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Training Mistakes

Submitted by Qiang on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 23:05

Mistakes are part of the training process. Stumbling a bit while exploring beyond your comfort zone is par for the course. Recognizing the mistakes and correcting them is essential to make progress. I didn’t see my mistakes at the time (hindsight is 20/20). Looking back on my training, I’ve made plenty of mistakes that were obstacles to my progress. Here are a few of the bigger ones.

Thinking there is a perfect stance

This misconception probably came from my tai chi days and playing with people only doing stationary push hands. I used to have the idea that I could train to perfect my stance so that my structure would be rooted to take any force. It is easy to fall into this sort of thinking at the early stages of training since you are learning to align your structure, and your feedback generally comes in the form of simple static stance pulls and pushes.

I Liq Chuan Spinning With Stepping & Kicking

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 08/24/2013 - 14:51
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Many people mistakenly believe that I Liq Chuan's spinning hands training is only practiced stationary. Here instructor Miro Kovacik and I demonstrate spinning hands with range, section, stepping and kicking and a few qin na applications.

The goal of spinning with stepping is to maintain heavy hands with light feet.
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Easy Does It

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 00:18
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After I got some work done in the office I stepped out on the mats to get a little training in. Over the last year or two I've really noticed a drop in my mobility, so I've prioritized it in my training now.
There's a nice big, fat yellow moon out there and even though it's still hot out there right now, I still love having my private mat space right outside my door.
Hit three or four easy sets of swings with the 32kg, windmills with the 16kg, deck squats and a few other easy mobility drills.
Feels good to just work the sets for proficiency rather than having to feel like I "worked out" and feel wasted, which is something I was just listening to Pavel talk about in the video below.

Slovakia 2013 I Liq Chuan Training Camp - Meeting

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 21:33
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A short clip shot during the seven day training camp I helped present this June in Drabsko, Slovakia. Discussing the importance of meeting each others force in order to train efficiently.

Tai Chi Is Not Yin & Yang - Part 2

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 15:07
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This is the second part in my short series of finding balance in our lives by "using the rule of threes"  Hereafter RO3's. (Click here to read part 1.)
As I stated previously, the subjects of the RO3's are essential to human survival, they must be met. As such they should be attended to appropriately and mindfully. All too often in western society though, they're taken for granted, neglected or pursued with the wrong intent.

Let's review the RO3's;
  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without shelter
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food
  • 3 months without companionship

Tai Chi Is Not Yin & Yang - Part 1

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 02:44
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Reinventing The Falling Leaves Kung Fu Blog
I've had this blog for six or seven years now, though mostly it's been pretty quiet for the last two years or so, only posting somewhat sporadically.
One reason is I've been extremely busy; between my regular teaching schedule, traveling more frequently to teach workshops and just life, I haven't had as much time to blog.
Secondly I sort of lost focus on what it was I wanted to do with it. Originally I posted about lots of different types of Chinese martial arts and strength and conditioning, cool gyms etc., but the further I progressed with I Liq Chuan, the less I felt that was appropriate for a variety of reasons.

Ft Collins CO Workshop - September 28/29 2013

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 20:56
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I will be offering the first ever I Liq Chuan workshop in Ft Collins CO the weekend of September 28/29

The focus will be an introduction to I Liq Chuan's basic solo and partner training methods as well as Zen philosophy and Tai Chi principles.

Martial Arts Motivation

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 02:16
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Our student Tommie
#livewithfire #trainhard #staystrong

Martial Arts And Pelvic Alignment

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 19:09
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In the video below you can see some if the type if work we do with basic skeletal alignment in I Liq Chuan.
Maintaining correct alignment of the hoops is crucial in any martial art, as the hips and shoulders are "the four corners that propel power".
The hips are the biggest "gear" in the overall mechanism the body has fir generating power. Unfortunately, most martial artists, even those who have been training for many years have very poor use of the hip complex.
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We spent some time working on the 180 degree reverse step and it's application to generating horizontal power from the pivot and turning the hips. Video analysis reveals errors in the students structure.

Click the image below to enlarge for details.