Now I'm going to enable 'moderated comments' on posts going forward. You should see the little link at the bottom of new posts. I don't expect much traffic on that, as my reader populuation has been conditioned by long policy to lurk mode only. If I end up spending a lot of time weeding out trash from the Play Misty for Me psycho's that ever slink behind me in their obsessive self-appointed mission to protect the world from my stuff, I'll just shut it down again.
Another reason this comment opening won't attract interest is that, since it's filtered through a moderator, presumably it'll be all plain vanilla stuff, just a mass love-in / group-hug scene, and there won't be attacks and counter-attacks, where the readers get to see me bare-knuckle scrapping with my tag-along psycho's, as I've allowed a few times in the past. But let's face it, that kind of ignorant armies clashing by night stuff, mindless attack, assault, and revenge bombing is what people really want to read! Deep down! They just want to see blood on the sand. Well sorry. It will be moderated. But stay tuned anyway. Because with TABBY CAT - you just never know .
1. Here is final of basic wuji set. I will be out of the country from end of Sept onwards for a long long time. Probably won't be any more of these vids for quite some lengthy while - if ever. So ... whatever. Enjoy.
2. For people local to Seattle / Puget region asking me how to get this kind of Chinese staff, they have a ton of these things at the little International Distict kung fu store. Dusty little place, I swear time has been suspended. Walking in there I get uncontrollable flashbacks to 1974 NYC and DC Chinatown... KUNG FU FIGHTING type of cheesy fun vibe. SUPER FLY! BLACK BELT JONES! ... ahahaha.
658 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
Posted at 11:38 AM | Permalink
This one may finally be just too subtle for you all. You're probably going to try to treat it as hard qi gong, some kind of abdominal toughening thing. This one may finally be a Bridge Too Far. This is why I didn't even want to post these wuji sets.
It isn't hard toughening work at all. It's another one of these impossible task things: you have to WITHDRAW dantian AWAY from the pole (NOT pressing hard into it! Got that??) And yet, at the same time, you cannot let the pole slip down! Work the contradiction softly subtly gently and yet fiercely.
Then the Quiet Standing will totally blow you away.
Posted at 09:30 PM | Permalink
Somebody asked more about the drill sets called 八級 (baji, from earlier post).
Those are serious, and seriously unusual. That is the training my teacher credited for his unearthly combative skill with long staff. They are also internal energy of course, but focused on using it, deploying it, with a very different flavor.
Though I learned some of them, no way I'm gonna show those because then all sorts of banjo-playing asshole rednecks and hillbillies (the kind who dog me too much already as it is) would chime in with a simply intolerable level of ignorant dumbass offensive stupid comments, and I can't take any more of that kind of crap.
However since I got started on these kinder gentler wuji drills, I will throw one more out there to the wolves. This one will get your entire torso revving like an industrial strength band saw.
You don't believe me do you? AHAHAHA. Fuck it who cares.
Here it is:
Posted at 06:48 PM | Permalink
The key idea is that you must not let the pole put any weight on you - at all. Yet you must keep contact with it, in other words if it falls forward that's a fault (as can be seen on my vid).
You must use a pole that absolutely cannot stand alone on a flat floor.
This sets up an impossible condition. How to get the pole to stand on its own, without even the least degree of your support, yet without losing contact. If you think you have the pole standing upright on its own, and you think that you are no longer supporting it in any way, yet you still have contact, then obviously you are either deluding yourself or you cheated and didn't use a pole that fits the pre-condition.
But no matter, if during the exercise you believe you've actually achieved it (and your mind/ego will try to trick you in this way) that's fine, then check it, by reducing the total area of your hand's contact with the pole, keep reducing it until you have reached the absolute minimum surface area of contact with the pole yet its still "standing on its own" (which it wont' be, it's just that you're not sensitive enough to feel the slight pressure of its weight on some portion of your hand.
You can think of the pole standing upright on its own as mathematics. One of my students pointed out, it's like calculus, with the pole standing as in undefined condition that we try to approach asymptotically nearer and nearer, reducing the degree of the pole's reliance on you more and more. And yet by definition, that state can never be reached. And even if it could, then the secondary asymptote would kick in - reducing the surface area of contact to nothing yet without losing contact - as explained above. So the whole thing is a real world Zeno's Paradox.
The point of all this is that the energy loves this kind of "real world" task or game. This engages the energy far more than normal static Santishi, where people stand numbly for minutes or hours, with their mind and energy wandering all over the place. If you have even an ounce of sensitivity in your body and soul, you'll really feel the charge in your arms after just a few minutes of this, when you quiet stand.
I feel this is one of the greatest energy practices in existence in any system or style. Certainly the most ingeniously simple.
Posted at 08:07 AM | Permalink
Q: THANK you for Wu Ji #1! Loving it. Are the Wu Ji set all using both poles?
A: You're more than welcome. No, the Wuji set is mixed, some double some single, some alternating. For the hell of it, I have filmed #2, below. 99% of my readers will just blow right by this one cause it don't look hard enough, rough enough, tough enough. But the joke is on them. AHAHAHA!
Now, as for you more discerning 1% out there? Enjoy:
This drill is not only TOTAL BLOWOUT for pure hua jing energy internal power (when you do the Quiet Standing after), but additionally it has some philosophical interest.
That's because it sets an impossible task. It's kind of along the lines of this beautiful traditional song... and that's where it's pure power comes from.
It's right on that razor's edge of pure impossibility:
Can you make me a cambric shirt
Without any seams or fine needle work?
Can you wash it in a well
Where water ne'er ran nor ever fell?
Can you dry it on a thorn
That never was seen since Adam was born?
Can you find me an acre of land
Between the sea shore and the salt strand?
Can you plow it with a hog's horn
And seed it all down with one peppercorn?
Can you reap it with a sickle of leather
And bind it all up in a garland of heather?
- English folk song, traditional
Posted at 02:04 PM | Permalink
Below is some reader feedback from quite a veteran player, after I posted the wuji thing yesterday. This is the type of experience everybody 'should' be feeling.
I am waiting for my staffs to arrive, they are late, won’t be here till the 13th of Sept. But I have 2 aikido jo. They are way too short for most of these drills except for the double poles drill #2 and the new wuji drills. I can't wait anymore, had to start. So i used the jo’s with those 3 staff drills. First I did double poles drill #2 (ie. alternate up-down), and then wuji back-front, then wuji left-right.
At first, little or nothing. Then I hit the wuji left-right. It felt like my entire body was being drilled in a left /right compressive wave/twist. Then the #2 drill felt like beng quan, one pole up is the fist going out, one down is the fist retracting. Same energy, same wave! It felt like moving forward in beng quan. Then round 2 of the wuji drills. The back/front one was a giant power wave moving in the vertical axis, and the side to side a giant power wave in the horizontal (twisting) axis.
So, holy crap. Hidden energy indeed!
By the way, if you have limited time the Double Pole stuff is the more intense (compared to the Single Pole set), nevertheless if you can do both, go for that. If your time (or interest) is too limited to do both, then most days do only the Double. But once a week or so, go back and do the whole Single set and you'll be amazed at the augmented radioactive chainsaw effect in your arms. These drills all work together, it's a coherent training system.
Posted at 07:07 PM | Permalink