Sunday, October 06, 2013

Suchness...

Here it is; right now.  Think about it and you miss it. - Hang Po
This is a great quote from Chinese Zen master Huang Po.
Huángbò Xīyùn (simplified Chinese: 黄檗希运; traditional Chinese: 黄檗希運; Wade–Giles: Huang-po Hsi-yün; literally "Xiyun of Mt. Huangbo", Japanese: Ōbaku Kiun) (died 850) was an influential Chinese master of Zen Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty
.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huangbo_Xiyun
To me it really speaks to "Suchness". When discussing the concepts of Suchness and Tao, Sifu often says "suchness is; just like this..." or "as it is and not otherwise."

I believe what Huang Po is saying here, is that when thinking discursively about what ever is happening now, we layer and filter the experience through the concepts that are attached by default to all the labels we apply and the mental feeling of "like, dislike and don't know".

After one of my regular classes here in Tempe, AZ, I was explaining (to the best of my ability) about this same topic.  We could here the cicadas buzzing in the trees and I said;

 "Do you hear that sound?  The sound is caused by the cicada, but is not the cicada itself.  It's just sound, but we hear the sound and attach a label to it (cicada) and along with the label comes all the concepts associated with the label and the mental feeling of like and dislike."

In other words, when we label the thing and start to think about it, we stop really paying full attention.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I Liq Chuan Spinning With Stepping & Kicking

Many people mistakenly believe that I Liq Chuan's spinning hands training is only practiced stationary. Here instructor Miro Kovacik and I demonstrate spinning hands with range, section, stepping and kicking and a few qin na applications.


The goal of spinning with stepping is to maintain heavy hands with light feet.
©2013 CFILC

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Slovakia 2013 I Liq Chuan Training Camp - Meeting

A short clip shot during the seven day training camp I helped present this June in Drabsko, Slovakia. Discussing the importance of meeting each others force in order to train efficiently.
 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Martial Arts And Pelvic Alignment

In the video below you can see some if the type if work we do with basic skeletal alignment in I Liq Chuan.



Maintaining correct alignment of the hoops is crucial in any martial art, as the hips and shoulders are "the four corners that propel power".

The hips are the biggest "gear" in the overall mechanism the body has fir generating power. Unfortunately, most martial artists, even those who have been training for many years have very poor use of the hip complex.