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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Qi Gong 2 years on

Yay, I have been doing Qi Gong 2 years now.

I have kept up the 8 pieces of brocade and it is very rare to skip a whole day of that. I even do it twice a day sometimes. (I do that if I have flagging energy later in the day, or the first session was not that good - maybe I had not calmed my head enough perhaps but still carried on).

Benefits still to be had are warm hands. Circulation has got better. My room was 14.9 o C the other day and I was not really feeling discomfort. I have had migraines before when it has got to 15 o C and used to turn on heating when it was getting to 17 o C. < So good circulation is a plus then. My Sister had visited from overseas and she had twisted her ankle. I out my hands on her ankle and she noticed that the hands were warm. Good :> I cannot claim I healed her, however. I think ibuprofen helped her swelled ankle, rather.


I also picked up a new routine from a DVD by Michael Cohen. I got this DVD as it was cheap but had good reviews. Amazon.com in fact had so many good reviews I wanted to see what it was like. At first I was a bit skeptical as I am used to working with books where the theory is explained and then I seek out a DVD / video to watch the moves to complement the text. Here I gave it a good go.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gong-Fire-Water-Matthew-Cohen/dp/B000TGL9XC/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1513212556&sr=8-9&keywords=cohen+qigong

This video was interesting has he had 2 workouts. One fire and the other water. They last about 40 mins each so I could not do both. I chose 'water' as I wanted calm rather. I stuck with this and my legs got better at doing his shapes. This tired me but was helping me sleep. I started to recognise the moves in books I saw and this gave me more confidence in the routines. For instance Bruce Franzis's Tiger and Dragon book has moves that looked similar, so I knew these moves must be good; and possibly see where Cohen would have got his insights from. (Cohen's moves seem eclectic from various Qi Gong styles).

Cohen has shapes in his DVD that are like some of the poses from standing like a tree, which I had started out with. I used these and my knees did not hurt. Good. I do not really stand for long time as a tree however but to see some of the poses being re-used is reassuring. Overall my wu chi stance has got better. I know when I am in a good stance and it is having some calming effect on me, I really want to be able to say I can feel the qi moving about but do not want to be deluded. I can feel a fizzing in the hands sometimes when a session is 'good'. (Good means calm head and good breathing, no racing thoughts. NO rushed moves. Rushed moves is like a rushed dinner). I do get a feeling in the dan tien area and when I project the qi or think about moving it to my feet I can get a slight sinking feeling like I am going down a hill fast.

Even if this is just improved circulation and breathing that enough is good for well being effects, I feel. The stances have other benefits that can assist martial art balance.

I bought more books. I got one on the Qi Gong sounds and it came with a CD too. That is for the future. I need to do that properly or not at all. Same with Dragon and Tiger Qi Gong. That book looked very well written with good diagrams. I want the videos too that go with that. Again that needs research and full dedication to do and I have 2 things on the go already, so wont rush in a third routine.

I may take a jpeg of my books so far.

This is a good thing to get into. I should have done this earlier as health and mind are important. The control over your body is always good to get into and even minimal movements are hard to master with breathing and correct intent in the head too. [In fact I now see why in the Standing like a tree book the author  (see post Nov 2015) leaves it a year before you start imagining too, to accompany the moves. Doing all 3 things at once is not easy at all. The cow gazes back at moon with breathing and thought force is the hardest of all the moves I found and always have to concentrate extra hard for that one). Using colours to think and visualise with too adds variety. Green for the liver and dark blue for the kidneys for instance adds something to the thought patterns in the moves. (Each organ has its own colour).

If anyone reads my posts I would always welcome comments.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Terry Waite Talks About Chess





I was fascinated by this video. Terry Waite touches a few chords here on multiple levels. He shows why chess is interesting - it creates that losing yourself in the activity feeling, (called 'flow experience', where time flies).

Also, he shows the deeper meaning of the game in relation to other people and the situation they were in.



This is applicable to other activities.



In many respects, and less extreme that Mr. Waite, we are all in some forms of captivity and need escapes, or ways to make meaning of that.



The light and dark contrast he makes is good. Also he does state correctly that prisoners and chess have a long history.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Best Piano Exercise for Beginners - The Miyagi Technique





I like the way he shows how the body gets involved in playing music and also breathing can be applied. (I saw that too in photography, you should breath out when pressing the button, to avoid a jerk / blurry picture as you are relaxed. So do not hold your breath. Same here).






Wednesday, September 06, 2017

How To Use The Energy Gates Qigong Book





This is a good video. I have this book. I got it recently and there is a lot of theory and explanation, good diagrams etc.



Here this teacher shows a focused cut down way to use this book . (He teaches as part of the 'Energy Arts' syndicate that the books author promotes, so I found this very honest to be ... honest!).



The author of the book notes that 'cloud hands' captures much of Tai Chi movement and is worth focusing on. That stuck in my mind. Also I had seen the forward folds in Mathew Cohen's fire and water DVDs and I sensed that Cohen has drawn on some ideas from Bruce Frantzis (who wrote this Energy gates book).




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Novag Robot Adversary Chess Computer

 I think there is lots of applications for robot arms.

I want one for my dummy. This one looks good. This was a commercial set in the 80s I think. It beats the other design from MB games that had magnets under the board.



Robots are 'in' now in the news. Driver-less cars gets coverage and so does potential unemployment.

What if we have robots teaching martial arts will they make Sensi redundant?

Monday, February 20, 2017

freestyle on dummy

This practitioner uses some Vietnamese  kung fu and main land Chinese moves he says. This and the associated video he has shows the fastest hands I have seen with hard hitting. This is not a tippy-tap' set he has here, I sense. He is kicking that wooden leg. His bones know about this, trust me. Respect. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Dit Da Jow: Iron hit wine in Traditional Chinese medicine



This is a well thought through analysis of this Chinese medicine.

Does Dit Da Jow Die Da Jiu really work The power of ancient kung fu me...



Here is an experiment. I am glad he massaged one side and did not just let it lie fallow at all, with no massage. I expect the next step is to do the same thing again but use a different chemical - say olive oil - on one leg to contrast vs the dit da jow.

BUT ... I have used this and I go with it.