Bruce Lee-The Little Dragon
In the fighting arts a student learns after the basics that "keeping your Center Balanced" is vital in delivering powerful strikes and kicks. As a student goes into intermediate levels of understanding he learns 'HOW' to shift his Center to be able to deliver high kicks for example without falling down on his butt. That can be very embarrassing, doing a 'jumping spinning wheel kick' and crumpling to the ground in a heap when it is blocked. Many learn 'too fast' and never master the basics of their art first.
"The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my movement is a result of your movement."
In the movie "Enter the Dragon" Bruce Lee replies after a demonstration of board breaking by Bob Wall, "Boards don't hit back!"
When you move your 'Center' even slightly forward in a stance the weight on the front foot increases. Learning to 'punch from the ground up' actually means that you are twisting your entire body like a spring, pushing off with say your right foot, turning your hips, continuing until the right arm shoots out and your hand strikes through the target.
Bruce Lee once wrote (It was in his "Way of Jeet Kune Do) "When I first started to train, a punch was just a punch and a kick was just a kick...As I studied I learned the many kinds of punches and kicks. When I finally mastered the basics...a punch was a punch and a kick was just a kick".
Grand Master Sifu Doug Bunda used to tell him that "to execute any technique effectively, one must be able to unleash with full power, speed, and timing...uncoiling at the perfect moment". He trained us for the street and in-close situations not just for the tournament scene. Practical knowledge that helped the KWB to be aware and prepared to strike by 'knowing the moment that a man was about to strike', then hitting him first as he begins to move.
Balance must be constantly fluid as you must move and shift your position to defend or attack. When comparing to a position on any issue, such as Adoption, the KWB has tried to learn all the basics of these complex issues. He listened and read agruments from all sides of the issues. He did not limit himself to just one group but compared in details those who were writing on blogs, personal stories, professional studies, etc.
Since 2008 when he "thought he was out...they pulled him back in" This Thing of Ours-Adoption. The KWB found that the extremes on both sides had somethings wrong but also had some good and valid points. As he studied all the arguments he found that his position was shifting to a middle ground consensus that recognized the different positions and kept the good of each and discarded the bad. He remains willing to hear out anyone and fact-check their data. This is being "Balanced", being willing to shift on some issues but remain in the center on the whole.
Example: Abortion is a hot issue and certain can heat up both sides. Extreme views of a few Pro-Life (not all) are not acceptable to the KWB such as murdering a famous abortion doctor. Cannot break your moral code, one murder does not justify the Pro-Life position. Then some Pro-Choice folks are extremely hateful of all of 'them'. "It's her body and a woman should have the choice to have an abortion". Well, then we look at the birth father, what if he wants to have the child? Ah, doesn't he have some part of the decision?
Does a woman have the Choice to bear the child OR GIVE IT UP for Adoption? If she has the choice to terminate life, doesn't she also have the right to give it up? SO, the KWB believes abortion is wrong but believes that ultimately, after being given all the medical facts and options, if a Korean woman choices to have an Abortion then it must be. He also believes a woman should be able to Give it up for adoption.
He supports helping those women who want to Choose to Keep their baby, by pressing the Government to increase financial support, press the media to report on how more and more (up to 31.7% in 2005) are in fact keeping their babies. That is only 1 out of 3 though, so we have more work to do until the day that women's families, Korean Society, and government support bring the day that most Korean unwed mothers keep their babies.
Two out of Three Choose to relinquish or give up their rights of raising their child. Do they not have the Right to Choose? When some say the Unwed mother has a Human Right to keep their baby, what about the Right to also Give it up? The KWB thinks they must also have that choice.
Left: George Whitefield Right: John Wesley
Back in church history in England a great controversy arose that later split the churches between two opposing forces. George Whitefield/John Wesley were two leaders who were able to respect each other throughout the great debate. It is urban legend that Whitefield wrote something to the effect (not verified as literal but a modern summary) "God has shown me that I am right and you are wrong, but I still love you in the Lord." Wesley wrote back to him the same note. Both long letters were published at the time. Somehow they maintained respect but there were many who strongly opposed and even questioned the validity of the others groups faith and even doubted they would be in heaven. Things got really ugly, kind of like the Adoption Issues...
It is imperative that we all listen to each other with respect to the person, though we may disagree strongly with their views and opinions...Even though "God has shown the KWB that he is right...he still loves and respects those who are WRONG." LOL.
Okay? When he started to read the stories of some that had had horrible experiences and blamed being adopted as the cause...He understands where they are coming from. He only asks that we all maintain the respect for the other side without the bitterness and hate sometimes shown.
"Can't we all get along" because whether we agree or not we are all in this together. We are in a unique group yet each person's experience with adoption is different and how they have processed or sorted out their life is a vast array or spectrum. We need to listen to each other and keep the respect. Some of the KWB's posts are harsh and SHOUTING, but that is for a purpose to challenge response to debate and find consensus.
*(This was written and posted from igoogle's docs! A new trick the KWB is trying to figure out. One can do put up documents, polls, all kinds of things. Go to "igoogle")