Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hung Gar Kung Fu

While polishing your technique you should never stick out your chest or stomach either when fighting or practicing. It stiffens your body and makes your movements awkward. As a result, you are losing control over your body. While practicing always make sure to keep your back bent outward and chest incurved. This is the right sign to distinguish between Kung Fu masters and Kung Fu athletes.

2. Despite the fact that the back should be a bit bent outward, you have to maintain the body centrality; by no means should the body be bent too much. Otherwise it will lose the balance, which can result in loss of equilibrium and steadiness, and make the outgoing energy weak. The back and pelvis must be in the same plane.

3. Bending your head down in fight is like blindfolding yourself, since with your head down you cannot fully control all the actions of your enemy. Moreover, it can lead you to losing the balance.

4. During the fight, your waist should be down. If it is not, it makes Qi to go upward and accumulate in the chest. This accumulation of Qi in the chest causes you to lose the steadiness; your movements will immediately become clumsy and awkward. A man with his Qi in lower Dan Tian can be compared to a weeble wobble, since it is virtually impossible to throw him down on the ground. Now, consider moving the load in the lower part of the weeble wobble upward; the slightest push would overturn the weeble wobble.

5. The hand is rounded in elbow and wrist.

6. Practicing, always make sure to perform movements correctly. Otherwise, you would get bad habits, which is rather harmful than advantageous. Mastering new techniques, you should always act without haste; only when you have repeated movements correctly many times, you can consider increasing speed and strength.

7. It is not good performing already learnt techniques with negligence, so-so, since it is hardly of any use. Performing already mastered techniques you need to fully use your consciousness, i.e., using consciousness (Yi) send your energy Qi to the section of the body engaged in this technique. For example, kicking with your heel the moment the heel touches the enemy (target) you need to fully focus on throwing the energy through the heel.

8. Inside yourself, you should work out your mind, spirit, consciousness and Qi until they join together. Only when this happens you will be able to send your Qi anywhere at your wish.

9. The key to mastering is in everyday work at the thing neither master not disciple can do without, namely polishing the basic technique.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gregory James Routt - EZ Beef Stew



  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef stew meat (cubed)
  • 4 medium potatoes (cubed)
  • 4 cups baby carrots
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 8 wedges)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce (8 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine, beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, tomato sauce, salt and pepper in Crock-Pot slow cooker, stir to blend. Cover, cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until vegetables are tender. Makes 6 to 8 servings
Original recipe blog post. I just tried it and it is a good recipe that can be prepped in minutes.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gregory James Routt likes - Superman Eleventh Hour (1942) public domain cartoon

Gregory James Routt likes this animated short film:

The Superman cartoons were the first action-based animated films ever produced. The films show a remarkably dynamic and atmospheric storytelling style that enables them to hold up for modern viewers

The films in the beginning followed a science fiction-fantasy theme involving mad scientists and giant robots, Later the films in flow with the times focused on wartime concerns.

Gregory James Routt is an advid cartoon and animation fan.