Beneath bleak brooding skies of textured grey, Wales is the only nation in the world with a Dragon on its flag. Since ancient times maps would be marked with Dragons to indicate danger and the unknown. It is a living tradition.
The Wuxia form is legend: adventure tales of martial arts and honor. Wandering Warriors studying Taoist philosophy in a beautiful landscape formed through progressive era's of cultural history.
To an outsider Wales might appear to be the last place on Earth where such can be found. Historic Wales is wealthy with castles, mines and magick. Wales is known as the Land of Song.
"Folks from around here ain't from around here." Welsh Wisdom
To the locals its modern culture is gangland - crime syndicates and abuse networks hidden behind a bulletproof veil of lies, State Departments and political conformity protecting the innocent from the truth. It is about Face and avoiding face-off.
Assassinocracy Saga is a series of interrelated short tales. It is about romance, spirituality and mysticism. It is about friendship, desire, politics, revenge, envy, lies and Love. It is about the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Pobl y Galon, People of the Heart - and of the shadow cultures existing as result of pride and of protecting against the unscrupulousness of vendetta.
Assassinocracy Saga is written by SnakeAppleTree based on a collection of orated true stories and his own experience. Names have been changed and sharp corners rounded for the sake of storytelling, legality and real possibility of untimely 'accidental' death of the author.
To live is the rarest thing in the world.
“A technique is a study of the method of a form.
In classical martial arts much is made of the perfection of a single form.
Only once having perfected several different single forms, can one identify how basic it is to accomplish this one thing despite how difficult the attainment might have been.
The precision is minimalism. The aesthetic of minimalism conveys throughout the principle (of that form).
During real combat, one does not use single-form; rather must be versatile with many forms and fluid between them. Most often during real combat one will be recovering from defences and adapting to the opponents movement. This itself is not a technique which can be studied outside of real combat.
The dojo brings you to the line but does not cross it. As a result fighters do not begin to gain experience until they have faced death and survived battle. One does not become a warrior by studying a thing for which there is no purpose. One may become an artist by studying a thing for which there is no purpose. The difference between an artist and a warrior is great. A warrior learns that which an artist has not. To master one form does not make one a master.
There are no living masters for there are no longer any real battles. There are no longer regular death matches by which to gain necessary perspective. Many sociologists argue that it is better so.
A warrior cannot look at an artist and appraise him the same way he would appraise a warrior, for an artist is not a warrior. This is the difference between martial art and martial warfare. A martial artist is a perfectionist and a thrill seeker. Battle has no place for either thing, for neither will last long in battle.
Do not misinterpret this observation as an insult to artists. It is a statement of the obvious which must be confronted by all who study martial disciplines. How an individual deals with that decision determines a great deal about the character of that individual.”
Master Jingyan Wai