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Paragons that formed my life - Wing Tsun Universe, WTU Article 0-10 Engl.

Paragons that formed my life - Wing Tsun Universe, WTU Article 0-10 Engl.

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Wing Tsun Universe (WTU), Article 0-10, Paragons that formed my life

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 Article 10, July 1st 2012 AJN/RFB
Paragons that formed my Life 
Torn between religious and philosophical systems, which's programs correspond to other societies andcultures and therefore to another human way of thinking, man today rambles aimlessly about, drivenby an evolutionary power within.This force, not only making man follow one's demand
to know 
, but also the demand
to be 
, is the re-flection of another dimension, hidden in oneself. Albeit there have always been manifold influences that man has been subject to for hundreds of years, there is still a place inside, even in modern man, where the memory of a possible developmentof the conscious lies untouched.This simple chance alone gives his existence purpose and builds his greatness. As I write about the paragons of my life, I write about these persons, and those influences, havingformed my taste in that direction. At first I would like to put my family, especially my grandmother from the father's side, descendedfrom an old noble lineage, which used to pass on a certain knowledge. At the age of 10, I got in contact with Karate. Before that I had two years of experience in Judo. I of course watched the films of Bruce Lee and basically wanted to learn what he did. As there were nopossibilities for that, I began studying Karate, and it henceforth formed my youth. Wado-Ryo at first,under one of Shibamori-Sensei's pupils. Then Shotokan-Karate, under one of Kawasoi-Sensei's pupils,where I also got the chance to get to know Sensei Kanazawa on a seminar, who impressed me deeplywith his natural and simple way. And finally there also was the practice in an Okinawa GoJu-Ryu relat-ed style.Through the Karate I began to occupy myself quite a bit with the Japanese Zen. Here especially withthe Soto-Zen by Taisen Deshimaru Roshi, attracting me by it's simplicity at the time. The path towardsKendo and Aikido is not far from here. A second thing, that brought me in contact with people, was my passion for history, in connectionwith philosophy and secret societies in that context. Through a friend, whom's family was rooteddeeply in free mason circles, I got into contact with the Rosenkreuzers, and within their circles withthe Martinists. From these contacts grew my deep affection for France. I began to engage with thephilosophies of Blavatsky, Levi and Crowley.I began asking myself at the time, what might be the source of these implementations. At the time I asked myself "What are the forces of insistence in a human, that resist any change of consciousness and circumstances thus persistently?"One day I came to find the book "
In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching" 
by P.D. Ouspensky. I started reading in it and every line was like a revelation. It is not a simple book.The "Miraculous" is surprisingly enough described rather objectively. But exactly that sober style helda strange kind of fascination, charm on me.Ouspensky describes in this book the teachings of a Caucasian Greek, who through a newspaper noteon a ballet scenario with the title "Struggle of the Magicians" called attention. The year was 1915 andthe First World War had just begun. Ouspensky, a journalist and mathematician, who had already
 
 been to India searching for the "Miraculous", but had not found it, was skeptical. On his friends' urgehe finally met this "master" and their first encounter completely changed his opinion of him. Thisman's name was G.I. Gurdjieff.
Gurdjieff`s Grave in Fontainebleau-Avon close to Paris 
The book "
In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching" 
to me was somethinglike a door opener to a first serious path of work on oneself. I realized, I had found a key to a gate to- to me - so far unknown realms of ideas. The antiseptic language gave me the rest, as I despisedblurry thoughts on the world, and moreover pious testimonies about god and the world. Ouspensky'sbook was not a workbook; however it gave concrete hints like the method for introspection. Intro-spection is all about getting aware of one's three "main centers", the Center of Motion, the Center of Emotion and the Center of Thinking, with the aim to harmonize and synchronize them. This idea wascompletely new to me, and no philosopher, psychologist and secret societies' teachings ever men-tioned it.Gurdjieff called the human a being with three brains, although only potentially, as they usually areneither developed very well, nor mutually connected. As of then, I exercised myself in introspection of the three brains and naturally tried to bring theminto harmony. After some time I actually had the "feeling", that I became more aware of my centers,as Ouspensky described them. I even thought they were connecting better through my attemptedexercises, exactly as it was described in the theory, as crucial base to the "Awakening", the becomingconscious of oneself.In fact, this "awareness" was just of a mental kind. I only deepened the imagination, that the threecenters now were synchronizing that I would be more aware, but I was still almost exclusively awarein one center: the Center of Thinking – and even that only when I made the effort "to be aware",which happened rarely. Usually I forgot to remember, that I wanted to introspect.I continued to occupy myself with Gurdjieff and one of his pupils J.G. Bennett. Aside from his "Move-ments", to his own and Hartmann's music, Gurdjieff in certain circles in the east and later also inFrance, introduced a specific form of martial art. He called it the true "Jiu Jitsu". Jiu Jitsu was verypopular at that time, and the principles of the art, that Gurdjieff had brought with him, were madeunderstandable to that audience best through that comparison. But the time was not yet ripe. At that time I was living in Gmunden, where I visited a bookshop. A beautiful book caught my eye,called "Schlüssel und Schloss" (Key and Lock). I wanted to buy it, somehow, however, it was notlisted in the book shop's inventory and no one knew how it got there. They let me take it.
 
 It was a book about a non-islamistic Sufi-tradition in the west and also included a contact post-officebox. I read it several times and also bought the books in the literature reference. Names listed hearincluded Omar Ali-Shah, Indries Shah, G.I.Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Bennet, Doris Lessing, Karl Valentin,Carlos Castaneda and Ernest Scott. I began engaging myself with them intensively. It was new sus-tentation for my awareness and had a strange effect on it.I finally decided to get in contact, and this should change everything. It was the year 1988, I wrote tothe given post-office box and a few days later I got a letter with a telephone number. I called and wasasked, how I had got hold of this book and therefore tried to explain the whole story, which the manon the other side of the wire found quite peculiar. I was given an address in Munich and we arrangeda meeting. This meeting went completely different than from what I had expected. I went to the ad-dress; there was a man in and a woman in their thirties and a young man in his early twenties from Vienna. The place was set up in a western fashion; still there were countless Arabian carpets.Nothing spiritual was discussed. It was not esoteric at all. People were having small talk, but in amanner, I was somehow remembered of a scalpel. Razor-sharp, clear, they reacted almost crude to-wards memorized talk. In me, they initially were just interested due to the matter of the book that noone could explain, later we began to talk about my interests in Karate and Kung Fu as well as playingthe piano.They asked me why I was there and what I could contribute to their TRADITION. They explainedmartial arts and music were amongst others tools of the TRADITION, of it's work in the west in thisphase. Their teacher or master was "Valdosar", a pianist from Argentina with Sicilian roots, they toldme, who was Karate as well as Kung Fu Master. His first wife and his son were living in Munich. Heand his then current wife, a Viennese, were living in Gran Canaria for most of the time.
Valdosar 
In this context I would also like to mention Gurdjieff, his development and teachings in the "TRADI-TION". His task was to distribute propaedeutic material. The martial arts form he "brought" over withhim, and which he called the true "Jiu Jitsu", I think today, was a variation of modern Wing Tsun. Of course it was not called Wing Tsun, as he had not got it via China. His main teacher, a Russian ringer,however, might not have been an appropriate communicator, and the time was not ripe in WesternEurope anyway. As an alternative he began teaching the Movements to music, using them as tools.It should get to be a journey without return for me.

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