Weekend quote – Gian-Carlo Rota


May 26, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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Behind every question of philosophy there lurks a gnarl of unacknowledged emotional cravings which act as a powerful motivation for conclusions in which reason plays at best a supporting role.

To bring such hidden emotional cravings out into the open, as philosophers have felt it their duty to do, is to ask for trouble. Philosophical disclosures are frequently met with the anger that we reserve for the betrayal of our family secrets.

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From Indiscrete Thoughts (Modern Birkhäuser Classics)

Training this week, 21-26.5.2017


May 20, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

This Friday, 26.5, A Rokushaku bo Kukishin kata. Wait for an update on the group’s Whatsapp on Thursday.

During the week we will repeat five reactions from rear hand wing block and three from front hand wing block. These eight reactions depict an activity range of 180 degrees which we will augment with straight strikes syncopations. In addition we will continue learning closing gap with Jumonji, at second timing, of drill 4.

Apologies, we are so deep into this new material that this won’t make sense to those who missed last month. I have not yet videoed the techniques of this segment.

Video of straight punches syncopation in Kata

Weekend quote – Wassily Kandinsky


May 19, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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Thus, the form may seem pleasant, unpleasant, beautiful, harmonious, disharmonious, skillful, awkward, fine, coarse, and so on, and yet, it must neither be accepted nor rejected by virtue of qualities considered to be positive or negative. All these concepts are perfectly relative, which can be observed at first glance in the infinite series of interchange of forms already present.

Equally relative is the form itself. Thus, the form is to be appreciated and understood. One has to place oneself in such a way that the form acts on the soul. And through the form the content (mind, inner sound).

Otherwise, one elevates the relative to the absolute.

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Weekend quote – Julian De Freitas, et al


May 12, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

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When it came to judgments about the true self, however, we found a surprising degree of cross-cultural similarity. Across all four of the cultures tested, we found evidence that participants shared an intuition that, deep down, human beings have a true self that is morally good.

From: “Consistent Belief in a Good True Self in Misanthropes and Three Interdependent Cultures”, Julian De Freitas, Hagop Sarkissian, George E. Newman, Igor Grossmann, Felipe De Brigard, Andres Luco, Joshua Knobe, 2017, link
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Sessions this week, 23-27.4.2017


April 22, 2017
Yossi Sheriff

There will be training sessions in Sunday, eve of the Holocaust remembrance day, and Monday night.

We will continue the learning of the hand work in the pocket and add more coherence to the integration of Lo-Ka-Pa Phat into AKBAN distancing sabaki.

As usual, till August, please bring your striking equipment.

Video of Roberto Sharp and Lyte Burly