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Training Beginners

Submitted by Qiang on Thu, 10/21/2010 - 23:50

I sometimes get asked whether training with beginners is boring or pointless. When you advance to a certain level of skill, it can be frustrating to have to train “below your skill level.” However, I choose not to view it that way. After spending a significant amount of time (years actually) as the only I-Liq Chuan guy around and having to build a group from beginners, I’ve come to appreciate the opportunity presented by training with a beginner.

One of the topics that has come up in the past workshops is the idea of vector forces in the spheres of offense and defense.  To maintain your defense or invade your opponent's defense at the point of contact, the understanding of these spheres is essential.  The concept of the spheres can at first seem esoteric, but the forces involved can be understood with some elementary geometry and physics (warning, math to be discussed ahead).

Malaysia Trip Recap

Submitted by Qiang on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 02:05

A little over one week back in the U.S. and I feel like I'm just getting over my jet lag.  It's a weird feeling popping wide awake at 1-2 a.m. and being dog tired during the daylight hours.  Anyhow, I thought I'd jot down a few notes on my experience in Kuala Lumpur and training with Grandmaster Chin Lik Keong.

First, my experiences with Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur:

Link-o-rama IV: Summer Vacation Edition

Submitted by Qiang on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:01

I'm off to Malaysia for some training and vacation.  I'll be taking a break from writing my blog posts for a few weeks (but don't worry, I'll be back soon enough).  Here are some links to tide you over during the break:

I came across this post at Diesel Crew about training athletes' reaction time with visual and audio cues.  Most athletic training is about improving physical attribute, but not all training is about physical improvements.  Strength, power, speed, etc. are only useful in the context of being able to perceive the conditions of the moment.


Thought this vid demonstrated understanding the point of contact in a different context:

Point of Contact

Submitted by Qiang on Fri, 07/16/2010 - 09:28

In my experience with learning and teaching I-Liq Chuan, I have noticed that a lot of time is spent training the point of contact.  Once the basic understanding of body unification is achieved, training can quickly progress to framing movements in terms of the point of contact.  The point of contact provides a context for movements and serves as a training aid which guides the training progression.

Power Comes From The Feet

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Thu, 08/13/2009 - 00:00
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The Importance Of Foot Alignment In Generating Maximum Power & Balance For Martial Arts

One of the reasons I like to follow the Dragon Door crew is that, besides the fact that they know their stuff where sports performance is concerned, they also often provide some tantalizing food for thought about martial arts, especially the so called "internal martial arts".