THE GOLDEN THREAD

•March 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

SPECIAL THANKS: 

ROBERT LARA SENSEI, ARI BOLDEN, CHRIS CRUDELLI, ENSON INOUE, STEVE G. JONES, ANDREW WILLIAMS, GARY BOAZ, CHRIS CLODFELTER, JOHNNY KUO, DR. YANG,JWING-MING, GLENN HAIRSTON, TIM CARTMELL, CUNG LE, KATIE MATTSON, MASTER HAI YANG, FRANK SHAMROCK, LEE MORRISON, PAUL VANUK, NATALIA TUCHINA, AND TO THE FAMILIES OF EVE CARSON AND LAUREN BURK.

BOOK DEDICATION:  EVE CARSON & LAUREN BURK

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This past week marks the first anniversary of two tragic events; one, the slaying of UNC-Chapel Hill student Eve Carson and two, the murder of 18-year old Auburn student, Lauren Burk.  I didn’t know these girls personally, but as someone whose passion is in teaching individuals about personal safety and defense, the impact lit a fire in me that has not yet be squelched.  My book was already in its conception, but it wasn’t until March of 2008 that I felt compelled, and in some way, obligated, to write this concise, and easily-readable book of 118 pages. Violence is wild, and in some ways, it can’t be stopped.  It endures…. but as I’ve said in my book, “so does love.”  Sometimes love alone cannot stop the violence, whereas with love & compassion, awareness, knowledge, courage, and solidarity… we carve ourselves a much larger chance.  To the families of these two beautiful girls, our thoughts go with you.

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THE GOLDEN THREAD is the first book, of taijiquan and self defense coach Michael Joyce.  Praised by many of the great martial artists in the field today, it serves as concise and scientifically-sound volume in the quest for understanding personal self protection.  The book is available online only and can be purchased at the following link: THE GOLDEN THREAD: ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES.  Proceeds for this, and all the various products located in my online store go towards educational aids for my wushu and self defense courses.  Thank you very much.

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KEEP GEORGIA SAFE !!!! ; EVE CARSON BIOGRAPHY -UNC-CH-

NEW CLASS T-SHIRT DESIGN

•February 24, 2009 • 1 Comment

tn-shirtnewlogoccGreetings My ChenCenter Readers,…

Students, Friends and Family.  Since the beginning of the New Year, the idea of a new class t-shirt had been tugging away at my brain.  The perfectionist that I am, I was still wishy-washy about my previous taiji figured drawing and felt that what we need was a “lettered image” that was stylized and represented the nature of what we do.  The design that I came up with is simply 3 C’s, with 2 looped together to represent a “brush-stroke” appearance.  Symbolically the “3 tails” represent the three treasures; Jing (essence), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit).  This can also be used to represent the taoist notion of Heaven, Earth and Beings; Sun, Moon, and Stars; and Water, Earth & Fire. 

     The calligraphy behind the image is “wu-shu”, which is the correct pronunciation of “martial arts.”  Wushu incorporates both the internal and external forms/styles even though it is most commonly attributed to the acrobatic forms as seen in kung fu action movies.  

For my students, I would love for you to own one of these t-shirts yourself!  For those that like the design and would rather promote the 3 treasures as in the logo, I have a variation in which “ChenCenter” is not written below it.  

Available in Men and Women’s Styles.  SMALL-XXXL.  Several colors to choose from too!

CLICK HERE TO BROWSE THE STORE.   

P.S.  Proceeds from the sells of all t-shirts go towards educational and training equipment for my wushu and self defense classes and workshops.  Your patronage is greatly appreciated.

Ari Bolden from Submissions 101 : A Testimonial

•February 16, 2009 • 1 Comment

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for not blogging as often as we’d all like, but you will be pleased to know that I am currently engaged in several projects.  I am simultaneously working on 3 different dvds: the (revised & upgraded) Hunyuan Taijiquan 24-form, The Golden Thread: The Essential DVD, and The Taoist Method: Movement Therapies for Common Problems.  I am also working on two audio cds that will be a wonderful education aid for those wanting to learn more about Fear… of escaping Fear… and of learning the tools needed to protect yourself at ANY moment.  

THE UPDATED BOOK

THE GOLDEN THREAD has been a very welcomed success for me and for reaching those people who (perhaps) are unable to make it to my workshops and classes.  I have had some amazing testimonials written by experts in the field of martial arts, personal self protection, as well as several people whom have authored books themselves.  The latest testimonial was sent in by Mr. Ari Bolden, a jiu-jitsu teacher from Victoria, B.C., but most noted for his overwhelmingly successful YouTube channel, Submissions 101 (with nearly 21,000 subscribers to date).  Ari knows what it takes to be successful in a real-to-life violent situation from the side of the martial arts… and from being a doorman (“bouncer”) for some of this city’s largest club for the past 13 years.  Ari had this to say about The Golden Thread:

I just finished reading Michael’s book and I must say I was pleasantly surprised on the information he provided within its pages.  There are so many self defense books on the market, especially from traditional martial artists, that miss the point on self protection strategies.  They seem to fall into their old and untested ways and give advice based on theory not practice.  Not so with Michael’s book, The Golden Thread.  He hits the nail on the head when it comes to REAL WORLD violence.  He cuts to the chase and offers advice that is sound and logical.  I had to keep reminding myself that this guy was a taijiquan teacher and not a Reality-based-Self-Defense one.  Apparently, he is both!  A simple yet interesting read behind self protection strategies for a troubled world.  Thumbs up from me!

        Ari Bolden. President of Submissions 101. Victoria, B.C., Canada.

 

Thank you Ari!  

And for all you guys that haven’t picked up the book yet…

You can find it by clicking the link —->  HERE.


Adios.  Till Next Time!     

                 Coach Michael Joyce

The Taoist Method- Low Back Pain Video

•January 4, 2009 • 1 Comment

Oscar DeLa Hoya or Manny Pacquiao?

•November 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Oscar DeLa Hoya (39-5. 30 K.O.s) takes on Manny Pacquiao (47-3-2. 35 K.O.s) at 9 pm EST on Saturday, December 6 th on HBO PPV.  Pacquiao will be moving from the 135 lightweight division to battle DeLa Hoya in the 147-pound welterweight division.

Take the Poll that I put together by clicking on the link:—- HERE —-

VIEW results: HERE

Life. It Must Surprise Itself.

•November 23, 2008 • 4 Comments

 

A Tiger?...In Africa?

A Tiger?...In Africa?

—PLEASE READ—

Loyal readers,

I apologize for the absence of posts but the “holiday crunch” is upon me and other things have taken precedence.  Though it’s a hurried time for many, including myself, it hasn’t shackled my brain in the least.  I’ve more ideas, topics and projects than I can possibly produce at the moment. Therefore I’ll unveil them steadily, one at a time.  So, be sure to glance back from time-to-time as I will surely make it interesting.  For example, I just might have stumbled on a cure for back pain (of a muscular nature).  

                    Oi, Solidarity & Love.  -Michael

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LIFE.  IT MUST SURPISE ITSELF

I would venture to guess that no one, upon reading this title, would have expected to see two grown men dressed in a tiger suit (Eric Idle & Michael Palin of Monty Python)? Surely you would have expected a deeply, philosophical look into one or more aspects of life… portrayed in a serious straight-forward tone… as in “This is how it is”!  But of course this is not me.

Life is a joke!

I don’t mean this in terms of a “there’s-no-point-to-it-all” attitude. Because there is always “a point” (as in meaning), but the meaning wanders.. and therefore the “point” never remains fixed.  This is because Life is constantly changing around us, and never, ever, “settles.”  Life’s meaning [in my opinion] is precisely “that” which we give meaning to [if anything at all].  

But since it never settles…That may be why it is so difficult to grab.  But everyone is grabbing, SEE!  They grab at it through their relationships, their jobs and their churches (among other things) and still people can’t seem to find it.  “Life is a joke” is a sarcastic sounding statement, but might just be the closest statement to the truth.

Why must people seek anything?  Why must we go to a guru, minister or councillor?  What is it that you’re seeking to find?  Might it be that you plan, as Alan Watts would put it, “To get ‘One-Up’ on the world.?”  And as hard as we try, don’t we always find ourselves a little behind?  Might this be because we are asking a silly, non-sensical question [that being, “How might I get ahead of the game?”].  Life [to the individual], like it or not, is a grab-bag of emotions(/feelings/sensations), experiences and memories.  You hit the game-winning goal, you bite into a glazed doughnut, or “pop the question” to your lady… They all are [in varying degrees] different, but nonetheless “unexpected” experiences that produce within your very core a radiating happiness. 

And it is our nature to welcome, with every fiber of our being, Happiness.

But why do many people claim to not be able to find IT (“happiness”)?  

Looking to hear your thoughts my friends!   (I’ll add-on as comments rain-in)

Peace.   M.J.

Golden Thread Excerpt

•October 21, 2008 • 2 Comments

“….Once our body is sparked into action, we must strike hard, fast and with repetition! Training yourself to attack with anger is ill-advised. Anger is a highly fatiguing emotion and can distort our judgement and cloud our reason. Attacking with “emotional intent” implies that we channel or direct our strength with intention and great feeling without unbalancing ourselves with aggression. The person who fights out of anger is extremely dangerous, but fights with a scattered, unfocused mind and can be trusted to make mistakes. While maintaining as much control as we can muster, we must exploit these mistakes without hesitancy, and with quick and powerful conviction. Don’t worry how strong you are, or worse, how strong your opponent is. Like water, our bodies are capable of great force when under great pressure. ….”

THE GOLDEN THREAD : ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF SELF DEFENSE

Details
Paperback: 118 pages
Binding: Perfect
Publisher: ChenCenter (Oct. 2008)
ISBN:  061522900X

ORDER FROM –   WWW.CHENCENTER.COM

 

Stay Safe-  Coach Michael Joyce