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    Archive for October 2014

    Imperfection of Perfection : TKF 21

    Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2:38 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Thank you to Lori Kroko, Billy and Nancy at our Facebook.

    Wade C. Quick on Twitter for Connecting and Sharing

    In Todays Podcast

    Support Orphans : This is a direct link to the Kungfu Minitures Website. It isn't an Affliliate Link. that would feel wrong. They are having a sale on "5 Animal Kung Fu Set" with Free Shipping.

    Free Tai Chi Classes During Veterans Day Week, starting Nov 11, 2014 :

    Pushhand WS Review

    Pumpking Review / pics

    Sex Drive ChiKung Workshop

    New Curriculum kickoff

    The Imperfection of Perfection

    Direct Download : Imperfection of Perfection

    All of my notes for this podcast are available for a free download.

    Halloween Pumpkin Carvin Video

    Artwork : What is Perfection? by RKim

    Edited on: Sunday, July 05, 2015 8:55 AM

    Posted in Mindfulness - Attention , Personal Development , Podcasts , Style: QiGong

    Veterans Day - Raleigh Tai Chi - Free Class

    Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Military Insignia_Veterans Day Tai Chi Any Veteran that would like to participate in a Tai Chi and ChiKung Class for Free can come to one of our scheduled classes :

    Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014 - 11:30 am or 6:30 pm

    Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014 - 11:30 am or 6:30 pm, or

    Saturday, Nov 15th, 2014 - 10 am.

    Veteran at the VA in Salisbury recently told one of our Certified Instructors, Mr. Bruce Eads :

    In four weeks of practice he feels safer to walk without his cane and has started to lose "some of the fat".

    Many of our students are Veterans, in fact we have every branch of the military represented here.

    Our facility is downstairs on Veterans Day at 3824 Barrett Drive, 27609 : RSVP if you plan to come.

    The Veterans Free Health-Form Tai Chi Class will focus on:

    Calming The Mind


    Using the Fundamental of our Reeling Silk Tai Chi Program

    Armistice Day

    In honor of the day, this year, the Free Reeling Silk Tai Chi class will be held at the exact same time as the original Armistice Day; on the 11th of hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th. month.

    Armistice Day represents the day that the fighting ceased at the end of World War I. During history the Name of the Day changed to observe all those who have served or serving in our military.

    We know that the price of freedom is not easility obtained and appreciate their effort. We wanted to offer at least something to anyone that has served an opportunity to come in and participate in a Tai Chi Class.

    Edited on: Monday, October 27, 2014 6:02 AM

    Posted in Kwoon

    Man Down : Unarmed Men Under Fire : TKF 20

    Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:20 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

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    Thank you Ray Walters and Nyle for endorsing us in Martial Arts and Wellness at Linkedin. It is great to hear from you Ray. Been a long while. Many of the old timers like Reid, Dwight and Patrick ask about you.

    Workshop on Push Hands has stimulated several questions. This weekend is our Push Hands Workshop , we will be working fundamentals of framework, alignment, sensing and intention. I look forward to it.

    The Pumpkin Carving is this weekend too, I am here all day, so bring it when you ready :)

    Hop Gar Video Trailor

    The Hop Gar Trailor I recently put out on Facebook, Vimeo, DailyMotion and Youtube, was a fun project I put together over the weekend. I took several photo I had of myself and others practicing Hop Gar around 1992 at the Golden Dragon resturaunt.

    There was about 5 of us that regular rotated in full contact 'friendly sparrings' out on the asphalt. Hot asphalt is a GREAT way to teach you to move and stay on your feet to fight.

    Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Oct 27, 1995

    I had already another topic laid out and the memory came back. Not sure what triggers it, but it is a solemn reminder to practice and live strong.

    Being a dad now, the memories are even more intense.

    I changed to work in Fayetteville so that I could practice KungFu more. I worked in the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab department with some fine folks. My schedule was simple for years. Get up at 5, chikung, posting and breakfast. work, go to the Golden Dragon to practice from 5:30 - 9 or so, come home, crash, do again. Saturdays I got to practice from 7 - 3. Sundays sometimes we would take turns hosting practice at homes. Went on for years.

    Oct 27 1995, Normal Day, My office was down the hall from new Outpatient Entrance, Fast access to hospital. Then the alert :

    Code blue - Massive Casuality Incident : Code MASCAL, the nurse that was my partner in rehab called me to double time it. Her husband was in Army. And all of a sudden life changed.

    The alert calls every hospital staff to ready themselves for a massive casuality. And it started coming. The army hospital was taking people, and Cape Fear was next. Every one was moving, blood, oxygen takes, blankets, guazes, you name it, we were getting it. Some people were already starting to cry, because their relatives could be one of the fallen heading our way.

    The hallways filled with stretchers, doctors and nurses were commanding for everything. But it was still very poised. I remember turning all the hours of kungfu practice on, "see no evil, hear no evil". I was trying to cope with all the sadness, misery and pain that came flooding in.

    A man that doesn't deserve to have his name mentioned :

    Opened fire on the 82nd Airborne during PT

    Directly Download Podcast Episode 20

    Links to Articles :

    Special Forces Soldiers 

    Fayetteville News Observer Article 

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    Unarmed Soldiers Overtake Sniper

    Group men Special Forces of the took to forest, armed with Nothing. flanked, fought and secured. tshirts and shorts. PT Instead of running for cover.

    I was moving through the Crying of victims, crying of families, crying of staff, stretchers, and responding to orders.

    A man younger than me was holding in arm in a wheelchair, and he asked if I could help him. He was cold and injured, still in his shorts. Overwhelming to see that much pain, suffering and fear at once.

    Several of my friends that I trained with were part of the 82nd, and fortunately they were not there that particular. One had been scheduled, but was sent out to Camp McCall earlier.


    The shooter hit and wounded 17 soldiers from the division's 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment as they left an athletic field. He shot three other soldiers who tried to stop him, wounding two and killing Maj. Stephen Badger.

    In a fight for their lives, Major Guy Lafaro, Major Stephen Badger and Staff Sergeant Matthew Lewis were awarded the “Soldiers Medal” for risking their lives.

    Minor said that the gunman, who was firing at them, turned away. And as he did, he and Sgt. Edward Mongold tackled the man. "It was a fight for his life," Minor said. "It was a fight for our lives."

    Sgt. Anthony Minor broke his hand fighting for weapon

    Order Amidst Chaos

    During those intense hours that day, I remember very clearly what looked like chaos. It reminded me of a MASH episode where Hawkeye and Trapper are working triage for wounded soldiers. Yet there was a very firm steadiness. I knew my priorities :

    Those 3 simple emphasis for me, kept order in the chaos.

    Why Do I share this memory with you?

    It occured because of my committment to train to be a better person with kungfu. I made life changing decisions that put me in the position that day.

    That your experiences can teach you what is important, and what is of lesser importance.

    Lesson to take today

    Life is short and can change in an instant.

    Find time to be grateful for someone or something while you are here.

    If you have every experienced the type of anguish and misery. Seeing strong people suffering, people crying because others are suffering and found that it changed your life. I don't suggest dwelling on it. But I use it to get my butt going and stop whining because a detail didn't pan out the way I wanted.

    Those children and wives we had to console were agonizing over much more than details.

    "We may not all agree on the politics that are involved, but I encourage you to agree on supporting those young men that put their lives on the line, both abroad and at home to provide us with the freedom to be happy and to complain."

    Get out today, practice, remember someone. If you were any way associated with the events of that day and hear my message today. I would like to hear from you. If there is anything I can do, I will.

    Resources For Today :

    The only resources I want to list for this episode is :

    "I support and ask you to contribute a couple dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project. I wrote them the following :
    I am releasing a podcast this wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 to our growing community. It is in regards to my involvement in the Oct 27,1995 shooting on base. I will be asking listeners today and for years to come to donate directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

    I just wanted to let you know :)

    Sifu TW Smith

    Don't let me down. Whether you are listening this in 2014, 2020, or long after I am dead. I greatly appreciate you sending even a single dollar to those who need our support.

    Edited on: Friday, November 20, 2015 9:19 AM

    Posted in Chinese Martial Arts , Podcasts

    Curriculum of Chinese Martial Art

    Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

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    Chinese Martial Art Curriculum

    Often we are asked about an Overview of what we do here. Over the course of years I was trained in many styles and understandings. All the systems point back to the same root, you.

    You practice Kung Fu not to perfect a style, but to master yourself. Regardless of your reason for practice, this will show up.

    This takes time to grasp in your heart, but then the understanding that it is all the arts "two hands and two feet" really resonates.

    Principles that Drive the Curriculum

    During the process we will teach you and show you how every system and style originates from:

    Students of the kwoon and many of the private students begin with foundational processes of calming, centering, self awareness and health. They venture from there. Occassionaly a student wants to begin on a particular path, like Yang Tai Chi or Ba Gua and they explore from there.

    Podcast 19 : Structure and Flexibility in Your Curriculum : Download MP3 Directly

    Training Directions

    Some Students want to begin at a partcular level or direction. You should know there are pre-requisites and factor skills. Pre-requisites are things such as:

    Factor Skills are things that effect other parts of training, regardless of style, such as:

    Here is a sample of our Chinese Martial Art Curriculum at Tibetan Kung Fu:

    Download the PDF Version Here : Download the Curriculum explanation / 11 minute MP3 here

    Edited on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:57 AM

    Posted in Chinese Martial Arts , Kwoon , Mindfulness - Attention , Podcasts , Style: Ba Gua , Style: Hop Gar , Style: QiGong , Style: Tai Chi

    Push Life Force 3 : Desire : TKF 18

    Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 at 7:45 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Push Life Force 3

    How do you find the sweet spot between wanting and obsession? Kung Fu has been working on it for centuries.

    Thank You to our new Friends. Awesome Push Hands Workshop : Thank you for coming by. It was truly a pleasure to get to meet you. See Video Below

    Autumn Hawke Long Facebook Page October 5 at 8:43am : Regarding the Push Hands Workshop

    Feedback from the group was all very positive. We will work on relaxing and come back again. Great way to start the day!

    We had an introduction to push hands workshops. Emphasis on understanding the fundamentals:

    1. Purpose
    2. Bio Mechanics
    3. Integration
    4. Listening to the 4
    5. 3 components of power : Mass / Timing / Alignment on Line (Concentration of Force)

    It was a blast, got to push hands and meet a lot of new folks. Thank you Ms. Kat, Mr. Knox and Ms. Shelley for assisting in delivering this workshop.

    Besides wrestling with Push Life Force 3, Desire, in this episode I discuss the

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    Thank you for following and support:
    Bruce, thank you for coming in from Charlotte and updating me on the Reeling Silk progress at the VA. We received requests to implement in 2 or 3 other VA’s in and out of state. I am excited about rolling it out. As long as we do good work.
    Sensei Ando at Twitter
    Edited on: Sunday, July 05, 2015 8:54 AM

    Posted in Personal Development , Podcasts , Style: QiGong

    Stay Connected Lessons

    Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 4:39 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Having access to private Tai Chi or Meditation Lessons through the major mediums such as Skype, Hangouts, and Facetime is great. The "Staying Connected" Lessons has been a wonderful addition.

    We are now equipped to work with folks who would be here, but can't be due to responsibilities or location.

    The other neat part is I have met new folks from around the county who want to learn Reeling Silk, Tai Chi, Meditation and other systems.

    It is Excellent for:

    I set it up so it is just like you are here, in our big room.

    Better than Book or Video

    If you have tried to learn from a book or video. The biggest lacking thing is feedback. Though it isn't 'hands on', I have found that I can guide you through on some things.

    What has worked really great is when I send you a book, video, audio or all of them and then we go through it online, together. That really has helped.

    There are 3 packages right now:

    15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes. You can purchase and use it as a package, or as a single lesson.

    For example, you can get a 30 minute package and divide into two 15-minute packages.

    I have an "at-home mom" that does 10 minute sessions, because that is all the time her little one will allow. So I will gladly flex around your needs. Lets just either get you moving or keep you moving.

    If you are interested head over to our White Bamboo Store and pick a package. I will email or text you to set up an appointment. We schedule 7 days per week.

    Edited on: Thursday, October 09, 2014 2:07 PM

    Posted in Mindfulness - Attention , Style: QiGong , Workshop