Facing Gang Members

Before I tell you what happened, I want to advise everyone that this is a real life event I went through. Do not, or whatsoever in any circumstance attempt to do what I did.Don’t even attempt to fight a gang, Your safety is important. If you are in a tight situation, run. I did  what I had to do because I can’t stand people who are disabled, are being threatened by stupid people who have no respect for elders.

The title says it all, my uncle was dropping me off at the train station, right after teaching me how to drive. I was heading from Shawnessey Station back to Whitehorn. I was just sitting down, listening to my music. When the train reached Canyon Meadows, 3 guys and 1 girl, came in and they had the scent of weed on them, and were so drunk. They appear to be in a gang from the look of their clothes. The whole train ride, the scent was so putrid.

Later the gang members walked past an old man who had cane, and a broken leg. One guy decided to kick his broken leg, and the old man was hurting and furious. The gang member didn’t care, he was telling him he was in a gang and he could do whatever he wanted. He was threatening him, telling him he will beat him up.

The old man stood up, limping, reaching out the emergency lines to call for help. One passenger was blocking the way, preventing the gang members from reaching the old man. Once the train stopped at Anderson station, the gang members stepped out of the train car. I was keeping an eye on them, one guy was looking at the old man like a hawk. The train car door was open, where the old man stood, he was about to attack him. My adrenaline started to kick in. I quickly ran up to the old man. As soon as the gang member grabbed the old man’s arm, I quickly elbowed him to the face, and kicked him out of the train car. I was very angry, I was shouting at them to leave. The guy who I hurt, threatened me, saying he will come after me. He never did.

My adrenaline began to subside. The old man was okay, so I went back to my seat. I was terrified from the inside. I have never done that before. I just hated the fact that people are so rude to people and, they are picking and threatening them, I just can’t stand it. What really upsets me is that people never bother to just stand up and help out. I’m not sure if I made the right move, but I had to do something. It still scares me, I don’t think of myself as a hero. I’m just glad the old man is safe, hurts me to see people picking on the elderly. But I’m glad what I did, regardless of what people say. But I don’t want to experience that again.


Try and Try again

The one thing I’ve learned in live and through martial arts, is to never give up. Back then, I was the shy, doubtful, and scared kind of person. I would always quit, or just not try thinking it’s too hard. But how do I know if it’s too hard if you don’t try? Teaching really changed me.

I remember my martial arts teachers telling me I should be getting my black belt, It’s been  a brown belt for 2 years now and I needed to get to that stage. Once I’m a black belt, it’s gonna stick with me for the rest of my life. I was really scared to be honest. I was scared to fail. I liked how things were before; I come to class every Monday and Wednesday to train. But it’s different now that you’re a young adult.

I had to teach the entire class on Wednesday, I was terrified because I had no idea what to do. But with my teachers help, he gave me a guide to help me get started. I started with a good warm up and did some kick and punch techniques, great start so far! I had a young student, and his mom who also joined as well. They were struggling and they needed some help. The high rising block they had a hard time getting the flow and movement. Instead of going to the next step, I told everybody to hold their stances and I walked up to them.

I was between the new students and I went back to my stance. I told them to follow me slowly. All the students did the regular speed while I helped the other two. After 5 attempts, they got the flow and movement down. I gave them positive reinforcement and they smiled at me.

After my first day teaching the class, my teacher pulled me aside. He really enjoyed how I was teaching the class. It was different from how he taught the class. Of course there were a few mistakes that I need to remember for last time but you can’t expect to be perfect on the 1st try. It’s the same thing in everyday in life. Just because something is new a different, doesn’t mean you should be afraid of it. Keep an open mind.

Teaching gave me the confidence to lead others, be confident, be myself, and more importantly believe in myself. Of course, I’m still scared of obstacles I face. But I’ll never know if I don’t try. And if I fall down, I will get back up.

Martial art styles, Which is better?

People have asked me this all the time. When people have an interest in martial arts, they either want to learn self defense, or to stay fit. Sometimes people would like to do a specific type of martial art. They want to know which style is better. Is it Kung fu? Taekwondo? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?  My answer is this; all of them are good. Every style is different, it’s how the person uses it.

I’ve met people who tried our classes, sometimes people don’t like it because they don’t feel challenged or it’s not for them. In my opinion, you should find a style that works for you. Before I studied Kung Fu, I took Taekwondo-Kickboxing. Studied it for 5 years, I really enjoyed the fitness and the cardio we were having, but I wanted to try something different.

I remember my dad always watched a lot of Kung Fu movies, like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Lee. I always wanted to do Kung Fu because of the movement and the crazy kicks and flips. My mom found a place close to home that Teaches Kung Fu. Studio was called FreeStyle Kung Fu.

After a few months being there, I had a lot of difficulty changing the way I fight. I was used fight in Taekwondo-Kickboxing style, but it took time to adjust. But I still use my previous style to fight. I believe whatever style you learn, you should keep your past experiences in mind. The style is different, but it doesn’t matter. What really matters is that you are willing to learn and keep an open mind.

If you want to know what style is better, you should try out what’s suitable for you. Theirs no such thing as a #1 martial art, every style is unique in it’s own way.

Kung Fu Panda 3 changed me *Spoiler Free*

I just saw Kung Fu Panda 3, I love it! I’ve been a fan of Kung Fu Panda since the 1st one, and I’m so happy they made the 3rd. I have studied kung fu for 19 years, and I’m still learning. I haven’t been back for a while because of school, but after watching the movie, I miss teaching students and seeing my teachers. I can’t wait to see them once the semester is done.

Yes, Kung Fu Panda has changed me, especially the past films. What I learned in the films and as a martial artist, is that theirs no secret ingredient to being the strongest, the fastest, the smartest. It’s just you, it’s what’s inside you that makes you unique and strong, and no one can change that because that’s who you are.

Finding inner peace. It’s not easy. Vengeance and holding that anger isn’t going to make things better for anyone around you, or yourself. You will end up hurting people, and you will be blind to see the truth. When you are consumed by anger, you can’t think straight. Your mind is clouded with pain. But when you take a deep breath and reflect. Think to yourself “What can I do to make this work?” or  “What should I do to make myself happy?”. That’s inner peace, learning to forgive. Sometimes I just sit on a desk and close my eyes. I empty my mind and take deep breaths. That helps me relax.

I’m not going to spoil the movie, But the thing I will talk about that was in the film, is about Chi. Chi is basically energy within oneself.  You may not know this, but you have chi as well. Every single person has it. But what can you do to develop chi? It’s simple, balance.

This is a good example a friend told me. You are holding four spoons. Think of those spoons of things that’s important. School, work, family, and your favorite hobby, etc. Now add another spoon to your hand, think of another thing that you do, or a task. Add more until you can barely hold on. This is a perfect example of imbalance. You are doing way too much. The more things you have in your life, you will eventually fall and hit the ground. Theirs so much that one person can do. You have to respect yourself, and what I mean by that is you have to know your limits and make some sacrifices. You can only hold four spoons, if you sustain that, you’ll create balance.



What also creates balance is life experience, whether if it’s good or bad. For example, the Yin and yang symbol. Let’s look at the white side, theirs always good in what you experience, but their can be a dark side. That’s why there’s a black dot in the white area. Same as the black side, theirs the bad, but theirs good. That’s what also creates balance. We are not bound to be perfect. Theirs always a good and bad side of life.

Growing up, my mom put me in martial arts to learn self defense because I always get bullied in school. But as I continue this path, I began to understand what balance is and what being a martial artist is. I may not be the best teacher, but I can learn from my mistakes and become better at it.