Sin Tien Wu Chi Qi Gong is an amazing and transformative system at the root of our martial practice. Utilizing zhan zhuang (standing post) meditation practices we develop the warrior mind. This type of mental conditioning helps fighters keep a calm head when in the middle of a storm. For many people this practice is very challenging because of monkey brain. The student has so many thoughts going through their head and are not able to focus on the meditation. With practice this condition will subside and the practitioner will be able to not only accomplish the basic meditation but also go much deeper in this study. Most people have some negative thoughts that have been swimming around their mind for years and years. These thoughts tend to come up in solo practice like this and must be dealt with to quiet the mind for more effective practice. Making it through the initial monkey mind stage and progressing more deeply into the real work is the first step in to gaining the benefits from this practice. Indeed, dealing with these energy draining thoughts is benefit in itself.
It’s 2012 and if you are looking to improve your health and fitness levels then Kung fu, tai chi and Qi gong are great ways to do it. If you already have a practice or you are just beginning make sure to set reachable short term goals. As you meet your short term goals see where they are getting you closer to your long term goals. Avoid the classic pit falls of over training and outrageous goal setting that can lead to injury. Build a sensible practice that can become part of your way of life. I kept this short so you could get through it quickly and get to work. Now..GET OFF THE TECHNOLOGY AND GET TO WORK!!!
Conratulations and good luck to my student ,Joan Harrington, who will instruct her first of many tai chi classes at the Ashboro NC YMCA. The class will be open to all YMCA members and will include instruction on tai chi form and principles as well as qi gong. Good luck Joan.
Sunday morning at the ISOYA Spring Intensive finds Dianne and Rosalie working hard as chefs. The bon-fire was perfect again as was the weather last night. After a long day of double forward stepping and posting practice, all the students were ready for Sifu Chin’s famous plum sauce pork chops and gai lan (Chinese brocoli). I also received a wonderful gift from students of White Lion – a beautiful display box with a comatose knife mounted inside and signatures from the students. Thanks so much to all. Today will be lots of Mok Yee Pai work…