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Self Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:00
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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.

I Liq Chuan At A Glance - Infographic

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:32
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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".

Improve Your Running Technique With This Simple Tip

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 01/11/2015 - 14:36
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Banded Pose Running Drill

Rocky Running At The Port

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.[1]

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This article is part two of a two part series on intermittent fasting. You can find part one here.

Links to the referenced study abstracts can be found below.

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.

Saturday September 21st, 2013 - Noon.

Live Fast, Die Old...

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 18:12
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Fasting For Health, Longevity & Cultivation

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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.

Buddhism Cheat Sheet

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:46
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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?

Buddhism Cheat Sheet

Therefore I have put together this "Buddhism Cheat Sheet", which compiles 16 very fundamental concepts of Buddhist practice as a handy reference guide.

The Limits Of Self Defense

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:08
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Martial Arts For Personal Development

Recently I made a post in a Facebook discussion group about I Liq Chuan being a very martial art. Striking and kicking are the underlying premises of all of our partner work. Spinning hands, sticky hands, all of the fancy point of contact stuff, all of the highly refined applications of complementary energy (i.e. tai chi) is all rooted in the very basic idea that there exists a point of contact between us because you're trying to hit me, I'm trying to stop you from hitting me and vice versa. In a nutshell, that pretty much sums up self-defense.

Footwork Drill - Circle Walking

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:00
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Working out the basics of alternate circle walking from the September 2014 Ft. Collins workshop.

Kicking Exercise - Be Loose!

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:00
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Clip from Ft. Collins, CO workshop in Sept 2014.

One of the biggest issues many students face is using the hips correctly, both in footwork and also especially in kicking. I prefer to approach kicking in the basic exercises as a simple movement drill first, as opposed to thinking of it as "kicking" per se, more like simple leg swings, to help people get a sense of using and propelling the movement from the hip joint rather from the knee as is so common.

Once the correct movement pattern is under control, you can work on power with a bag or pads and partner.

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