What's Been Happening So Far
by Meowaffles

Looks like I might be changing internet service providers soon. I don't currently have internet at home and my last provider's been pretty unreliable as of late. That's pretty much the technical difficulty I had.

As for the comic itself, the current chapter has a few pages of flashback but it'll soon tie in to Catherine's current story. I hope no one's too bothered by that. Oh and there'll also be a kung fu battle in the flashback... because every chapter has to have a kung fu battle.

On other matters, my sifu has finally shown me the combat applications of the first seven steps of wu taichi. It's really not like the tai chi that I'm familiar with from cinema. It feels a bit less like flowing water and more like a series of levers, wedges, and clamps directed at the opponent. I promised my mom I'd send her a video of it when I finish learning the 108 step form. At this rate I think I'll make the video when I'm able to do the 1st seven or fourteen steps of it without error.

I'm also currently looking into getting back into corporate work as a graphic artist. Freelancing is nice in some respects but also pretty tough. I found an interesting set of openings in my area including educational materials layouter in a culinary school, 2d artist for a video game company, and graphic artist for a software company. Good luck to me. Oh, and yes, I still plan to continue the comic regardless of what sort of work I get.

I have all sorts of other plans, like visiting relatives and friends abroad, but I'll take things one step at a time. For now I'm just wondering what I should do for April Fool's Day.

Technical Difficulties
by Meowaffles

Hi. I'm currently experiencing a few connection issues but will be posting the new comic as soon as possible. Sorry for making everyone wait so long. '(o__o)'

It's over 1000!!! :)
by Meowaffles

This webcomic now has 1018 visits and 5834 pageviews!!!

Thanks everyone :)


The Ultimate Style
by Meowaffles

There is only one martial art style you can use to defeat all other styles. Yours.

Think about it. Why debate about which martial art style is better at something, which style lacks what techniques, or worst yet which style can beat what style? Train hard to be able to overcome all opposition and reach the pinnacle of your art... then, push that limit even further. If you really think your style is lacking at something, change it. Rather than being hindered by the limitations of an art, you should be creating your own methods and building a stronger martial art.

This is Kung Fu. This is how it changes and grows.

To cease to innovate in an art would be to allow it to stagnate and to demean the efforts of all those who built upon the art before you. More often than not, however, the average practitioner of the martial arts is not even at the level to be able to improve upon an art. So, work hard and practice relentlessly to be able to reach that level where you can clearly see what will work and what will not. Never make assumptions. Test your methods. Ground your work in reality and then make your opposition even harder than what you would probably encounter, taking into account all possibilities.

Sharpen the mind, strengthen the body, refine your technique and cultivate the spirit. Eventually you will become a paragon of your style and you will also have a style that is truly your own.

Defend Thyself
by Meowaffles

Today, I'd like to discuss the most basic aspects of self defense. While I'd really rather get into more advanced topics; like how not to hurt yourself while punching; it would really be better to get this out of the way.

Some people consider unarmed conflict a thing of the past, either more of a pastime and spectacle with more cultural than practical value or as something of a barbaric pursuit that should be phased out by modern nonviolent society. Sadly, the world is not so ideal and a lot of these people somehow find themselves in violent struggles they are ill prepared for. Often, they fall victim to those other people who see violence as a tool to be used for personal gain. While there's a chance you may be one of the rare and blessed individuals who will never directly encounter violence in this lifetime, it is much better to learn the skills you might need for something that may never occur than to not have the skills for something if it does occur.

Just to be clear about this, self defense does not necessarily mean martial arts. Martial arts can be an aspect of self defense, but self defense covers more than just this. Inversely, self defense is only one aspect of the martial arts. What I'm really writing about here are the very basics of keeping yourself safe. These are as follows:

Prevention: One of the most basic and effective means of self defense is also the least obvious; prevention. This means manipulating conditions such that you are less likely to need to defend yourself from hostility. This includes cultivating good relations with others such that you do not make enemies, avoiding areas and situations that may be dangerous, and even things like doing your part to promote a society in which you and others are safe. This won't guarantee safety but will greatly minimize personal risk.

Awareness: More than just being aware of your surroundings and looking for signs of hostility so that you can avoid conflict, this also includes being aware of the actual consequences or ramifications of what you or those around you do such that you can prepare for any possible violent results.

Preparation: Even with all the precaution in the world, it is possible for just one random and unexpected event to mess things up. Also, there are some battles you just can't or won't avoid for whatever reason. Preparation means you will already have whatever you need to keep yourself alive, un-captured, and healthy when something bad does happen. This is done by knowing and being capable of using routes of escape; cultivating the skill, strength, and mental attitude to survive conflict; having the necessary protective equipment to defend oneself if the need arises be it a bullet proof vest, an actual weapon, your two fists, a can of mace, or something else entirely; having backup to assist you; and even just knowing how to dissuade and discourage an attacker.

Resolve: The fact of the matter is, a lot of people make plans and preparations and don't follow through with them at the crucial moment. Usually, when faced with real danger, they either space out in shock or take whatever ill conceived action their addled mind happens to consider. Then there are those people who defend themselves but give up easily when things aren't going quite as planned. For one to be truly prepared for danger, one has to develop both a strong will to live; by living a life worth living; and a sense of calm in times of danger; by carefully acclimating the self to the sensation of danger such that you won't be overwhelmed by your own fight or flight response.

Now all of this seems like a lot of work and I honestly haven't done all of it, but what little I do counts for a lot and it all pays off when you manage to use these principles to escape a mugging or random ninjas. Take care everyone. :)