Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 19:29
This weeks post is a vlog from my YouTube channel discussing the yoga practice of Nauli Kriya.
Obviously, Nauli is not a part of I Liq Chuan, but I became interested in the practice as part of my exploration of using and controlling the diaphragm, having a better functional understanding of some of the deeper postural muscles and trying to resolve some core dysfunction I've been struggling with for some time.
From a health perspective, practicing Nauli provides a nice massage to the internal organs, and from a martial perspective, as I mention in the video, simply having the ability to fire a given muscle at will helps ensure that your stability isn't being compromised by poor neuromuscular activation / coordination.
Enjoy experimenting and leave a comment below to share your experience!
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 17:58
For this weeks blog post I'm resurrecting and old video from my YouTube channel. A lot of people have resonded well to this 100 Days Of Meditation "challenge" in the past, and I'm currently revisiting it myself to once again take my own personal practice to a deeper level.
If you're like many other I Liq Chuan students, and already meditate daily, GREAT!
Use the opportunity to take your practice to another level. Commit to 100 days of sitting for a minimum time, 20, 30 or 40 minutes, something longer than your usual level, or focus on something, like mettabhavana (culivation of compassion and loving kindness) in particular that you know needs improvement in your practice, then join me and others on Twitter and let us know how it's going for you.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:00
This weeks post comes via Ruey Chen. Many of you may know of Ruey from Sifu mentioning him in the "Yellow Book", or maybe you've seen the video of Ruey discussing the Chinese names of the 21 Form movements. (You can see the video and an in depth discussion of the topic in our forum here.) In many ways Ruey is largely responsible for helping to convince Sifu to teach his family art of I Liq Chuan to the public.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:32
Hello everyone! This week I'd like to offer you something I've been working on for awhile. Although I really didn't want to post two infographics almost back to back, life outside the web got the better of me and this project was the one that was ready to go.
CONTENT DISCLAIMER - Hopefully this doesn't seem like something "new" to existing students. This is just my attempt to compress the fundamentals of the I Liq Chuan training process from the System Guide into a single visual outline that could be presented to prospective new students. Sort of a visual "30 second elevator pitch".
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 01/11/2015 - 14:36
Banded Pose Running Drill
Few images are more iconic than the fighter getting in his "road work", and done well, running is great for you. Done poorly, running is one of the easiest ways to jack yourself up. Something like 80% of all runners will experience injury over the next year.
The commencement form, similar in movement in most style of internal martial arts. The simple waving arms up and down to mark the start of your form. What's there to this move, I asked myself. For all the years that I've seen martial artist do their form, I never truly gave any thought to this. Not until just recently when I started immersing myself into an intensive study of our I Liq Chuan 21 Form.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:12
Fasting For Health, Longevity & Cultivation
This post is part 1 of 2. Part two can be found here.
Recently I've become very interested in fasting. Over the course of training I Liq Chuan, I've seen Alex (Chief Instructor of Russia) fast on more than one occasion, and it always interested me, but I had never considered it for myself until lately.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:46
A Handy "At A Glance" Reference For Fundamental Concepts Of Buddhism
Edited by Cady Goldfield
While it's certainly not required to embrace Buddhist practice as part of your training, many students of I Liq Chuan, or indeed, Asian martial arts in general, commonly come to study at least some level of Buddhism, as a philosophy, if not a spiritual practice, at some point. After all, when you want the most effective methods to train your mind, who better to learn from than the folks who've been doing it for more than 2500 years?
Therefore I have put together this "Buddhism Cheat Sheet", which compiles 16 very fundamental concepts of Buddhist practice as a handy reference guide.