One of the things that I've searched for in Kung fu training, is how to practice and train in Kungfu on my own. Though I have a decent base in Kung fu, sometimes life gets busy and I found I haven't practiced for quite awhile. It is not always convenient to find a Kung fu master around or someone to train with, the result is that I end up forgetting what I've learned.
Recently I came across this video below that resembles a lot of what I learned while training with Master Wang in China. These are well grounded basics that will improve your kung fu quickly.
My Personal Experience
From my own practice, I’ve noticed just doing 10 minutes of these techniques greatly improves the quality of my sleep. I don’t usually have a problem with sleeping, however sometimes I’m short on time and find I get by on a lot less sleep when I need to and it doesn’t impact me. The quality of my sleep is much better as well.
I know there are many people that have trouble with sleeping. They have trouble getting to sleep, laying in bed for an hour before they fall asleep. So, practicing one of these activities will make much better use of your time.
Are Burpees the Ultimate Bodyweight Exercise?
I heard before that the ultimate bodyweight exercise was burpees, but I wondered if that was true and what exact results could you get from them. Could you get fit by doing just burpees for 100 days? Would they build strength and endurance? Would your metabolism start to burn like a furnace? I wanted to find out. So I set a gong, a practice with intention.
In the previous two articles we went over what the real meaning of Gong fu is. In the first article we outline the two main concepts. In the second article we talked about developing skills. Here, we are going to talk about the process, or the Way.
Mastering the Way: The ancient Chinese philosophers were generalists rather than specialists. They discovered that what seemed like unrelated disciplines actually have a common basis.
Here is a brief outline of the Way -
As mentioned in the first article, kung fu is about two things - mastering a skill and mastering the way. Mastering a Skill is about cultivating the techniques, Mastering the Way is about cultivating your mind.
The way to cultivate a skill is through practice, repetition and endless preparation. This means it will take a lot of work to become a skilled practitioner. Whether it feels like a chore or enjoyment, the amount of work will be the same. How you feel about it will be explained in Mastering the Way.
The practice of kung fu, or the practice of a skill is done through practicing the basics. A master is simply someone who has become highly proficient in the basics. The techniques are practiced until they have become instinctual, until they reach a level where they “perform themselves”.
What is the real meaning of gong fu (kung fu)? Most people in the West think of it as Chinese Martial Arts. But that is not what it means in China, it's much deeper than you realize.
In China, they generally use “Wushu” to refer to martial arts. There is both traditional and modern forms of Wushu. The modern forms are based more on performance and showmanship. The traditional forms of wushu originated out of the Shaolin Monastery where monks would meditate and train to cultivate themselves.
One of Bruce Lee's most memorable lines, is "Don't think, feel!"
The energy contained in that expression is immense. You can feel it when he expresses it.
Initially, when I had heard it, I thought of it as a "good idea." I mean, it sounds good, move around, get the feeling, try express yourself. But it was only recently that I realized that it contains actually a lot of truth and validated by science.
First, most people will recognize it as good philosophy, but now with great advances in science in the last 10 years, it is also very good science. This, to me comes as being refreshing in a world increasingly dominated by "need for proof" concreteness.
Tai Chi is the martial art about creating balance and harmony. Most people are familiar with its slow moving meditative practice, but there is a deeper philosophy behind it.
In life, there will always be obstacles, like any journey does. Many times we fantasize about an easy journey, one without obstacles, because somehow the present moment isn't "just perfect".
The reason people don't live in the present, is because it never really feels perfect, so they attempt to find it sometime in the future. But once attained, it still doesn't bring fulfillment, so they continue the cycle.
Here are five ways to overcome fear and build self-confidence:
1. Meditation: Fear is rooted in the ego, it is rooted in thought.
You are born only with two fears: fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Your other fears are learned from people around you and your experiences. These are based on perception from what people have taught you.
In one study, they explain: "children’s ego concerns reflect the values of their society...As children’s representations of self develop, their vulnerability and anxiety about failure in these valued areas increases.” In other words, you learn what is important based on what society teaches you and when you don't live up to them, you experience anxiety.
Can science explain qi? This gets debated all the time.
There are many facets to this argument. Let’s start by breaking it down.
The terminology is different. The paradigm and theories of Chinese medicine is different from western medicine. The translation of the words are loose and multi-faceted. Chinese medicine was developed many years ago through subjective understanding.
Science is, at its root, objectivity. It is a method for determining what can be determined.
About the blog
Luke Siljander began training with Master Wang in 2007. He and Master Wang want to share the value of Kung Fu.
Kung Fu is about the application of hard work throughout your life to better yourself and to gain mastery over your body and mind.