Le Parkour – Salute Part Two
Mar 2010 05

Regular readers of Aspecks’ blog will remember our first salute to the art of movement and know that the essence of parkour is self expression, a attribute that Aspecks likes to promote. Well Aung Zaw Oo from the US in the video below certainly knows how to express himself, combining parkour, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding and juggling!!! You can see more self-expression on Zaw Oo’s YouTube channel.

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Martial Street Art with Roberto Sharpe
Jul 2009 27

Mr Roberto Sharpe is a martial arts guru, someone who has spent twenty five years of life honing his craft in New York. Over the years he has practiced Tai Chi, bagua, Xingyi, capoeira, judo, karate, boxing, jiu-jitsu, xuejiao and others.  What’s most notable about what he has to say concerning his art is that he has adapted many styles to form his own way of fighting (martial street art) which is more reminiscent of “western boxing” whilst still paying homage to the Chinese culture from which his main martial art (Tai Chi) is derived.

In the interview above he talks about his development as a martial artist and how this flourished into him becoming a full-time teacher and his martial arts philosophy. He says that its based on liberation – “liberation from crass materialism, stylisms and egoistic traps that we fall into as people when we become good at something” to quote him loosely. Like Bruce Lee, he has become so accomplished in the various arts that he has studied that he is now looking to free himself from their limitations.

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The philosophy of Bruce Lee Part Two
Mar 2009 06

One of the most common quotes that is helpful in explaining some of the principles embodied in Jeet Kune Do is “using no way as way.” Bruce emphasised the importance of emptying one’s mind of preconceived notions. He related this to any sphere of activity, not simply to the performance of a martial and was referring to the centuries of tradition and conditioning that can hinder an individuals’ progress along the path towards self-knowledge.

“Most martial arts instructors are so doggone stubborn, you know? I mean their attitude is ‘well, two hundred years ago it was taught like this, therefore it should continue to be taught like this.’ To maintain that type of attitude – I mean you’ve had it…You will never grow, because learning is a discovering thing. It’s a constant process of discovery.


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The Philosophy of Bruce Lee – Part One
Feb 2009 11

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During his lifetime, Bruce Lee formulated a complex personal philosophy that was a synthesis of Eastern and Western ideas that promoted the virtues of knowledge and total mastery of one’s self. A clear example of this can be shown from Bruce himself, whilst talking about his son.

“Brandon is being brought up in the midst of two cultures. There are good points in Chinese culture; there are good points in Occidental culture. He will be taught to take some principles from one, some from the other. Brandon will learn that Oriental culture and Occidental culture are not mutually exclusive, but mutually dependent. Neither would be remarkable were it not for the existence of the other.”
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