Saturday, December 26, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Shut your eyes while waking up. Massage them gently with your thumbs 14 times. Keep your eyes closed and rub them from left to upper-right, to upper-front, then to downward-right. Then from right to upper-right to right and downward-right. Then from downward-right to downward-front, to downward-left and then to the left. Do this seven times. After massaging your eyes leave them closed for at least a few minutes and then open them wide suddenly. Silence while doing this exercise is essential. Use the back curvy bone of the thumb to press the small acupoint (Zhuan-Zhu Acupoint) in the tip of the eyebrow. Do this seventy two times. Then rub the cheekbones with your hands rotating the Eardrop Acupoint for 36 times. Rub the forehead in the reverse direction, beginning in the middle of the eyebrows toward the back of the head for seventy two times (see your fingers to massage like you would when you are washing your hair). By doing this you will find that you’re swallowing lots of saliva. Now paste a light green piece of paper onto a wind lamp which is burnt with sesame oil, and the flame of which must be small. Put the lamp in a dark room. Stand away from the lamp about 6 meters away, cross your legs and sit on a bench using intense concentrating of your will. Withhold your Qi and watch your lamp intently for about 15 minutes. Then close your eyes making your eyeballs rotate around 36 times (from left to right). Now rotate 36 times in the opposite direction (from right to left).
Friday, June 19, 2009
I'll not be held responsible for any injuries or suffering if anyone tries this techniques. It requires special guidance froma qualified instructor. I doubt you will find many instructors that know this technique as they are very old techniques and are only usually taught to special students with high potential, dedicated, respect teacher and self-respect, and patience.
Sit cross legged and strike your knees 72 times with your fists. Now loosen your fists and press the palms of your hands onto your knees. Now massage then 36 times from outwards to inwards and then 36 times again from inwards to outwards. After massaging repeat the above gain 8 times. Do all of this before you go to bed and when you get up in the morning. After 1 year your knee bones will be very hard. Now get 2 wooden hammers in the shape of a ball with soft rattan handles. Hit your knees simultaneously 72 times with your wooden hammers. Massage them as before but only 9 times. Do this for a year and your knees will be extremely tough. Now use 2 iron hammers about the same shape as the wooden ones. Repeat the same training as with the wooden hammers and after 1 year you will accomplish this art.
Give yourself a forceful massage all over your body. Hurl your arms forwards and backwards, opening your chest right up, then closing your chest. At night sleep on a hard wooden board, this will make your muscles and bones tough. When your muscles and bones feel tough you should set up an iron bar (like a chin up bar) in your garden. Dig a pit around a foot deep in front of the bar and fill it with sand. In the morning and night, practice hanging from the bar and tossing yourself into the sandpit. When you land in the sand pit practice landing on your shoulder/back/chest/abdomen and arms. Do this for three years then remove the soft cloth from around your chest. Now you must beat your body with a wooden hammer. When you are used to the wooden hammer use an iron hammer to beat your body. Concentrate and use your Qi to withstand the beating of he iron hammer. After another three year your upper body will be as pliable as cotton and you will have been successful in the Iron Shirt Art.
You must first make a hammer out of cloth and beat your whole body with it. At the beginning, it may be painful but time will make it feel less painful. Once you feel ready to move on beat your body with a wooden hammer instead. After lots of training you will not feel pain from the wooden hammer, this is when you should move onto the iron hammer. When you can finally feel no pain from the iron hammer you must start to learn the other following arts:- Somersault Arts/Iron Shirt Arts and Iron Cow Arts. After two or three years of training you should develop muscles in your back and chest as hard as stone. It is said that after this final stage is attained that no form of kick or punch will harm these areas of your body.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So what are some of the things you should look for or ask about when visiting a school? Firstly, ask about the class schedule. If classes only meet when you can't attend, it crosses the school off for you. Another thing to look for is who is teaching the classes. Often, the person teaching your class won't be the head instructor. Frequently the head instructor will have some of his advanced students teaching classes. This is particularly true if the school you choose has separate classes for lower ranked and higher ranked students or if they have a "new student" class. Don't let this dissuade you. Often instructors teaching "new students" are doing so because they have shown an aptitude for helping new students learn the basics of an art, perhaps even beyond that of the head instructor. The ability to teach a physical skill is often dissociated to some degree from the ability to actually perform that skill at high levels.
Another thing to take note of is injuries. Let's face it, martial arts are inherently dangerous. They are martial and no matter how safe you train or what safety equipment is used, there is a risk. There are bound to be some injuries. However, the nature and frequency of the injuries are what you should consider. A black eye is far different from an injured joint and if broken bones occur frequently, that may indicate a problem. You can't train while recovering from some injuries. Some injuries are permanent and will affect you the rest of your life. Finally, though uncommon, some schools have an "enrollment period." They operate like college classes in that you can only join at certain times of the month or year.
What Not To Look For …………………..
Some years ago a movie came out: They Call Me Bruce! In this comedy, an Asian man made his way through a number of people who thought he was a great martial arts Master simply because he was Asian, triumphing in the end. The moral is clear and directly applicable. Do not assume that because the instructor of a given school is Asian that he is, in some way, superior to the instructor of another school who is not. Skill in martial arts is not inherent to any given "race."
Likewise, do not make the same mistake concerning the sex of an instructor. There are many very talented female instructors.
Don't let yourself be distracted by a fancy school or unrelated goodies such as weight machines or saunas. A well kept, safe training area is one thing but extraneous features, though nice, ultimately only add to the expenses of the school. There are a good number of excellent instructors teaching out of their garages, basements, and back yards. Don’t get distracted by uniforms either. Many Asian martial arts wear the traditional "white pajamas" Gi (Uniform) while other martial arts have different uniforms and some, no uniform at all, preferring instead "street clothes" or comfortable, loose fitting training clothes.
Also, don't pay too much attention to numerous trophies and medals. Trophies are easy to come by in martial arts competitions. On top of that they are inexpensive and easily purchased by unscrupulous scam artists from the local trophy store. Though this practice is uncommon, it has been known to happen.
Don't judge a school or instructor by how much they charge. Its human nature to assume that a higher priced product is going to be somehow better yet this is not always true in the world of Martial Arts. Some instructors are simply teaching for the joy of teaching and not trying to make a living or any real money from it. Some arts and Organizations discourage their instructors from trying to make money from instruction and will therefore be inherently less expensive. Yet other arts are the flavor du jour and suffer from higher demand then there are available instructors, thus making them more expensive. As long as the price of instruction falls within the range that you are willing to pay, don't worry too much about it.
One of the most misunderstood things about martial arts is rank. Different people in the martial arts world have different feelings about the use of ranking in the martial arts. Some feel it is all important, some that it is of no important whatsoever and others that it is a valuable tool not to be given too much weight outside of its limited context. What you should know is that most martial arts have a ranking system but many do not and that rank within one system does not equate to skill within another system even though the systems may be similar. Just because you know how to drive a car doesn't mean you know how to operate a back hoe.
The Korean system works much the same way, simply substitute "Gup" for "Kyu." You should also know that some Occidental systems have a rank system, but, when they do, they usually do not follow the 10th-1st sub-black belt then 1st Dan-9th Dan ranking that Asian systems do. Frequently Occidental systems will rank a practitioner by number of wins in competition or a combination of skill level rankings and competition wins. Several schools will typically operate in this manner. Other Occidental arts use an archaic ranking system that includes 4 or 5 ranks starting with "Scolaire" (Scholar) and culminating with "Maestro" (Master).
Be aware that the color of a belt as a rank in one system does not translate to the same rank in another system. A "Green Belt" in one system is usual y not the same rank as a "Green Belt" in another system. The same goes for Kyu/Gup ranks. As stated earlier, a Kyu/Gup rank in one system does not equate to the same skill as an equally numbered Kyu/Gup rank in another system. Simply put, you can not compare a 5th Kyu in "Karate" with a 5th Gup in "Taekwondo" and they probably wear different colored belts. At this point, it should go without saying that a "Black Belt" in one system isn't real y comparable with a "Black Belt" in any other system. It only represents a certain level of skill obtained within that system; exactly what skill level that represents is entirely up to the instructors that define that system.
Again, don't be overly concerned with the rank of the instructor. You likely will be unable to differentiate between a 3rd Degree Black Belt and a 9th Degree Black Belt for many years. Further, there is a theory in the martial arts world that you can learn a lesson from anyone, even the lowliest practitioner. Learn the lessons that the instructor has to offer.
A final word of warning on the rank of the instructor
Beware claims of inflated or high rank. It is not unheard of for a martial artist to break away from his parent organization or instructor and award himself "9th Dan" and "create" his own art. More then one instructor has made the leap for 3rd Dan to 9th Dan in this way with no real increase in his skill or teaching ability.