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Martial Engineer

Just like martial arts are not just about fighting, Engineering is not just about boring calculations.

To be a recognized engineer, one has to go through a process of learning in University. The knowledge accumulated through academic studies is superficial; the real goal is to instill morals, ethics, rationality and resourcefulness into the student’s mind.

It is in this sense that engineers and martial artists are the same. The worth of martial artists and engineers is not measured by what they have know, but by what they do with their knowledge.

This common point shared by engineers and martial artists make lessons from engineering applicable to martial arts. It is in that optic that the author, Zymba Vong, records the lessons he has learned as an Electrical Engineer and a martial artist into this blog.

Justin Trudeau vs. Patrick Brazeau: Parliament hill fight between a Nerd and a bully
Sunday, 08 April 2012
Justin Trudeau vs. Patrick Brazeau: Parliament hill fight between a nerd and a bully. On March 31 2012, a 3 rounds charity boxing match for cancer was held between liberal Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau and conservative senator Patrick Brazeau. The fight served as a fundraiser for (research) and without a doubt, as entertainment to the parliament. (Who said politics was boring?)   Quick rundown of the contestants. Justin Trudeau     Occupation: Elected member of parliament for the Liberal Party of Canada Age: 40 Height: 6-foot-2 (188 cm) Weight: 180 pounds (81 kg) Fight... Read more...
Insurance and martial arts – how martial arts can be better than most insurance
Monday, 26 December 2011
  Photo from Phillie Casablanca  Philosophical martial arts "Martial arts practice is geared towards well being instead of combat. At forty years old, I have never been in a Fight, and chances are I will never get into one. Even if I did, my training would make no difference as my assailants surely would be armed and outnumber me." These are words of wisdom uttered by man with one year or training (green belt), in a karate dojo. Although there is undeniable truth in his statement, the man understood the statistics while largely ignoring consequences.   Why should one buy insurance? ... Read more...
Pacquiao Vs Marquez 3 results: Indignation
Sunday, 13 November 2011
    November 12 2011 marked the third time Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao faced each other.  Manny Pacquiao won via majority decision. Referee scorecard 114-114, 116-112, 115-113 in favor to Manny Pacquiao. Marquez (on the left) and Pacquiao (on the right) exchanging hits. Photograph taken from Ethan Miller - Getty Images   Why the indignation? Because Manny Pacquiao didn’t knock out Juan Manuel Marquez, like he said he would? Or perhaps because Juan Manual Marquez “was robbed” and was the rightful winner? No, rather, the cause of my indignation and disappointment came... Read more...
8 ways martial arts training has ruined my life
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Discipline, self confidence and ability to defend oneself are often advertised as a benefit of joining a martial arts school. I personally don't think those aspects are anyTHING special, in fact, martial arts contributed to making me more miserable than ever. How? Here is how...   1- Always looking to better myself, to improve myself. Because that's also what martial arts is all about: the improvement of one self. Even while growing old, the traditional martial artists skills- as opposed to the martial sports practitioner- should improve. Loss of youth may take away strengh and stamina but... Read more...
Green belts know everything -- even the family secret recipe
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Green belts (or whichever is equivalent to one or two years of training) are my favorite people to discuss martial arts with, especially when they don't know my background (which they usually don't). These are people who have trained enough to understand the basics of their art but not quite enough to master or even acknowledge the existence of the finer details and nuance and higher levels of training. Photograph taken from What I like about green belts is that they are opinionated and have definite opinions and theories about anything related to martial arts and will gladly... Read more...
Vanity, martial arts and karaoke - why do people need to exhibit themselves?
Monday, 14 June 2010
"Great people talk about ideas. Average people talk about themselves. Small people talk about other people." unknown author I like to hypothesize that the average person cares pretty much only about themselves. Other people are only extension of themselves whose sole purpose is to interact with them and make their lives more entertaining. That would explain why the average person fancies celebrity and peer acceptance, as proven with trashy reality-shows.  "You may be cool but you'll never be 4 popped-collar cool"photograph taken from Liz Bustamante / wikimedia commons Last weekend,... Read more...
martial arts cramming - how not to prepare for an exam
Tuesday, 01 June 2010
  Just like the arrival of bugs after a long winter announces spring time, scores of people voluntarily practicing their katas and basic techniques after classes, inevitably announces a belt examination or competition is around the corner. Isn't it strange that seemingly lazy students all of the sudden become training fanatics ? photo is courtesy of arizaNur Any other day, most people would eagerly wait for the end of class to go quench their thirst and rest their bodies. But for these two weeks, people actually crave for more training, some even training on their own, at home. Every... Read more...
My martial art is more noble than yours!
Sunday, 30 May 2010
There we were, discussing strategies to take in order to make our work more efficient when coworker of mine tied the notion of efficiency and nobility with the art of Aikido. A Kendo enthusiast for more than 15 years himself, he argued that aikido and Kendo were both more noble and efficient than arts like Karate and "Chinese karate" (term he used to describe Chinese martial arts). That was more than enough to fuel a friendly debate between him and I. The conflicting point was not about efficiency but with the word "noble". Quick, to the dictionary to look up the definition of the word... Read more...
6 Reasons why I rather keep my training a secret
Tuesday, 04 May 2010
It took my girlfriend (now my wife) about 6 month after we first dated to find out I was doing martial arts. She found out when told by my mom one time she phoned at home while I was at practice. Had it not been for that phone call, I  would have delayed telling her about my "activities" for as long as I could without her questioning me on my whereabouts during practice time. pictogram taken from Matthias M. / wikipedia commons To this day, many of my friends still don't know I practice martial arts, attributing my physical fitness to good genetics or steroids (which I don't... Read more...
We learned that we know nothing
Saturday, 20 March 2010
The closer we were to getting our black belts, the less we wanted it. For years, my training buddy Pascal and I trained hard to attain what we originally thought to be the epitome of achievement in karate. Often, after classes, we would train for an extra hours, honing our reflexes for the day we would have to face black belts in competitions.  After five years of training, we knew we had the skills to hold our grounds and even win against some of the mightiest fighter of our dojo, but somehow, we were not convinced of our worth as martial artists. We had doubts about our capacity... Read more...
what's YOUR lineage?
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
  I was talking with a newly acquainted co-worker during lunch time and we found out that we were both martial arts practitioner. When I asked him where he trains, he promptly replies, with not only information about the dojo and its instructor, but also included the full lineage of his Shotokan Karate school, tracing all the way back to Gichin Funakoshi, father of modern karate-do and founder of Shotokan karate. I would have expected that if he was practicing at a school like Fang Shen Do, where the teacher created his own style and credited his superior fighting skills for having trained... Read more...
Question-Do: The art of asking (martial arts) questions and receiving answers
Friday, 12 March 2010
One of the most interesting part of the Wing Chun class I signed up for is the question period, which happens once in a while, whenever the teacher feels like answering them. The questions I remember most are the sillier and the “challenge Wing Chun” type of questions. Questions like: “what would happen if a Jujitsu practitioner would do a rear choke hold to a Wing Chun practitioner”, or “why Wing Chun doesn’t use pressure points”  would always annoy our otherwise serene and patient teacher, who would invariably demonstrate his points on one of his senior students.... Read more...


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