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.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 11/16/2014 - 17:08
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.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 00:00
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.
Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 20:05
Secrets Of The Old Master's Revealed
Skill building is, in most cases an entirely different practice than conditioning, particularly with an internal martial art like I Liq Chuan where a chief goal is effortless, or nearly effortless action.
Throughout most of our lives we develop a habit of getting attached to the feeling of effort, or you might say "bio-feedback".
"I feel like I am doing something, ergo, I must be doing something right." We're addicted to it.