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By: Wuxing Martial Arts  09-12-2011
Keywords: Martial Arts, Tai Chi

Dec 03, 2011by a_fo

Hello everyone,

As some of you may know, I’ve been studying the martial arts abroad this year (in Japan).  So far it’s going great and been the experience of a life-time, and today I’d like to share some of that experience with each of you.

Strangely though, the idea I share today is not something I first picked up in Japan.  It’s something I learned from Sifu Ali.  Often times during a class at Wu-Xing I’d hear him say “Carpe Diem”.  Then he’d pause thoughtfully and translate it for those who were staring at him blankly as “Seize the day”.

Now, we’ve all heard of an idea like this before, but how do we apply it to our lives? How do we really seize the day?

If you ask him, Sifu will give you a plethora of clues and hints to increase your effectiveness in not only your martial arts training but in your life as well.  But, today, I will share a Japanese example.

First, we can break this  idea down further to “seize the hour”, “seize the second”, or even “seize the moment”.  For what is the day made of except a rapid series of moments?

And, in the zen way of thinking, this is where we begin.  With a moment.

Have you ever had a perfect moment?  How about in your training?  Did you ever throw a perfect punch (or better still a perfect block)?  And, most importantly did you do it on purpose?

Since coming to Japan I’ve witnessed Olympians, World Champions, and Ancient Senseis training.  Each one drills the same techniques over and over again with such fervor, speed, and accuracy.  It often makes me wonder if I’m seeing human movement.  Maybe they are all robots or aliens!?  And, while they train in this fashion there is a complete and total focus about them.

When I asked the Kaichou (president of the school) about the efficacy of this training method he told me “when we train, we are seeking ‘Do’.  ‘Do’ means ‘the way’, and ‘the way’ is the path we follow to realize our true potential.  It is only through countless encounters with a technique that we can truly understand and master it.  Every repetition is a chance to seize the moment.”

ah ha!  “So, all I have to do is focus on what I’m doing and repeat?” I asked.

“Essentially? Yes” he said, “But, that isn’t always as easy as you think.”

So, there you have it. We can seize a perfect moment (through focus, giving yourself completely to what you’re doing, and allowing for many repetitions), we just need to work on doing it first and foremost for one single moment.  We then strive for twice,  three times…and eventually you’ll be seizing huge chunks of time (days, weeks, and even months).

note: It may seem a daunting or exhausting task to focus on each moment of everyday, but start with just one, and see where it takes you.  You might be surprised at how relaxing it can end up being.

So, whatever you decide to spend your time doing today.  Why not add a little more focus?

Talking with your spouse/loved one? Turn off the cellphones and T.V.s while you do it.  Writing a report? Hang a “do not disturb” sign.  Or, if you’re working on your Do-Pi Crane form, try clearing your mind until you actually see yourself as a noble crane.

Just some zen food for thought from the land of the rising sun

Until next time my friends,
Andrew

Sep 28, 2011by a_fo

I have been looking for some time for a style of yoga that would improve our flexibility for the movements of Tai Chi & kung Fu. I am happy to say that as of October we are introducing Yin Yoga.

This style affects the yin tissues; our deep connective tissues, bones & joints, mostly in the hips & spine increasing our range of motion. The increased flexibility will improve our techniques and help us prevent injury.  The atmosphere of the class is deeply relaxing. I recommend it to all Wu Xing warriors. Please consider recommending the class to a friend.

Starts: Monday October 3rd to November 28th
Time: 9:15-10:00 am
Fee: $ 20 per class, 4 classes for $ 72, 8 classes $ 136.
(no class Oct.10th)

Sign up by september 30th in person or on the phone. Drop-ins are welcome.

Aug 31, 2011by a_fo

Hello every one,

We have started registration for an 8 week series on Tai Chi Fan. You will learn an entire Fan set. (it’s done at a medium to fast pace, with explosive motions) The fan form is elegant, deadly, a great way of loosening up the body and very fun. It’s a rare treat.  I have invited Sifu David Leopold to visit the school, he is a long time student of Sifu Helen Wu, Canada’s foremost specialist of the Fan form.  Every student gets their own black or red bamboo fan to keep. The series is open to all students and suitable for beginners.

The sessions are held Saturday mornings from 9-10 am starting on September 10th and will end on November 5th.
Sign up by August 31st the cost is $ 99 for the 8 sessions, the bamboo fan is $ 29, + HST.

Sign up between September 1st & 9th the cost is $ 119 for the 8 sessions, fan cost is the same.
Pay at the door the cost is $ 135 for 8 sessions.

Bring a friend who is not a member of Wu Xing Martial arts and you get a 13% discount.

You can register in person or over the phone with a credit card. Space is limited if you are interested please let us know as soon as you can,

Hello every one,

We have started registration for an 8 week series on Tai Chi Fan. You will learn an entire Fan set. (it’s done at a medium to fast pace, with explosive motions)

The fan form is elegant, deadly, a great way of loosening up the body and very fun. It’s a rare treat.

I have invited Sifu David Leopold to visit the school, he is a long time student of Sifu Helen Wu, Canada’s foremost specialist of the Fan form.

Every student gets their own black or red bamboo fan to keep. The series is open to all students and suitable for beginners.

The sessions are held Saturday mornings from 9-10 am starting on September 10th and will end on November 5th.

Sign up by August 31st the cost is $ 99 for the 8 sessions, the bamboo fan is $ 29, + HST.

Sign up between September 1st & 9th the cost is $ 119 for the 8 sessions, fan cost is the same.

Pay at the door the cost is $ 135 for 8 sessions.

Bring a friend who is not a member of Wu Xing Martial arts and you get a 13% discount.

You can register in person or over the phone with a credit card. Space is limited if you are interested please let us know as soon as you can,

For your enjoyment here is a link to a Fan video:

Jul 27, 2011by a_fo

We had the pleasure of welcoming 2 renowned professors sent as ambassadors of the Chinese healing arts by the Chi Kung federation of Beijing. They shared with us the Chi kung form called : Yinjin Jing

In China when you want to say that something is good, you don’t say it the latest thing but rather the oldest thing.
Yinjin Jing (Muscle-Tendon Changing Classic), is one of China’s most renowned energy cultivating forms. This time honored Chi Kung/Qi Gong form was developed in the 6th century by Tamo.

The basic purpose of Yijin Jing is to turn flaccid and frail sinews and tendons into strong and sturdy ones. Movements are energetic and intense, but you can see through a kind of peace. Yinjin Jing unifies Yi (intention) with Li (strength), consciousness (yang) with muscular force (yin). The mind is free from thoughts, has a correct and well-disposed attitude, the breathing is harmonious. According to Chinese tradition the first year of training gives back physical and mental vitality, the second year enhances blood circulation and nurtures meridians, the third year allows flexibility to muscles and nurtures the organs,the fourth year improves meridians and nurtures viscera, the fifth year washes the marrow and nurtures the brain.

Like lake water reflects the moon, a calm spirit allows energy to move inside the body.

May 05, 2011by a_fo

We are offering a six week series on the double edged sword. The short form has 32 elegant movements. This sword was considered to be one of the most formidable weapons of the classical Chinese arsenal. Perfected by the Taoist priests of the Wu Tang monastery and favored by the aristocracy the practice of the double edged sword was elevated to great heights. This 2 handed weapon unites the two hemispheres of the brain and the 12 Chi meridians. One feels energized, more focused and confident after doing a good sword set.

In this six week series you will learn the 32 movements of the double edged sword. The series is open to beginners. Registration has started and space is limited, consider joining us for the series.

Dates: May 21st to June 25th.
Time: Saturday Mornings 9-10 am. (get your weekend started with energy)
Cost: $ 99 for the 6 week series, $ 29 for your own wooden sword. ($128 in total)
Location: Wu Xing Martial Arts Studios @

cheers,
sifu


The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Martial Arts, Tai Chi

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