Category Archives: kung fu

A burnt child dreads the fire

Meeting with a Voodoo Man @London Tube

(Para ler este post em Português: Gato escaldado tem medo de água fria)

It’s a freezing Sunday morning in London – expecting snow late tonight. So there’s not much to do, I was planning to go to Brick Lane but it won’t be very fun with this cold weather… Well I assume there’ll be another chance.

During this first week in London I haven’t done very much to be honest, but nonetheless it’s been an interesting week…

On Wednesday I met Jim here at the house and we drank scotch together till late night. Continue reading A burnt child dreads the fire


Every flour has its porridge day

Fortaleza & the Brazilian Championship

(Para ler este post em Português: Toda araruta tem seu dia de mingau)

Now that my dream of participating in the Brazilian Kung Fu Championship was accomplished it’s time to fly back home. Three silver medals added to my luggage. And Fortaleza joined my ‘magical cities’ list… Continue reading Every flour has its porridge day

The ground is the limit

CartazInside the Championship

(Para ler este post em Português: Se cair, do chão não passa)

10 years taking kung fu classes at Tat Wong Academies make me feel as part of a big family.
Those who grew up within a big family like me will understand what I’m talking about: huge wedding parties or annual meetings, where you meet beyond grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins also all your 2nd degree relatives, such as your parents’ uncles, aunts, and cousins… And after you reach a certain age also your whole generation has multiplied itself…

A Tat Wong Championship is more or less the same: there’re your ‘cousins’ (your day-to-day peers), your ‘parents’ and ‘uncles’ (Sifus and Sihing instructors), your ‘grandparents’ (masters), ‘2nd degree uncles and cousins’ (Sifus, Sihings and athletes from other academies), and there’re also your distant relatives – those folks who come from other states (Natal) or countries (Chile and United States). And of course there’re always the ‘aggregates’ which are people from buddies academies. Continue reading The ground is the limit

Victory without Fight is Triumph without Glory

The Fighter Still Remains

(Para ler este post em Português: Vitória sem luta é triunfo sem glória)

Last Friday I woke up at 5am with severe muscle aches, abdominal cramps and fever. My guts were inflated like a birthday balloon and I could feel my entire skin burning. I was feeling so much weakness I could barely remain seated. I couldn’t go to work nor even perform home office (it was my first absence of health in four years!) and spent the whole day bedridden as a dying person. I couldn’t eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. I was feeling so sick I started to cry realizing that I wouldn’t be able to join the regional Kung Fu championship on Saturday. Why would I have to be defeated by this stupid virus one day before the tournament?!? Why didn’t I get sick one week earlier or one day later?!?!? Continue reading Victory without Fight is Triumph without Glory


(Para ler este post em Português: Pra Onde?)

One year, the globe. But where to go?!?

Since I’ll have to do some engineering learning during the trip it’ll be necessary to STAY in some cities for a while and not only just “wander” around the globe.

How would you pick 3 or 4 cities among all the 191 (according to ONU’s list) existing countries ??

My “headquarters” must be relevant regarding civil engineering, music, language, Kung Fu and my “family mystery” (to understand these topics you’ll have to read my previous post) and also be well located, so that I would be able to travel from these headquarters and visit more and more places.

I want to divide my time between Europe because of its cultural influence over this side of the world where I grew up regarding architecture, music, food and arts
and Asia because of all of its history, culture, technology, natural beauties and (of course) martial arts.

I chose (a) Venetia from Italy because it’s where my grandfather came from, (b) London from UK for of its relevance regarding the rock’n’roll scene, (c) Shanghai or Beijing from China because of its great construction technologies and (d) Foshan cause it’s currently the heart of my Kung Fu form Choy Li Fut.

“Choy Li Fut is the most effective system that I’ve seen for fighting more than one person. [It] is one of the most difficult styles to attack and defend against. Choy Li Fut is the only style [of kung fu] that traveled to Thailand to fight the Thai boxers and hadn’t lost.” –Bruce Lee”

… and in case I get enough time for that, (e) SanFran/ CA (which is my favorite magical city from US) will be my last destination before coming back home…

Engineering, Kung Fu & Rock’n’Roll

(Para ler este post em Português: Engenharia, Kung Fu & Rock’n’Roll)

What is this trip about???

First important thing about this adventure is to establish what are my main interests. They will guide the trip, based on them I will decide when and where to go.

1- MUSIC. I love rock. And blues. Folk. Jazz… And all the other good stuff beyond that. I enjoy discovering new sounds, rhythms, bands, relaxing music, loud music, great lyrics, beautiful voices, singing, screaming, dancing, shaking, partying… My plan is to watch my favorite bands doing their small gigs and to look for new and undiscovered bands too.

2- KUNG FU. Hey I need to say that I’m not a violent person ok? 9 years ago, in a time of my life when everything had gone wrong, I was depressed, unemployed, unhappy, and broken… After several years of a solid career working in big construction projects I was fooled by the man I was engaged to and he left me with a half million debt.
Back to my parents’ home I had nothing to do. Economy was terrible for civil engineers and I couldn’t find a job. Then one day I decided to take Kung Fu classes. My father thought I had gone crazy! What kind of person would begin practicing martial arts at the age of 27?!? Someone a little bit crazy… But I was soooo sad, had nothing left to do… Why not to give it a shot? I started slowly, two times a week only, just a regular grasshopper. But it made me feel so good and balanced that I couldn’t stop… Now back to present I’m a black belt who practices KF 6 times a week and has a few vitories and medals to show…
Always remember that a thousand miles journey begins with a single step, as says the Chinese, and nothing is impossible when you believe your dreams and work really hard!

3- FAMILY MISTERIES. There is a misterious story about my grandpa… Some years ago I was in a relationship with an Italian guy, who lives in my neighborhood. One night there was a big storm that got us stuck inside the condominium starving so we decided to join my parents for a pizza. While we were waiting for the delivery boy to arrive with our food my mom brought us a letter written by my gran grandfather to my grandfather in the 30s. My boyfriend translated it for us… In that letter my gran grandfather said that “everyone was a little sad in my grandfather’s marriage but also that that was the right thing to do…”
Wait… What?!? That was BEFORE my grandfather met my grandmother!!!
We always knew that something wrong had happened for my grandfather to leave Italy without ever coming back… But did he marry another woman before grandma?!? And is it possible that I have an unknown uncle or perhaps an aunt???
These are just suppositions… Which I want to investigate…

4- ENGINEERING.This is what I HAVE to do to justify the license at IBM. I love civil engineering and never thought about doing something different with my life since I was 17, but at the same time it’s difficult to decide what kind of specific knowledge can I get from a trip like this.
New technologies? Smart buildings? Project management? Planning? Structures? I’m not sure yet. There are so many options!
I’ll develop this theme later after doing some researches…

5- LANGUAGE. Language is something that had always interested me. I grew up among books, it’s something I earned from my mother.
At home my family commonly chose a book instead of a TV show. And as a teenager I used to exchange letters with my close friends to update the news instead of giving them a call.
I like speaking English. It would be great if I could be fluent in Italian. Maybe some French, why not? And perhaps a little Mandarin too… haha…

I’ve listed here only 5 of my guidance interests, but there’s still much much more: tastes, culture, people, food, nature, views… What are yours?

I’m looking forward to all the amazing things I’ll be able to learn worldwide…
Follow me and I’ll show you!