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What was your first inspiration?

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Submitted by Shun Shifu Weaver on Sun, 04/13/2014 - 08:32

When was it that martial arts caught your attention?

What was it that piqued your interest?

A TV show, a video game, someone you knew.

For most it was a journey that landed you here. But what was it that first got you to pay attention and wonder about martial arts?

Tell us in the comments?

Shun Shifu Weaver's picture
Crane Belt
Gold

I'll start things off.

For me it was the Kung Fu Television show with David Carradine. There was a lot to be attracted to in that series.

The mystery. It was a strange world for a young boy. Today's kids are inundated with all kids of fantasy shows but back then it was very unique.

There was a lesson. Each show seemed to teach some moral lesson. This was inspiring as a kid and something to look up to.

The underdog. Dude was always about being low profile. But when it came time he opened up a can of whoop ass. As a shy kid I imagine this was pretty appealing to me.

That's mine, what's your's

Binkskitten's picture

I guess I never had any one introduction to martial arts. There were always shows, readings, and child play pretend. Despite all the media attention, I never thought I would get the chance to learn anything of any art because I lived in remote areas in Alaska and money wasn't exactly had within my family. With that in mind, my inspiration to actually learn built up over the course of a few years. I always thought such art styles were fastenating, not just martial arts. I studied such things at a very young age, through books. In middle school, at the age of 14, my mother let slip that she was pregnant. She lied and said she didn't know about it, but that didn't stop my life from going to hell. I raised that child for two years. I named her, fed her, taught her. I resented her. But i would never let Anyone hurt her. I knew that. I later was called upon to protect her from the very hero I had delusions of my whole life. My mother was a very unfit mother. When she hit me, I took it. When she yelled at me, I was silent. But I took away her child in the end. While I remained behind for more abuse. That was the start of my self sacrifice. On freshman homecoming, I met a boy who would become one of my closest friends. He was a self taught martial artist. He told me many stories where he had to use his skills to protect himself or someone he loved. I thought, if he could learn by himself, I could. Yet still, I did not see it happening, so I did not try. I had no self confidence. Years later, I was raped repeatedly and at one point I thought, maybe I could protect myself? But without self confidence, I still didn't see it happening. In college, my freshman year, I met my roommate. A shy, shut in Hmong girl. After a little while, we were inseparable. She was my new little sister. Back then, I didn't see myself worth protecting. I still don't. But along the way, I met many people, many friends, who I would gladly do anything for. My baby sister, she is now a very happy little girl living with her father and step mother. The boy at the dance, he is now pursuing my hand. The shy roommate, is my very close friend. Even now she is above me, in our room, watching her Korean reality shows. What is my inspiration to learning martial arts? Them. They taught me to love in many different forms, to love them and to love myself. To care for myself because they care for me. So why martial arts? Because I'm still in progress of learning self confidence and self caring and protecting myself. I still don't have any money, so I looked online, researched. Being a working college student, I still barely have time. But a slow process is still a process. I stumbled upon a website for an art unknown to me called shou shu, by a man so willing to teach anywho who had the desire. So I signed up. Now I read almost daily emails and watch classes online when I can. I don't say much, this is my first comment. But I am there. Silently watching. Silently taking in information. While I work on becoming a better person on the inside and the outside.
Maybe it's an abstract inspiration that doesn't really make sense. But it's mine. And that's okay with me.

Jessi

Shun Shifu Weaver's picture
Crane Belt
Gold

Your story really touched me.

It's amazing to me when I hear incredible stories such as yours. You've been through a lot yet you still are moving forward. Bettering yourself. That's what it's about. That's awesome.

Moving forward is moving forward.

My teacher used to always say that it didn't matter how long it took you. Just get it good as you go.

Keep it up. Keep working hard at this. Keep working hard at college. It will all pay off one day.

And yes, stop in and say something once in awhile. We love to hear from you and look forward to seeing your successes.

And yes you are worth protecting. When you get that, it just might be one of the most valuable lessons of your life. There are so many girls out there that feel that way. My wife Shifu Liz works hard at teaching them otherwise. As many as she can anyway. Because once that changes, everything changes.

\__3)__/

glendahaskell's picture
Jr Yellow Belt

Hi Jesse , I wanted to say welcome . I admire your strength , wow i wish id would have had it at your age ! You are in the best place to learn a martial art. Shun Shifu Weaver ,Shifu Liz Weaver Really all the Shifus and all the students on this site inspire me . \_3)_/ .

ghaskell

Your right they all inspire me, because we have the best Shifu's in the world, because they love the art and love teaching the art, so we have the best of both worlds.
Yours in Christ
Dave

David E. Spangler

glendahaskell's picture
Jr Yellow Belt

yes the tv shows of my childhood introduced me to martial arts. It was a shou shu demo that inspired me to try it but it is This site that inspires me to keep working on it . We do have the best :) \_3)_/

ghaskell

i really don't know. an inner feel wanted me to learn martial arts

I've always been interested in martial arts, ever since I can remember. One of my earliest memories is of wanting a sword. However, we grew up just under the poverty line. There would have been no way for us to afford training.

daren_lynch7's picture

I was in grade school and I watched david carradine in kungfu,I watched every episode and what really attracts me are the smooth and elegant moves of this martial arts

daren Lynch

Shun Shifu Weaver's picture
Crane Belt
Gold

Same with me Daren. Loved the TV series and was definitely drawn to the motion of Shou' Shu'

The principle that gives it that motion is called flowing focussed chi. I'll be doing a series on that soon.

I can't waite, I feel at home here, You have a great day.
Yours in Christ
GM Dave Spangler KU-DAN

David E. Spangler

I know about the various schools of thoughts on martial arts, and their related styles. I always thought that to study, learn, and become a martial artist takes time, discipline, and money. In addition, to learn a really good teaching would take a good instructor that does not exist where I live. So, my conclusion was I had to move to where there are teachers available. I am now in my sixties, so I decided to learn Kung Fu basically to learn about the Asian Culture which has always fascinated me as far as healing, and self defense is concerned. I jump for joy when I learned about Sho Shou Kung Fu Martial Art.
Thanks,
Will

When Kung fu the TV series started I was hooked, and 41 years later still going strong , thanks for bring back good memories.
Yours in Christ
GM Dave Spangler KU-DAN

David E. Spangler

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What really inspired me to learn marshal art was Chan's film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow. I always wanted to learn marshal art since when I was a kid so as to defend my self against the big guys me being small and weak was always bullied. but I could not get an opportunity to learn any of the arts 'cause of money and lack of a marshal art school in my area. After a very long time, i still had the hope of learning marshal art so i decided to go online. I typed in these words into the search engine (google) among the search results, these words "Shou Shu Online
There isn't one. This is totally free. We've put up this online martial arts training for a couple of reasons and we'll tell you ..." got my attention I clicked on it and signed up and here I am today learnig the pure fighting art of shou shu. Thanks for this online training. Ralph

Ralph

Ralph,
I've got that on VHS tape and a lot of other tapes, and glad to have you aboard.
Yours in Christ
GM Dave Spangler KU-DAN

David E. Spangler

glendahaskell's picture
Jr Yellow Belt

yep David Carridine on kung fu when i was a kid . But didnt take it back then i wouldnt be in it now if it wasnt for shun shifu weaver and shou shu online :) \_3)_/

ghaskell

I was I n an industrial accident and my right leg was crushed right above ankle joint for four and a half inches,doctors told me I would not walk on the leg again. That was in 2005 and I am still walking on it today. I have went from wheelchair to walker then to two crutches and finally one crutch. Now day I only occasionally use a cane otherwise I use my own two legs. Everything I have used to get this far started when I was 12 years old and walked or rode my bicycle the files to your garage. You spent your days living with your demons from being a Vietnam Vet. in that garage until you saw I was gonna keep asking and begging to learn what I had seen you do. Sensi Williams,Sensi Crabtree I can never say THANK YOU enough for all you and all at the dojo have taught me! Sensi Williams you beat your demons once,you can do it again if you choose. For those in California,the drivers of the two stretched limos and the gentleman(and I use the term loosely),I want to say I can walk because of what I was taught long ago. Revenge is done with hate,unbalanced minds,darkness and the lack of love. To avenge a wrong is to do your part to balance karma and is done in the light.with a calm balanced mind and love beyond words. I am almost ready,to stretch a drugged up true champion between two cars is beneath contemporary. Anyone thinking theses words are for entertainment purposes,check the history of the title of World Welter Weight Champion in full contact and there you will find a true gentelman without knowing how to throw a fight for any cost,his name starts with T.Williams. California the clock is ticking isn't it.That is and was my beginning inspiration in martial arts."

Danny Coulter

does shou shu have forms and if so what do look like. I know when I was in KARTE 40'S YEARS AGO ONE OF first tech. they showed was the basic form besides blocks, punches, kits. mike deerhawk akerley do you do the same
do you

Shun Shifu Weaver's picture
Crane Belt
Gold

Yes Shou' Shu' has forms.

However saying what they look like is difficult because there are so many and they are all different. All designed for different purposes. I think the most basic form in on the site somewhere.

I think it's required for orange belt? But I know it's on the site too, I think you you showed us it back in Oct. or Nov. last year, because it flowed so nicely.
Have a great day.
Yours in Christ
Dave

David E. Spangler

I think it's required for orange belt? But I know it's on the site too, I think you you showed us it back in Oct. or Nov. last year, because it flowed so nicely.
Have a great day.
Yours in Christ
Dave

David E. Spangler

i would say the movie Forbidden Kingdom is what drew my attention to martial arts.you know learn it all and forget it all.

sane121's picture
Jr Yellow Belt
Cooper

Yep Kung Fu series for me I guess, I suppose this was the first time anything like it was televised. Then came Monkey magic which I loved.
Martial arts were gaining popularity at the time, and enrolled in a Judo class.
Personally I never wanted to do Judo I wanted Karate but Mum always said Karate was to violent, so Judo it was. I stuck with Judo for a couple of years, started as a white belt finished as a white belt.
I relied on my Father to get me to the class a number of miles away, however grading was always on a Saturday a day which my Father worked. So never got graded, as I got older it became embarrassing resulting with me leaving. Though I left taking with me skills that proved worthy in life.

Many years later turned 40 then 41when it struck me, how physically unfit I had become I had to turn my life around. Out came the kids Wii games console put on Wii fit and got hooked. This soon became too easy so purchased more keep fit programs for the Wii. These were more challenging but soon became easy after a few weeks. I had turned my life around and now more physically fit than ever in my life. Over time I have built up a nice collection of weights, benches, squat racks etc and love to workout.

After a couple of years of frequently working out, I found I had a desire for something completely different though not sure what it was I was looking for.
Then one day while walking my dog I came across a Chinese student performing tai chi out in the open. I observed from a distance admiring the skills involved, I was blown away this person was good.
This give me the inspiration I needed, so started browsing the internet. I wasn't looking for Kung Fu but Kung Fu found me while I was searching for Tai Chi.

Sean