Earlier this year, I did an interview with the Long Kang Kitties, a podcast group based in Singapore. The following is the blurb written for the interview.
While some people view security guards as low class people not fit to socialise with, we at the LongKang hold no such illusions! This week we invite Loh Teck Yong, author of “Guards gone wild!” as a guest. The ex-security guard/wordsmith spills the beans on what it is REALLY like working in the security industry in Singapore, from getting threatened with a knife to being almost literally thrown under a truck, this old guard had plenty of stories to tell!
We also covered the new law that will penalises guards who fall asleep on the job. How will this affect the industry and more importantly, the already cash-strapped guards whose livelihoods are wholly dependent on their security licenses?
If you wish to listen to the podcast, you can visit the Long Kang Kitties’ soundcloud site.
Loh Teck Yong
* I grabbed the above image from the Long Kang Kitties’ Facebook page. It’s their work, not mine.
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I am trying to gather like-minded martial artists for the purpose of collaborative training, and I need help coming up with a name for the meetup group. The name has to tell the public what the group is doing, without pretensions and false advertising.
And now, to help you guys with the brainstorming, let me list down the core beliefs of my meetup group.
I move very slowly during training. I believe that performing techniques and drills very slowly is the best way to improve precision of one’s techniques.
Precise punches are much faster and heavier than sloppy ones.
During partner drills where one side throws a punch while the other side dodges, it’s very easy to develop sloppy posture and habits if you move fast. For example, novices have a tendency to dodge with a too-wide margin when they face incoming punches.
I find that the best way to correct that bad habit is not to force the beginners to move faster but to make them go really slow, so that they can make sure that they are really dodging incoming punches by a really small margin (like an inch!).
The number of reps you perform is more important, far more important, than how fast and hard you practice your techniques.
So taking into account the core beliefs I just mentioned and the fact that it’s going to serve the function of collaborative training, what do you think I should name this martial art meetup group?
Loh Teck Yong