[Sca-cooks] OOP: Flame that Kitchen Aid

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sat Jul 7 09:50:46 PDT 2007

On Jul 7, 2007, at 1:08 AM, Susan Fox wrote:

> On 7/6/07 7:40 PM, "Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius"
> <adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:
>> I STR that the legendary novice nun/martial artist Wing Chun is often
>> popularly believed to have been a noodle and bean curd maker and
>> vendor before it became necessary for her to learn to defend herself,
>> and some of her mixing and kneading techniques have been alleged to
>> have been incorporated into the martial arts system that bears her  
>> name.


> I need to go look up Wing Chung now.  Byeee!

The standard legend is "Enough" meets "Seven Samurai". Bandit  
chieftain threatens to destroy village unless the daughter of the  
local beancurd seller is handed over to him in marriage, and he will  
return in one month, or some such, for a response. Enter itinerant  
female monk, who offers a third option in the form of self-defense  
training. Yim Wing Chun becomes the student of Ng Mui, who teaches  
her the rudiments of a self-defense system based on strengths and  
skills she already possesses as a noodle-and-beancurd-maker's  
assistant. At the end of the month (or whatever) the bandits return  
for their answer, and Wing Chun agrees to marry their chieftain if  
the greatest of their warriors (the chief) can defeat the least of  
the villagers (herself) in unarmed combat. Results fairly predictable.

The history of the era and region in question suggest this could not  
possibly be a true story, but it's a pretty standard version of a  
folk tale still told. What makes this interesting here is that Wing  
Chun kung fu is particularly respected among martial artists for the  
clean simplicity and power of its circular defenses. It is, as they  
say, all about the circles.

I dunno, just seemed appropriate when thinking about a Kitchen-Aid.


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