March 20, 2007

Shifu Shakespeare?

Posted in literature, martial arts at 4:37 am by Jerry


I haven’t gone to my kung fu classes for four months.

I’ve been practicing experimenting with what I’ve already learned, making a lot of notes, reading and scribbling for at least the fourth time, all over a book written by Shifu (teacher) Painter, analyzing and re-analyzing.

I know it’s time to get some training from my Shifu in Saskatoon because I’ve been looking for kung fu guidance in the most unlikely places…

…do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently. For in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. – William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,’ Act III, scene ii
O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant. – William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), Measure for Measure, 1604-1605

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