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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.

Over the course of the few days I was at the house Sifu kept emphasizing using the center as a reference to know.

The example he gave several times was using a steering wheel of a car to drive. When the hands are kept at the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions, driving is steady and stable, but if you use the hands at the 12 o'clock position, it's easy to over correct on your steering because the center is more sensitive to change.

Applying the analogy to the body, the feet are "the hands" (on the steering wheel) and the dan tien and the central axis of the body are at the 12 o'clock position. If you use the "10/2 position" of the feet to at the reference point, the body is more stable by being "wedged in" into a central position, but less sensitive to change, so Sifu wants the students to use the center axis of the body as the reference point, to be more aware and to know.

Although the body will be less stable by "default" using the center as the reference, most long time students will know that I Liq Cuan doesn't to train "stable to be stable" but to train "unstable to be stable". In other words, train "change to keep up with the change."

In the video below (not from the Master Class), Sifu discusses the same concept.