The story of the Nine Unknown Men was popularized for the first time in 1927 in a book by Talbot Mundy who for twenty-five years was a member of the British police force in India. His book is half fiction, half scientific inquiry. The Nine apparently employed a synthetic language, and each of them was in possession of a book that was constantly being rewritten and containing a detailed account of some science. The first of these books is said to have been devoted to the technique of propaganda and psychological warfare. "The most dangerous of all sciences," wrote Mundy, "is that of moulding mass opinion, because it would enable anyone to govern the whole world."
It must be remembered that Korjybski's General Semantics did not appear until 1937 and that it was not until the West had had the experience of the last World War that the techniques of the psychology of language, i.e. propaganda, could be formulated. The first American college of semantics only came into being in 1950. In France almost the only book that is at all well known is Serge Tchocotine's Le Viol des Foules The Rape of the Masses), which has had a considerable influence in intellectual-political circles, although it deals only superficially with the subject. The second book was on physiology. It explained, among other things, how it is possible to kill a man by touching him, death being caused by a reversal of the nerve impulse.
by Andrew D. Basiago
The advanced chronovisor was developed from a TV-like screen into a standing cubical hologram of moving, multi-colored light by US defense contractors under DARPA after the Vatican gave the chronovisor technology to the US government for further development.
There is something that has been a reoccurring "issue" in the FMA and close quarter fighting world that needs some addressing. It is injury and pain related. This issue is more common in the close quarter schools of weaponry than it is in the grappling or kickboxing schools (they too have their own particular injury groupings). The use of weapons, long-ish or heavy weapons seem linked to this commonly found injury. I refer to shoulder-back-(neck) & mid-back about right across the shoulder blade area. Sword use, hubud lubud, siko-tuhod methods, some lock flows and locks can (and do) make this condition worse.
You see, those particular muscle groups in the back are what we over-develop. This is done by reps and years of training. So for what we do, weapons, close quarter workings it is perfect. But outside that realm we often discover that we suffer nearly constant pain and at times even difficulty drawing a full breath. Ugh!
What can be done for the swordsman's aching frame? Plenty I say! And long has this remedy been available. In fact it is quite old and encompasses so much positive effect that I cannot recommend it enough! I speak of the venerable "Indian Clubs". This form of fitness has captured many men's minds over many centuries. Pete Kautz of Alliance brought the clubs to light a few years back. Since then a growing number of people have benefited from the indian clubs and their related endeavors. Especially those with back pain from over training specific muscles. Ok, wait a minute, I thought the Indian Clubs were for physical fitness? They are! But they are also useful for correcting the condition(s) we are speaking about today. Indian club training can heal along with tonify the muscles and free up the joints. Have you never wondered why the sword and the indian clubs have always been associated together? The clubs counter-act the effects of hard training with the longer levers (swords). The constant pressure and shifting of hubud can also cause upper body, upper back pains and indian clubs can alleviate those too. Hair of the dog that bit ya logic kind of. But it works wonders. The Indian Clubs are for the swordsman a cure for his aches and pains. Plus the moves themselves complement the movements of the sword, they enhance the sword. Look at my friend Joel Huncar in this video, it will help you see the concepts I speak of here. He is working with a similar product as Indian clubs, they are called TORQUE BLADES. Our long time friend Mike H. has put together a fantastic program, cool writings and the wonderful Torque Blades themselves. Genius Mike! So Indian Clubs or Torque Blades, the Gada etc can all take you to a place of betterment and healing. The clubs and their ways are the answer to the swordsman's back and shoulder pains. A balance will be found and core strength enhanced. In fact an entire book has been written about the clubs and feats of wonder using the sword. Enjoy! Do read of the sword feats, wow, the old ones sure knew their stuff! A delightful read all in all! To help you further understand the clubs this page has images, videos and more - motivating! Check out this awesome page on the many versions of Indian Club training. Okinawa Karate - these arts also employ a similar item. The CHISHI is in many aspects another form of training that uses some (not all) of the indian club concepts. I suppose that by now you might have "got the message" on how to relieve the pain of training that many of you suffer under. If so, then try it, do it. If it works you are the lucky one! If not, well back to the drawing board eh? Ok, one last one - a swordsman's special - work the forearm muscles specifically the pronators and supinators. (Burton would be proud of ye). Me too, thanx for reading and keep cutting!
Relates to many places
Loyalty to the System
In martial arts there is something called "loyalty to your system" - one teacher I had long ago once told me that someone who trained in system more than five years was "married" to that system forever. (You do not go against or quit your martial art style or clan). Perhaps at some time in past history such ideals were more appropriate. After all, travel was far less common. Life was agrarian based, unlike today where city life is dominant. Plus, many arts were/are peppered with hidden Confucian of Buddhist overtones. Thus these sort of arts carried more weight for those disciples who practiced them than mere pugilistic endeavors would have.
Today -- Hmm, well the times are so different. The world is at everyone's fingertips now. We are now satiated. Our cups overflow with the splendid abundance of martial magic that now so virulently pushes itself upon one and all. The great wheel of martial life (jianghu) has taken a mighty turn and has became stuck at an odd angle.
Now one MUST study more than one art to survive in this explosively charged martial/macho environment that so much of the world is currently caught up in. If you study one art more than likely you'll come up short at some point in the clash. Shit has changed that much yes!
Look even if you have the very best, most accurate muzzle loading rifle in the world. Shoots gold bullets. Has engraved barrel and buttplates. Even if you use a more powerful powder than recommended - It's STILL a single shot rifle of antiquated nature that takes a while to reload! Yes, still a deadly weapon, but so limited compared to modern rifles. So a smart person would upgrade to a modern rifle of some type. Probably a repeater right? That's the point. As technology grows, weaponry grows. Keep up, you better grow too or fall behind and then woe unto you / shit that once worked, now does not. So options, new stuff and new data - to keep up must be taken in as part of a tactical diet which fighting men must dine upon to stay relevant.
Same for martial arts. At this point in the global universal-ization of the martial arts we are growing, discovering and still learning about what we all thought we knew. This is the global sharing the internet has brought about. Closed doors are now open doors. Secrets systems have changed their policies. Something amazing has happened. But there are still many who cling to the old martial purity schtick. High and mighty they try to play the game, invalidating themselves by their own short sighted arrogance. People laugh behind their hands as they pass by. No way to go through life for sure.
Let's Face It -
This is an era of knowing many arts, embrace it. No more apologies for attempting to grow. No more brand of traitor when you quit one school for another. You/we are free people. We can and should choose what we wish. By doing thus the arts themselves are cleansed and rebirthed for another generation to enjoy. This is a really unique period in martial arts history! NOTHING like this has ever been done, in essence, we of this generation are a form of "pioneer"(s). And I think we are handling this unknown ground quite well. I am pleased where the current/coming martial generation is headed. Keep in mind: There is no authentic, there is no fake. There is human movement, that is all. There is logic, knowledge, reason etc, they can augment this human movement. There is no limits. Using no limits as limitation. Hmm, lemme see, hmm, who said that? Hmm? Anyway ~
How the Accelerator Works: Metaphorical Version
In your vehicle the "gas pedal" (accelerator) is used as a variable form of vehicular control. IE: Go faster - press down, go slower - let up. In a similar manner your level of self control should very much be like a gas pedal. It should have range to it. It should cover a wide spectrum of emotional, psychological and physical "skills" that can be employed as deemed necessary for that specific moment in time. Your goal is to be able to have your base level as a non-lethal means (preserve, prevent, protect). As your top level (the opposite of the base) is your ability to terminate opposition quickly. Most trained fighters have the qualities needed for their craft. But the range emotional state is oft neglected. The inner sub-frame structure is weak even though the outer structure is strong. We have all seen guys that go into a blind rage when they fight. Like a damn trance or something. They have one speed, one feeling. Whether they kick, wrestle or bite - don't matter - they go to one place of fear, rage or madness every time out. That is a problem!
So, we purposely train, we "install" a variable speed internal program and run it whenever we are in action. If we need a mild means of distraction or a non-injurious counter check to their aggressive actions we have that within us. We keep calm, act professionally and it's over. But in cases of life and death - we can't show mercy. We act decisively and go to the ultimate limit of force. Lethal force, killing force. That's a wide range right there! Total polarity shift! And that means everything in between as well.
Your ability, your emotional content should be able to contain this range. When you "stomp on it" the car goes faster. When you Stomp on it in fight world it refers to a killing level. Lethal force self defense. To let up the metaphorical gas pedal is to behave like a bouncer or bodyguard. Neutralize the attack and do not hurt anyone. Your force level is mild. Think of "High-Intensity" combat and "Low Intensity" combat (HIC & LIC). That hits pretty accurately as a descriptor of what I am speaking of! To play these may sound easy, but it is not. You must strive, work hard to make this quest into a real world-working skill. Your temper, your force, your choice of technique and follow up's must be appropriate. If in-appropriate usage of force is applied fate will kick in and you will soon find yourself being touted as the badguy!
Options are power, Choices were made -
Enter another world of understanding: A great video ahead on the Antarctic Mysteries. 44 minutes / if ya have time and like such stuff then this is pretty good. Howard Hughes also knew about the secrets in Antarctica, his favorite film was "Ice Station Zebra".
The Spiritual "Trap" that is Part of some Antiques
The "Trap" that some antiques contain / This is an often spoken of condition by antique dealers and collectors. It happens when someone who collects or deals in antique things becomes overly fascinated with one of them in particular (to an unhealthy degree). Spiritual items are quite collectable and are another type of artifact-relic that can carry very real energies. These are usually residual energies of some kind. Wood, fabrics, some types of stone can retain certain energies – these can affect your day to day life in subtle ways. Both good and bad. Having old things (antiques) around is somewhat of an “energetic tossup”. You get what you get. Unless you know the person who owned them IE: Where they came from - it is recommended that you “cleanse” them or simply pass them by. You get what you get. Luck of the draw. Learn more here -
Energetic Signatures. At times if you have the Power and ability you may discern a pattern or feel, or even perhaps a mental picture or smell given off by some antiques. These are signatures of a specific kind. Once acquired, you can use them as a guide-on, a beacon or tracker. This is because you may encounter this particular energy again in your travels. Now, you’ll have somewhat of a I.D. on it. Recognition ignition.
Some old things have a comforting energy about them. They are treasured artifacts of heirloom and mantle. They stay within antiquities vast vaults. Such positive items have a place and those who have them know this. These are never a problem, unless thieves seek to steal them. It is the more dark spirited artifacts that may cause issues. I once encountered a woman’s hairbrush from a bedroom murder scene. Oh God, the energy in that brush could sicken or kill anyone and who'd know eh?. So, it doesn’t have to be anything “deadly” such as a sword or gun. Most know to go easy with such nasty tools as those, but in the energetic realm anything can be a carrier.
Before you touch, join with or lock on to any object make an energy scan first. This is done by slowly passing the palm over the object. This should tell you what you need to know about how much you wish to interact that item. You’ll feel heat or cold or perhaps a trembling or short, sharp pain (bite) on the hand or wrist. Myself, I’ll often hear a “click”, very faint inside of my head. That is an alert of sorts to kind of watch it. I take it seriously and proceed cautiously. Knowing a simple cleansing method can help get rid of some negative influences. In the energy realm, experience counts a whole bunch. It helps to have a mentor w/ experience(s). If cool amulets and such attract you then perhaps dodge the whole thing and buy something new. You might take a look at some of these pretty pieces. (one of my favorite sites) CoolAmulets.com
The heaviness shown by some styles of knife fighting are a concern. It's that attempt to display powerful knife fighting methods as better than others. So a gullible public buys into the game and gets lead astray through glamor and glory. The light, wispy & fast “let the knife do the work” methods are reality. Speed is life in a knife fight. Good knife fighting is done at a speed that is difficult to even perceive. The heavy styles look good, they look powerfully dangerous! Looks can deceive. And heavy actions are slower, they surely will get you cut. The other lighter methods are faster, like lightning's own spirit! SWISH & cut! Done & over! One looks movie-like, wide strokes and deep stances, strength cutting actions. Other one looks dancer-like, light- always moving. Speaking silently w/ a steel tongue in the universal language all men and all beast speak.
Flicky quicky is way more tricky in a real knife fight. It's attack or counter! A respect getter and a believable distraction from which to exploit the enemy. (O'mighty Bladed magicians of the fight, are you listening?) The knife is the epitome of the one finger death touch (Dim mak) – a good medium sized knife can replace the finger and offer a fast, lethal martial means of realizing a real “touch of death” skill. Dim Mak becomes Dim Whack
Back to HEAVY styles of knife work versus the LIGHTER methods of blade play.
Heavy motion styles often telegraph too much. To generate the power - they telegraph.
It's a knife for fucks sake! When people talk to me of strength and power shit in knife fighting I am like WTF? The KNIFE, that is your "POWER" - a fine, razor edge is your authority. Other than grip strength there is no reason to not let the knife do the work. Like why attempt to FORCE the knife into the target? Just swiftly caress them, a medium energy stroke, a number one angle - what more do you need?
Oh yeah, I get it. This is the era of the 20 rd. magazine for the pistol. This is the era of the glory-killers, knifemen who see glory instead of jail time and death. Get real! One Bullet. One cut. One thrust! If you can't do this on demand then you better learn. If you DO get it ~ then get fucking better at it. Speed, deception & the power - that power is the weapon (not you) Weapons ARE power! So now bring it all to an apex of combined skill. Then set the cruise control on your training dashboard and keep it at that level.
Your timing gets better w/ age, work on timing. Sophisticate your understanding of timing and learn to apply it's magic. Develop the live hand, therein lies the secret path to victory. Stop uneconomical movements of all type. Train to develop quick twitch muscle command for blinding speed. Get some footwork into the mix (cardio) and understand targets and the reason behind the knife man's CUT and THRUST doctrine of reality.
Thanx and Good Knife Fighting / JAK
Take sight: AIM LOW -
Is it high time for a "low-Tech" revolution? As high-tech gadgetry makes everyday life easier, it also has made everyday life far more complicated. Along with the freedom hi-tech brings it also silently, covertly creates slaves and dependents of those who use it. What is the answer to this ever widening web of chaos and never ending hubris? Can a balance be struck between the two modalities? It comes down to personal choice in nearly every case. You can blame the gadget, but YOU are it’s enabler. The issues we are talking about revolve around changing habits-lifestyles from one way of doing things to another. It isn’t simple, yet in so many aspects it REALLY is rather simple. If you cannot see your way out of the tech-maze, then you have become lost within it. You have become dependent upon it and are now “trapped”. The devices, the software and the marketing lead us to believe that to not have these gadgets and all the related accessories is to miss out on life. Marketing is made to sell products, not to act as a truth mechanism. Plainly, we’ve been lied to about so much in the field of technology and twenty years later many are awakening to this dark side of the techno-dream that replaced the earlier, cleaner running “American Dream”. Ok, let me give you a very simple example. No stunning revelation, just an observation.
I have a friend – that person enters everything on his daily list of shit to do on to his phone. Just about all that he does in his life is someway routed through his expensive do-everything (and know everything) eyephone. He tells me that this way of daily living is super effective and productive. Never misses anything and is easy to do in a snap! Well, I disagree. I have watched him fiddle-faddle around to enter something as simple as an address or grocery memo. I and my “old school” notepad along w/ my ink pen did the same task(s) in about 25 seconds! Done! Even using voice command the damned Auto-correct is always fucking w/ him. So, he’s even slower. This ordeal lasts too long before completion. Don’t you just hate machines that insist on telling YOU what to do instead of vice-versa? I mean WTF? The illusion of techno-simplicity and fingertip ease is just that – a lie, an illusion. The promise of easy living & techno-dominance is driving us all mad.
The ever so appealing ease of modern techno-life is pitched to us as something we cannot live without. Like a heroin dealer, the techno-gadgets and those beings which ply such wares lie to us, make us dependent upon their “dope” and then exploit the hell outta of us once we are hooked on their “easy to use” technologies. First the promise and free try. The trap is baited. Then the union, the belief and joining in. You commit, you plug into their outlet, it's then they have you. Then lastly the betrayals begin, but the illusion holds fast and those now dependent on the gadget-Gods accept the abuse and keep on burying their faces into the tiny screens. The gadget-trapped entities hate those who are not – it is almost as if the gadget-goons can smell someone who is not a teched-up person. They’ll sneer and snide, making comments rude, Phone and Gadget snobbery – wow! Yet, the real retards here are those who are always so damn sure of their techno-superiority.
The same ones who are totally out of touch w/ their own mind-spirit and body> Empty vessels w/ gadgets packed w/ pictures and piss about WHO else? But themselves of course! Wonderful – just dandy! I too have pictures from days past. Pics of all sorts of people. Friends, relatives, events and such . I too wanted a record of the “good times”. So I took pictures of the friends and places. I have NO pics of myself during that era. WHY? Because, in those times no one took PICS of themselves for Christ’s sake, why would they? But, today, reverse it all. Now, you take no pics of the places or friends. Just take lot’sa selfies, learn to pose and act like an asshole. Who knows, you might be a rising Instagram star in yer own “life-is-so easy” mind! Ha Ha – I laugh at the casting of maya’s illusive spell over the weak minded ones. (Hook, line and sinker-gulp). So, with all this tech goodness in their favor, why are they still so unhappy? What's the deal?
Think about it - The employees are telling the bosses what to do. The inmates are running the asylum. We’ve been taken over from the inside out – parasite fashion. The sick and ill are now allowed to make diagnosis for themselves. Freedom and easy living (the belief in the bait = promises) has all but destroyed us as a people. Cheating, adultery, scammery, buffoonery & outright EVIL are really all that has been spawned by this onslaught of back-lit buttons and well contrived lies. It has made us weaker. If we don’t “kick” this habit, our species will be in grave danger of losing it’s collective soul forever. Individuals shall retain the inner spirit of the soul, but as a group energy experience (as most religions are meant to be) it will be a no-go from there out!
Ok, enuff of my old man flummery and pointless barking at an uncaring moon.
And that my friend’s is why it is called the ROACH RANTS!
Ancient walls that traverse rivers and mountains. Walls that begin and end in vast open places. Walls that represent incalculable amounts of physical labor.Built by unknown hands in a time unknown. Many walls are made from such gigantic stones it stretches the imagination that primitive humans could have accomplished these feats. And more importantly there is the maddening question of WHY? The walls are a reoccurring element in my life long study of the great mystery of the ancient past. They are found in many locations. No one seems to have any answers about their origins, age or purpose . And logically speaking, how do we explain these stone works that span vast gulfs of time and demonstrate advanced engineering yet realized by modern sciences? Well most of the time it falls to the generic catch-basket of "Indian peoples of the past". A safe semi-believable explanation that soon hushes up any original thoughts or ideas of what may have really happened. Peer pressure and fear kill creative thinking. These feats of construction could not be replicated today! How the fuck do we then just write the entire mystery off as a work of native peoples? Makes no sense pards! These mystery walls are found in several places in Washington and Oregon states. I have walked along many of them. Simply incredible. Sometimes I cannot grasp what I am experiencing in encountering these walls as they defy all logic. Some of these walls have either patterns or crude visages (faces) deliberately built into the stack. This aspect alone is an amazing realization! Size ranges from 2- 3 feet tall to 10-12 feet tall. The stones are large. Bigger than four men could budge! Placed well, balanced smartly and aligned to the four directions in several instances. Researching as best as one can, I have found that the walls are scattered globally. They have been mentioned in some of the first settlers accounts and diaries of many countries. Settlers, natives - all have denied any knowledge of the walls purposes or history! The guess work that has ensued about the walls ranges from the absurd to the amazement of the mind. Mystery heaped upon mystery in stone! There are secrets in the San Luis Valley at the northern edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. One of the most interesting is the riddle of large stone snakes, who built them, when and why. I couldn’t believe it myself until I walked the ground and visited the snake nest. Ceremonial stone snakes spread across the San Luis Valley from La Garita north to Saguache. (the stone snakes are "walls"). My thoughts on this you ask? Fine, I'll tell you. But you'll laugh, then again maybe you won't. Logic, design, ability and purpose all point towards something gigantic. A Si-Teh-Cah perhaps? Giants - maybe Sasquatch - something or someone BIG! And a bunch of them. Not just a few. Some places call them the Stone People. This is because all that we see that is left of their culture are things of stone. This stone work ability is not a normal trait of natives in the region.
In some remote areas the stone work of wall building seem to be ongoing to this day. Who or what is continuing to build these rock walls and caches? Is there a connection to lay lines? Were these walls meant to be seen from space (aerial)? The ability of some shaman to "see" is helpful when viewing these stone artifices - "Seeing" is a form of psychic-vision far different from the physical sight we all know. When one uses this ability of "seeing" several things will immediately leap out to you regarding the stone walls and patterns of stones placed in the Earth (Geo-glyphs). Many will psychically shine and give off a signature of some kind. A glow or energetic aura of presence (a residual energy?). Using lichen and moss as date givers, some of these walls are ancient beyond belief! Maybe 10 thousand to 12 thousand years old. So keep your eye's out for these unusual walls or stone snakes in your area.
If you find anything, take a photo! Let me know! You can then attempt to determine the enigmatic tale which lies behind them perhaps? Adventure is where you find it!
The “Principles of Magic”
The “Principles of Magic”
The Principles of Magic
In relation to the last part in installment #3 (above) about the GAZE. This article also speaks of the gaze and it's power(s).
The armor of a warrior is always heavier than the collar of a slave
I had never seen this video until three days after I had written the article - but, it mirrors my article and even repeats a phrase or two! I wrote the article in a spontaneous manner, then this video and other references began to pop up from readers. People are emailing, all in agreement. All feel similar as do I and the people behind this truthful video. The links many of you have sent have been ideal examples. More than I first imagined. Indeed, we are in an epidemic of violence where snowflake wannbees exacerbate the situation via their ridiculous denial of reality. I (we) are not alone in realizing this!
There is a disturbing trend in 2018-19 that keeps reappearing in the most tragic of forms. I speak of the deaths of innocent, naive international travelers. Sun seekers, gazers of lost frontiers - they chase their dreams to far flung outposts. And sometimes those dreams can become nightmares in a split second. I shall not bring up family names directly, there is no point. And the countries where these sad, frightening events unfold are not to blame.
The blame (if any) lies in the hearts and upbringing of this out going generation of eager travel buffs. Simply put, they are unprepared for the realities which they will face once they leave their (safe) home country. I shall run the risk of using a stereotype here and some will spank me for it. So, I get it, ouch! But, stereotypes exist for a reason. These naive people we see being victimized across the planet are classic "snowflakes". The fuck'in world is their oyster, a view through rose colored glasses. "I can do anything" is one of their battle cries. (Like the old fighters axiom "everyone has a plan, until they get hit). These brave travelers can do "anything" as long as the wind blows in their favor. Once the wind does not blow in their favor, they have no means to control the circumstances which then ensue.
They awaken too late to the harsh truths of life on this planet. These people are suddenly (violently) taken away in most instances. Do you blame those who are the takers, the killers? Or do we blame those who place themselves in the reach of killers willing? These people who repeatedly thumb their self important noses at danger. Who deliberately taunt fate through ridiculous quests and a series of pointless stunts to impress those back home how "free" they are (as though it all were a mere joke). I blame the entitled snowflakes every bit as much as I would lay blame on the nefarious killers for doing their part. It "takes two to tango" the old saying tells us!
The world is and always will be a "predatory place".
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.
African proverb -
The belief that you can do what ever you wish – anytime you wish to do it is a myth of deadly proportions. Never has there been a generation so well traveled as this one, yet also so unaware of the risks. The shit one may get away with in a western nation would get you imprisoned or slaughtered in a country that see’s things differently. They take great joy in the persecution of outsiders. Going into a place, country or city that is not your home is educational for sure. But to hedge your bets learn to be savvy, learn to be tough and deadly. Be a bad motherfucker and sometimes you can walk without fear. But only sometimes. Fear is a healthy thing when abroad alone. Be leery and be ready.
In countless travel guides and travel tip blogs we see idea’s being shared. What gear to take, precautions on water intake, keeping passports and money safe and much more. But no one talks about having a weapon, no blog talks about being ready to fight for your life. No travel guide mentions how spooky it can be when you are alone and the” no service” light is blinking on your phone. Sure, learn some local phrases, take along an extra pair of socks and yes, make an entry in your diary, all good things. But KNOW HOW to Fight & KILL if needed in your personal defense! If you skip the last part of the paragraph above, there will be no need of socks, no diary needed either, there will not be a “you” to worry about!
We shall (unfortunately) see more exploitation and death of innocent people in far flung, remote places this year no doubt. An adventure is pointless if you don’t live to tell of it. The privileged manner these people go trekking with is right down “colonial”. Due to this attitude a secret resentment from the local people silently grows. Ending in most cases with tragic displays of regret, violence and betrayal against the outside invaders (tourists). The locals like your money, they smile, but don’t be fooled. No one cares about you, it's just you, alone. Travel trekkers need to step up their damn game, embrace reality as being predatory by nature or the options are few once things go south. You are no more -
Below are a few links that some brief research brought up on the topic:
Enlightenment 2019 - A Goal many people must embrace as we move up the cosmic vibratory scale. Tonified spirits akin to the coveted "light body" will emerge in all places on Earth. The "gift" for those who ardently follow the path. Living Sages, just as spoken of in the ancient texts and holy books. But these new sages are created for this plane of existence. Thus they have the necessary components and balance to "make a difference" in this paradigm.
This is all that sages really do. They make a difference only if their wisdom is taken to heart. If not, then the wisdom of the sage has no value and will produce nothing "different" at all. The first part of your quest may belong to the sage, guru or teacher, but the second part belongs to you (the pupil) alone. The guru will surely do their part, the questions is - can you do yours?
In the following links you will read and listen to many divergent elements regarding enlightenment and the growth of your inner self. Try to NOT see the differences between them. I'd prefer that you SEE only the SIMILARITIES between them. Try to catch the common thing(s) which they all share in alike! There is the key. Enjoy this tour through Enlightenment town. Let me know of your experiences (if any) - we all travel the same highway, why not benefit from it?
From Intellect To Intuition
* The magic of the Lantern (Light) Explained
The Tai Chi Buzz today are these two gentlemen.
They may look simple (easy) but they are not. They are sophisticated training tools for the development of sophisticated M/T hand weapons - This mi amigo's IS the street grade "good stuff"! Yes MMA people, I said that ...
MARS is in The NEWS Right NOW
MARS was a favorite subject of my friend Kent Steadman.
Kent found water on Mars. Kent found things on Mars that no one else has even came close to. Check out this bit from Kent and the side links too. Elaine Lucas was another brilliant researcher of the Mars legacy. Mars Orbiter Landing Completed! Big News if true friends. Imgur celebrates it here with many photos and cool data. Take a very hard look at this photo from Mars - see anything odd? Look again, download it and enlarge it. Left side of photo. Rotate the picture. This is a large photo (file). You can right click to download it for study. Several artifacts, many features, anomaly galore. This is near the polar cap on Mars (snow-ice) - What do you see? Can you see it yet? Look hard friend - Upper right corner. A skid trail, a ship - buildings and vehicles. This site (my Mars page from long ago) has been blocked by Homestead for an unknown reason. Why? And I can no longer update it. Been removed from my personal access, yet it's still online. Like a ghost site, no one is at the helm and the servers think its "gone" (and it is kind of), yet it aint gone. DOH! So I am unable to update or correct it any longer. Sorry for the patchy, crappiness, yet it may still offer insights to Red Planet BS. Insider data regarding Mars says remote viewers and psychic spy's were employed to learn of the secrets which Mars still hides. Here are more stories about Mars (by the metric ton)! Enjoy the red read if you try it, so much to grok!
- Ok, Back to the Gun -
Here we go again with a little bit more about the gun element in close quarter personal protection.Probably nothing you don't already know, but a recap never hurts. Ok, thanx for your time, let's get started! So I got a few communications about the pistol stuff I have been posting. Nothing bad, all good and logical. Honest questions. By addressing those questions we shall step into another level of tactical considerations. This in turn will open new doors to more options and better personal security. So often we find reality speaks louder than mere opinion. When this happens the wise one's listen to reality. Because reality shall win each & every time, reality is truly a harsh taskmaster when we do not listen to her warnings. In my saying that a small pistol has some serious benefits over a larger version I may have overstated my case. I fully grasp the limitations of the smaller pistol. And that the employment of a more lively method of gun fighting (than those currently being taught) may not be a feasible option for some people. So let us look into this further - any limitation be it handicap, injury or tactically related must be addressed. Each person must do this "fine tuning" as per what their individual needs are. Completing a thorough "threat assessment" survey on a personal basis may be in order. Meaning determine what threat level you anticipate or expect. Then arm accordingly. Each us is in our own sphere of movement, family, job and travel. This realization should assist us in future firearm purchases. Our decision on what pistol to buy or carry will be spot on if we have been honest with ourselves during this introspective phase. If you feel you need more firepower than the airweight then go with a mid sized pistol. Auto or revolver - figure it out. That's your part. Auto's require a bit more from you than most revolvers will. Be prepared - know your gun. Immediate action drills for both varieties of pistol is a mandatory skill in all instances. And you have 2 choices as mentioned prior. The fortress or the Horseman. I spoke of being the mobile shooter. But, if that does not fit your current needs, then immediately explore the fortress concept. Build upon that foundation and make it work for you.
Like a martial arts "style" there are also many styles of gun fighting. We have just discussed two styles already. There's the "Mobile style" that employs more of a point shooting technology with footwork. It's looser and faster. And there is the "Stable" style of pistol fighting that uses fixed sights and stances.
This method is more locked in and from another era before the auto guns were invented. But, many still prefer this means of pistol fighting. (ha ha, my old mentor said: "Jim, it's a HAND gun - not a HANDS gun". (Comments on my attempts to use two hands to shoot with & beat his snap shot, one hand style)
There is a two hand (gun in each hand) style also. Good gun fighting is aggressive. This embodies that principle. If you are firing from a car, a horse or motorcycle, then that too is a specialized "style" of gun fighting. Gun fighting where & when there is elevation involved is a style that is hard to learn. Not many are good at the up's & down's - accuracy suffers. There are a few more - but they may superfluous in the greater pistol picture. ok, enough for now. Stay Smoove pard ~
The small pocket pistol is the first to lead the charge when engaging a violent, lethal force aggressor. A good small knife (4in. fixed blade) is the backup to the small (surprise) pistol. And it’s a logical follow up tool of choice since small pistols have limited ammo capacity. This simple combination of weapons when applied correctly in personal defense settings has been found to be highly effective . One can always lead with the knife first and then the small pistol. The reason I prefer the pistol first is that it takes the edge off of the opponents attack. Even a professional multi-man kill team can be thrown off by such abilities as one learns in this particular method of armed close quarter mayhem. Let the pistol lead the way into them, let the knife make the way out. This is attack training mate, get it right. This is inner city stuff, urban crawler combative’s, counter-the-creep, make’em sleep. Apartments, hallways, subways, small areas. Kitchens, shops, buses and trains. Confined space like these examples are easy to make yours! It’s big open spaces, real war – that stuff is uncontrollable. This tight space, confined places, restrictive movements – aye, these places is where the small gun & knife work their magic most strongly. These small areas are a gift, you can do this, be quick & decisive. Own the room and all within it. It’s do or die time. Muevete amigo!
For this kind of work I prefer the revolver. Air-weight type, .38 and above. You know I like the M-10 Gyphon as a knife. Also the Blackjack Military model (Randall 1) in five inch version. A small knife with big features. Great unit! Blackjack is a bit bigger than the M-10, both are “proper” for this method. Of course, some type of quick draw, easy access sheath system must also accompany these knives to keep them worthy of the task before them. Your actions are big, bold – this method employs movement more than a stable base. Mobility is master, speed is life, killing on the move in any manner is far different than killing from the stable base. Analogy: Mobility is a horseman, stability is a fortress. Both have purpose, but for this method we must move. So be the caballero, ok?
During the eighties and nineties many of us went w/ traditional carry methods, DeSantis holsters, Uncle Mike’s, Galco and others. I mean what else, right? Well, for me the term “pocket Pistol” comes to mind immediately. No holster at all, your coat pocket, pants pocket are the holster. These kind of guns are smooth, no exposed hammers or protuberances, nothing to catch on as they are drawn. They are close-quarter specialties. And they do their job quite well. The hi-capacity, larger firearm is traded out for a weapon which is more concealable. This may not appeal to everyone, since delusional thoughts of shootouts, magazine exchanges, tactical tricks and Hollywood-esque behavior rules reality (thanx Bruce Willis). Best then to carry a Ruger Redhawk along with a full sized Glock w/ an extended magazine. Plus 2 speedloaders and 2 more mags for the Glock. Ha Ha, such bullshit! It just takes one my friend, just one bullet when done correctly – a smaller weapon means that YOU must step up, become the better marksman and tactician. The lazy turds from Hollywood gun world would most certainly say “fuck that” and go w/ the extended magazine and a full sized weapon. So be it then, our “plan B” with the smaller more practical approach to defense is already derailed then simply by their own lack of skill & confidence in their personal shooting abilities. You see, surprise is a determining factor in a gunfight. It always has been, the timing of WHEN that pistol is pulled from concealment is every bit as critical as the actual usage of it during the firefight itself. In many cases it is this lack of understanding of the timing part – knowing WHEN it is optimum to pull the gun is important. It's part of the "kill cycle". If done poorly it can flub up even a skilled marksman and blow any tactical advantage(s) you might have. The speed of the draw (the element which so many men become enamored with) is secondary to the WHEN element of the draw in real life lethal force encounters. Today, there is simply too much emphasis on the classic gunfight from days past and not enuff on how to simply kill w/ a firearm in times of need.
What To Carry / Why ? / Benefits and Drawbacks
Back in the late 1960's I had a friend who ran a garage (fixed cars). It was a small business in the bad part of town. But in spite of that he did a booming business. He was a good mechanic and was honest as well. There was no middleman, he did it all. He was a prudent man and like many men of that era he carried a leather wallet in his back pocket. But this wallet held a small .25 Beretta / a wallet holster it was. That little gun fit right in there, in his pocket it looked like any other wallet. No matter when, where or why you saw him, he always had his wallet gun. ALWAYS! Much like today, he had friends who belittled his choice to carry such a puny pistol. (He kept a .12 Ga. pump in the shop itself). While they laughed at him, he smugly went on with his daily routine. I recall two separate times when bad men tried to rob him. Both times, the little pistol stopped them cold. He never fired a shot, he just pulled it out at close range at the right time and convinced the baddies to lay down. There was a separate instance when he was on vacation w/ wife and someone came on to rob them. Again the Beretta was there and again it turned the tide to his favor. And at robbery range, even a .25 can do fair & credible damage. Now days a .22 Magnum (or .22 long rifle) would apply for the same effect. Moral of the story? "The gun was always there". Out of the way, unseen, untouched until needed. It was Always there! It was comfortable, could be worn all day w/ no discomfort. It was a surprise tactic. It was always up close. It was easy to get to. It was always with him.
The Guys with "real man" pistols never had their guns on'em! They were in the truck, at home and generally not present - ever. While they mocked my friend's choice, they never even had a gun on them, he always had his wee gun, they rarely had their BIG gun. True shit. Which brings us to -- Some realistic idea's on credible carry options specifically for this fucked up world we currently find ourselves living in. What worked yesterday, may not apply today.
During certain times in history martial arts, defensive skills and the ability to survive seem to come and go. In the so-called "good times" there exists a tendency to slack off from training. In the bad times it hits us! We say to ourselves "I'd better sharpen up some, pick up the pace and prepare a little bit" - yeah, that's what usually occurs. With seasons and with cycles it comes and goes just like the tides. Keeping a do-able, practical training regimen is tough to do under the best of conditions.
For many of us the juggling act of family, job(s) and household keep us hopping 24 / 7. So between the cycles, the seasons and social aspects it's darned hard to keep to a training schedule that does you any real good. How do you fit it in? And if you could, what would you do? How best would that time be spent (to give you the maximum benefit)? And remember, the key aspects here are "DO-ABLE" and "PRACTICAL". Keep these elements in mind when it comes time for designing your program.
One of the first things for you to do is to isolate and identify exactly what it is you want to accomplish. So do that, meditate, calculate and contemplate on it until YOU are clear on what you seek. Consider the realities of making "it" happen, can you pull this off? Meaning how much dough is this going to require? What types of special "gear" or equipment is needed to make it happen? Get the details worked out as part of the latter half of your primary goal which is identifying what you want to accomplish. Feasibly accomplish -
Training time is too valuable (to me) to use it up on mere exercises (Pushups, situps, jumping jax). I need a multi-level approach where cardio, timing, upper, lower body work and more are all addressed in some manner. I need to compress time and training into a manageable module. But, that's me, what about you? Perhaps you may not need the multi-level path. Maybe a program based upon an easier idea is what's in store for you. You can always adjust your schedule once you are up and running. You know, do some fine tuning once your "machine" has found it's groove. But start somewhere, get going.
"The French use the term "fente" to define the leg motion in the
thrusting attack and "development" for the combination of the arm
extension and leg motion. In other words, lunge should apply to leg
action only. However, the extension of the sword arm precedes the lunge. The lunge by itself does not constitute an attack; it is only the vehicle of the attack. The name of the attack is derived solely from the blade motion- for example: disengage, one-two, and so on. In the lunge, the sword arm is extended prior to the leg action, which occurs a split second ahead (or in some cases at the same time) of the lunge."
In times past I have told many of you about learning an art (kung fu) through something called a "transmission". It is a rare thing today as it was in ages past. It is an instant shift in conciousness and perception of the entire world around you. It was given to another person or being by the warrior-wizard-priest that all good boys become if they stay the way truly. The WAY is found in the WAY! This is not metaphor. Know this lesson well and never be lost again. Often we see "transmissions" being depicted in the most classical manner. The student kneels before the master. The master using the first two fingers then touches the student lightly between the brows. (the so called third eye chakra). Thus is the "transmission" energetically able to swiftly enter the pupil’s body and magically deliver ten years of knowledge and skill in just one day. There are some Buddhist teachings that also echo similar beliefs. East Indian Yogic practice also recognizes the lightning like snap of a properly done "transmission". They even have a name for it too! Through Siddha Kundalini Shaktipat one gets awakened - one's light essence (light body, spiritual body, diamond body) is activated. It means that higher awareness - spiritual intelligence are awake and are going to make one aware of all that which is transitory and of a nature of distortion and conditioning within one's own being. In this case we are learning about "transmission" as a field expedient tool - a weapon of sorts which western science has yet to discover or value. Yet in the East there is a long tradition of this as being a valid skill or means to accomplish some very complicated things very, very fast. A passing along of knowledge, skill and energy in times when no one could be trusted. No courier was safe. Other means were employed. Receiving a transmission is easier than sending one. The senders energy must be strong. The receiver must also be an adequate vessel to contain such a gift. If done properly the "gift" unfolds over a two or three week period. A slow, pleasant dawning happens internally. A wonderful "learning to walk" again type of experience unfolds. A “new you” feeling that you will enjoy.
Cool Read Once You Get In To It -
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Calmness is considered by masters to be the key secret and must never be neglected. If you lose your cool for a moment, you will then end up in a state of panic, and injury will ensue. I once heard of a certain master who had a pure skill and tremendous power, and who during a fight just kept getting hurt. Suddenly someone called out: “Have you forgotten your boxing art?” His opponent then charged in again and defeated him grandly. This is all because his mind was in chaos, and hence his hands and feet were in disarray. Not knowing what calmness is, the result was huge failure. He was later reminded by someone that he was supposed to be a master of an art involving limitless transformation, and thereafter he was able to become triumphant once again. You must never issue when in a state of disorder, for it would be totally ineffective. You must relax completely and then suddenly concentrate your power. Your issuing can then always hit the mark. When you issue, let your presence fill the world, and thus there will be no difficulty in bracing in every direction.
What is "Authentic" -
I am telling it true here, SKILL and ability, those things are authentic. They cannot be denied. They must become your most sincere goal! Whatever rewards (belts, ranks, atta boys) that come around afterwards may lead you to then consider yourself a lucky man. Skill first and the rest of the rank and belt circus later. Adult martial arts operate differently than other methods you often encounter. Step up, step up!
By having a piece of paper or an old photograph or a worn rank belt means you have a souvenir from another time, nothing more. A fun little something it is for sure this certification game. But most people have the idea turned about backwards. They think the goal is to get pieces of paper and that such recognition then transforms into some type of ability. It does not! Other people strive to get a photo with a famous person. Then some how they hope it will turn them into a "somebody" too. Collecting belts (rank) is also an obnoxious and pointless habit. Even old Funakoshi said that you should be humble and NOT display your rank or powers.
In the system of Mustika Kwitang one of my past teachers taught us to "let our guns do our talking" for us. What he meant was to let skill speak for itself.
Eventually it comes down to each individual to either make or break their training goals. Teachers can only do so much. The rest is up YOU! Nothing makes the point about being real and authentic like actually being able to back up your words with implicit action. Leave no doubt in anyone's mind that once you decide to move, that in some cases there really is "no turning back". Fighting for sport, fighting for the glory, fighting for your life, there is nothing about fighting that is "nice", understand this truth at the core of your being. So train hard my friend, decide on your path, your goals and then for the next thirty years or so just do it. No matter what happens in your life don't stop. A slow, steady, day by day march toward your own, personal self actualization.
What is "Real"?
How can one classify human motion? How can one honestly measure human creativity? What are the limits of mans higher powers? These are the questions asked of those truth seekers who tread upon the thousand mile path of the modern (neoteric) warrior. Other men cannot answer these questions. The answers must be found within yourself. Other men can lead you to the "threshold of knowledge", but only you alone can cross that threshold and enter that domain as a fully awakened being.
I ask you, can one martial culture claim actual ownership of specific human motions over another culture whom they say "stole it" from them? Isn't it possible that other people have also discovered the same or similar truths in their quest for species survival over the millenia? And besides, how stupid and shallow (arrogant even) to lay claim to human motion!
Why can't a skill or an action simply be what it is? And what it really comes down to is just "human motion", plain and simple. Approaching the martial arts from that high ground perspective changes everything for the better!
Here at Comtech we study human motion more so than cultural styles. Leaving off the myriad of foreign names, confusing terms and vague translations allows one to honestly concentrate upon their true task of understanding their own potentials and abilities. Not to say it is wrong to learn the cultural aspects of any art, it is a personal choice on how you wish to use your time and thought energy.
Comtech is about swift, sure skill and so we tend to concentrate upon the reality of human motion. We can teach our method fast by using terms that people understand and remember. It's easy then for pupils to learn advanced fighting skills because of this simple change and others like it which we have implemented throughout the curriculum.
I understand that names for styles and names for techniques must exist. But those names, terms and references must be relevent to that specific culture that you are operating in (at the moment) or what ensues isn't "instructional" at all. What comes then is confusion.
Getting past barriers and learning that the recognition of motion is far more important than some have considered it to be is the first step to defeating cross-cultural confusion. Taking that mental step is crucial to those on the road to actual mastery and truth. Limitations and barriers can be self imposed. We must know how to look inward and counsel ourselves through accurate introspection. Limitations can also come from those about us. People often adopt the thinking of those around them. When they do this they adopt their friend's limitations as well and most do not even realize it. Suddenly their limitations are YOUR limitations too, even when they shouldn't be!
Big PDF File ahead. Quite a piece of work -
Worth a gander at least -
A brief glimpse at the Daoist side of life. Some compiled links. I linked those sites that seemed entertaining and educational. Tao = always a source of mystery and magic, power and personage. Fun awaits!
At first glance, you would not think that a square of thin cotton
cloth would be all that useful. However, the humble bandana is one of the most useful tools you can have in a survival situation. Its simplicity makes it more versatile than just about anything you can bring with you. The deadly saga of India's Thugee cult brings home the point that even a piece of cloth is a weapon in trained hands. A roving band of elite, silent killers who pledged allegiance to no-one but their fellow members – after whom the word “thug” is derived – and the Hindu goddess, Kali. At its root, the word “Thuggee” means “deceivers,” and this name hints at the methods employed by the cult. Bands of Thugs traveled across the country posing as pilgrims, merchants, soldiers, or even royalty, in groups numbering anywhere from a few men to several hundred. Offering protection or company, they would befriend fellow travelers and slowly build their confidence along the road. Often the impostors would journey for days and hundreds of miles with their intended victims, patiently waiting for an opportunity to strike. When the time was right, typically while their targets were encamped and at their most relaxed, a signal would be given—reportedly “Bring the tobacco”—and the Thugs would spring into action - slaying silently, bloodlessly.
The Chinese word Jing means a number of things depending on where, when, and how it is used. Jing can be used as a verb, an adjective, or a noun. When it is used as a verb, it means “to refine.” For example, to refine or purify a liquid to a high quality is called “Jing Lian”-When it is used as an adjective, it is used to describe or signify something which is “refined,” “polished” and “pure without mixture.”
For example, when a piece of art work is well done, people say
“Jing Xi”(which means “delicate and painstaking” (literally, “pure and fine”), or “Jing Liang”which means “excellent quality” (literally “pure and good”). When Jing is used to apply to personal wisdom or personality, it means “keen” and “sharp.” For example, when someone is smart or wise, they are called “Jing Ming’ -which means “keen and clever.” When Jing is applied to a thought, it means “profound” or “astute,” and indicates that the idea or plan was well and carefully considered. When used as a noun for an object, Jing means “the essence” or “the essentials.” When it is used for the energy side of a being, it means “spirit” or “ghost.”
This is a good article and really gives insight. Learn to get rid of the "BUT" and and the "Umm's" - real speaking w/out the bullshit! This ability to speak clearly is the beginning of what is called "Command Presence".
I have taught Command Presence for many years. Really believe in it. Command presence is a term that was developed in the military to describe someone who had the quality of a leader, especially those who would be leading soldiers into battle. The term has since been generalized to business and other settings. Command presence is an elusive quality, but you know it when you see it. Here are a few good links below that help you grasp what Command presence is about and what it can do for you. And where it fits into your overall matrix of real world tactical skills
~ May ye Live long O' Tactical Toastmasters All ~
1. How To Improve Your Executive Presence & Command
(Thanx for the inspiration Nick!)
How about the diff between the attack arts and the defense arts? Few people address this split in the core principles of what a fighting art is really all about! Why? Too uncomfortable of a topic for today's PC world? And now many of the older "attack" arts have turned into "defensive" arts whether it is admitted or not. Social pressure and public image shapes what is done in some arts. Others cling to their heritage, not giving in to the prim & proper. Fighting is ugly, the rules of fighting are non-existent. Anything goes is the true way. Win, win at all costs, win by any means possible. The end justifies the means. Only one chance, winning is the ONLY way of ways! The majority of martial arts pride themselves in being the "good guys". They only respond in defense. They teach defense as the way to engage a killer. The stuff they tell you sounds good, "defend yourself". And the old standby "Once they attack, they expose themselves". Tired rhetoric of the defensive crowd to support their beliefs. They need such material ready at hand because they too secretly understand the power of attack, yet are uncomfortable to admit it. Defending immediately puts you one beat behind - right off the start! You'll need to shoot out a brisk double-tap to take the lead back! Other arts and individuals openly admit they practice "attack arts". They take the lead beat upon entry and keep it! These are highly successful methods of hand to hand survival. Most arts that attack will use weapons (it's a grown up world right?)
In uncertain, deadly times the discerning practitioner opts for attack arts. Attack arts breed a different, more hyper awareness level of personal being. One more suited to today's needs. You are NOT a bad guy for learning attack arts. The use of these arts must be governed by sound judgement of course. But never doubt it, attack arts are better when the chips are down. They will win in 80% of the situations you shall encounter. We are talking about life & death encounters here. Develop your attack sequences & win your life! There are many people who can tell you all about defending yourself. Too many really. But how many can accurately tell you how to attack? How does one simply walk up and launch a solid attack sequence? Yeah, no clue. I don't refer to bully boy bullshit, but rather to a trained fighters entry skill in all-out attack mode. Such skill is an awesome thing. It's "always there for you". Nice -
Time to get beyond sports, martial arts must come full circle back to their deadly roots. Let them take the guns. Let'em ban every thing they want. There will always be men such as you and I. Bans on certain items cannot stop us from our tactical duties. The hoda korosu, or “naked kill" idea - being able to employ anything as a tool or weapon in your personal quest to bring peace to a violent world is viable. These are still secret things, yes even today. Ya gotta learn this stuff first hand from someone who knows. Behind every cool weapon, be it a gun, a knife or a sword is someone just like yourself. It's the man that makes the magic - the weapon weaves the way. But the all critical man guides it's path! Develop yourself for the coming times. Teach others. Do not depend on guns and technology. They absolutely will NOT save you. When the overlords are ready, they shall take such toys away from everyone and then many helpless, lost children will cry in the dark. Yes, I too shall "cry", but a war-cry, not a wail of despair. Stop, look & listen - learn now and prepare. Much can be learned from very simple things. Simple is good enough / You are good enough / Attack arts anyone?
Great vid shots - close up. Cougars are curious as hell.
They might watch something all day. More
This is FAMILIAR SHAPES the VIDEO on Vimeo. And this is the ARTICLE about Familiar Shapes. The curious connect which this woman has made between Bot and Bogey is really interesting. I've been paying close attention to this work and it's workings Timely / Enjoy
Human movement is all ANY of it is. You may call it this or that, any style or name is good. After all most of us are a polyglot of crap from all over. Long gone are the days of anything "pure" or original. Replaced with the mad mix of many martial methods. At times these hybrid arts are really cool. But so often they turn out to be garbled train wrecks of confused, non-related pieces of combat. Lost in the swamp of too much martial. Gone are their primary values. Gone are guts of why and how. Dumbing down has happened everywhere .
There is Li Yiyu’s “Five-Word Formula”, which expresses concepts in the boxing theory and is also of vital importance. It is faithfully reproduced below:
1. The mind is CALM. If your mind is not calm, it will not be focused, and each movement of your hands, be it forward or back, left or right, will not be in any definite direction. [Therefore your mind should be calm.] At first your movement will not yet be able to come from yourself, and so you should clear your mind and let your body intuit, going along with the opponent’s movements. Bend and then extend, neither coming away nor crashing in, and do not expand and contract on your own. When the opponent has power, I also have power, but my power beats him to the punch. When he has no power, I also have power [have no power], for it is my intention that beats him to the decision. (These couple of sentences may have some faulty wording. The meaning ought to be: Regardless of whether the opponent has power or has no power, my intention is always ahead of him.) You should constantly pay attention. Wherever the opponent nears you, your mind should go there. You must neither come away nor crash in, and then you will be able to analyze what is going on. After doing this for about a year or so, it will become natural. This is entirely a matter of using intention and is not a matter of using strength. Over time, you will reach the point in which you can say “he is under my control and I am not under his”.
2. The body is LIVELY. When your body is sluggish, advancing and retreating cannot be done smoothly. Therefore your body should be lively. When moving your hands, there must be nothing resembling hesitation. When the opponent’s force hinders even the hairs on my skin, my intention instantly enters his bones and my hands are bracing him, all as one event. If he puts pressure on my left side, I empty my left side and my right side goes forth, or if he puts pressure on my right side, I empty my right side and my left side goes forth, the energy like a wheel. Your whole body should be coordinated. If there is a lack of coordination anywhere, your body will then be disorganized, and you will then have no power. Seek for the problem in your hips. First use your mind to command your body, and follow the opponent rather than yourself. Later your body will be able to follow your mind, yet this moving from yourself will still depend on following the opponent. If you act from yourself, you will be sluggish. If you follow the opponent, you will be lively. If you can follow the opponent, your hands on him will detect in finer detail, weighing the size of his power and being accurate to the smallest measure, assessing the length of his attack and not being off by the slightest bit, and you will advance and retreat always at the right moment. The more you work at it, the more perfected your skill will be.
3. The energy is COLLECTED. If your energy is scattered, then it will not be stored, and your body will easily fall into disorder. You must cause the energy to collect into your spine. Inhaling and exhaling penetrates and enlivens, influencing every part of your body. Inhaling is contracting and storing. Exhaling is expanding and releasing. (The form of innate breathing is to expand when inhaling and contract when exhaling, whereas learned functional breathing contracts when inhaling and expands when exhaling.) Since with inhaling there is a natural rising, take the opponent up. Since with exhaling there is a natural sinking, send the opponent away. This is the use of intention to move energy, not the use of exertion to force energy.
4. The power is COMPLETE. The power of your whole body is trained to become a single unit, distinguishing clearly between empty and full. To issue power, there should be a source of it. Power starts from your heel, it is directed at your waist, and expresses at your fingers, issuing from your spine. With it there should also be a rousing of all your spirit. When the opponent’s power is about to come out but has not yet issued, my power connects with and invades his instantly, neither late nor early, as if my skin is a burning fire or as if a spring is gushing forth. I advance and retreat without the slightest disorder, and seeking the straight within the curved, I store and then issue. Thus I am able to be effortlessly successful. This is called borrowing his force to hit him with, using four ounces to move a thousand pounds.
5. The spirit is GATHERED. With the four above prepared, finally spirit gathers. Once spirit is gathered, then energy is tempered, and this smelted energy then reinforces spirit. Energy is ready to move and spirit is concentrated. Expand and contract are decisive. Empty and full are distinct. When left is empty, right is full. When right is empty, left is full. (These words have to do with emptiness and fullness in your own body.) Empty does not mean you are in that area completely weak (“weak” as in without intent), but that energy should there be ready to move. Full does not mean you are in that area completely stuck, but that spirit should there be concentrated. [It is crucial that changes are within your chest and waist and are not external.] Force is borrowed from the opponent. Energy is issued from your spine. How can energy issue from your spine? It sinks downward, going from your shoulders, gathering in your spine, and concentrates in your waist. This energy going from above to below is called contracting. Then it goes from your waist to your spine, spreading to your arms to be applied at your fingers. This energy going from below to above is called expanding. Contracting is gathering. Expanding is releasing. When you can understand expanding and contracting, then you will understand passive and active. When you reach this state, then daily work will yield daily refinement, and gradually you will reach the point that you can do whatever you want and everything will happen as you imagine.
There is also “The Trick to Releasing” in four sentences:
1. Raise: I get the opponent’s body to rise up and I borrow his force. (This has to do with “lively”.)
2. Draw in: Once I have drawn him in front of me, my power begins to store. (This has to do with “collected”.)
3. Relax: I relax my power, but I do not allow it to collapse. (This has to do with “calm”.)
4. Release: When I release, it comes from my waist and legs. (This has to do with “complete”.)
Technique is merely an outward manifestation.
It's an action of the limbs or of the body.
At some point it approaches the level of "monkey see, monkey do" for some schools. Not satisfactory preparation for any real brawling. Being overly focused on technique too early on in ones career can act as a brake to their development and mastery of the skills. Lacking in such regimens of technique reliant training are the critical components of spontaneity, flow, timing and sensitivity. Defending oneself doesn't have to be something too "martial artsy". It just has to be effective & practical. Being able to "do the right thing" in a fight is an example of spontaneity and flow at their best. It's not just an ideal to live up, mind you it can be a reality unto itself. Remember, hurting someone in an anything goes street fight is a far different spirit and game than any "match" between experts. Put sports out of your mind when you read my stuff friend. It's all sand and little fluff.
It occurs from the relaxed mind of one confident in their abilities.
Confidence does not come from technique, confidence comes
from skill and the ability to fluidly back it up.
Spontaneity is thought & motion operating as one force.
It moves as intuition and multi-sensory instinct.
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