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Via the Jed Henry/ the Chive 15.04.14.

Street Fighter characters done up as traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Brilliant.

Solitary

hexington:

How do you make the best possible use of your ‘alone time’?

I say this because it seems to be something that is always on the back-burner for me, where I have hazy ideas of personal things I want to achieve and how I want to spend that time, but it never seems to happen. I get plenty of time…

Meditation is as unique to each individual as the individuals are themselves. Brandon Lee was once asked if he believed in meditation.
"I believe in sleeping," he cheekily replied.

One of my spiritual mentors, a monk from Laos, practices meditation on a daily basis in a very traditional sense. Another mentor, a Capoeira mestre, finds solace during Capoeira Roda, and the beautiful music and movement that comes with it. Yet another, a Jeet Kune Do coach, finds peace during Chi Sao/Lop Sao and his ground fighting drills. Another puts rounds down range, and enters a meditative state in controlling his breathing and quieting his mind while he squeezes off rounds. Another, an old ranger enjoys planting native vegetation and gains much peace through this activity.
I have written on this blog before that I have known many masters, but I do not consider myself as one of their number.

I used to gain peace and enter a meditative state during sparring and CQC incidents. Time seemed to stop, and the chi flowed of its own accord. But over time, I realised that this is unsustainable. As a result, there is a large hole in my soul waiting to be filled. I once posted a picture of an alley cat walking on cobblestones in an unnamed city in the light of a full moon. You could say I am that alley cat. I don’t know where I am going, but I know I am going straight there.

I can write this with certainty, however. Walk on your path as if you are a child entering a new place for the first time ever; your eyes wide open and your mind and heart ready for whatever may come. You will find your Way, or it will find you, when the time is right.

Would that I could follow my own advice.

Axé.

Reblogged for hexington, lil-foxes-story & thisissoniaspeaking.
The growth and acknowledgement of female MMA in 2013 & 2014 is excellent and long overdue.  As I’ve referred to on this blog in the past, I’ve long associated with female martial artists; and had my ass handed to me on occasion by them in sparring, particularly in my formative years of training.

Reblogged for hexington, lil-foxes-story & thisissoniaspeaking.
The growth and acknowledgement of female MMA in 2013 & 2014 is excellent and long overdue. As I’ve referred to on this blog in the past, I’ve long associated with female martial artists; and had my ass handed to me on occasion by them in sparring, particularly in my formative years of training.

Via Shannon Lee’s FB tribute to her late father, today.

Via Shannon Lee’s FB tribute to her late father, today.

(Source: evapor-ate)

Apr 9

Brienne of Tarth & Margaery Tyrell | Game of Thrones | Season 4 Episode 1 | Two Swords


Brienne of Tarth is an incredible character.  She reminds me absolutely of fighting and operational women I have known over my careers.  I observe them, one and all, as they reconciled the constant inner battle of weighing the needs of being a very tough fighter in the real world sense, with the paradox of the softer aspects of femininity.  Yin versus yang, if you will.An example; I was in a very official operational role, and one of my mentors was a lady.  Absolutely knowledgable, tough as nails, and afraid of nobody.  In the line of duty, her partner was killed and she was horribly assaulted during the same emergency, resulting in some fairly prominent facial scarring.  One day, when she thought nobody was looking, I saw her caress the scars on her cheek, and her eyes were filled with permissiveness, regret, sadness.  My heart went out to her, but I said nothing at the time.Another example, recently; another female colleague, another seasoned experienced veteran, and just as grumpy as her male counterparts; admitted to me during conversation about the anniversary of her husband’s untimely death.  The sorrow in her voice was a tone I’d not heard her use before.  Again, I remained silent, but was highly sympathetic.  Her job was all she has left.  She was alone, and lonely as hell.Another example; a female member of a highly specialised unit; again, would occasionally let her softer side come through.  The yin.I finally found my voice recently, with yet another female colleague, who works in ops.  She was highly stressed and mentioned the job was making her forget who she really was inside."[A]," I remarked, "you are an absolutely beautiful person.  Do not let this place or these people ever make you forget this."

Brienne of Tarth & Margaery Tyrell | Game of Thrones | Season 4 Episode 1 | Two Swords

Brienne of Tarth is an incredible character. She reminds me absolutely of fighting and operational women I have known over my careers. I observe them, one and all, as they reconciled the constant inner battle of weighing the needs of being a very tough fighter in the real world sense, with the paradox of the softer aspects of femininity. Yin versus yang, if you will.

An example; I was in a very official operational role, and one of my mentors was a lady. Absolutely knowledgable, tough as nails, and afraid of nobody. In the line of duty, her partner was killed and she was horribly assaulted during the same emergency, resulting in some fairly prominent facial scarring. One day, when she thought nobody was looking, I saw her caress the scars on her cheek, and her eyes were filled with permissiveness, regret, sadness. My heart went out to her, but I said nothing at the time.
Another example, recently; another female colleague, another seasoned experienced veteran, and just as grumpy as her male counterparts; admitted to me during conversation about the anniversary of her husband’s untimely death. The sorrow in her voice was a tone I’d not heard her use before. Again, I remained silent, but was highly sympathetic. Her job was all she has left. She was alone, and lonely as hell.
Another example; a female member of a highly specialised unit; again, would occasionally let her softer side come through. The yin.

I finally found my voice recently, with yet another female colleague, who works in ops. She was highly stressed and mentioned the job was making her forget who she really was inside.

"[A]," I remarked, "you are an absolutely beautiful person. Do not let this place or these people ever make you forget this."

(Source: virgin-who-cannot-drive)

Apr 8

Bruce Lee; announced available as a playable character in upcoming EA UFC game. Instant access via pre-order or you can unlock him through normal play.

Images via IGN, 07.04.14. What’s interesting is that they said he’s available for 4 different weight classes.

Apr 8

(Source: deodomuique)

Apr 7

Hey Steph, do you think you'll be going to Iron Fest this year?

hexington:

Not this year. :) I’ve been around four times now, so I think this year I’ll give it a miss. I went down to the Scottish Highland Festival ‘Brigadoon’ on the weekend instead - something different.

I might go up to Katoomba for Winter Magick, though.

Side note; no more Crap Akki Jokes either, much to the relief of all and sundry. :)

Okay… Just one more for posterity’s sake. How many Akki’s does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. We all just sit in the dark and sook.

Apr 7
Via IAPF Facebook, today.

For more info or to donate, go to IAPF.org.

Via IAPF Facebook, today.

For more info or to donate, go to IAPF.org.

Apr 6
themillionway:

 

Yes.Yes I have.

themillionway:

 

Yes.
Yes I have.

Apr 5

Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispel the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.

- Gloria E. Anzaldúa (via larmoyante)

Apr 5
Image via http://mbzzz.blogspot.com.au/2011_02_01_archive.html?m=1.

Walk alone.
Walk on.

Image via http://mbzzz.blogspot.com.au/2011_02_01_archive.html?m=1.

Walk alone.
Walk on.

Apr 4
Beautiful.  I miss Tokyo a lot, as much as I miss NYC.

Beautiful. I miss Tokyo a lot, as much as I miss NYC.

(Source: japanesse-life)

Apr 2
Via the Chive today.  Captain, my captain.

Via the Chive today. Captain, my captain.