An Experiment in Perception

Some time ago I did this little experiment. The idea was to put a "BIG" Shou' Shu' video out into the wild and then make sure it was seen by those who had never seen Shou' Shu' before. Then to try to decipher what they were seeing based upon the comments.

When I say big I mean a technique that has large motions so it is easy to see. This technique is big but admittedly there are some subtleties, that just made it fun. I was able to reveal (in the comments) what was in plain sight before.

Beast Synthesis

In explaining what Shou' Shu' is I typically use the three rules.

It is a fighting art that:

  1. Coordinates the body in such a way that it generates flowing focussed chi
  2. Takes the opponents centerline in the first motion
  3. Blocks all possibilities


Hustle Why

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity of observing groups of people at their craft/work (Not Kraftwerks, remember them?) And I learned a lot that I already knew :-)

Two disparate groups which acted very much in the same way. They acted with focussed hustle.

The first group was a group of young actors. I've been doing some fight scene choreography for a small film. The second group is a tree trimming company that is presently in my backyard getting an amazing amount of work done in short order. 

Let's take the second group first:

Rape, Sexual Harrassment, and Simple Math

Social media is abuzz with vitriol about rape and sexual harrassment. Statistics are thrown around that clearly imply that all men are bad. And those statistics are, without a doubt, leading the narrative.

Leading the narrative with memes is a simple thing to do. The majority of the population will not dive deeper and try to understand. Our brains do not naturally do so. Our brains want ideas nicely packaged up like a big mac and fries. Grab it and go ideas. 

A Fresh Start

Ah, a fresh start. Feels good right?

Get rid of all that old baggage and start a new path. Awesomeness!


A fresh start is really starting back at ZERO.

Some people get addicted to fresh starts. Failing miserably at whatever it is they continually fail at. Then finally crashing hard into the same wall they've crashed into over and over. Then announcing to the world that they have turned a new leaf.

Announcing a fresh start.

It's better to call it what it is. Starting at zero.

Go directly to jail. Do not pass go.

Masculine Does Not Negate Feminine

It seems that there is a fundamental belief that when we enhance male energy we are diminishing female energy.

This is not only false, it is also the opposite of the truth.

Strength is a masculine energy. Its feminine counterpart is not weakness. Depending on context it could be support. It could be harmony.

We say things like "masculine and feminine energies are out of balance". Implying that they are in opposition. They are not.

When the masculine energy is enhanced it allows the feminine energy to be enhanced. And vice versa. The two build together.