Happy Sifu Day
Happy Fathers Day
Tomorrow in the UK it is Fathers Day, a day my mother never approved of as she said it was just made up by the card companies, unlike ‘Mothering Sunday’, which she must have believed was there since the dawn of time?
Anyway, for many of us who no longer have our fathers with us, this may be a time to reflect in another direction, for me, my Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun.
As you know, Sifu means ‘teacher/father’ and to me, my thoughts often go to him on such a day.
Unfortunately I live in the UK and he lives in Hong Kong
I speak English, and he does not.
I have always been more than a little jealous of students being able to just chat with their Sifu at class, out socially, or to pick up the phone to discuss issues and maybe even go for a drink together just on their own.
This is something that has always been a struggle for me.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing missing in the relationship between myself and my teacher, in fact in some ways it has made us stronger, it is just sometimes I wish I could say to him face to face how much respect and admiration I have for him.
So do not take your teacher for granted, they are teaching you all they know (or at least should be), they are sharing all their experiences with you, and who knows, these teachings may even save your life one day.
So in short, if you have a good teacher, do not take them for granted, be respectful, and get everything you can at every opportunity you can, because they may not be around forever.
Happy Sifu Day,
Happy Fathers Day…