Thanks to our cooperation with the UIKT (Italian Union of Traditional Kung Fu) Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan is now certified by OPES (The Organization for Sport Education) and registered with CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee)!
CONI, acting under the authority of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), is responsible for the regulation and management of all national sports activities in Italy. While not an official Olympic sport, Traditional Kung Fu is recognized as an Associate Sport Discipline, under the category of “Wushu Kung Fu”.
In order to teach professionally in Italy martial arts instructors must be included in CONI’s register, and through our new association with the UIKT and OPES, our instructors will now be registered, and will receive a number of benefits, including instructor and student insurance!
Congratulations to Instructor Alberto Benedusi for being the first Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan recipient of this nationally recognized diploma!
On Oct 23rd, GM Sam Chin presented a special donation-based 2 hours online workshop in coordination with Penn State.
By Nikolay Dokholyan (3rd level student/1st level instructor)
October Workshop with Prof. GM Sam Chin at Penn State University
Unlike many domains of knowledge, mindfulness cannot be learned but only cultivated.
GM Sam Chin explained approaches to cultivate awareness by following the curriculum he created, The Martial Art of Awareness. He also explained the relationship between the martial aspect of ZXD and how it serves as a tool to develop practices that unify mental and physical components.
Specifically, the practitioner focuses on remaining neutral, responding to the ever-changing conditions of the environment. Because martial practice does offer direct feedback on the qualities of attention quality and, thus, provides an outstanding practice tool to recognize when one is balanced in body and mind.
GM Sam Chin’s lecture was followed by Qi Gong exercises that are part of the ZXD curriculum, led by US senior student, Instructor Richard Kelly (student level 9, instructor level 4); these included stretching and breathing exercises for health. This event was sponsored by the 2021 Wellness Mini-Grant from the Office of the Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs, the Office of Faculty and Professional Development, and Penn State Health Human Resources.
Did You Know
Did you know that GM Sam Chin underwent surgery for a total knee replacement on 04 Nov? After many years of dealing with a very bad knee, GM Chin was finally able to receive the much-needed surgery.
His knees were in such bad shape, the doctors were amazed he could even walk after reviewing the Xrays! Can you imagine? GM Chin has been teaching us for so many years with stage 4 arthritis in both knees.
The long layoff from his busy teaching and traveling schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak has given GM Sam Chin the opportunity to recover at home while spending time with his family, including his five-month-old grandson, Kai.
The surgery was a success and GM Chin is undergoing rehabilitation.
Instructor Alberto Benedusi and Study Group Leader Dino Fiaschi have been working hard and representing Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan in Italy with great success!
This past month the CFILCA sent Instructor Joshua Craig to assist them in their work in spreading our art throughout Italy. Instructor Alberto Benedusi joined Joshua, and together they presented Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan in several cities. It was a fruitful journey with many exciting events and connections! A big thank you goes out to Alberto for making this all possible.
Of special note was the signing of the agreement, on September 12th, between the CFILCA and the UIKT (Unione Italiana Kung Fu Tradizionale), officially launching the new 3-year Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Instructor Training Project in Rome!
The Chin Family wishes to send a special thank you to UIKT President Alessandro Colonnese for the invitation, and to Pietro Nicolaus Roselli Lorenzini for all of his help in coordinating the agreement between the CFILCA and the UIKT!
It is a great beginning, and we look forward to much more to come!
September 6, 2020
Grading Workshop in San Marino with nine people achieving Student Level 1! Congratulations to everyone!
Level 1: Daniel Giuliani, Giulia Chiara Staffa, Pietro Nicolaus Roselli Lorenzini, Nicola Albatici, Simone Amadei, Maurizio Corona, Costantino Fiori, Marco Agnoletti, Laura Dolce
September 10, 2020
Introductory Workshop hosted by Marco Macelloni at Shin Yama Arashi Martial Arts Center in Pontedera.
September 11, 2020
Level 3 Grading for Dino Fiaschi! Great work Dino!
September 11, 2020
A great meeting with Instructor Stefano Agostini and his son, Ken Michele Agostini!
September 12, 2020
The CFILCA signed a 3-year agreement with the UIKT!
Instructor Alberto Benedusi, UIKT President Alessandro Colonnese, Instructor Joshua Craig
Instructor Joshua Craig signing the contract on behalf of CFILCA.
The CFILCA presented all of the UIKT Board Members with a copy of the new Italian translation of the System Guide, 3rd Edition.
September 12-13, 2020
At the UIKT International Martial Arts Day event we offered a series of four seminars, and many of the participants have registered for our Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Project in Rome!
September 19, 2020
Introductory Workshop hosted by Paolo Dilisio and Stefania Mengoni at Wing Chun Scuola Nei Gong in Latina.
Sifu Stefania Megoni, Instructor Alberto Benedusi, Sifu Paolo Dilisio, Instructor Joshua Craig
September 20, 2020
Introductory Workshop for the UIKT Board Members.
Paolo Dilisio, Pietro Roselli, Alberto Benedusi, Joshua Craig, Stefano Rosati, Claudio Fabbricatore
October 3-4, 2020
Instructor Alberto Benedusi lead a workshop in Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia. This was the first time the people of Sardinia were exposed to Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, and our reception was great! Alberto will soon return for the next workshop!
October 10-11, 2020
Instructors Joshua Craig and Alberto Benedusi presented the first weekend of our 3-year Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Instructor Training Project in Rome, Italy! The participants included instructors and martial arts masters from various styles and communities, all getting together on the mat to train in the true spirit of martial arts. This intensive 12-hour event was an amazing time of openness, passion and camaraderie! At the end of the workshop, Grandmaster Sam Chin spoke to the participants via video call from New York, both welcoming and congratulating them!
October 10-12, 2020
Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Martial Art of Awareness met with UIKT Unione Italiana Kung Fu Tradizionale Board Members to discuss and train in preparation for the December 19-20, 2020 course in Rome, Italy – be sure not to miss it!
Weekend 2: December 19-20, 2020 Level 1: Please confirm your participation by sending an email to: Francesca Ranucci (email@example.com)
Weekend 3: February 20-21, 2021 Level 1
Weekend 4: April 24-25, 2021 Level 1
Weekend 5: June 19-20, 2021 Level 1
Weekend 6: September 10-11, 2021 Level 2
This program is the ideal introduction to Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, taking you step-by-step through our curriculum until Instructor Level 1.
Zhong Xin Dao in Germany
10 of our members passed their Student Level 1 examination and 4 of them passed their Student Level 2 examinations in Germany!
Instructor Frederik Wahl held a Level 1 Examination! Congratulations to Sascha Vukovic, Hans-Joachim Kühne and Janina Peter. Leefke Bohde also assisted at the grading!
Study Group Leader Dominic Brizin invited Instructor Joshua Craig to conduct a Level 1 Grading Workshop and Examination! Fellow Instructor Frederik Wahl was also invited as a guest. Congratulations to Benjamin Schwartz, Murat Cobanoglu, Sebastian Riedel, Ruben Bamberger, Tom-Tom Steiner, Andreas Towstoles and Dominik Lorenz!
Instructor Frederik Wahl held a Level 2 Examination! Congratulations to Thorsten Bernstein, Michael Rath, Sascha Vukovic, and Udo Eimers. Marvin Sadrinna also assisted at the grading!
References, Rotation, and Relationship of Theory to Training
GM Sam F.S. Chin Viewpoint Talks Arizona/ USA May 2019
What I teach may be hard to understand for those not completely familiar with the Martial Arts of Awareness curriculum. No doubt yesterday I taught the ‘real thing’: it’s the real thing because that’s what you’re looking for—knowing from direct. Direct is what you can ‘see’ and ‘know’ when you are connected to see in that way, in the present moment. It’s not about falling back to past experiences or judging from the past.
When you’re in Neutral Offense, you can strike any time. When we train, you are on the Neutral Defense or on the Neutral Offense: if you’re already on the offensive side of the line, you can whack the opponent. When it comes to control, you cannot control from on DEFENSE; defense is 50/50. Offense is because I understand I’ve already crossed the half line. Offense means I can get you, but you can’t get me. If you don’t have neutral offense, the opponent can get you—when you cross, he can cross, too. Because if you hold on to the neutral to do the close close or open open, then he cannot get you.
As I’ve said before, holding the space—the same time and the same space—means only 1 can occupy. If I sit here, you can’t sit here. So if I get the space, you cannot, unless it’s a different space, then it’ll be under a different time. So, you can say that in the beginning of Flow, you try to stay on neutral, but you can also try, at first, to learn with Neutral Defense: then you know the limits.
Flow has the Idea of Doing Things within Limits
If you only have neutral, it’s sometimes hard to detect the limits. But with Neutral Defense—there’s 2 points there, so it’s able to give you a better sense of whether you’re still within the limits or not. Flow has the idea of you doing things within the limits also. If you go out of the limits that means you’re following. Flow will turn into following, you see? So when it comes to CONTROL, we must be in Neutral OFFENSE; you can’t control in Neutral DEFENSE: you can only PREVENT in Neutral Defense. For control, you must be one step ahead. That means, if the opponent wants to come into you, he needs to neutralize your defense first, so that’s one step. So, with Offense, that means you have to be able to cross the half line, but I don’t strike you—I still maintain Neutral Offense. At Level 7, then, on control, there will be a moment when Upper Hand can strike. Then,[ to assess your level of awareness and skill], that means I go in to strike, but on your part, you want to show you can maintain control over there. So, the training of the procedure must be very clear. You can’t control on defense. That’s why neutral Offense and neutral Defense must be very clear: that means the half line. There’s a 3-dimensional half line.
Primordial Energy, the Beginning of Energy, the Balance Energy
So, yesterday, we approached the topic first from One point: the One-point Approach means one point of movement and that one point is a rotation… you can say that is also spiral energy. You have to hold onto one point; and if you understand one point, and how that one point has 6 directions, 3 dimensions, then you can understand the beginning of energy, the balanced energy. That means it must come from the balance point and balance must come from the center. We train to understand that a center has conditions to be a center, as the neutral point.
Principles, Philosophies, Concepts Criteria of the Basic Exercises DVD Transcripts – Part Unifying self with opponent must have “yi dao, chi dao, li dao“; attention, energy, power. Training the mind (attention); if a student doesn’t have enough mindfulness or power of concentration, they will lose attention. Why do you want the 13 points? Based on […]
This Autumn we will be unveiling two new programs! – Student and Instructor Certification Program – Instructor Licensing Program
With both new programs you will have the convenience and flexibility of studying in-person and online!
Student and Instructor Certification Program
Each course will include an-depth look at the relevant Student Level or Instructor Level, and the intensive nature of this program, along with the direct approach to instruction, will allow you to complete each course in an accelerated time! Every training will be led by an instructor authorized by Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Headquarters, who will guide and support you throughout the learning process. In addition, small class sizes maximize both concentration and guarantees more one-on-one interaction time with your instructor.
–Instructor Licensing Program
Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Instructor Levels are part of our student curriculum, and once a student has successfully passed their Instructor grading they become a Certified Instructor. However, prior to becoming a Licensed Instructor, each Certified Instructor must successfully pass the relevant Instructor Licensing Course(s).
When teaching and performing gradings, instructors must be able to create specific conditions for students to recognize the principles, and also to see whether the student has the understanding and attention to see these conditions. In this series of courses, you will be guided in how to deliver explicit instruction for each curriculum level using clear and concise language, as well as how to evaluate and adjust your students using a selection of diagnostic tools.
Our in-person and online formats are a convenient and affordable way for our Licensed Instructors (and Licensed Instructor candidates) to maintain their existing License, and/or qualify for more advanced degrees.
Around the World
Grandmaster Sam Chin and the entire Chin Family is very happy to be cooperating with Alessandro Colonnese, Pietro Nicolaus Roselli Lorenzini, and the whole Unione Italiana Kung Fu Tradizionale (UIKT) Family, to bring Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, the Martial Art of Awareness, to Italy!
The UIKT is a non-profit organization, based in Rome, Italy, whose mission is to promote traditional kung fu! Our cooperation will be announced at the 2020 International Martial Arts Day events on September 12-13 in Rome!
Together with the UIKT, we will be offering our Instructor Level 1 Certification Program in Italy! This 3-year program includes Student Levels 1-2-3 and Instructor Level 1, and is the essential foundation of Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan.
Each step of the training process and the examinations will be overseen by instructors assigned by the Chin Family.
October 10-11, 2020
December 19-20, 2020
February 20-21, 2021
April 24-25, 2021
June 19-20, 2021
September 10-11, 2021
This first program will be led by Instructor Joshua Craig (representing ZXD Headquarters) and Instructor Alberto Benedusi (representing Italy).
In the UIKT the Chin Family has found a partner that also values both harmony and collaboration, and we look forward to working together to unify and promote martial culture and the unique inheritances of traditional kung fu!
On Sunday September 6, 2020 Instructor Joshua Craig led an all-day Grading Workshop in San Marino. Everything was organized by Instructor Alberto Benedusi, who was also the translator for this intense event!
Thank you to everyone for their outstanding spirit and dedication! What a day! A special thank you also to Alberto for all of his efforts in preparing the group and making our union possible! Also in attendance was Study Group Leader Dino Fiaschi of Tuscany! Congratulations to everyone for passing Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Level 1!
Giulietta Chiara Staffa
1) Schools now reopen after pandemic quarantine since a month ago. Physical classes as well as online options are available in Russian.
2) This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Russian I Liq Chuan School, founded by GM Alex Skalozub!
3) Special online classes of GM Sam Chin for Russian-speaking students will be coming this autumn. More information will be available soon!
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A short excerpt from GM Sam Chin’s talk on The Process of Change July 11th, 2020 The Appropriate Moment of Acting This is the moment of acting with WHAT IS APPROPRIATE with the pressure. We don’t talk about what is right and what is wrong: it’s a balancing point. From a balancing point, any change […]
In the beginning, for students sometimes it’s very hard because at first they can’t get any information there. They don’t know what…Alright. Don’t give up. If you give up from here that means you fall back to your experience of what you like or don’t like. You need to put that aside. To go from this end. This end is from knowing the moment. You have to have enough attention to hold until it turns clear. See, when you hold your attention can be there enough to let things speak for themselves—that means things start to get clear. The clear comes from the center. The center is a cross. The cross is a junction that separates things. That means to see the difference. If you see the difference that means seeing the separation: the outlines, the lines [points to all the body lines, etc.] the features are a separation, yes? How do the features come? Because they have different controls—there is a separation. A curve, why do you call it a curve—because there’s a separation and a curve. How you see it, then you know the difference from here.
But that needs concentration. How high your concentration is and how well can you keep your concentration to connect one center with another center—how many centers can you connect? How many centers can you stretch? The more centers you can stretch the more past, present future inside this one present. Understand? I see the center here—this past, present, future is one present. How well can you directly connect? The further I connect, I see more. Like I said before when just you drive a car and only see the car in front of you and emergency light comes on, if they hit the brake, you have a sudden reaction. But if you see ahead another 3 or 4 cars ahead of you, if that car makes a brake, you’ll already be ready here because you see more centers. So you are prepared, you can prepare, you can be ready—then there’s no more sudden. So close so sudden. If I can see longer—then I’m waiting for you to come. This is how your attention stretches and spreads. This is what we call discerning power. In Zen, this is what you call attention, awareness, being mindful. This is what we keep on looking at.
Back to training this concept physically:
Go up and down feeling the joints, stretching the joints, feeling from point-to-point: Feet pressure to crown pressure–two ends of the pressure—should be the same in order to be connected. Or else they can’t be connected. This is the philosophy and concepts that connect the training approach to the exercises.
Ex: Horizontal Plane – For more senior students, it’s not only the horizontal quality. Horizontal quality has what? [Side-to-side Forward backward] Side-to-side, yes, but it holds the horizontal. You hold the plane. The action is not only this way…actually, you hold the plane—that means try to see. The movement is this but the energy is up and down. Because it’s the grinding energy: that means I’m holding this horizontal plane. This holding of the horizontal press. If I press, he can go down; if I don’t hold, you can come in.
“The more centers you can stretch the more past, present future inside this one present.”
~GM Sam Chin
Understanding Three Dimensions & Six Direction Energy
There’s a plane you need to hold. This is the energy of holding. The training of the grinding/wiping is left right forward backward but you wipe this plane. There’s a frontal plane and a sagittal plane. All planes have grinding. The misunderstanding is used by other southern martial arts, like Praying Mantis. Other martial arts talk about grinding energy. But how can you do it? Grinding energy means it’s not press to grind. You must have 2 energies to grind and it must be equal energy. You must have enough energy to go down and to go forward—to hold. But then to be right there must be 3 energies: forward backward up and down energy (already has left right). All direction energy. If you press too hard you can’t grind; if too light, you can’t grind. For the beginning student it’s okay just to get the movement; but we train to get structure, then relaxation (to see the yin yang), then the energy. Point of Contact—then, with this directional energy, on this point of contact you call this a balance point: constant changing, constant maintaining, that’s the balance point. (minimum 2 direction energy: down and up).
That means the balance point doesn’t change; you’re using 2-direction or 4-direction energy to maintain NOT to change. At least remember the concepts and the theory first! Remember the theory of HOW to get into this quality, right. You need to have this theory to understand what to look for in order to get the right energy. Because as you go higher, you need to put in the qualities.
Two energies at the same time (down and up) is from rotation. Keep on rotating: rotation, rotation! That’s why I call it skimming—but skimming on the point. Try to rotate as centered as possible on the point. The more centered on the point, then the splitting of the directional energy will be more clear! See, this rotation, if you push forward too much, you lose the direction. You hold and pivot/rotate on the point. With that energy first, then directional movement comes from there. Understand what I said? See now: That’s why we say circle-with-a center first: one that goes down here to rotation, equally—then you can move. 90 has 2 first. 90 is the quality. A lot of people can’t understand the skim—and go just forward or just backward—it’s not the right action and it’s not really precise. See, it needs to be 90° here! That means equal—rotating equally here, I can have one energy forward and one back, see? Like layers: first 90°, then 2 equal. Another layer, I’m going left and right, but to do that I’m doing this down up 90 first: center with yin, center with yang. That’s why I say you never leave the center!
An Excerpt From GM Sam Chin / Martial Art of Awareness: ZXD Online Zoom Session 18 July 2020 Quality & Function of Rotation: Drawing & Releasing To Unify All To One Center Point First, the rotation, we want to make it clear about this function and this principle. In rotation, you can say that it […]
How To Pay Attention To The Center Reference To Use It
Q: When you’re talking about aligning the centers, if you were to keep them perfectly centered (center to center) that would be very good?
Q:Now, what you’re saying is each center there’s a certain variance where you’re still on the center but you’re to the right side, say, but slightly off, and if I understand what you’re saying, the next center you need to balance with the previous center but also with the yin and yang…
Yes, but at first, just think of one center: one center and then the 2nd center. The more centers you can hold give you more of a difference to see: more centers then you can adjust.
For instance, like when people do surveying—like looking from one center to see other centers—or they do the measuring, then you know where it goes. But the thing is that maintaining the centers isn’t just ‘one’—it’s because there are different components to maintaining, to maintain it.
So because that’s why we talk about Tai Chi—tai chi is balance. Tai chi, when action comes, it turns into yin and yang so it starts to pivot. When it starts to pivot, you go to yin or yang, right? So that’s where the open close, full and empty come in. But when you start to pivot on movement, you neverleave the center. That’s why we talk about ‘from center to yin’ or ‘from center to yang.’ Center with left, center with right, center with up, center with down. All the centers. You can notleave the centers, because center is the reference for you to know.
Center is the cross, it’s the junction point, it’s the fullness point for you to know. For you as a reference to change, to change to know. Once you leave the center, you have no more reference. So your reference won’t be precise and you’ll fall back into experience. Using your experience means you are judging the moment; you aren’t really acting “with” the moment. So this is how you have to pay attention and use it.
That’s why in the first place, it’s the feet with the gravity, then it’s alignment—holding this alignment. Then, also, to enhance the centers, the action of the centers is only through rotation, so you can do open and close, through rotation to hold. Because holding the centers is only clockwise and counter-clockwise, not to get away from the centers. Holding on the centers, then there’s no other movement you can do: only forward backward, up down, left right.
Only that movement. If you try to do any other movement from here that means you are wrong. That means you are not connecting. Then, if you lose the connections, then you are not direct. This is some of the diagnostic list also that you should be able to use. So your training is only here. Don’t do any other thing! If your attention goes to any other thing, that means you are not basing it on the reference. So that means your mind will tell you to do something else and that means you’re wrong already. So, how well can you hold? Now, all the actions, first, are 1, 2, 3. One thing. First in the center, and then the Yin and Yang. Everythingstarts from here.
“We train to be direct. Direct needs to connect.”
~GM Sam Chin
Let’s go back exploring this through training.
Stand here and feel the joints. Stretchthe joint. The ankle, the knee, the hip—everything: stretch it out. Stretch the joint: release. Feel the joint and how it stretches. To feel the bone is from stretching the joint first. So, if you can’t feel the joint, it’s very hard to do action.
Feel the fingers, wrist, the elbow, shoulder, the spine, the hip, everything. Start to raise from feet to the fingertip: stretch it out, and release. Keep on stretching and feeling: how well can you stretch and hold? Then, from the joint you have movement. Only do the joint first. Then you can do part-by-part. Stretch until you feel that the joint has really stretched. Then you’ll feel the ligaments and tendons, then the muscles, up to the skin. From here, absorb the Yin muscles on the front with the joint. Stretch the joint and muscles from the back (ming-men) and you have the project. You must have 3 things here: now with this quality—center of feet, yin and yang quality, you can proceed.
From here you have to FEEL there’s a macro-cosmic cycle: absorb here and project here. First you separate to recognize and feel each. Then, later, you absorb here but still feel the yang expand: it’s a complementary cycle here. The yin grab (initiated with the yin) it’s like this [shows difference]. The yang grab, initiated by yang (project), it’s this. Understand here? It’s a matter of your attention—and how you can see it.
The Feel of Rotation
What is the feel of rotation? Don’t think about words. Feel the sensation of rotation. What is the characteristic, what are the qualities in order to rotate? You want to look into here. If you look into here only then will you know how to approach the training. What conditions are needed for you to rotate? Everything we talk about conditions: conditions must be there in order for things to happen.
Rotate the centers. You must be balanced in order to be balanced in order to rotate. If not balanced, you can’t rotate. Venerable Jiru was talking [at MABA] about the spinning top (child’s toy).
When we play with it, the triangle cone must be balanced to spin—equal on all sides (equal on four-direction sides) in order to do the spinning. If not equal, you cannot spin. Yes? That means you need equal direction energy to hold the center to spin. So when you do a spiral, it has that quality. Consider: why is it that you can’t maintain the spin? Or, if you spin, is it balanced?
All this is the training process to look into. Then the training is only about keep on adjusting, keep on maintaining and keep on balancing. No other thing than here, understand. If the mind tries to say do another thing, you’re already wrong. Why would you do another thing? Your job is only to balance. From balance is action itself. That action is only the correct action. The correct action is only from balance and harmony. If you do more from here, you are doing wrong things already and you are already wasting your energy on things that aren’t necessary.
Because we talk about maintaining and doing it correctly, things manifest. Then how well can you start to connect and how wide can you stretch? That’s only the thing. I just want you guys paying in mind—that is all.
If you think you want something, no—that’s wanting.
You must hold this reference very strongly—that out from here you must be able to go return back. This is the core principles, all the core concepts. That’s why I say in my Path, I say there’s nothing to learn, because slowly as you train you’ll see there’s no extra here. Because to be balanced, to see the thing as it is, it’s just there: to maintain. It’s nothing to create. When you want to say ‘create’ that means examine how do you create—from where? Your creation comes from where? Then if it comes from center it’s not ‘creation’—it’s already there. What is there for you to create? Because it’s already there already.
If you come from the right perspective, there’s nothing new—it’s there. But when you hold over there, you do there, you see there, you know from there, it’s the most balanced—that’s what you call right. Practically, there’s no ‘right or wrong’; then you can say ‘appropriate.’ Appropriate movement, appropriate actions. Because it’s direct from here that nature speaks itself here. Here is where we talk about Wisdom. If you fall back to your past experience that’s accumulations—then you call it ‘knowledge.’ I won’t say knowledge is bad—knowledge is very powerful, as long as you know it’s ‘knowledge’, it’s accumulations and when you use it on other things it’s only ‘judging.’
You judge on it and use it to see if other things fit or not. But we are training not from that perspective. We train to be direct. Direct needs to connect.
Listen To Yourself First To Increase The Power of Concentration
Q: I have a question about how do we use the sound—certainly to try not to hear the words…
Sifu: You just listen: just pay attention to your self. If I put my attention on my sense, I listen. But at the same time I do listen to other sounds—someone right now is chopping in kitchen or we hear background noise. We are the receiver. But I believe that what we train, as Sifu Jiru trained us just now, we try not to get that involved. We don’t try to listen to that—we try to focus more—to get that Samadhi to train what is happening there, to see if we can hold there or not, and draw back to there.
Actually there’s nothing wrong with listening, we just want to increase the power of concentration more first. We want to increase here first so that under different conditions is there any thought coming or not to disturb us now? This is why part comes to “purification”, but normally martial arts people don’t like to listen to purification.
“Why do you want to purify? I’m a martial man—why do I want to be purify.”
Actually, it’s to clean the lens—to let the mind not to be disturbed: then you are there—concentration is there.
Here is what we train. Sifu Jiru talks about willpower—to not let thoughts pull you away. If your attention is not strong—poof, pulled away already. Pulled away by a lot of things—hunger, greed, what we don’t know (ignorance). These are the “Five Hindrances”, along with sleepiness and restlessness. Restless is like your mind running.
Q: something our students struggle with and I struggle with too, is balancing trying to ‘do’ something, trying to ‘do’ a move, and also doing it with sensitivity.
From Obvious To Refined/Subtle
Sifu: Sensitivity is there. If you train to be balanced, you must have sensitivity. If the sensitivity isn’t there, how do you know you are balancing? Yes? It’s just a matter of you are balancing, you are adjusting—your attention is there to meet. If my attention can’t arrive there, I can’t meet there. Sometimes because if we train too light, too loose—it’s hard to draw the mind there, so sometimes we do it a bit heavier. More obvious. That’s why the training has external, they call it ming jin 明勁,—that means it’s external and more obvious, before you can train very subtle.
Actually, that’s why I call you students to train big first. If you can’t do it big to draw a perfect circle, I call you to do it big, medium, small. From heavy, obvious, subtle. Obvious to help to draw attention there; or else attention is very hard.
Q: For me, the biggest barrier in partner training is performance anxiety. If the person I’m working with is ‘oh, you’re doing it wrong.’ I feel “oh, I’m no good.” How to change this?
Sifu: Yes, that can be very tough.
Sometime you can tell your partner and say, ‘let’s just follow the instruction carefully.’ Just do what we’re instructed to do—don’t do more than that, can we do that or not?” Following instructions is not easy. We try to put into how an instruction should be. Sometimes we say, “Do what you’re being told; don’t try to teach your partner now. You are training yourself now. You are learning both partners as an opportunity to do it: you aren’t doing on him or him on you: you are working on yourself. “ Can you follow instructions? If you can’t follow instructions, why is that?
Then what is missing that you can’t follow instructions?
Is it because you have your own view? Once you have your own view you’re thinking ‘Oh, I like this or I don’t like that.’ The problem is it’s so hard to see because it’s your own viewpoint. No one is blocking you—it’s because your view blocks you. Your view is yourself—all your ideas: how can it be wrong? So the hardest part is to change your view.
If you don’t listen carefully to instructions, your instructors have no chance to bring you out of your viewpoint. Everything you think is inside your view. I like to give the example of the student in Poland who was wearing a shirt that said ‘think outside of the box.’ And I said, Is that right? All the students said ‘yes.’ I said, ‘do you know what is thinking? Thinking is the box!” [laughter]
Be careful when you listen to some lectures; you tell me to do this and that, but you can’t get out of the box. So, no thinking. I have a quote: if you know, you don’t think; if you think, it means you don’t know. You’re stuck in the box.
“You can never think outside the box. Thinking IS the box!”
~GM Sam Chin
Holding The Touch Point of Contact To Connect
A lot of time instruction must be carefully designed to pinpoint to the path.
So this morning, what Master Jiru talked about connects to this. That’s why yesterday we talked about touch point of contact. Connect must have a balance. The balanced connect that means the connect has the idea of holding—the holding of the point—any idea of connect means the idea of holding to that thing.
If you don’t have the ability of holding there, you can’t connect. To hold there that means you must have a balance point to hold: too much you go through, too little you can’t hold slip off. This little simple thing here is the training. If you can’t initiate this right, the point of contact is wrong already.
Now you guys touch you know: too much pressure, too little—what is that? That’s the balance point in order to get it right. Then that balance point can you connect all the way down to his feet. If only at the touch here (at finger/wrist forearm)—that’s not enough. You must be able to connect to his body, to his hip, all the way down to his feet. Can you connect every joint that he moves or not? Then you can separate left back, front back everything so you can move—you can move your partner.
Q: Like a dancer?
Sifu: Yes, if I trained I could be a very good dancer [laughter]. I can be a teacher to teach but I can’t dance. Yes, just be a puppet master.
If you can do this, then you are the puppet master—connecting. The information that we talk about is like a spider web: it connects. And all the connections have crosses and junctions. All the connect comes down to the neutral center: where the spider sits.
So every junction, every spider web has tension line, you see. The tension line is the balance line. Later on, on every line, the connection is a tension line (like a musician plays a guitar string)—it attunes and you receive information. Also, like a kite—like a puppet master: you play the string here—too tight, too slack, you can’t move.
You must know how to move so that the tension light must be balanced. That’s why in every action you try to get the tension line first. On the grab here—there’s a pull. When I pull, I stretch the line—I get the slack away. If it’s too lose, then draw the slack and let the line come. If the opponent tries to relax to be soft, you can just whip (do the wave—like a towel). You try to maintain the line so that information is direct. This is all on the CONNECTING TOUCH.
This is all the principles that apply to EVERY MOVE! On here, then you look for what is open, what is close; what is absorb what is project—the unification of the self. The first thing we talk about is gravity—because we live in this world with gravity, and this body with a mass. Every object has a mass. The mass and the gravity—its relationship—that forms the axis line: that forms the balance line. The balance line means it’s 90 to the ground. This means it’s a center point to direct. 90 is the center. When you explain things, we say ‘what makes it 90’? What makes it a center?
Master Class on Sun. morning –August 4, 2019 (continuing the discussion)
Reference: Seeing the difference from the center
From the first cross you know the difference. From the second cross you know more because of the 2 crosses and the difference, that you match. And all the knowing and the changing must come from here, because the cross gives you the difference. I want you to see the difference from there. Difference from the center—from the cross: the difference of like pressure, open close (because left right have different pressure of open close have different pressure of open close).
Because when cross at the center, we start to pivot because there’s open-close and pressure. Or else the equal will be flat. Equal there’s no pivoting. Understand. So that kind of feeling is the direct feeling. If you can’t feel from there, as I’ve said before, it means your attention isn’t strong enough to hold. Then you will fall back to your memory, to your past experience. Then you aren’t in the moment any more. You’re using the past to know the present. That is what we don’t want to use. We want to have direct.
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