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We were fortunate enough to have GM° Sam Chin  back in Tempe over the May 7-8, 2016 weekend. I was especially excited to have Sifu back, as it was his first trip back to the Phoenix area in more than two years.

We spent Friday evening at Ruey's house catching some of Sifu's wisdom on video and listening to Ruey's stories from the early days at the Temple when Sifu first began teaching his family's martial art to the public.

Tweets From June 2015 Master's Class

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 16:08
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Here are my tweeted notes from the June Master Class, which took place on June 28th, 2015. This time around I decided to leave out my personal tweets altogether and only include Sifu's words.
I also left out any tweets where I missed an auto-correct error that could confuse readers who's native language is not English (there was only one).

The June 2015 Master Class was run more like old school classes that Sifu used to run when he taught regularly at the local level. Class began with refinements of the 15 basics and philosophy, concepts and principles, after which Sifu broke everyone up into smaller groups to work on their next level and assigned a senior student to work with that group on the material.

2015 Instructors Intensive Notes

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 18:37
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GM Sam Chin Quote

Original photo courtesy of Katja Goljat

I missed the President's Day Intensive this year because it was so close to me moving back to New York, but now that I'm living in the state, I'm just a short train ride away from Sifu's house so I was definitely in attendance for the Instructors Intensive! Taking the train is a great way to make the trip, although I hit two hours worth of delays on the ride home, which made for a REALLY long day.

I Liq Chuan Stance - Infographic

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 15:45
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From time to time I get the privilege of answering questions about our material from students around the world.  Recently I received a question via email from Peter in Australia regarding some questions about the basic exercises and our stance, so I put together this infographic that shows the key pointers I try to teach about placement and weighting of our basic stance. Please note that the illustration below shows a figure in wuji posture because I wanted to use as neutral a posture as possible to emphasis the placement and weighting of the feet. Of course, the hands should be up for fighting positions and postures.

Click the image for a larger, higher res version.

Have a question about I Liq Chuan? Drop it in the comments section below!


Sifu Says - Meditation

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:44
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We practice meditation in order to calm our mind, open our heart and cultivate wisdom."

This weeks blog post is a simple quote from Sifu regarding the purpose of students practicing meditation in I Liq Chuan.

Our Introduction page states;

Notes From Tucson, AZ Workshop | March, 2015

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 04/05/2015 - 15:21
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Here are the notes I posted to Twitter from the weekend workshop we had in Tucson. Sifu focused a lot on the dan tien.   

There's one typo due to auto correct.  Trying to keep up with Sifu as he's talking I didn't notice it.  The original tweet was 

Review Of I Liq Chuan From Colorado

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:42
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I got a nice review from Chris Haynes after our I Liq Chuan workshop in Colorado last month. Check it out!

Off The Mats - How To Practice Nauli Kriya

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 19:29
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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!

#100DaysOfMeditation Challenge

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 17:58
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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.  

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.