Category: Hobbies


Hi all,

Have not blog for quite a while due to busy and hectic lifestyle.Many layman friends and colleagues always ask me about amulets every now and then to get an opinion knowing that I am a collector.I thought I might as well try to produce an article based on my understanding.Basically it is like collecting stamps and coins just that we are dealing with images of Buddha,Monks,Devas,mythical animals or sometimes spirits.For a start,amulets have nothing to do with Buddhism,some schools or sect even condemn it as an attachment or superstiion.Such claims are mostly from the Mahayana schools and they do have their grounds.I can only say such the only link between an artefact and Buddhism,carrying an image of a buddha helps remind yourself his teachings and virtues.Nothing more.Amulets doesn’t come from the Theravada school,it is only an icon and a culture embraced by a buddhist country like Thailand.They are popular in Thailand,everyone wears one,three,five,seven,nine or as many as you want like these 2 guys in the image below as long as your are comfortable.

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Personally,I have tried wearing 5 pcs and it is extremely uncomfortable,for a couple of years it was 3 pcs.As I grow up and mature from a baby collector.My understanding and knowledge grew along the way,I switch to 1 pc or max 2 pc.for some people they started wearing 1 pc get deeper into this hobby and added more and more like 3 to 5 kind of thing.It depends on individual perference.Right now,I wear 1 pc and swap depending on what I was doing and where I am going. Amulets come in all shapes and sizes made for different purposes.There is nothing like 1 size to fit all again it boils down to personal preferences,you need to wear them yourself and through personal experiences find your own drift on what’s suitable for you. Many a times,friends will ask me what they should wear and what is the best to enhance their life.Honestly,I have no answer to that and I am also searching for the same answer.Nevertheless I tried to stick to what they can afford to part with for an amulet.It can cost anything for S$1 to S$100,000.By knowing the range,I would make a few recommendations for their selection which includes the following information

1. Year it was made to identify the age

2.Temple and monk who consecrate the amulet

3.Experiences and feedback from other users and myself

4.Purpose it was made. It can be fund-raising for build/repair temples,schools,roads,hospital etc. Special occasions like a monk’s 80th Birthday,the king’s 60th Birthday. Some are for commemoration purposes,sometimes even to raise funds to provide humanitarian aid to disaster hit countries. The list just goes on and on.In general,they are usually made with good intentions just that certain intentions greatly exceed others. For example raising funds to provide humanitarian helps far exceeds a commemoration of a birthday celebration.

5.The estimated cost of it in current market.

The amulet industry and other industries that it is linked to is worth billions of Thai baht.It is so huge to the extent it is already an important element of the Thai economy.I have a fair bit of money pump into this hobby and if I urgently need cash for whatever emergency situation,I can cash them in with profits which at any day will beat putting the same amount of money in a fixed deposit account. Amulets like antiques will appreciate in value as times goes by and sometimes at a ridiculous rate.

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This is a medal of Luang Phor Koon, a famous monk of the present era,it was made in Buddhist Era BE 2517.Now is BE 2556,so it is close to 40 years old. More than 5 years ago,I was offered this pc at a price of less than S$300.oo. Now dealers are retailing it at more than S$1000.oo. Now which bank in the world can give you this kind of interest? I do want to kill myself at times for missing out on the opportunity and this is only one of the classic cases which I experience myself. Back then, not many collectors expect LP Koon to be so popular to this extent.It is now too late to buy one to add to my arsenal of amulets as the price has gone through the roof. Of course,not everyone can part with S$1000.oo for an amulet and good amulets don’t have to be expensive.

The feature amulet below doesn’t cost a limb and can be considered one of the best consecrated amulet in Thai history.

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This is the 25 Buddha Sattawas Leela,it is produced and funded by the Thai government to build a park to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. It was the greatest quantity ever produced and the biggest blessing ceremony in Thai history.As it is produce in huge masses.It is impossible to manipulate the demand and price for it.This pc will only set you back by S$150.00 the most.More information can be found herehttp://lekwatruak.tripod.com/25hist.html

My friends,I would like to stress I am certainly not a high-end collector,I do only have a modest and humble collection with a couple of my prized gems which won placings in major competitions in Thailand.If I go on and on,it will be impossible to stop,I can write about amulets for the whole of next month and I will still have sometime to write.Just wish to give everyone some information that just barely scratch the surface.If you have any questions,just drop me a message and I try to answer you with my limited knowledge.

Wing Chun

 
 
 
 
 
 
I have been training for a while and I guess its time to share abit more on what I have learn.The syllabus of the whole Wing Chun system is divided into 4 levels or forms.
 
Namely
 
Siu Lim Tau (Little Idea/Concept Form) – Basic Stances,moving,attacking and defence.
 
 
Chum Kiu (Seeking the bridge form) – You learn how to close the gap between you and your opponent with coordinated drills and movements which you attack and defend at the same time,moving and crashing into your opponent,initating mutiple attacks till your oppnonent bites the dust.
 
Biu Tze (Flying or darting fingers) – This form is lethal and should never be practise or execute on anyone unless your life is endanger.This form also teaches how to recover from a fail attack.It contains all the kicks from the Wing Chun system as well.Elbow strikes,finger thrust and jabs are delivered to the eyes,throat and solar plax its is very lethal and dangerous and should never be execute on anyone.
 
Wooden Dummy 116 forms for conditiong of hands and fist,movements,speed and power
 
Two weapon forms-Six and a half point pole and twin butterfly swords
 
Maxims of Wing Chun

– Retain what comes in, send off what retreats. Rush in on loss of hand contact.

– Do not be lax when your opponent is not advancing.

– Once your opponent moves, his center of gravity changes.

– Make the first move to have control. Attack according to timing.

– Timing is achieved through practice.

– A strong attitude and posture gives an advantage over your opponent.

– Being alert and adapting to the situation allows maximum results for minimum effort.

– The body follows the movement of the hands. The waist and the stance move together.

– Complement the hands with posture to make good use of the centerline.

– The eyes and the mind travel together, paying attention to leading edge of attack.

– Charge into the opponent. Execute three moves together.

– Strike any presented posture if it is there. Otherwise strike where you see motion. Beware of sneak attacks, leakage attacks and invisible centerline attacks.

– Soft and relaxed strength will put your opponent in jeopardy.

– Coordinate the hands and feet. Movement is together.

– Do not take risks and you will always connect to the target.

– Have confidence and your calmness will dominate the situation.

– Occupy the inner gate to strike deep into the defense.

– To win in an instant is a superior achievement.

– The Yin Yang principle should be thoroughly understood.

– The theory of Wing Chun has no limit in it applications.

– Be humble to request your teacher for guidance.

– Understand the principles for your training.

– Upon achieving the highest level of proficiency, the application of techniques will vary according to the opponent.

 
Wing Chun Training Proverbs

– There are not many sets of training exercises in Wing Chun. They are easy to learn but to master them requires determination.

– Learning the usual ways will allow later variations.

– Short arm bridges and fast steps requires practicing the stance first.

– Siu Lim Tau mainly trains internal power.

– Lon Sau in Chum Kiu is a forceful technique.

– Bui Jee contains life saving emergency techniques.

– The Wooden Man develops use of power.

– Fancy techniques should not be used in sticky hand practice.

– Sticky leg practice is inseparable from the single leg stance.

– The steps follow turning of the body like a cat.

– The posture complements the hands to eject the opponent.

– The Six and a Half Point Staff does not make more than one sound.

– The Eight Cut Sword techniques have no match.

– The thrusting and fast attacks are well suited for closing in.

– Eyes beaming with courage can neutralize the situation.

– Unknown techniques are not suitable for training practice.

– Those who completely master the system are among the very few.

Seventeen Keys to Wing Chun

– Be ferocious when clashing.

– Be fast with your fist.

– Be forceful when applying power.

– Be accurate with timing.

– Be continuous when applying Fan Sau.

– Do not use all your strength.

– Protect your own posture.

– Be alert with your eyes.

– Unite your waist and stance.

– Coordinate your hands and feet.

– Movements must be agile.

– Comprehend the principles of Yin and Yang.

– Remain calm.

– Be steady with your breathing and strength.

– Sink your inner chi.

– Be commanding with your fighting demeanor.

– Be quick to end the fight.

 
Traditional Wing Chun Rules of Conduct

– Remain disciplined – Conduct yourself ethically as a martial artist.

– Practice courtesy and righteousness – Serve the society and respect your elders.

– Love your fellow students – Be united and avoid conflicts.

– Limit your desires and pursuit of bodily pleasures – Preserve the proper spirit.

– Train diligently – Maintain your skills.

– Learn to develop spiritual tranquility – Abstain from arguments and fights.

– Participate in society – Be moderate and gentle in your manners.

– Help the weak and the very young – Use martial skills for the good of humanity.

– Pass on the tradition – Preserve this Chinese art and rules of conduct

 

 

咏春绝技源自少林招无虎鹤法无五行
只谈线位力与角度同门技力四位三度
以弱胜强始是功夫内外相消并无绝招
蓄劲似蛇发劲似猫朝形似鸡阴阳发力
不行心意只用精神来留去送甩手直冲
梅花五点手脚互通门分内外手有生死
劲发六合力从地起发劲在腰出招在膊
力未还原切忌出手寸内发劲力有对错
发尽散尽散尽发尽力有八种当知分间
真假虚实蓄谷松散线有安危主分内外
顶位定位得不追手拳入三关任我行走
马有五败十者九坏演挟跪撑摊身最惯
敌手行桥必须落马蹬腰作势为抢内门
上不过膊中不过争下三路手以脚消脚
摆放有威打须有势三角朝形线守分明
桥行中线指尾垂地正身子午侧身争底
两点之间直线最短转马朝形以圆化直
敌压三关以横打直拳有三尖掌有三角
有身打身无身打颈怕打终打贪打防空
以攻为守以守为攻追形接打变化无穷
三桩三拳步手身全地脚梅花木人红船
念头主守寻桥打手追形之始求诸标指
旁边辅助箭槌八种走马斜角幡龙跳跃
固定标步半全起脚练力之法阶段五重
松沉稳劲清脆玲珑先松後紧再紧後松
松松紧紧循环不穷邪行仇念正用精神
假想有敌不可用心意投於外一点精神
反覆练习配合由勤手脚属我控制随心
升肩耸膊气提不利意沉身稳高低无忌
发力出招必第一下手脚发力与身无关
力无定位喉咙争膊嘴不闭气力发无形
动静无碍语出如宁拳争掌膊也可伤人
中路边栏抛桥窒手咏春八手皆可攻守
标圈伏绑困刮耕摊可从中破困手横拦
绑有正错错非真错按头屹尾按尾屹头
中间绑起有影无形武欲精通唯从苦练
先成後化先化後成刀切虽齐墨守成规
艺能巧变将形补位因缘各就殊途同归