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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Bob's Thoughts Lessons we can learn from Geese

Fact 1: As each goose flap its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common sense of direction and community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

17 March 2016, 02:11

Catalysts for change The Fence

We've shared this with Wu-Shin classes quite a few times over the years - and came across it again recently. It is far too appropriate not to share one more time!


The Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

07 February 2015, 00:07

Bob's Thoughts Albert Einstein on the herd mentality and other things

Quotation from Albert Einstein

new-mistakes"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people – first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…

"I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts – possessions, outward success, luxury – have always seemed to me contemptible.

"My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…"

12 February 2014, 21:28

Wu-Shin News It's Saturday morning

Warren SempaiIt’s Saturday morning, and the final class of 2013. We’re about to do a mind-numbing total of 2,028 kicks and kizami tsuki – 1,014 on the left and 1,014 on the right hand side.

I had awoken stiff and sore, wondering how on earth I was going to manage this class. When Tahmid Sempai took me aside to ask how I was feeling, I said: “I’m going to try, and will adjust as soon as I start to feel discomfort in the lower back.”

The discomfort came at kick number 277, and I told myself I was well within my right to apply Dojo Kun number two. But how could I?

11 January 2014, 00:23

Catalysts for change The importance of understanding the principles

goalA personal reflection from Shaz

I'm the first to admit I'm usually goal-oriented and impatient. I dislike what I consider to be time wasters and like information to be packaged appropriately - just enough to get on with what I'm expected to do, without any bothersome and unnecessary detail. This, I believe, is time-efficient and serves me well.

But over the years I've learnt that it is only efficient in the short term.

I now reluctantly admit that there are times when it is better, certainly in the longer term, to take the time to learn and understand the principles behind certain things - rather than simply how to deal with today's challenge and tick an item off my "to do" list.

04 June 2013, 02:18

Bob's Thoughts Self-defence arts and combative sports - there is a difference

samurai-with-spearOnce-upon-a-time, in our earlier pioneering days - when life was genuinely tough - social groupings of humans were small and scattered fairly scantily over a wide geographic area, particularly in rural or frontier territory. To survive the unpredictable ravages of nature, unexpected attacks by hungry four-legged predators, and surprise ambushes from opposing bands of violent opportunists, humans needed a strong spirit of self-sufficiency, and a health dose of independence and courage, supported by sound physical and mental strength.

Against this background, particularly in the Middle and Far East and especially in China, carefully structured civilian self-defence arts evolved out of the contemporary martial arts of the various warrior groups. These highly effective methods of personal protection became the reserve of the civilian populace who were largely unarmed except for ready access to common handheld home or farm implements, ranging from knives to staves, and even to makeshift spears.

07 April 2013, 09:34

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27 March 2013, 10:12

Wu-Shin News The empty cup

There is a lovely story about a knowledgeable professor from the West who seeks out a Zen master.

The professor greets the master, saying: "Hello, I'm Doctor so-and-so. I am an accomplished professor with the following degrees (which he rattles off). I'd like to learn more about Zen Buddhism from you."

The master replies: "Would you like to sit down?"

After getting a reply in the affirmative, he asks: "Would you like some tea?"

"Yes," replies the professor again.

The master pours the tea, and continues pouring until the cup is full, and then past overflowing.

The professor shouts to grab the master's attention: "The cup is overflowing! The tea is spilling everywhere."

04 February 2013, 11:43

Catalysts for change Looking for the answers?

"You came out here looking for the answers - really for your power.

You thought someone was going to hand it to you or tell you more stories.

I've told you all I can. It was within you all the time."

- Source unknown


02 February 2013, 23:40

Bob's Thoughts Bob's life-juggler theorum

We start life as a singular existence: Ourselves = a single point in time (conflict within, our competing 'wants')...requiring bending others to our will (our 'wants') - unitary focus.

work-life• From that we expand into preparing ourselves for and committing ourselves to our own life-support system (education / career, viz., income generation): Unwillingly or with great motivation = two points, a straight line (conflict between the 'wants' of ourselves and our 'needs' – providing for our future)... requiring our manageable twofold focus.

• Then, as we blossom into fuller adulthood, we seek out (or acquire) the intimate company of another: Unwillingly or with great motivation = three points, a triangle (conflicts between our 'wants and needs', those of a career, and those of our partner)... requiring our manageable threefold focus.

• Predominantly, we expand into a close, family-type relationship embracing the care and future development of our child/ren: Unwillingly or with great motivation = four points, a square (and the sometimes disastrous conflicts between our subsuming 'wants and needs', those of a demanding career, those of an increasingly 'lonely' partner, and those of our growing child/ren)... requiring our manageable fourfold focus.

30 January 2013, 02:04

Catalysts for change Dream, or die

A little aimless browsing lead to the discovery of a profound saying that's worth sharing. A t-shirt with the words:

Dream or die...

It is simple, yet profound - and reminded me of another saying:

There are many ways to lose your life. Dying is only one of them.

If there's one thought to bear in mind during the traditional year-end period of introspection, it's the need to get in touch with your dreams and to plan to turn them iinto action.


01 December 2012, 03:58