These terms: yi, qi and li are usually the hardest concepts to grasp in Chinese Kung Fu, but they are fundamental to understanding the core concepts of the martial art.
They are difficult to understand, at least initially because they follow a different system and use different terminology that doesn't translate precisely into English.
But, here we are going to attempt to break them down, bit by bit and relate them to western concepts that you may or may not be more familiar with.
Pain control is central to physical training. The one who goes further, is the one who can manage being uncomfortable.
Your brain puts limits on what your body can do. It limits how much you can lift even when you are exerting yourself. And it limits how fast and how far you can run.
So, is it really possible to block out pain that is arresting. It grabs a hold of your mind and clouds out all other thoughts. When you feel pain, it controls your mind, it controls you and you cannot process anything else. It is the ultimate stress test.
How does pain work?
Pain is a distress signal sent to your brain. It is all in your brain. No brain, no pain.
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.