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  1. Nowadays I can control rain.

    I appreciate the intent - but if you really think it's possible someone is having a psychotic break, is talking about it openly in front of them really the move to make? Some serious breaking of the 4th wall going on here... Now, when's this boss battle going to happen?
  2. Nowadays I can control rain.

    Now we're talking! Why do I hear final boss music? 🤔
  3. Nowadays I can control rain.

    WOW. Didn't you ever watch Spider Man growing up? Let's say you can make it rain - Good for you. But if you're not going to use it to alleviate human suffering then all you've got is an XL sprinkler system that doesn't raise your hydro bill. Who cares?
  4. It's pretty cool how two styles from (most likely) the same source could branch out so differently makes me want to read Master Liao's book again. That's cool. It's possible that our system functions this way at a later level, but while I'm still working on Peng - any kind of hollowness is counterproductive. The instruction I was given initially to hold birds beaks with quite a bit of stretch over the back of the hand. If I go through the Ba Men with a relaxed hand, my power seems to go about halfway up my forearm. With a slight stretch it gets to my wrist, and a medium stretch reached my fingertips. Probably means I need to train more That makes sense - several of the teachers mentioned in this thread prescribe weights only after the internal body is built. Sure. The way I understand what I've been taught about Huang's method so far - voltage gets built primarily from solo work, but the partner work is needed to build correct applications, as well as conditioning the body to receive force without resorting to contraction. Cool! That makes sense.
  5. Thanks. This was what I was guessing, but haven't seen it play out practically yet. This one I can answer. In this system Jin is transferred through conductivity of the soft tissues, which can only happen when the contractile muscles are released. Even with a light grip, closing Laogong would cut off the conductivity as far up your arm as it takes you to maintain a grip on the object. That said, I've heard of students training with weighted vests for the same purpose, as a way to spread the force more evenly. In both cases though a base level of connective tissue strength is needed to handle the additional load, otherwise you just resist the weight with your muscles and create the wrong kind of tension. He mentioned it in a video a couple months back. It was a European sounding name that I didn't recognize and can't recall, and I assumed it was one of Huang's students from his native Australia. To your point Dwai, I think Rasmus uses kettlebells at a later stage of training, but only with an open palmed grip using the hook of the thumb to hold it, and only after the students structure is strong enough to bear the load without sacrificing conductivity
  6. For sure. I only overheard two students talking about it, but as soon as I get a chance I'll get back to you on it.
  7. LOL! I just learned recently that this is a legit tool for developing Jins, albeit far from a central one. They're also super expensive on Amazon. I imagine Dwai was referring to his schools version of this exercise, applied to Taiji as opposed to Qigong:
  8. Very interesting! Is there another style you trained in that you're contrasting against the Temple approach in that post, or are you speaking generally/hypothetically towards Yang style/The Taiji world at large? I seem to catch some of your meaning, but I'm not sure what styles you're referring to here:
  9. Cool Both of my teachers make use of the Taiji ball, but more as an ancillary exercise - though one includes it early. It'd be interesting to see how Ting/Song developed around it. Same line as Wee Kee Jin, btw, though I've got no idea what his method is. Apparently his book is very good as well.
  10. Thanks for posting Dwai. Does Temple Style Taiji place a large emphasis on Ting and Song as well?
  11. I am also of the impression that the subtle bodies are built differently across different traditions. As far as I know, it would take a graduate-level experiential understanding of all the traditions in question to be able to accurately discern the differences. This is an ambitious project. Best of luck!
  12. Cultivating Qi

    Thanks for the link. I am confused as well, so someone else will likely provide a better answer. Initially he seems to go for a partial Taiji mudra and gives a simplified instruction on reverse breathing. Later he says this is for consolidating Qi in the LDT (which is the result I was taught to expect from verse breathing as well), and although I want to add a disclaimer that I'm not skilled enough to criticise any teacher, I believe additional considerations are needed for efficiency and safety in this technique (correct sinking as opposed to placement of the mind, correct standing posture, correct use of Yi, complete reverse breathing mechanics etc.). Next he uses a full Taiji mudra, which is more familiar to me, but then he initiates the movement of his hands - which I don't understand the purpose for at all. Trying it out on myself briefly, it certainly excites the Qi in the LDT, though I'm not sure to what end. The part I understand the least is when he notes the purpose of this exercise - Fa Jin (though when he says it he demonstrates Fa Li). I don't see the connection, but possibly someone else will.
  13. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    Well... I imagine we could go back and forth for a while longer, but I'm tired of talking about this Antares. I hope you find the answers you're looking for.
  14. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    Edit: My bad - let myself get sucked in again
  15. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    Edit: Never mind. That's enough of that