UNBOXING: A blog about FLIPPING THINGS UPSIDE DOWN, internal martial arts, theatricality, Chinese religion, and The Golden Elixir.
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Occasionally I post my teaching notes. Students find them helpful, readers may find them provocative. Feel free to ask questions in the comments. This two day class, “Pure Animal” is designed around the idea that many of the things which restrain us, delude us, or limit our perception to see—are evolved human attributes of culture which can be transcended by reversing evolution a little bit. Each of these evolutionary exercises is either a game or a playful exploration. The end goal is to have a bunch of discrete kinesthetic experiences which can be integrated together to make a simple, potent, whole. Enjoy.
__Single Cell —Breathing—Permeable Respiration (O2 in CO2 out)
__Sponging (multi-cell) Fluid in and around, Extra-Cellular breathing
__Pulsation—Organizing around the center (condense/expand)—Jelly Fish
__Radial—navel radiation —6 limbs —Sea Star
__Head to Tail__—-axial rolling?
__Mouthing —Sea Squirt (before birth) (Gut—Tube) —axial rolling?
__Fish/Dolphin —Axial rolling
__Contralateral—hand to mouth (Gut—Tube)
Keep repeating__rolling sideways across the floor
Salamander (for locomotion and opening the ribs)
Try circus crunches from the dog position—resistance inward, the head, biting (drag down)
Teach Rabbit (constant)
Teach Seahorse (constant)
Teach the cat
Open the Ribs—all muscles inwards
Teach the trade-off between rooting and whole body unity.
Whole body unity is the natural-animal state
Being connected is the natural-animal state
Center of Mass Waltzing
3 fingers push-hands (add pinky, thumb)(try it with 45 degrees)
Resolve/neutralize all incoming forces. Trust don’t feel, you are the master.
Horse Riding Power (mongolian wrestling) (monkey on a horse)
Do the alligator (West Africa)
Apply front/back connection in a form
Test front/back connections in animals and people-partners
All fours__invent center games…nudging while running
__all fours goating __ +1, 0, -1
__bringing down a beast with your jaw
Zero Root—Negative root
Counter Balance Games and theory and Testing
Matching— hips, shoulders, elbows, head, wrists, knees, etc…
Tipping the Styrofoam Castle
Rotating the Crumpled Paper
Putting the other on your back (not front)
Being on yourself, being on the other.
Practice standing and connecting/resolving
Postures with integrity__testing
Software (short-time) vs. Hardware (longer-time)
Equalizing Games/ Tipping Lines
Opening and closing (animals animals animals)—breathing
Snake vs Dragon (experience) (rotational clinch game)
Reverse the order of the curriculum to reteach everything from the end to the beginning, exercise by exercise.
The previous post was about Japan and the USA coming together in a canonization ritual of cosmic unity. China on the other hand is in a battle against its own history. MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong has been challenging and beating famous kungfu masters over the last few years in an attempt to destroy “Fake Kungfu.” He insulted the snowflake Chen Tai Chi master Chen Xiaowang and now has to pay 400,000 yuan ($60k) and apologize on social media for seven days. He is also now a Thought-Criminal in the new Chinese social status score created by George Orwell.
I wonder what would happen if Chen Xiaowang learned about my book? Would I be banned from travel to China or worse? Whatever the consequences, I would grateful if one of my readers made the effort to pass it on to him or any of the Chen family disciples.
As my book gains in popularity, we can use it as a measure of the Chinese Communist Party’s weakness. I feel a bit like the child pointing out the Emperor Has No Clothes.
I had the honor of sharing the stage with Martin Meyer at the 5th International Martial Arts Studies Conference. He presented on “Kurobune and Kayfabe, Staging Japanese vs American wrestling bouts.” It was a history leading up the this watershed moment where the United States and Japan join forces, in this most sacred martial ritual. This is enormous in Japan. The symbolism is off the charts. I will update this post if I see a credible analysis (or if my readers send me one).
I will update this post after I have had a chance to hear the interview. But judging by the comments, it is exactly what we would expect, with a million views after only 3 days. I have been writing about Ed Calderon for a few years now. I am so happy I got a chance to study with him in an intimate way before he became huge. Deep knowledge. This is a watershed moment.
Below are a couple of post about Ed, there are more but I have to do a deeper dive into my search history, I may not have used his name because of the sensitivity the subject matter. It’s even possible I never posted my writings about extraordinary boredom as an enlightenment marker…coming soon.