A Zen master named Gettan lived in the latter part of the Tokugawa era. He used to say:

“There are three kinds of disciples: those who impart Zen to others, those who maintain the temples and shrines, and then there are the rice bags and the clothes-hangers.”

Gasan expressed the same idea. When he was studying under Tekisui, his teacher was very severe. Sometimes he even beat him. Other pupils would not stand this kind of teaching and quit. Gasan remained, saying:

“A poor disciple utilizes a teacher’s influence. A fair disciple admires a teacher’s kindness. A good disciple grows strong under a teacher’s discipline.”



On Finding a Teacher
On one fine summer day, as I strolled aimlessly along a riverbank,
Beset with a thousand disquietudes,
I chanced upon an old woman fishing under the shady cool of creeping willows.
I wanted to ask her my thousand questions regarding the sun, moon and the creation of the universe and my purpose in life and oh so many more,
She placed her fingers on her lips: Fish are rising.
So I stood there and watched.
The freckled river shimmered with flashes of light like scales of an anaconda.
Clouds drift and tugged the blue horizon with their thick, silken strands;
Shadows of the willow grove deepened.
I felt my questions draining away.
Finally, as she slowly reeled in her line, I laughed as I saw that the line was without a hook.
How does one catch fish without a hook? I wondered.
As she turned to go, I know that tea is ready and I am invited.
Following behind her light, drifting footsteps, a gentle breeze combs through the willow branches,
I catch fragments of their whispering: A big one she caught.

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  1. Bobby
    December 15th, 2017 at 02:43 | #1

    Thanks Sifu Doc for the great insights and thanks to everyone who showed up and made the seminar possible. It was great to see and get to train with everyone.

  2. Scott
    December 15th, 2017 at 01:40 | #2

    Thanks SiGong for sharing your knowledge. Lots of good questions and great answers. Good Training with everyone. I got some good notes. Thanks Enero for the heat. Thanks again doc for helping us reach another level of understanding.

  3. todd
    December 12th, 2017 at 14:12 | #3

    Thanks again Doc and everyone for training. Lots of good notes and really good to see everyone making progress.
    One step at a time.


  4. Steve D
    December 12th, 2017 at 03:15 | #4

    @Curtis Curtis, give me a call next time and I will gladly train with you when you are in Huntsville. 540.735.6683

  5. Steve D
    December 11th, 2017 at 22:53 | #5

    Outstanding seminar Dec 8-10! I just wish I could have made it on Friday. Thank you SiGung Savage and crew (Justin Corey, Bobby Beck, El Nevo (EZ) Ed Holt, George and a couple of more great folks who at my age and advanced CRS names elude me. I enjoyed the seminar and help I received from each of you. I thank SiGung Savage and SiFu Corey for helping me with the pole form even though it was a bit embarrassing to stand in front of such a prestige’s group and show what I know. lol I always look forward to the seminars as I learn more and more attending each one. As SiGung said, “Don’t train with the same people all the time, it makes you lazy and predictable.” The seminars are a chance to train with the best in the biz. Again, Thank you very much for the seminar SiGung Savage!

  6. JC
    December 11th, 2017 at 18:29 | #6

    Thanks to Doc and the FWB crew for another annual seminar. Loved the leg work, and the knife drills.
    PS: …know your forms!
    * a special thanks to E for the weather modification gadgets. :)

  7. George DePuy
    December 10th, 2017 at 19:03 | #7

    Another seminar made and knowledge gained. Thank you Sigong Savage for the corrections that were needed along with knowledge gained!! Thank you Enero for the cold weather caps ,Bobby, Justin and everyone else for helping me continue to grow!!!!

  8. SiFu Doc Savage
    December 9th, 2017 at 11:56 | #8

    is not a safe space!!!

    Teaches you how to be safe in any space  you may be in!!!

    Intellectual property of SiFu Doc Savage

  9. SiFu Doc Savage
    December 9th, 2017 at 10:34 | #9

    Thanks to Enero we were nice and warm!!!
    Cold weather never slows “SHADOWHAND” down!!!

  10. SiFu Doc Savage
    December 8th, 2017 at 11:33 | #10

    Dress Warm!!!

  11. SiFu Doc Savage
    December 5th, 2017 at 12:00 | #11

    4U early birds!!!
    I will be at the park at 0700 Friday!!!

  12. SiFu Doc Savage
  13. JC
    December 1st, 2017 at 20:22 | #13


    Rocket city Shadowhand wing chun (on Facebook)

  14. Curtis
    November 30th, 2017 at 16:03 | #14

    @SiFu Doc Savage

    I am in Huntsville and interested in training. How do I make contact?

  15. SiFu Doc Savage
    November 30th, 2017 at 11:16 | #15

    Ok for those who know!!!
    December Seminar will be held at Liza Jackson Park FWB.
    Dec. 8-9 and 10!
    Friday-Saturday and Sunday!!!
    We start promptly at 9am and go till 4pm…
    December will be one to remember!!!
    Real knife fighting Drills!!!
    Come prepared to have a Great Time!!!

  16. SiFu Doc Savage
    November 3rd, 2017 at 10:13 | #16

    Ok for those who know!!!
    December Seminar will be held at Liza Jackson Park FWB.
    Dec. 8-9 and 10!
    Friday-Saturday and Sunday!!!
    We start promptly at 9am and go till 4pm.
    Topics: Forms-Drills-Chi Sao-Lop Sao “what if” Drills-Weapons and uses.
    Private Lessons upon request.
    Everyone is invited to attend!!!

  17. Steve
    October 30th, 2017 at 18:27 | #17

    @SiFu Doc Savage
    He is a great teacher Sigung. Thanks to your teachings, he is better than he was before.

  18. SiFu Doc Savage
    October 30th, 2017 at 13:33 | #18

    SiFu Jay Baudean is a Certified Instructor of Shadowhand Wing Chun Kung Fu.

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