Better than Myself

Courtesy of Lamar Davis who posted this on his Facebook:

“Fitness is not about being better than someone  else

It is about being better than you used to be”

 

That made me react on a few things

The other day someone asked me why I had makeup on, and if it was  because I wanted to look better than  other women.

I never even thought about this in that way , and NO , while putting makeup on in the morning , I don´t think about other women, all I think about is to do something about my face so I don´t scare myself in the mirror, it is about me and nobody else.

 

I can relate this to what actually  happened  to JKD Sweden and this is the reason why we don´t post anything anymore on social medias.

 

First,  a quite huge argument began some years ago with some of our JKD fellows in the States, Instructors argued among themselves basically on who was better than the other one,  then we were attacked by  their students who verbally trashed our training and thought they were entitled to criticize us and our videos , instructors also  attacked our students verbally and last,  Mikael was stabbed in the back ( figure of speech) by a so called friend instructor.

I am not reviving any old feelings here, I am just saying that comparing ourselves to other people will lead to this behavior,  people want to be better than others instead of focusing on their training and on what we can bring to each other.

 

There will not be any more videos or posts on how we train, JKD Sweden will not show what we do, we are  training all by ourselves and we don´t need to prove anything to anyone.

 

What is important to me is my progression, my journey and my experiences , meeting people who do their thing, better or not it does not matter, when I look at other groups training I am happy they are keeping JKD alive,  I have no opinion on what they do right or wrong.

 

JKD made me better than I used to be a a person and as a student,  I don´t put myself on a piedestal and pretend I earned any status, I certainly don´t but I am happy about my progression and there is a long way ahead, , I accept it.

 

Now I know I will probably get my ass kicked the day I meet the grandmaster in heaven! but I still have some time to improve 🙂

 

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Bruce and Jackie Chan (right) on the set of Enter the Dragon.

TED WONG

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I remember the first time I met Ted Wong was in 2004 during a seminar that Stefan Nikander arranged in Nynäshamn, Sweden.

2 days of the hardest training I had done so far in my life, after the first day I thought I would not be able to get out of the bed !

I remember being very impressed and blown away by the fact that I was meeting him and by the man that he was.

He was incredibly kind , strong and in control of himself, I was telling myself all the time, “I can´t believe I am here ! “

Not only was that day a turning point in my life,  it was one of the best days ever. I felt very honoured and blessed .

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                                                                                     With Ted Wong Nynäshamn 2004

I have written before about that day so I won´t do it again, but that is when I met Mikael for the first time. After that I became Mikael´s private student and  we created JKD SWEDEN

A lot of things happenned after that, more seminars, meeting Allen Joe, (<3 )  and later we started  traveling to San francisco.

We´ve met amazing people during seminars and our travels, Jeff and Julie Chinn took us everywhere in SF, Allen and Annie welcomed us in their home, I had the incredible honour of meeting Linda Lee Cadwell at Bruce Lee´s 70th birthday on SF in 2010

And so on…

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                                                                             With Linda Lee Cadwell, San francisco 2010

These are some of the incredible things that happenned to me following the day I met Ted Wong,  and on top of it JKD changed me as a person to a better one.

I wish I could have told Ted about the impact he had but I assume he knew,  because I am far from being the only one he did that to !

Ted left us in 2010,  when we arrived in SF for Bruce´s 70th Birthday party we could not find Ted and we talked to Allen who told us he was in the hospital .

Stefan joined him in 2011, then Allen in 2018 and Annie in 2019 .

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                                                                                   Seminar in Nynäshamn 2009

Heaven took them all but I am sure they are reunited with Bruce now

May they all rest in peace .

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Happy Chinese New Year

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We are now in the year of the Pig, for those who wonder, you are a Pig if you are born the following years:

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

I am not a firm  believer of the horoscope “science”   but I like to read the chinese horoscope  because some of the things  I read are actually happening … so that makes me want to read it every year 🙂

The Pig is the twelfth animal in the Chinese zodiac after the Dog, and before the Rat.

Mikael is a Pig and I am a Rat 🙂

Let´s see what this new year brings us and Happy New year to everyone .

 

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14-02 Happy Valentine´s Day … It´s crushing time!

Today you are going to suffer !  Yeah, Some truth about that day …

Intensity was the theme of today´s training, participants Remy, Gina, Micke.

Michel is nowhere to be found, may be having a romantic Valentine´s  day instead? we others are training  ! 🙂

– Drills on focus mitts and heavy bag , punches with full  power and speed

– Start from lying down on the floor ( face down ) get  up  directly to on guard position and direct hook on mitt, about twenty of those…

– 4 punches on mitts and lift the mitts holder …. Remy is so nice,  I feel he jumps a bit to help me lift, or ? 🙂  then it is Remy´s turn to lift Micke, I feel this one is a bit more difficult ( let´s say this again : Micke is 103 kgs ! )

–  Punches:   Jab Cross Hook, Around 50 of each, full power on the heavy bag… our hands are hurting and start to bleed but none of us is complaining!

– Rounds of 30 seconds on the heavy bag. All techniques and full power and speed, alternate with Remy and going around 5 times each, no break …  High level of energy for both of us ..

– Kicks on pad and heavy bag at the same time ( Remy is on the bag), both sides 10 of each :  Hook kick, Whip kick, Side kick..  tirrrrrreeeeeddddd…………….

– 10 full power punches on pad and bag, alternate with pushups, up again and punches, down and pushups, up and punches,  down.. up .. down … and OH my God I am dead ..

Ok we are done for today,  let´s stretch :  start with the bridge , Ok …this is how this one went :

Gina: can´t do it at all, Micke helps lifting  but I cannot hold the position myself , that is very bad !

Remy: no problem … but a muscle pain had him down for a few minutes …

Result : hmmm !!!

– Static training, Hook Kick position:  the leg is too low, work on the leg muscles , how?  Kicks !

– DO THE SPLIT NOW !  Remy and I look at each other , hm…  how  will we be able to do this before the summer ?  And out with the spiders please ! Nice to be stuck  in this position (  half split ) and see a running spider under my legs!

Anyway .. good training today really intense and feels good afterwards, a lot of things to work on as usual but good energy!

Thank you guys and see you next time..