Lessons from the bamboo

Bamboo is a common plant in the Philippines. It is very versatile and we have many uses for it. We use it as food, building material and as a versatile raw product. We have bamboo houses, bamboo decors, bamboo flutes, and even the world famous 19th century Bamboo organ.

A few months ago, hubby and I went on a short vacation in Calatagan, Batangas (south of Manila) and were pleased to find a Bamboo park. 

Bamboo Park, Calatagan, Batangas

It was cool, serene, and relaxing.

Bamboo Park, Calatagan, Batangas

Perfect for a morning run.


Then we found this simple sign. I really liked it because as a child, I remember my Dad teaching me about this several times; and now that I’m into the martial arts, I like it even more.

Bamboo Park, Calatagan, Batangas

Thank you for the profound observation, Bruce Lee.

Yes, the bamboo: So ordinary and yet so valuable.

When I got home, I surfed the internet to look for other lessons from this ordinary yet so valuable plant. There are many.

Life Improvement suggestion for all of us: Choose one or two lessons and then apply it in our lives this week.

Ten lessons from the bamboo / A-mused

The Chinese bamboo story — A lesson in patience / The sky is the limit

Video: Lessons from the Bamboo / Garr Reynolds/ Tedx Tokyo



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Bruce, what did you mean when you said this?


2 thoughts on “Lessons from the bamboo

  1. Mio December 13, 2013 / 11:50 PM

    In the movie Game of Death, Hai Tien (played by Bruce Lee) while holding a long and slender bamboo stick, gave this warning to Dan (played by Dan Inosanto) the 3rd Floor Guardian before their fight:

    “You know, baby, this bamboo is longer, more flexible and very much alive. And when your flashy routine cannot keep up with the speed and elusiveness of this thing here, all I can say is that you will be in deep trouble.”

    (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka4gpdxIENE)

    From this movie, you will learn the importance of including weapons of considerable length and flexibility in your arnis training. Although the stingray’s tail (buntot ng pagi) is difficult to acquire nowadays because of the ban imposed against stingray hunting, you may want to find other alternatives such as the retractable whip made of steel coil. I remember giving one to a friend as a gift a decade ago, but have not found this weapon sold by vendors ever since. I think I bought that at the COD when the store was still existing in Cubao. The whip used by horseback riders is also a lethal one.

    You may want to watch Maestro Oido Caburata explain the use of the stingray’s tail in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w59QmLRxXA4&feature=related.

    • thedeadlydance December 14, 2013 / 12:50 AM

      Dan’s nasty forehead wound just reminds me that ANYTHING can be a deadly weapon in skilled hands. First time I saw a stingray whip. Wow.

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