"He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive and to suffer. You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it" "Don't pray for an easy life, or pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." Bruce Lee
I was very excited to take even an intro class to Wing Chun kung fu at the IP MAN school.
My syfu for the day, Grandmaster Sam Lau, was a 1st generation student of Ip Man himself, who in turn, also trained one of my heroes, Bruce Lee. I felt like with a few degrees of separation being connected to Bruce Lee somehow, I had the essence of him and I had a small taste of walking in his shoes.
That way, I feel as if I can better live and breathe his words that I live by.
The double ninth festival (重陽節）There are two major origin stories for the Chongyang Festival, both of them are centered around a common theme—how to avoid disaster and prolong your life with proper preparation.
One story is about a young man named Huan Jing living in an area near the Ru River, located in today’s Chinese central province of Henan. Huan’s village suffers from bouts of plague brought by a demon that lives in the water. Having lost his parents and survived the plague himself, Huan decided to seek help from a sage who is immortal. One day the sage tells Huan that the monster is about to return on the ninth day of the ninth month to spread disease, and explains what the young man must do to ward off an epidemic. Huan hurries back to the village and tells everyone to climb up a nearby mountain, bringing dogwood leaves and chrysanthemum wine with them. As the monster emerges from the water, the scent of the plants and wine makes it dizzy—which is when Huan kills it with a sword, and stops the plague.
In another story, an old man approaches a farmer and tells him that he should move to a barren highland to avoid a disaster falling on the ninth day of the ninth month. “The higher the better,” the old man warns. So the farmer climbs to the peak of a nearby mountain with his family when the day arrives. Looking down the mountain, they see their house in flames. The fire soon spreads to the mountain but the family is spared because the peak is covered with rocks.