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  1. Hello Dao Bums, I got a chance to sit down with Harry Minogue this last Saturday and chat about Baguazhang. I hope you enjoy.
  2. So I came across qing gong from read martial arts mangas and manhwas. Amongst all the martial arts I saw in fiction I always found qinggong to be somewhat realistic even on a scientific level. With more research I came across shaolin qinggong training in the book "72 arts of shaolin". But most of the training was waigong. It seems the neigong aspect which uses internal qi is nowhere to be found and has been kept secret. However based on the descriptions I have seen I have guessed what it might be. So qinggong is the art of light body gong fu. Basically u make ur body light in weight making it easier for u to jump high horizontally or move faster vertically. Now the training most people who know qing gong are exposed to are things like walking round a basket with stones inside and as training progress the stones are removed making it more difficult. An another one being jumping out of ditch and running accross a plank and making it more horizontal as you improve. But all are external methods. I believe that by looking at the external methods one can intuit what the internal method would be trying to achieve. So basically how I came to my conclusion was I imagined myself using qinggong to stand on water. I imagined myself weightless like a feather floating on water. I imagined this picture of myself for a long time. I thought it would be possible to reverse engineer how the skill works by imagining myself doing it. And weirdly I felt qi go to my feet. But at the same time I also felt the qi at my feet trying to generate some upward force that equals or negates my weight and I instinctively understood how it worked. It seems the first step is getting a large amount of qi to ur feet particularly your ankles and ur toes cuz thats where the qi really concentrated. The next part is the hard part. That qi u gather at ur feet is then used to generate upward thrust from ur ankles upward. That upward thrust is then used to counter ur weight or negate it. The more qi u have the more lighter u can become. So u use qi like a thruster on a rocket. The upward force generated counters ur weight making ur body feel lighter almost hovering a millimeter above ground. This technique is an internal technique that requires all eight extraordinary meridians to be opened. Even in mangas and manhwas students are required to open all eight extraordinary meridians before u can begin learning martial art skills. In fact in mangas they are so strict about this stuff that they consider it a basic requirement. In real life the microcosmic orbit is already a miracle for most of us.
  3. What is the hardest cultivation technique?

    So what is the hardest cultivation technique and whilst were here whats the hardest martial arts? the reason I’m asking this is mainly out of curiosity looking forward to your responses
  4. So guys I will be honest and open minded since I read all kind of stuff and people was open minded wouldn't luagh or offend someone so 1- I started training long ago and was doing lil inner training and cultivation since until now I didn't find any source all would agree 100% and I really wanted to do a good start a cultivation with really excellent foundation my goals I will be honest my primary goals isn't immortalty wisdom engi or healing they are just sub goals my main is for inner martial arts get stronger and for that I know important of basics and foundation so I can advance well since I do martial arts but I really can't find any real life master and most of master in online can't really trust one 100% and they all do for yourself not that u would have that very good foundation and stuff so would anyone have a book or topic or anything can help me start it's been years asking searching around get experience bout qiqong niedan etc but it took too long and until now can't risk with something I am not sure of and thanks guys wish you help)) sec is I had some questions 1- is that phone and video treating really a thing how qi could be send from a distance or control patient 2- could a master see your qi flow and your mistakes etc throw online video chat )) and wish you try help me start my path for cultivation for real. Sorry again for my long topic
  5. Wuxia drama story idea

    I read something a few years ago that gave me an idea for a Wuxia drama. Chinese emperors often referred to themselves as the "lonely man" (guaren, 寡人; sometimes rendered as gujia guaren, 孤家寡人), i.e. "it's lonely at the top". "The Lonely Man" would be a great title for an undefeated martial artist, one who reigns supreme over a fighting competition for so long he is bestowed the title. The story would revolve around other martial artists competing in order to move up the ranks and finally face him in the hopes of taking the title for themselves. Thoughts?
  6. Martial Cultivation

    hi everyone I do not know how many people here practice martial arts, but for those who do - I am editor of an online (PDF) journal called Martial Cultivation Journal. Many of the articles discuss Daoist work within martial traditions. For those who know Liu Hongchieh and Bai Hua from the books of BK Frantzis, we have a series of writings from a Hong Kong disciple of Bai Hua offering a quite different perspective on Liu and Bai Hua's teachings. I am also fortunate to publish Serge Augier's books on Daoism, and run the Flying Monk Talk Show on YT which is easy to find. Happy to discuss any aspects of martial cultivation here. Happy Training! Alex Kozma
  7. Hi everybody. I just want to ask some help and suggestions on where do i start on martial arts cultivation? One that boost physical and mental state especially on fighting. Thanks so much!
  8. Martial Peak

    In the last few years i've been having a lot of fun reading Wuxia Novels (Chinese Martial Arts Fantasy). My favorite novel is Martial Peak, it's basically about Martial Arts, Cultivation and navigating a ruthless, bloody and tyrannical social system (only the strong survive kind of atmosphere). It's a fun read and also has taught me a bit about Chinese culture (Scheming, Face, Societal roles....etc). Highly recommend for those whom enjoy cultivation and the warrior path. Cheers.
  9. Swapping sides / switching

    ( Cant seem to find or remember the thread where we where talking MA ? ) I talked about this before , I dont know a better term to describe it ..... They punch and you evade to one side, the next thing they do, you are on their other side ... switch back and forward until you find an opening . Its confusing . My instructor does it okay .... with a 'set up ' ( ie . 'attack me like this and then do this and that ') Mr N. seems to have adopted it as one of his specialities . I struggle with it . This guy below seems to be good at some form of it . Anyone know what style or technique he has ? from 1:15 It looks a bit ' funny', we dont flail our arms around like that, but I think I have seen some kung fu people fight like that ? - Or was he just 'flappin' and 'got lucky ' ?
  10. Thanx for accepting me at this forum! Hello my name is Douwe Geluk from Apeldoorn city in the Netherlands aka Holland. I saw this forum and wanted to become a member immediately. Many things that are on here have my interest. As said i live in the Netherlands and i work as an engineer. I love Salsa dancing, food and Asian cultures. Also i love daoism and i am.working on many aspects of daoism. With that i am a martial arts teacher in Apeldoorn city the Netherlands. My spiritual journey has many aspects with elements from.Buddhism, Daoism and others. My martial arts background: kyokushin karate, kickboxing, mma and Chinese martial arts such as How Chuen Monkey Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan with Qi Qong which i learned from shifu Fred Decramer. How Chuen is a standing tall Monkey art based on the Sasquatch, Bigfoot or Yeti. A very effective system of selfdefense and protection. Now i teach martial arts at my school de Bron van Geluk meaning: The Scource of Happiness. Tai Chi Chuan aka Taijiquan and Qi Qong have my main focus now those arts have so much effect on me that i will always practise them and do competitions on a high international level. I will read on this forum and post every now and then within some topics. ----- Thanxxx ------ Sincerely Yours Douwe Geluk
  11. Sanchin breathing kata

    I'm blessed to have 2 dedicated & knowledgable karate teachers. one (SJ) primarily teaches us fighting. the other (SM) teaches us katas, tai chi & chi Kung (mostly katas, tho) as a traditional Goju-ryu stylist, he's asked us to get deep in "Sanchin breathing kata"(SBK). its a walking hard chi Kung form. SBK uses sanchin stance/slow movement/posture/abdominal breathing/opening the microcosmic orbit. i ask SM a lot of questions, study sanchin info online & study Taoist meditation books/sites/vids (mantak chia/dr yang). SM also instructs us in sitting and standing eight pieces of brocade chi Kung. i believe this is is to build our chi to move in daily life, during SBK & god forbid, if we have to defend ourselves. i'm wondering if any one on here has any experience w/Sanchin & it's benefits.
  12. Bruce Lee's sparring against an opponent in the semi-contact mode. An interesting video material with analysis:
  13. I had the privilege of meeting a great teacher in 1974 that was largely unknown. His name was Dave Harris out of Seattle, Washington. I was very young. Because of extensive boxing, wrestling, submission wrestling, Aikido, Karate (starting when I was 11 years old) I found many of the so called blackbelts in town to be mediocre. This made me a little full of myself. Then I met Dave Harris. His art was Tai Chi but, he liked to call it chop suey. My first sparring session at his home on 67th st. was a real eye opener as to what a true combat Tai Chi fighter at a very high level can do. I was totally helpless with this guy. Yet, he did it with amazing control, gentleness, kindness and openness. His wife, Gerry, came home during this and told us not to mess the place up. I told her not to worry, Dave had everything under control. He charged very little, he was more interested in your character and dedication. He did not self promote. He had studied under some of the great masters: Tchoung, Tohei, Raymond Chung, Pang, Woodcock, and Zhang Jie. Dave was very humble. All he wanted to do was teach anyone who was truly interested. (He also was a highly dedicated art teacher at North Seattle C.C.). Jesse Glover (of Bruce Lee fame) met Dave Harris when Jesse Glover was well known for his unique style of Sticking Hands. Afterwards, Jesse called Sifu Harris The Greatest Master no one has heard of. That is kind of the way Dave wanted it. The point I am getting to is: With all of these big name advertised masters all around, I would like to read about the tremendous teachers that have influenced your lives (in any discipline, martial or non-martial) and yet are largely unknown. A memorial of sorts. I am waxing nostalgic, please humor me:)
  14. Hello all, As a beginning martial arts practitioner (Northern long fist) who has been training for around a year and far less experienced in internal work, I have been trying to look for a proper teacher who'll be able to guide me in internal cultivation for martial arts - mainly for internal power development/control. From the numerous posts I've seen on these forums, there seems to be a lot of people who are very experienced in internal work and skill, whether it is for martial arts or spiritual cultivation (or both). However, I also feel like people with genuine, high level internal cultivation are extremely rare, so I come for your advice. I have an opportunity to learn Sheng Zhen Gong with one of Master Li Junfeng's direct students. From the information online, it seems that it is more of a spiritual-focused one, rather than a martial-focused one. However, some teachers in my area (Austin, TX) highly recommended me to learn from his system, as they informed me that Master Li is also very experienced in martial arts as well. Any thoughts?
  15. Martial Arts as Meditation

    I started lurking on the Tao Bums about 10 years ago (Wow, time flies!) and this is something that would have been helpful to me at that time. Hope this will answer questions for those just starting out on this journey.
  16. Islamic Sikiran

    Sikiran was the 2nd art I practised as a youth ( after 'Traditional Japanese Karate) . Coming from Shotokan, their kicks confounded me. Still, what I was doing was when Sikiran (a traditional art ) seemed to be trying to ride the marketing train of 'Karate' and was affiliating with JKA . Occasionally some of the seniors would come over ... boy was their stuff different ! But recently I saw this .... nice form boys ! (It is good at times to practise slow-mo and concentrate on form , timing and rhythm (i wish I had live music to practise to ! ) .
  17. SaiyaMans Stuff!

    I'll be advertising posting/sharing a lot of the stuff I'm working on in here. First: Saiyan Subliminal - Meditation Mastery Subliminal Hypnosis track for improving quality, depth and efficiency of any meditative practice. Best used with headphones, and upon waking or before going to sleep. Youtube(short version): CDbaby - extended version, with more affirmations and NLP techniques - Only $2.99!: Let me know how it works for you, and if there are any other subliminals you'd be interested in. The next one I'm making will be to stop smoking You can like my page on Facebook to receive updates: Peace!
  18. As a cultivator and young man I've come to realize over time that it is highly desirable to adopt a physical practice, for reasons of energy movement dispersion, mental clarity, et cetera. There are many different practices available however, such as martial arts, bodybuilding, yoga. Are practices such as bodybuilding in which one acquires a certain material physique or skill, strength in accordance with the Dao? It seems to me that anything that focuses excessive energy on the self is anti-Dao, and physical strength, while an asset, is temporary, while spirit is eternal. I am seriously considering switching to yoga, as I feel that practices that develop a physique are excessively and inherently selfish. Thoughts?
  19. new to forum

    Hello. It is nice to discover such a forum with dedicated practitioners. I love mountains, nature and the way of nature. I study nature, martial arts, yoga, qigong and meditation and I enjoy learning about myself in these practices. nice to be here.
  20. Hello, You guys are all always saying how good or important a real life teacher is. Does anyone here have any opinions on Traditional Seven Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu? A friend of mine teaches Traditional Seven Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu. I've gone to them for traditional Chinese medicine before (acupuncture and massage) also. I've always felt great after the sessions and, just being around them, you can tell they have a very calm and calming demeanour. Due to my recent interest in the Neidan/Neigong Taoist/Chinese side of spiritual/energy work, I asked them if what they taught covered any of the following: Neidan, Neigong, Weigong, Qigong, Daoyin, Taoist Magick, Hand Seals, Star Stepping. Their reply was that Traditional Seven Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu incorporates all of those things. So, I am thinking of getting involved and starting some lessons. They all seem to work together but I think there are some lessons on Qigong/Daoyin/Meditation and some on external movements/Kung fu. I'm thinking of going with both. Any thoughts on this approach, the Traditional Seven Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu system as a whole, etc, are welcome. Thank you for your time. Satya
  21. Mindful Martial Arts

    With his forty five years of experience, Shifu Hayashi (Christopher Goedecke) explains the spiritual nature and the transformative process of the Martial Ways in the Mindfulness Tradition of the ancient lineage masters in this 3 part interview. I know everybody on the Way will find wonderful relevance in this interview. -Tom
  22. Hiya Bums, So I went ape shit on Amazon and bought 11 books so far on qigong, ninjutsu and IMAs. I've also been to local Ninjutsu and Tai Chi classes. Tomorrow, I'll be checking out some Bagua. At this point, I'm kungfoozed My inner Dude is telling me I've to slow down and the Dude's always right. I need you bums to opine for me. What got me into this whole business was this need to reconnect with my body, befriend my body. So, I started doing Yoga, Shaking and Qigong. Then, it spilled over into some martial arts due to good ole Glenn Morris. And I kept on being pulled in My goals are: 1. Spiritual refinement with self-defense - which is what got me into Ninpo 2. Health, Vitality, Vigor, Virility - Qigong and sexual yoga 3. Energy work and healing - understanding my subtle body, meridians/chakras etc. With this in mind, and not wanting to trip myself up by cross-training in a bunch of things, what would you all advice? I get the feeling I might mess myself up by doing ninjutsu, taijiquan and bagua all at once Or should I just distance-train in Hoshinjutsu and call it good? What would you suggest for the goals that I mentioned? Cheers for reading, Sri
  23. Hi all. I watched this last night and thought it was very good. I've been practicing for three and a half years and over the curse, have identified how Taoist the martial art's philosophy is. This documentary explains it all... I see that there are a lot of Bagua and Tai Chi practitioners on here but not many talk about Wing Chun. I'm quite interested in learning more from the Bagua and Tai Chi philosophies too to draw on similarities more than anything. So anyone with anything to say on any Taoist martial arts, please go ahead
  24. Bagua Zhang and Longevity

    Many people who speak/write about the art of Bagua Zhang and its principle exercise, circle walking, express how these practices are excellent for longevity. Walking the circle, it is often said, is all one needs to do for health and long life. However, where is the evidence for this? Certainly, bagua zhang practioners are quite supple and strong, and notably so even into old age. There is a lot to be said for the twisting and squeezing aspects of the art and the constant focus on circular patterns. It would make sense to see this connected to longevity. But, when we look at the history of bagua zhang masters, we don't see a lot of long-lived people. With very few exceptions, the great masters of bagua zhang consistently seem to live 50, 60, or 70 years. That is, not much more than the average population. Even Dong Hai Chuan, the modern founder of the art, only lived around 85 years. Any thoughts as to why this is the case? How about contemporary bagua zhang masters? Are they living to 100 or more? 8) Dong Hai Chuan