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.
More awesome Master Bobby Taboada and his amazing Balintawak. The real deal and skillz to back it all up! Such an example for us all! Thanx to Ryan Hoover. Never quit learning my friends!
Phony Manuscripts - can you be taken in? Yes, most of the time these fake historical documents can mislead us into thinking they are authentic. Some were created in a mean spirit, other fakes were born of lighthearted, humerous pranks. A fabulous and well done case in point is HERE - on classical sword work. Of course we must mention the "Mansfield Manuscript" on Bowie knife use. A small book written by Mormon settler and Utah's first congressman Jack (Bowie knife) Mansfield. Of course this book is non-existent and fake. A made up document to taunt the hungry minds of the seekers. There have been several fake documents from Japanese origins as well. They too promise much, but deliver little! Some fake documents even had the ability to change the course of history! Even the time honored realm of ancient antiquities has been foully tainted by many well contrived mega-hoaxs that fooled many of the experts of the time. Every now and again something will surface and test my gullibility. But in these internet days of constant haze I trust nothing / this is the best / a wait and see attitude.
"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."
So - recently we have seen Viking era farms, artifacts and outright treasures coming to light. After centuries of lying hidden in the Earth why are so many Viking "things" being found? Some scholars attribute this to modern methods of discovery. Non-intrusive technologies which allow scientists to see into the ground as never before. (I say "perhaps" this is true). Then there are those shaman and Drudistic believers that say that these Viking discoveries are "signs" (omen). It's a way the ancient ones are returning. But why now? What then is the message? (If these are indeed omens). Twice have they found "Thor's Hammer" / separate locations, yes. A Child found that sword in the lake (link above) and there another child involved in this find of Viking trove. My intent here is not too list (account) the many, many recent Viking finds. The intent is why this energy is now being released from the Earth? What is the sign, the meaning, the portent? Is there something to be learned here? I say yes. In such cases there always is a hidden element. Find that hidden secret, ferret out the magical element which exits in every instance, every find and by Jingo you'll have yourself the answers for many tomorrows to come! It has been said that "Odin has good things in store for those who still believe". Perhaps so -
Short and Sweet and Oh so neat!
On a morning from a Bogart movie
The Life Story of Karate Master
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!
1908 / A year to create / Olaf Jansen's Story.
Remember this place is where the "Blood Boys" wish to be transported - fancy or faith? Blood over intent ~ Of Hyperborea and beyond - Farewell, my friend and companion Belvedere, and to the land where it never rains, where there is no sickness and where nobody dies’ – from Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.
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
Ok, think what you want - But herein lies power of the self and confidence in life. Long, but worth a listen. Never force a picture by visualizing; let the Divine Idea flash into your conscious mind; then the student is working according to the Divine Design. Power moves but is never moved. When man stands calm and serene, has a good appetite, feels contented and happy when appearances are against him, he has reached mastery. Then he has the power to "rebuke the winds and the waves," to control conditions. His word is his wand and he transmutes apparent failure into success.
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 .
The Shaman knows how to use the sun's secrets. While solar flares produce a surge of energy, sunspots involve a powering down of energy. This oscillation of the sun, the surging highs and sucking lows of this solar activity during the sun’s waning phase, also affects our brains and our moods.
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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