The martial arts connection to medicine is very weak unless we dive into specific religious notions of medicine and health. That view has long made me a polarizing teacher, some people love me, some hate me. As my regular readers are aware, connections between theater, religion and martial arts were severed at the beginning of the 20th Century. Because of this, few people can actually see the religious connections between medicine and martial arts. What we got, almost by a historical fluke, was the valorization of the martial arts school connected to the herbalist and the bone-setter. This connection is certainly real. The connections between ways of training the body and massage techniques (bodywork, tuina, etc) are strong in practice. That is why the Daoyin for bodyworkers program has been successful. But for this connection to be meaningful, the language has to be correct. Otherwise it just becomes laying theory on top of practice; an unnecessary burden.Read More
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