I have been practicing standing meditation and martial arts in the cold wearing only light clothing. I credit Wim Hof, the Ice Man, for getting me started on this experiment. It may be an effective strategy for managing looseness in the joints. Spread the word.Read More
Strengthness with a Twist: A blog about internal martial arts, theatricality and Daoist ritual emptiness
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Workshop Travel Schedule
Daodejing Online - Click for Info: Next meetings, Sundays, May, 20, Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 12. 8am to 10am (MT)
Chicago--Zen Shiatsu Daoyin: Sept 21-24
New Book, New Deadline: August!!!
Summer in Boulder Residency Project: Make a Jindan Pilgrimage to Boulder! Learn Pure Internal Martial Arts
There are good definitions of science, but none that are used across numerous different sciences. Each science defines its own boundaries. The Karl Popper slogan is one of the more popular attempts to universalize science: "A theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments." But how often do scientists live up to that ideal?
China has had a lot of difficulty with science. It did not develop organically in China, it was imported with a political agenda. More importantly it has been twisted together with Nationalism. Authoritarianism, Modernism, and Religion. That is true in other places too, to some extent, but in China it is a bit extreme. I am certain that there are superb scientists working in China. But I'm also certain that Chinese culture has a data falsification problem that holds it back. And then there is the massive problem of science as the religion of the state. To get a picture of this, read the short article linked below from Supchina (which is itself a weird site worth digging around in a bit):
"...The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country’s most established scientific institution, apologized (in Chinese) on Monday, April 30, for hosting a Taoist ritual at the foundation ceremony for a nuclear power station in Wuwei, Gansu Province. CAS also announced the suspension of two employees who were in attendance but failed to terminate the religious ceremony..."
There are so many good moments in this Joe Rogen Interview with Matthew Walker about Sleep, listen to the whole thing. It is long, I listened to it over three days while I was preparing dinner. He uses the language construction of my Daoist teacher Liu Ming at one point, 'sleep is an appetite.' Liu Ming talked a lot about appetites, the four primary appetites are: sleep, rest, exercise, and food. Then there are things like sex, adventure, killing, and intellect.Read More
After a wonderful weekend in Portland teaching, I am too tired to write a blog.
Here are some of my notes for the classes I taught. I also added some interesting links at the bottom.
Four elements of Pure Internal Martial Arts
empty of intent
golden elixir egg
neigong (inward training)
Video of Yujia Wang playing the piano, and an article about it, and some other articles I've been reading lately on Daoism, and a few upcoming lectures for those of you who are in Boulder! Come check it out.Read More
MMA is about getting the audience to watch you dominate and be dominated. Get them to feel your rage and pain.
WWE is about WINNING! The goal is to please your opponent and to respond spontaneously to make the audience love you or hate you more. It is about feeling the audience!Read More
I am teaching a new workshop this Friday 5-7 PM in Berkeley, California at Soja Martial Arts.
How I developed this new material
In that last few years I figured out how the Daoist meditation practice called the Golden Elixir (jindan) is connected to Internal Martial Arts. The golden elixir practice develops something called the Immortal Egg. This egg is a real thing. It is a re-ordering of perception-action. In simple terms, it is a different (some would say primal) way of initiating movement. The result of working with this idea/practice has profoundly changed my martial arts.Read More