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Greetings to all,  I'm coming to the party 20 something years too late :D


One time taoist initiate, from Hong Kong, gravitating towards my own culture. I grew up with stories of the supernatural and was weaned on old traditions and folk lore that I didn't understand back then as a child. I even rebelled and tried to distance myself from my own culture, trying to become a westerner, but it was impossible with this Han chinese face.


I drifted from one martial art to the next, never mastering any, never satisfied with the lore taught to me, though I did pick up some good meditation techniques on the way. Now I'm a 40 something year old armchair warrior, coming nearer to my end than my begining. But it is never too late right?


I first saw the East of Krakatoa docu in the 80s, I dreamed of going to Indonesia and finding John Chang or Dynamo Jack to beg him to accept me as a student. I never did and then life got in the way and I forgot all about him. With the advent of You Tube around 2006/7 I rediscovered him, only to forget him again until 2018, when I chanced upon the book "The Majus of Java".


After reading this book and it's sequel, many things became clear to me from my childhood to do with my own culture and mythology, that I had previously dismissed and tried to distance myself from. So here I am, seakign knowledge again in 2019!

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Hello, SwordsmanYen, and welcome.


Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go.


Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules.   This covers all you need to know when getting started.


For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Fa Xin and the TDB team


Hi SwordsmanYen,


Never too late! I also think the stories like John Chang do well to motivate and encourage us. I enjoyed reading the Magus of Java. I hope you can find your way a little easier with this community to help. Welcome. 


You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started.


May you enjoy your time here.


Fa Xin

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Great to have you here!


I feel that we can learn from each other a lot!


Are you into Tai Chi or Qi Gong?


If you never practised I would recommend the "Chi Kung Bible" by Gary Clyman or Waysun Liao`s "Tai Chi Classics". They are both great.


Let us know how you are doing!

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