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Mindfulness in Plain English

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:24pm

Mindfulness In Plain English free download

Mindfulness In Plain English is the first book Sifu ever gave me on mindfulness practice many years ago and continues to have a profound influence on me to this day.

Tuning In

Submitted by Qiang on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:51pm

"Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house." ~Ezekiel 12:2 (New American Standard Bible)

7 days intensive training in beautiful Tucson mountains. GM Sam FS Chin will instruct. ILC Russia, Alex, Dasha, Katya and other worldwide instructors attending.

Check In Sat, 02/15/2014 - 5:00pm

Training days Sun, 02/16/2014 - Sat, 02/22/2014 - 4:30pm

Please contact Sifu Kelley with your itenerary for coordination of rides from the airpoirt, also, please include expected training days.

Suchness...

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 10/06/2013 - 2:22pm
Here it is; right now.  Think about it and you miss it. - Hang Po
This is a great quote from Chinese Zen master Huang Po.

Balanced Athleticism

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 2:23pm

The weather is finally cooling off a bit around here so I hit the mats to get my gymnastics fundamentals in.

At this point, I'm really convinced that gymnastic / calisthenics style strength training is the most appropriate for martial artists, with just a little of bit heavy lifting here and there.
I was doing some reading over at T-Nation on balanced athletic development and saw this
 short clip from Max Shank which is so cool I had to share it. Watch to the end. The casual back flip puts it over the top!

Training Mistakes

Submitted by Qiang on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 11:05pm

Mistakes are part of the training process. Stumbling a bit while exploring beyond your comfort zone is par for the course. Recognizing the mistakes and correcting them is essential to make progress. I didn’t see my mistakes at the time (hindsight is 20/20). Looking back on my training, I’ve made plenty of mistakes that were obstacles to my progress. Here are a few of the bigger ones.

I Liq Chuan Spinning With Stepping & Kicking

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 08/24/2013 - 2:51pm

Many people mistakenly believe that I Liq Chuan's spinning hands training is only practiced stationary. Here instructor Miro Kovacik and I demonstrate spinning hands with range, section, stepping and kicking and a few qin na applications.


The goal of spinning with stepping is to maintain heavy hands with light feet.
©2013 CFILC

Easy Does It

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 12:18am
After I got some work done in the office I stepped out on the mats to get a little training in. Over the last year or two I've really noticed a drop in my mobility, so I've prioritized it in my training now.

There's a nice big, fat yellow moon out there and even though it's still hot out there right now, I still love having my private mat space right outside my door.

Hit three or four easy sets of swings with the 32kg, windmills with the 16kg, deck squats and a few other easy mobility drills.

Slovakia 2013 I Liq Chuan Training Camp - Meeting

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 9:33pm

A short clip shot during the seven day training camp I helped present this June in Drabsko, Slovakia. Discussing the importance of meeting each others force in order to train efficiently.
 

Tai Chi Is Not Yin & Yang - Part 2

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 3:07pm
This is the second part in my short series of finding balance in our lives by "using the rule of threes"  Hereafter RO3's. (Click here to read part 1.)
As I stated previously, the subjects of the RO3's are essential to human survival, they must be met. As such they should be attended to appropriately and mindfully. All too often in western society though, they're taken for granted, neglected or pursued with the wrong intent.

Tai Chi Is Not Yin & Yang - Part 1

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 2:44am
Reinventing The Falling Leaves Kung Fu Blog
I've had this blog for six or seven years now, though mostly it's been pretty quiet for the last two years or so, only posting somewhat sporadically.
One reason is I've been extremely busy; between my regular teaching schedule, traveling more frequently to teach workshops and just life, I haven't had as much time to blog.

Ft Collins CO Workshop - September 28/29 2013

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 8:56pm


I will be offering the first ever I Liq Chuan workshop in Ft Collins CO the weekend of September 28/29

Martial Arts Motivation

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 2:16am
Our student Tommie
#livewithfire #trainhard #staystrong

Martial Arts And Pelvic Alignment

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 7:09pm
In the video below you can see some if the type if work we do with basic skeletal alignment in I Liq Chuan.
Maintaining correct alignment of the hoops is crucial in any martial art, as the hips and shoulders are "the four corners that propel power".

Philosophy, Concepts and Principles

Submitted by Sifu Kelley Graham on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 2:45pm

This is a longish post and please forgive if it seems too basic or pedantic. I include all this for a complete overview and as a reference. From http://iliqchuan.com/forum/master-class-1216#comment-1006295

Daria seminar Norway 2013

Submitted by Espen Andreassen on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 7:21pm

This weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Daria on her first visit to Norway.. and hopefully not the last Smile

 

The topic of the seminar itself was throwing hands.

Whit Daria's skill level she easily saw what needed to be worked on and what not. We worked on our body mechanics and "energy" flow. She shared whit us a deeper understanding of the idea of the system and we all got a clearer view of the principles.

We spent some time working on the 180 degree reverse step and it's application to generating horizontal power from the pivot and turning the hips. Video analysis reveals errors in the students structure.

Click the image below to enlarge for details.

Impossible to Complete

Submitted by Sifu Kelley Graham on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 2:12pm

New Years ruminations. ( work in progress )

Impossible to Complete

Submitted by Sifu Kelley Graham on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 2:12pm

New Years ruminations. ( work in progress )

Impossible to Complete

Submitted by Sifu Kelley Graham on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 2:12pm

New Years ruminations. ( work in progress )

What a child can teach you about learning gongfu

Submitted by Qiang on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 11:43pm

Babies start their lives with very limited movement abilities, and yet they can learn to crawl and walk largely on their own. They focus their attention on themselves to wire up the neural pathways that allow them control their bodies and feel what their bodies can sense. Learning gong fu as an adult requires a similar sort of focused attention to develop the body control and awareness that will allow the skill to manifest. The mindful physical practice establishes the movement foundation that allows the art to be expressed.

This podcast is freely available. If you like it, please consider joining our online training community

This podcast is freely available. If you like it, please consider joining our online training community

I have succeeded sorting out our live video feed quality issues. Fyi.

I have succeeded sorting out our live video feed quality issues. Fyi.

I have succeeded sorting out our live video feed quality issues. Fyi.

Proverbs...

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 10:09am

It's been awhile since I published any old proverbs from the Chinese martial arts.  This one come from John Wang of Shuai Jiao fame.

手是兩扇門全凭腿打人