Thursday, August 16, 2018
Especially now, as a martial arts guy, I like the concept, but I never was able to get into it.
I know this might not seem relevant to martial arts, but bare with me, it will be...
I think there were two factors that contributed to my not getting in to it deeply. The first was economics: we didn't have the right game console at my house, and we weren't going to, and whenever I went out to the arcade with my friends, I didn't have a ton of money to spend on playing at the arcade either.
My best friend in high school though had both. Consequently, he was very good. Which was the second contributing factor: Whenever we would play, he would just trash me, and quickly. Like a kung fu master, he knew all the advanced combinations that would defeat me before I even had a chance to get started.
Well, there goes my fifty cents. Guess I'm done for the day....
It was the same story any time we would play at his house. He would beat me Like a red headed step child. This is where it starts to get relevant.
There were two possible scenarios here: one was to continue to beat me quickly and easily, each and every time; in which case I learn nothing.
The second was to use his advanced skill to help me learn. This is what GM Sam Chin does with his family's martial art of Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan (which I now teach here in Tempe, Arizona).
By setting his ego aside, he drops his level to just above the person he's working with. He's just out of reach, just enough that you feel like you can reach him. In this way he guides you along, a little bit at a time. He makes you feel like you can almost beat him, it's so close you can taste it...
I started to notice that expert Thai boxing coaches do the same thing. I was watching a short video of Saenchai doing just this while working with a very young, foreign fighter.
As he was working with the boy, he was feigning defeat, as if this little kids kicks and punches were enough to actually put a worldclass fighter on the ropes, and in so doing, he was sacrificing his ego and investing in the younger fighter, building his skill and confidence as a martial artists.
If my friend had been able to set his ego aside long enough to invest in me, he may have had a challenging opponent eventually; one that could truly test his skills and push him to even greater levels, but instead he opted for the ego gratifying option of the quick and easy win over an unskilled opponent, and we both lost out in the big picture.
When you're looking for a "martial arts class near me", look for the one being taught by the humble instructor, the one who's willing to let you win,at least sometimes. Look for the instructor who understands how to invest in loss. If you're learning from the best, buy they're only interested in always reminding you of that, it's very likely that their skill will never become you're skill.
When it comes to finding the right martial arts instructor, it doesn't matter what they can do, it only matters what they can help you to do.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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The concept it similar to hua jin (mysterious power) from Xingyiquan, or our own I Liq Chuan concept of "mystery hand", the point at which your skill becomes so precise that the effect you manage to achieve on your opponent seems "mysterious".
Unfortunately, in modern times, there's been a lot of non-sense that's been built up around the ideas of what lingkong jin is, mostly being propagated by Westerners. You can find a bunch of ridiculous demos on YouTube of supposed lingkong jin, which are something between circus tricks and brainwashed compliance by the demo dummy.
I found the post so interesting because it tracks with my understanding: it's about preciseness and the role of the attention and is easily neutralized of the opponent has the attention to keep up.
I have translated the bit of info about Lingkong Jin that Chen Yanlin got first hand from the early Yang family and published in 1945. FYI — Lingkong Jin / (Going thru) Void Strength Lingkong Jin is boundless and marvelous, almost mysterious, hard to believe if not witnessed with one’s own eyes it is something that actually affects the mind.
Highly skilled people who issue this ‘Jin’ only need to utter a sound “ha”, for the opponent to immediately lift his feet off the ground and retreat. This is probably due to the fact that the mind of the receiver is attracted [influenced] by the issuer, so the receiver cannot resist.
In this respect, if the receiver has already learned skills (Jin) like sticking, adhering etc he can feel and foresee this ‘Jin’ as soon as the issuer starts “ha”, and by [simply] retreating the issuer will get no results. With regard to this ‘Jin’, practitioners should not explore in depth [waste too much time over it] but simply take it as a game.
It is said that (Yang) Jianhou and son (Yang Shaohou) could attract [influence] a candle flame within the range of about one foot distance, blocking the flame with one hand then extinguishing it. This is one [another] kind of Lingkong Jin. It is said that this kind of kung fu today has already disappeared.
— Written by Chen Yanlin in 1945 as reported by the Yang family
淩空勁 淩空勁奧妙無窮，近於神秘，非親眼目睹難以置信，實乃一種精神上的作用。藝高者發此勁時，僅須口中一哈，對方即雙足離地而後退，大概是因爲被發者精神已被發者所吸引，無法抵抗。 對此被發者如果已先知沾、粘等勁，在對方一哈之後，即由感覺而後退，發者也不會産生效果。對於此勁，學習者可不必深求，僅做遊戲看待即可。 相傳建侯、少侯父子，能吸引燭火近尺，一手隔之，火光遂熄，這是淩空勁中的一種。據悉此種功夫今天已經失傳。
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Friday, March 23, 2018
Thursday, August 18, 2016
As Arnold used to say "abs are made in the kitchen".
But, if you're like me and you come from a background where there wasn't much real cooking done in the house, you might not know where to get started, so I'm going to start sharing my meals with you here.
These are the types of meals I'm eating currently as a member of the Thrive Nutrition program (which I paid a lot to be a member of, and you're getting it FREE here.)
Now I can't give you all the ins-and-outs of the program of course, but if you just take advantage of some of meals I share with you here, you'll be a long way along.
So here's breakfast. I most likely won't have very many different options to share with you because I eat the SAME THING EVERY DAY. I find that variety is overrated, and with all the other decisions I need to make in a day, I don't want to waste any of my decision making power for the day on what could be a no brainer.
Tex-Mex Breakfast Omelette
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- 2tbs Kerrygold grass fed butter
- 3 L Eggs
- 2tbs Sour Cream
- 1tbs queso fresco (Mexican farmers cheese, find it in AZ at your local Food City. I like the oaxacaquno, because it's a bit salty so then I don't need any extra salt)
- 2tbs homemade pico de gallo
- pinch of black pepper
- I'll often add a little bit of ground turkey if we have any leftovers from "Taco Tuesday". which adds a little cumin flavor, but it's optional.
- pre-heat pan on medium low heat and melt butter
- crack eggs into a large mixing bowl
- add sour cream and mix thoroughly
- if I'm using a little leftover meat, add to pan and swirl around to season the pan
- pour contents of bowl into pan and cook to desired level of done-ness
- add pico and enjoy!
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