Mike and the Language

Due to his openess to share and meet people, Mike came across many languages. And he was able to mess them all up. And mix them up. During training e.g., he speaks a funny mixture of english and chinese. One day I said to him, sorry Mike, sometimes I don’t know if youre speaking english or chinese, so I don’t get the point.
His Answer: don´t worry, sometimes I don’t know either if I’m talking chinese or english! :)

And I will always remember his outstanding german. He made every german word sounds like swine. Beer he called “schwein-wine” and his german counting of 1,2,3 was eins, schwein, schwein…
One day after training some of the students sat down at his place and have some “schwein-wine”. And he started counting in german: ein, schwein-, schwein-, vier, fumpf. And I said: no its fünf! (with a german ue). He said: ein schwein drei fumpf.
And I said: no Mike, you can pronounce the chinese lu (lue, roll back) so why you don´t say fünf. Rene Ming Fai Ho started laughing and Mike grins: fumpf!

to grow …

Some important Notes Mike gave some Time ago about my training:

“You guys are growing and have changed but you both dont realize the weight and strength combined for a simple task like grabbing or punching or just standing is more than the normal person because of your weights… Before you had no idea how to use your weight in way that is combined with your forces… Now with my training and conditioning both are getting much more stronger , but yet you dont realize this and just stay the same in mind when you grab or punch or partner now….

Some more thinking, especially the last sentence…

this is because you are always partnering the same people who are not growing or understanding softer power that stays stiff and strong, they manifest the same problem over and over, stiffness and tension in mind and body… this does not allow you to seek further to yourself (mind and body) until you touch hands with me again or someone like Hd, Howard and Teacher Wang…

It is very possible that partnering the same party over and over your are so use to each other that one thinks they are working softer but has no one else around to gauge the effects of training for softer power… result is just stay the same…. Then when you work with me i feel you dont get it, i feel you are not working on it, when maybe you are but not in the right light because fact is you have no one there that can say if you are tense or not, only you have each other, and moreover you both are strong and big in stature…

maybe try working with someone who is very weak then work with each other again and see if you are not sensing these ideas …

i hope that makes sense….

again why a teacher is ssoooooooo important and one who can sense these things, not get angry like i do, hahahaha…..

mike sifu
……who is also learning and working on these things… remember its a long road ahead for us both, so lets enjoy it and grow together !!!!”