Sunday, June 28, 2015

POST 208 Solstice Celebration - Adagio for a Kata - Zen Garden in Gatineau - CHARLES PHAN HOANG

POST 208 – June 28, 2015

In this Post 208 you will find:

-Solstice Celebration
 -Adagio for a Quyen/Kata
-Pictures: Zen garden in Gatineau

Dear all,
The beautiful Summer Season has now started with all the promises for happiness and success. Did you see the pictures of the Native Solstice Celebration posted on our web  ( last week-end ? Native people in North America have over ten thousand years of history, so the dance you see on these pictures could be rooted very far in the past, and probably it could be the oldest form of human kind dance. During this celebration, at some point, I noticed a similarity of this dance with some passages of the classic opening form of the Vietnamese grappling art ‘Vat’ at the  Vietnamese New-Year competition in North Vietnam . The art of Vat is also the oldest discipline of martial arts in Vietnam. From this observation could we draw any conclusion that enriches our learning? I am not so sure, but my first reflection, when I was at the Solstice Celebration, was a feeling that warriors in the world are people really sensible to the rule of the Nature Power, no matter today or thousands of years ago. They do not fear to die but they fear the rule of the Nature Power, the mystery and the punishment beyond their life. Accomplishing ceremonial dance is a manifestation of the will of being in accordance with the Nature. Martial art without ceremony is a discipline without soul.
But what is ‘ceremony’? It is not just the official Salute you do in many occasions; this is only an appearance, not the ‘soul’. The soul of ‘ceremony’ lays in each movement you perform with attention and deep mind; you give a soul to your gesture and make all the difference for it. What’s a pleasure in our life when we reach that spiritual level!

When I left the park after the Solstice Celebration walking alone on the narrow path along the Rideau River, I felt being in connection with a kind of cosmic energy. I stopped near a rock and executed a quyen (Song-Diep) on the background music Adagio of Albinoni, played from my cellphone. Many great thanks to Edio and Lorena for their precious contribution on this Adagio.  The sky was transcendental that evening. 
(June 2015)










Sunday, June 21, 2015


POST 207 -June 21, 2015



Enjoy the wonderful season

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Post 206. The Kingfisher - The Peacock by Master Phan Hoang

Post 206. 

The Kingfisher  - The Peacock by Master Phan Hoang

POST 206 – June 14, 2015

-The Kingfisher
-The Peacock

In this Post 206 you will find the two last Exercises which complete the Series of Eight Birds Exercises called Bat-Dieu (Bát-Điểu)
Bat-Dieu is an important form (quyền) in the Black-Belt Program of VIETCHIDAO.
At Red-Belt level Bat-Dieu can be taught under nine approaches (Cuu-Doan). The first approach is called
HINH (hình), by this approach the student learns the eight Exercises as presented in this Blog since Post 196 (April 04, 2015) to Post 206 (June 15, 2015)
Best wishes for a good practice in Vietchidao.





Sunday, June 7, 2015


POST 205 – June 06, 2015
  Set 6:
-The Seabird; Symbol of Vision
-Quotations: Vision.

In this Post 205:
Exercise (Set 6)
The Seabird /Hai-AU

-In Bat-Dieu, the form of  Eight Birds, the Seabird
 is the sixth exercise.

-VISION is theme for reflection.









-A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.” (Robert F. Kennedy)

-"The lack of vision is worse than the lack of skill." (Charles Steven Hogan)

-"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible." (Jonathan Swift)

-"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." (Warren Bennis)

-“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.” (Mark Twain)

-“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” (Ralph Lauren)

-“A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.” (David Gergen)

-"Big thinking precedes great achievement."  (Wilferd Peterson)

-“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

-"Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision." (Anonymous)

-“Create your future from your future, not your past.” (Werner Erhard)

-"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious." (John Scully)

-"Don't underestimate the power of a vision. McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc, pictured his empire long before it existed, and he saw how to get there. He invented the company motto — 'Quality, service, cleanliness and value' — and kept repeating it to employees for the rest of his life." (Kenneth Labich)




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