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Mian Zi, the Dilemma of Saving Face
THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENT TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IS THE COMFORT ZONE
MIan Zi, 面子
The Dilemma of Saving Face
Here is where societal norms, tradition and culture clash with reality. In many places in the East saving face is extremely important and affects everyday life from the smallest village to the largest city. No one ever wants to look like a fool and we want to be respected. (continued on blog section)
"It can be said that Jook Lum is a very complex style and in a sense, it is, however as you integrate the principles of this style it becomes more and more direct and simple."
Kwong Sai Jook Lum Tong Long Pai
Kwong Sai Jook Lum Gee Tong Long Pai (Kwong Sai Province, Bamboo Forest Monastery Praying Mantis Family) is a martial art founded by Monk Sam Dot and passed down directly to Master Gin Foon Mark in an unbroken lineage.
Studying within Sifu Mark’s school since the early seventies, Joe McSorley—certified teacher as well as a disciple of Gin Foon Mark Sifu -leads Philadelphia's Kwong Sai Jook Lum Branch in the traditions as taught to him by Mark Sifu.
We emphasize real time application of the techniques and the foundation behind them. Here within the Philadelphia Pai, Joe is interested in teaching what works in the real world, in real time; not the theoretical. Practicing to swim next to a pool will never yield an ability to swim—jumping into the water is necessary.
It is our aim to maintain, preserve and pass on the art of Kwong Sai Jook Lum Tong Long Kuen. Southern Mantis is a cultural art, an analog treasure in a digital age. It is our mission to transfer this art to future generations that they may glean from it the wisdom so many have sought generations before.
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