energy and a physical body, and not the body that has energy and a spirit. The spirit is “permanent”, whereas the energy and the physical body are constantly changing, although the change is usually invisible to the naked eye. "

    Foto : The Immortal Zhang San Feng

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another beautiful and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "My chi kung practice certainly contributes greatly to my success in dealing with people, including people who are rude to me. But I had two very good foundations. I was a boy scout and later an assistant scout master in school which gave me good training. Secondly, my father taught me, since I was small, to be courteous and humble.

    Besides giving me some of the happiest moments of my life, scouting also provided me good training in dealing with people. Scout Law number 5 states that a scout is courteous. Scout Law number 8 advises a scout to smile in all circumstances. When a person is courteous and smiles at all times, as well as is humble, as taught by my father, he has a great advantage when dealing with people.

    Many people know that to be courteous, cheerful and humble is a great advantage, but they may not be able to do so. Here is where chi kung training comes in. Chi kung training not only opens people’s heart, therefore making them possible to be courteous, cheerful and humble if they choose to be, but also gives them desirable qualities like strength, courage, mental clarity and quickness of thought and action to be so." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another quote from Sifu that I personally love:

    "There are always two perspectives to every situation – the good and the bad, or yin and yang in chi kung training.

    What about a bad situation? Is there a good perspective to a bad situation. Yes, there is always a good perspective even to a bad situation. The question is whether a person can see the benefit of the good perspective, and more importantly to act on it.

    Let us take a bad situation. Someone is sick. The bad perspective is that he suffers because he is sick. The good perspective is that he will recover, and practice chi kung so that he will not be sick in future.

    Someone has lost his job. The bad perspective is that he will not get income from his job. The good perspective is that he can get a better paying job, or better still become a boss himself.

    A person met a serious motor accident. The bad perspective is that he has to be hospitalized. The good perspective is that he has not died. He has a chance to live a better life than before.

    The good perspective cannot change the existing bad situation. If a situation is bad, it is bad no matter how well a person thinks about it. But how he thinks about it has a direct effect on the future unfolding of his life.

    If he thinks badly, he feels badly and the future is likely to turn out to be bad for him. If he thinks well, immediately he feels better, and the future is likely to turn well for him." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another beautiful and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "I also have discovered from experience that happiness comes from fulfilling needs and aspirations. When the very poor have sufficient food to eat, they become happy because their heart opens. The opening of their heart is not because they have the skill to smile from the heart, but because they have sufficient food to eat.

    The rich have fulfilled their basic needs, like food and shelter. Happiness to them comes from fulfilling aspirations. They may want a better job, or to accomplish a mission in life.

    Regardless of whether they are rich or poor, two requirements for fulfilling their needs and aspirations are energy and mental clarity. Without energy and mental clarity, they cannot fulfill their needs and aspirations; they have to depend on other people or on their government. A life of dependence is not a cost-effective, meaningful life.

    Our arts provide us with a lot of energy and mental clarity. Irrespective of whether we practice chi kung or kungfu, or both, our chi flow gives us a lot of energy. To generate a chi flow, we have to clear our mind of all thoughts, which provides us with mental clarity. Our methods are extremely cost-effective. As a reminder, we must always use our energy and mental clarity for good, never for evil." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another fantastic quote from Sifu:

    "What is good, and what is evil?

    Whatever that brings benefit to oneself and others is good, whatever that brings harm is evil.

    Helping others brings benefit to oneself and others. Thus it is a good deed, and results in good karma.

    It brings benefit to the person providing help because it makes him happy. It brings benefit to the receiver of help because it enables him to overcome some difficulty.

    Asking for help also brings benefit to oneself and others. Thus it is also a good deed, and results in good karma.

    It brings benefit to the person asking for help as it enables him to overcome some difficulty. It brings benefit to the person providing help because it gives him an opportunity to create good karma." - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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  • sancrica
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    Dear Shaolin Wahnam Family,

    Please find below another beautiful and inspiring quote from Sifu:

    "One may still enjoy the wonderful benefits of good health, vitality, longevity, mental clarity and spiritual joys by practicing high-level chi kung without any martial aspects, but it is the martial training that brings the attainment to an exceptionally high level. A few examples will make this clear.

    To most people the concept of good health means being free from illness and enjoying general well-being. This marks the apex of non-martial chi kung training. But to a true martial artist, this is only the beginning. His concept of good health will include many aspects ordinary people do not even dream about, like being able to spar for an hour or two without feeling tired or panting for breaths.

    To most people the concept of mental clarity means being able to think clearly. But it is much more to a true martial artist. His mental clarity is trained to such an exceptionally high level that during combat, for example, he can analyze a few possible responses in a given combat situation and in a split second make the best choice. In a non-combat situation, when he enters a room full of people he can sense who are friendly to him and who are antagonistic, even when some of them are behind his back!" - Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

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    With Love, Care and Shaolin Salute,

    Santi

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