Monday, 28 July 2014

Cook Ding's Kitchen: Review of Jonathan Bluestein’s Research of Martial...

This looks like a really interesting book.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

John Kells 2007

Here is a clip of John Kells from 2007. I like the softness of his movements and expression of intent and energy.

He is working on the energetic structures of the other person

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Practise Tip

When you sink in the first posture of your form try to stay at that level as much as possible thoughout the form.

There will be natural rising and sinking but try not to bob up and down as the energy stored in your legs will not transfer through the sacral area but instead disperse and represents a loss of power.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Short Cuts

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear about some idiot who will only study with a teacher if they can teach them the "Essence" or the "Real Deal Stuff".

Looking for a short cut? Visit the Barber.

Looking for Essence. Try a cosmetics shop.

The Real Deal - honour your teacher, practise daily with honesty, sincerity and humility.

There are no short cuts.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Settled and Supported

Supported weight is achieved by relaxing the torso so it can be carried by strong legs.

To this end we use different techniques including weights to build powerful thigh muscles.

This is ok as far as it goes.

Much better is to let the energy settle deep into the ground. In this way the body is naturally supported by the earth rising up through a relaxed body.

Relaxed includes the legs, which are the hardest part of the body to let go.

Settling does not require the development of powerful legs. It does require the ability to visualise energy slowly settling down the front of the torso, legs, through the feet and softly into the earth.

No great intellectual process is needed, just feeling and faith.

You will then softly plug into the energy in and around you.

Don't believe a word. Practise.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

StandingPosture 7

Here is the final posture.

The weight is on the back leg and the arms are spiralling out.