Bruce Lee – the man, the magic

Just came across this quote from Bruce Lee(source: Wikiquote): A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.

There can be different interpretations of this quote depending on the individual. Bruce Lee always pushed himself to expand and grow everyday. He believed in human potential to do things which look impossible to an ordinary mind. I think what he meant when he wrote this quote is that aim or goal does not grow the person or make him better, it is the journey towards the goal that makes a person better and hence journey is more important than goal itself. The journey improves the person and raises one’s potential. He always spoke of having higher goals, here is another quote: Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. . He is saying that first have a higher goal in life because the tougher the goal is, the harder will be journey and the more you will learn on the way. Having a higher goal makes you learn faster and you improve by much larger degree in same amount of time compared to if you have a lower goal.

Bruce Lee was an amazing guy. He accomplished so much in one lifetime. I doubt that I can accomlish that in 100 lifetimes. It is sad that he died so young, at the peak of his fitness and accomplishments. To me it all looks like as if he did some magic. Bruce Lee has inspired many (including myself). I think he focussed more on journey than the goal because he believed that human life is meant to improve, to increase one’s potential every single day, to expand, to discard impractical things, ideas and concepts and embrace only what is practically useful and that does not happen after you achieve your goal, it all happens when are on your way towards goal.

These days when I look at Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais, they remind me of Bruce Lee. You must not miss these movies: Ong Bak, The Protector, Merantau, The Raid part 1 and 2, Wu Xia, Fearless, Fist of Legend. Also watch Jet Li fighting philosophy and brutal fight scene of Donnie Yen with Wu Jing in Sha Po Lang , last fight scene of the man from nowhere and fight secenes of Kiss of the Dragon. This will give you a list to start with the best Martial-Arts fight secenes ever designed in cinema.


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Science and Chi

Finally, Quantum Mechanics has led to the discovery of Chi. This Video titled “Athene’s Theory of Everything“, shows how our thinking affects our lives. Reminds me of Sanchin Kata. Sanchin, meaning three battles, is sometimes interpreted as the battle to unify the mind, body, and spirit. This is the first kata you learn in Goju-Ryu.

Though this video does not talk directly about Chi, it certainly is first step of Science towards understanding the God, finding the source of of what makes a human being a real living being. It is first step of Science towards the energy, the life-force, the source of everything. We, as Martial-Artists, use same energy, Chi (Prana in Hindi), through our breathing to make ourselves powerful. Most people believe that power lies in muscles, its not. All of our practice is based on Chi. The physical development, those grueling sessions do make us physically strong and that is just the first step in Martial-Arts. Real fighting starts when you start to understand this Life-Force, this Chi. Stop what you are doing and go ahead watch this on you tube:

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The Iron

Today I read a very impressive and highly inspiring article titled “The Iron” by Henry Rollins , first appeared in Details Magazine, Jan. 1993. This guy is real. It is rare to see such kind of love, passion and dedication. I am reproducing the article here with author’s permission. Promise yourself to read this article right now, make it as important as eating food today:

The Iron

I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like you parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself.


When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me “garbage can” and telling me I’d be mowing lawns for a living. And the very real terror of my fellow students. I was threatened and beaten up for the color of my skin and my size. I was skinny and clumsy, and when others would tease me I didn’t run home crying, wondering why. I knew all too well. I was there to be antagonized. In sports I was laughed at. A spaz. I was pretty good at boxing but only because the rage that filled my every waking moment made me wild and unpredictable. I fought with some strange fury. The other boys thought I was crazy.

I hated myself all the time. As stupid at it seems now, I wanted to talk like them, dress like them, carry myself with the ease of knowing that I wasn’t going to get pounded in the hallway between classes.

Years passed and I learned to keep it all inside. I only talked to a few boys in my grade. Other losers. Some of them are to this day the greatest people I have ever known. Hang out with a guy who has had his head flushed down a toilet a few times, treat him with respect, and you’ll find a faithful friend forever. But even with friends, school sucked. Teachers gave me hard time. I didn’t think much of them either.

Then came Mr. Pepperman, my adviser. He was a powerfully built Vietnam veteran, and he was scary. No one ever talked out of turn in his class. Once one kid did and Mr. P. lifted him off the ground and pinned him to the blackboard.

Mr. P. could see that I was in bad shape, and one Friday in October he asked me if I had ever worked out with weights. I told him no. He told me that I was going to take some of the money that I had saved and buy a hundred-pound set of weights at Sears. As I left his office, I started to think of things I would say to him on Monday when he asked about the weights that I was not going to buy. Still, it made me feel special. My father never really got that close to caring. On Saturday I bought the weights, but I couldn’t even drag them to my mom’s car. An attendant laughed at me as he put them on a dolly.

Monday came and I was called into Mr. P.’s office after school. He said that he was going to show me how to work out. He was going to put me on a program and start hitting me in the solar plexus in the hallway when I wasn’t looking. When I could take the punch we would know that we were getting somewhere. At no time was I to look at myself in the mirror or tell anyone at school what I was doing.

In the gym he showed me ten basic exercises. I paid more attention than I ever did in any of my classes. I didn’t want to blow it. I went home that night and started right in. Weeks passed, and every once in a while Mr. P. would give me a shot and drop me in the hallway, sending my books flying. The other students didn’t know what to think. More weeks passed, and I was steadily adding new weights to the bar. I could sense the power inside my body growing. I could feel it.

Right before Christmas break I was walking to class, and from out of nowhere Mr. Pepperman appeared and gave me a shot in the chest. I laughed and kept going. He said I could look at myself now. I got home and ran to the bathroom and pulled off my shirt. I saw a body, not just the shell that housed my stomach and my heart. My biceps bulged. My chest had definition. I felt strong. It was the first time I can remember having a sense of myself. I had done something and no one could ever take it away. You couldn’t say shit to me.

It took me years to fully appreciate the value of the lessons I have learned from the Iron. I used to think that it was my adversary, that I was trying to lift that which does not want to be lifted. I was wrong. When the Iron doesn’t want to come off the mat, it’s the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn’t teach you anything. That’s the way the Iron talks to you. It tells you that the material you work with is that which you will come to resemble. That which you work against will always work against you.

It wasn’t until my late twenties that I learned that by working out I had given myself a great gift. I learned that nothing good comes without work and a ceratin amount of pain. When I finish a set that leaves me shaking, I know more about myself. When something gets bad, I know it can’t be as bad as that workout.

I used to fight the pain, but recently this became clear to me: pain is not my enemy; it is my call to greatness. But when dealing with the Iron, one must be careful to interpret the pain correctly. Most injuries involving the Iron come from ego. I once spent a few weeks lifting weight that my body wasn’t ready for and spent a few months not picking up anything heavier than a fork. Try to lift what you’re not prepared to and the Iron will teach you a little lesson in restraint and self-control.

I have never met a truly strong person who didn’t have self-respect. I think a lot of inwardly and outwardly directed contempt passes itself off as self-respect: the idea of raising yourself by stepping on someone’s shoulders instead of doing it yourself. When I see guys working out for cosmetic reasons, I see vanity exposing them in the worst way, as cartoon characters, billboards for imbalance and insecurity. Strength reveals itself through character. It is the difference between bouncers who get off strong-arming people and Mr. Pepperman.

Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart.

Yukio Mishima said that he could not entertain the idea of romance if he was not strong. Romance is such a strong and overwhelming passion, a weakened body cannot sustain it for long. I have some of my most romantic thoughts when I am with the Iron. Once I was in love with a woman. I thought about her the most when the pain from a workout was racing through my body. Everything in me wanted her. So much so that sex was only a fraction of my total desire. It was the single most intense love I have ever felt, but she lived far away and I didn’t see her very often. Working out was a healthy way of dealing with the loneliness. To this day, when I work out I usually listen to ballads.

I prefer to work out alone. It enables me to concentrate on the lessons that the Iron has for me. Learning about what you’re made of is always time well spent, and I have found no better teacher. The Iron had taught me how to live.

Life is capable of driving you out of your mind. The way it all comes down these days, it’s some kind of miracle if you’re not insane. People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole. I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron mind.

Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind. The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.

The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.

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Why self-help books do not work ?

I have read several hundred self-help books and as of today I can say none of them gave me success. All what I am today is because of my hard work and a mad dedication to follow my heart and doing that slowly changed me over time. To achieve results in your life, the results which are different from the current results you are getting in your life, you need to change your thinking and you can’t change your thinking just by the thought of this kind. Mind never changes by knowing something. If you could have changed by knowing something then one self-help book would have changed you for a lifetime and you would have never needed a 2nd book but all of the people who read self-help books keep on following one book after another in search of success. Self-Help books do not work because they tell you, they let you know about what to do. Mind, and hence you, change only the day you get that thing. There is a difference between knowing and way of living. There can be a gap of few minutes to few years between knowing something and really living it e.g I knew I need to be tougher on myself when I started Martial-Arts training and I really started demanding more from my body after 3 months of practice. That day I really got what I knew 3 months back and my way of practice changed then.

There is another factor involved in success: The Maturity Threshold. There is a point in life where a person becomes mature at making decisions. His mind is clear, without any doubts and he can focus on things he wants in his life by practically working on some path. That is the point of minimum maturity level (I call it “Maturity Threshold”) required to get ahead in life. Beyond that you become wiser in making decisions, public dealings etc. and you grow exponentially beyond that level. Below this level all you got is theory, confusions, doubts and frustrations of life. This threshold level can not be achieved by reading books, you have to go out and meet people to develop this. Meet as many people as possible to develop this as this alone can develop you from knowing to way of living part. I am not saying an immature gets all the problems of life and a mature does not. Everyone gets problems in life, only reaction and reply is different and that is all that makes the difference to quality of one’s life. Beyond maturity threshold you will not need any self-help book. What you will look for yourself is the techniques and methods to solve your problems and you may find those anywhere: in a self-help book, in a magazine, in a conversation and sometimes something will just strike you out of nowhere. You will apply those methods and techniques instantly. You will never need any motivation to improve your life then.

These two factors I have written above have come out purely from my experiences in life. You will not find them in books (unless its a co-incidence). These are practical observations. I am advocating not to waste time in reading self-help books and put that time to some productive purpose, meeting people for example or watching a health video or acquiring some skill or reading some non-fiction, non-self-help etc. Time is precious as it is directly related to your age. When you think you are wasting your time, think you are making yourself older.

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Origins of CTFS

“Life is a great travel trip..?

But the problem is that it doesn’t come with a Map, we have to search our own ways to reach the destinations”


Many have asked questions on what kind of Martial-Arts I am learning. Answering this question was simple but not easy, so I took time to find the correct answer and here it is:

I am learning Martial-Arts from Master Pavan Kumar Sharma. The teacher is a Goju Ryu practitioner, yes, the system from Japan, and he is very good at it. He is 3rd Dan black belt in Yamaguchi Karate and people with 6th Dan level come to him to learn katas, basic techniques and fundamentals of Goju-Ryu style. As per my Teacher he is teaching me Goju-Ryu way of exploring the human limits. His basic foundation is Goju-Ryu and he has studied other arts like Krav Maga, Kalaripayattu and others I don’t even remember. He is a Martial-Artist from last 14 years and has created a fighting style for street fighting out of his experience (what we named as CTFS, Creative and Tactical Fighting Systems). Here are some of the fundamentals of his art in his own words:

Martial-Arts is creative thinking. Speed and strength to attack come after thinking creatively. The mind plays the major role in Martial-Arts training. Creative thinking develops techniques and in turn, techniques develop speed and speed always carries strength. There is one easily observable phenomenon in today’s Martial-Arts world, all the beginners, inexperienced students or even the ones who have practiced an art for a longer time, run after many styles of fighting. Practically speaking, running after learning so many styles shows your immaturity as a Martial-Artist. Learn one style and learn it well, learn its basics correctly and then practice, practice and practice. Practice makes a person mad and mad people are dangerous. After that your thinking will become that one of a fighter, then observe other styles, mix your natural body flow and movements with it, mix your thinking and create one of your own ways of fighting which suits to yourself only. It is called the true spirit of CTFS. The training regime in CTFS is in the old traditional way and the fighting system is very modern. We need to understand the fact that ancient Martial-Arts Masters had much better knowledge of human body as compared to today’s doctors. Like as we emphasized earlier, learning many styles does not matter, learning from a good Master is what matters. There is no style that will make you a Martial-Artist, there is only teacher and then a student, only a good teacher will make the student a true warrior. Path is not easy, its difficult and hard and its no excuse to not to learn from a good master. What other option you have ? Path of wrong practices ?

Generally speaking, CTFS is designed for a person with a weak body structure and average level of thinking. Syllabus is simple to follow but developing your mind to adapt the different situations can only be achieved through practice. After learning CTFS one can easily adapt to a fighting environment. Though CTFS training sessions are hard, the street fighting way but like we already said and emphasized earlier, one must understand that ancient Martial-Arts Masters had much more knowledge and experience of fighting as compared to today’s Modern fighters and modern Martial-Arts practitioners. CTFS was created to minimize the difference between the two. Also, CTFS focuses more on mental training. Its is 60% mental training and 40% physical training. e.g a 156 kg man may lift a mini car on his head for 33 seconds but a 25 kg kid can lift a car as long as he wants using a car-jack. Its not about strength, its about creative thinking. The ultimate aim is to lift the car and it is more important than what ways we use to do it. On street, never ever try to fight in a direct strength situation with your opponent, explore his weakness use techniques and tactics (reminds me of Steven Seagal) .

Like these earlier examples, CTFS has very simple concepts, there are no complexities in its foundation, CTFS focuses more on building good foundation first. try to understand these two technical concepts of this art: in kicking, one must explore the strategies of kicking below the waistline. That way one will be able to tackle a street fight. In India Karate championships are one of the most popular activities in Martial-Arts. My teacher said that, after 9 months of CTFS training, I will be explored to the Karate championships and he wants me to face the enemy, fight within the rules, but points or winning the championship will not the criteria, there will be only aim, one target, banging the hell out of the opponent. That will give me a good experience in facing an opponent. In a fight, a winner is neither super human nor a brilliantly intelligent person. He has just practiced in a fundamentally correct manner and fought in a different way.

One of the common misconceptions in the minds of the people who are not Martial-Artists is that aged people are weak and hence a Martial-Artist’s art is not useful to him anymore in his old age. He will just perish in his weakness. In CTFS we believe that you must learn the techniques that will be useful in older age. In old age when your physical strength will diminish (thats natural law), at that time all the tactics and creative thinking in fighting will be very useful. A Martial-Artist must get stronger and stronger as he gets older and older. CTFS focuses on inner strength along with physical strength. In old age, you must be able to defend yourself with your Chi (the life force, the breathing, known as Pran in Sanskrit). You can’t punch at age 80 the way you punch at age 30 but you can defend yourself if, for years, you practiced with your Chi.


“Having power does not mean that you can move anything,

It means that nothing can move you. Be strong, live strong. In short…Think Big” (think fundamentals).


CTFS is not just about finding or discovering how to beat others, its more about how to discover yourself and learn about your body in the process. Its about finding the natural processes that go inside within your body and understanding them and then become one with your nature, become one with yourself. Its about understanding your own body and brain and their collaboration, the CTFS practitioner will understand that they always work in harmony. CTFS is not about quantity of your kicks but its about quality in your kicks, CTFS is not about anger, its about control of your mind, CTFS is about ability, its not only about dedication, its also about caliber. May be you have the ability, may be you don’t have it, may be you have the ability but you don’t know it, you discover your ability in CTFS. CTFS does not focus on power. A CTFS practitioner focuses on correct technique, correct posture, correct breathing. When you master all these the strength and power in attacks come automatically. Its is like buy one get many free offer. You get power for free if you focus on getting the basics properly.

One of the reasons CTFS was designed was to help a very weak person. If a person is so weak that he thinks that he must not fight with anyone. He will die if someone punches him and he must save himself from death or serious physical injury by using social and diplomatic skills then that person is an ideal candidate for CTFS. But it wasn’t the primary reason the CTFS was created. To know the origins of CTFS, you have to dig deeper.

The basics of the Martial-Arts are lost, the origin has become extinct, its gone. Its nowhere written in books, no one knows it but it can be searched within your own body. Finding the origin is the primary reason CTFS was created. These days modern fighting arts and modern fighters focus on simple punches and kicks, elbows and thighs attacks, they focus on physical techniques totally, the Martial-Arts has lost its true meaning. These modern fighters emphasize that those ancient masters of Martial-Arts were inflexible, their arts are rigid and useless in today’s street fighting situations. Many fighters even have modified the ancient arts to make them usable for street fighting hence making them useless in the process unknowingly. What these modern artists fail to understand is that what those ancient guys knew in their thirties, can never be known by them even if they keep on practicing their so called moderns arts for a thousand years. The practices of ancient masters were far advanced and beyond the understanding of todays fighters who focus solely on external aspects of beating and killing the opponent whose main purpose is just to win or loose the fight and nothing else. A true Martial-Arts is more than fighting: its about fighting, its about breaking bones, its about defeating and killing your opponent and it does not stop there, its about understanding your body, its about understanding the connection between your body and your mind, its about finding your connection with nature, its about discovering your true-self and that is CTFS.


“END is not end. In fact E.N.D. is Effort Never Dies

“Success lies not In the result, but In the effort ,

Being the best is not at all important, doing the best is all that matters”.



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The Shaolin Tiger

This is what I got from TanDao forums. A very fundamental and an amazing explanation of tiger style of fighting.


The Tiger is the lord of the land/realm. The Tigers natural, easy fluidity hides it’s ferocious power and dominance. Armed with deadly claws, sharp and strong jaws, the Tiger style is one of Simplicity, Directness and Power. Very simple, honest and direct strategies valuing truth, honor and justice above all.

Dominating, controlling, powerful, frontal, larger than life, Tigers rely upon their size and the explosive force delivered by their short, thick muscles, clarity of mind, rightness and purity of spirit to achieve their needs and wants.

Tiger Strategy
The Tiger does not need to defend, it is the ultimate predator. It has no evasion techniques, no blocking or defence. In any confrontation it leaps into attack going for the quick and direct resolution of the conflict. It does not have the stamina, inclination or need for enduring and prolonged activities.

The Tiger uses any simple and direct approach. It’s techniques and methods are easily understood with not a lot of strategic thinking or planning; and absolutely no preparation. The Tiger is purely reactive. Either the world is OK or the Tiger will do something immediate and sudden.

Tigers avoid fighting tigers………

“when two tigers fight, one is killed and the other is severely hurt”.

The nature of a tiger is also not to know when to quit. There is no retreat/surrender. There are no opponents; there are only victims and play things.


This is what Master Tan says about this explanation:

A precise description of tiger strategy. Obviously, this ideal strategy favors a practitioner with a strong, powerful physique, physically conditioned and mentally tough. However, the practitioners with medium or small body types must adapt angling, and subtle defensive moves in order to compensate for the size difference. Otherwise, it is aggressive and relentless counter attack.



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