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  1. anyone else gets this?

    Probably most don't worry about such things. Used to run cross country as a teenager...typically we'd jog up to 5 miles a day in practice. During the jog, it was nice to find someone running about your speed and just talk as the miles passed by. In the Army we used to sing cadences as the unit ran during pt in the early mornings. Interesting enough in posting I could find no studies that support my belief that the cadences helped people to find whats called rhythmic breathing. Regardless, as I remember the units ran for quite a long ways with little effort when calling out the jody calls. In teaching taiji, some ask about the breathing. I always stress the breath out of the body,. The body will take care of the breath in...let the understanding come natural dont force it...
  2. Is not sitting comfortably in a chair a technique. It's called the gateless gate there are many paths to reach it. My taiji shifu, now 99yrs old once remarked " to really fan song, is very difficult" It took many years to understand what he meant, many more to deepen the reality opened by the understanding. Recently I had somebody aske me about the usage of taiji, whether it was real or not. My answer, touching him lightly the arm he bounced out. We both laughed.
  3. What are you watching on Youtube?

    been there, its funny
  4. The Cool Picture Thread

    Nice, A long time ago in the US military. We used to sleep in it. Austrian Alps. Very, very cold. Made the mistake of touching the barrel of my M16. Fingers freezing to it. Needless to say it's something that one only does once.
  5. The Cool Picture Thread

    winter time
  6. Law

    Acupuncture went through a similar process on the west coast US back in the 70s. Some of the old time practitioners I knew didn't register for the program even though they were quite skilled they were no longer able to practice their craft openly. There are people if one reads the article familiar with qi gong who will sit on the board. Right now as I understand it, its an exploratory board made to make up and review the rules that would be enforced. Not a fan of the other practices you've written about cashing in on qi gong practices but, being what it is, they may be the ones pushing to have it regulated. Just means that if one is monetizing what ever they do related to health, people will expect the gov to have some type of guide lines to insure public safety. Qi gong, often written about and outlined, can have profound influences on a persons life if they attempt it with out guidance. Even what seems like simple practices depending on level and depth can change a person in ways that they may not understand nor correct if something happens to be wrong or the practice is not suited for them. The problem being of course where does one go to fix something they've messed up....
  7. Law

    From the link "His proposal would require those who wish to teach qigong to complete hours of education and pay the state for the privilege of working. Oddly enough, many of these provisions have nothing to do with qigong." It's not just teaching it goes on to include those who are monetizing their practices in other words making them commercial. this happens to be in Oklahoma but many other states do the same things with other types of practices. It bites both ways. many highly skilled practitioners complain about those who are less skilled or even fraudulent, wishing there was some type of regulatory agency. People looking for qi gong work often have no way of understanding or knowing the level or depth of a practitioner's knowledge. On the flip side. For those with high-level skills it takes quite a long of time and very in-depth studies to achieve them. In some cases the requirements block more advanced practitioners of the practices. not due to their skill level but due to they have not fulfilled all the requirements to teach or monetize their practice in a state. I often see this when applying to offer courses in taiji at local colleges. Some almost requireing a teaching degree. What this does, for those in college moving into these fields they go down and get a certificate in whatever field it is. Because of their background in college are then allowed to teach. While those having trained for a long time in their practices do not have the same background because of their practices. In Asia, many top level masters are relatively unknown to those outside their fields teaching in the many parks or private places.
  8. Law

    care to post some links that point to this. There is a movement in some states to formalize it, with those practitioners that monetize their practices. In CA acupuncture went through the same process.
  9. What do you sleep on?

    The chinese have pillows that are hard as rocks. The modern ones at lest the ones I used were not much better. small story some might find funny... a couple of yrs back me and my friend him ethnic hong kongese, he grew up in the US. We traveled to Beijing each yr to practice with our taiji teacher in one of the many local parks... On the flight there I remarked to him he wasn't really chinese, he insisting he was. A middle aged Chinese woman overhearing us, turned to him and asked him if he was Korean... We both laughed. She said let me feel your head... If one looks at the back of many mainland Chinese heads because of the hardness of the pillows they used at a young age their heads tend to be flattened in the back. She felt his head, and said "your head is not Chinese" she then asked him if he could speak Chinese. Most in HK can speak English and Cantonese. He said he could speak Cantonese. She said "no, I mean Chinese " which most in the mainland speak Mandarin. I told him, "see your not really Chinese" we both had a good laugh. edited: follow up " Flat-backed heads were believed to bring you good luck, making your face and head seem fuller, which was a sign of future prosperity (福相,fu xiang). They were also supposed to be attractive on girls, complementing the hairstyles of past times (Makes you look more balanced if you have a large bun on the back of your head. Ancient Chinese people never cut their hair in their life.). So parents would lie the baby’s head on something hard and tirelessly turn them to face-up position every time they turned their head to the side"
  10. What are you watching on Youtube?

    what would you do in this situation
  11. What is Patriarchy

    I know,,,thought some might catch it reflecting most use Chrome as their browser. solved the riddle of steel long ago..have met many as young man living by it.