SOD https://sifuondemand.com en Yi versus imagination https://sifuondemand.com/node/1461 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I have recently began to notice the qualitative difference between the light <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="What is Internal Practice? Yi, Qi Li">yi</a> associated with movement and what I normally associate with "thought". With yi, it always leads to movement or change in the body. I feel like it could be compared to wind. Yi is wind when it it fills a sail and the boat is moved along. Imagination is wind as well but it's immaterial to the boat because the sail is not up and the direction is wrong. Imagination and visualization can't lead to the integration that we are looking into because it's in the realm of fantasy and theoretically projecting into nothing.  Yi is the place where the mind and body are already integrated. It's not projecting or imagining something and waiting for something magic to happen. Once we are given a sensory feedback to pay attenion to and we observe those feelings and how they evolve we start to get a glimpse of what yi is. We see how our intent affects these sensations and our bodies. Well, that enough from me. Hopefully, that made some kind of sense.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/salk_anamorphic_001.png"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/salk_anamorphic_001.png" width="1024" height="403" alt="Salk Institute Blue Sky" title="Salk Institute Blue Sky" /></a></div></div></div> Thu, 16 Dec 2021 02:46:10 +0000 michael young 1461 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1461#comments 5 Elements stomach https://sifuondemand.com/node/1441 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I know I've noticed this before I got busy with moving but I was doing the 5 elements some more and I noticed that after I do it when I sit down my stomach feels different, maybe larger or full? Is this just related to increased blood flow in that region or something from the different pressures on the organs? I know sometimes you've said if there is a full belly feeling it can mean that you are disconnected. Is this indicitive or something positive or negative? Or just what happens from doing the practice?</p> <p><img alt="Beginning of The Buddha&amp;#39;s Belly Blog . . . — MARY F HOLT" src="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/559b1a5ae4b0867aa3f10261/1445224928331-KEQZ299OQMLAOZEGFD7P/IMG_1552.JPG" style="height: 323px; width: 200px;" /></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 09 Nov 2021 21:07:03 +0000 pchou42 1441 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1441#comments STS Bending https://sifuondemand.com/node/1433 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I was practicing the beginning of the san ti shi with the bend and coordinated arm movement. I was trying to not float from the crown point, not sure if I was doing it correctly or not but the thing I was noticing was that when I was unbend and the arms would go down I could feel a stretch or like a rubbing against the lower back/ribs along the side of the back. It was more pronounced on the right side but I could feel it faintly on the left side as well. Is this related to the transverse couple or is this just a passing sensation.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/edaf395a-9156-4c35-8be3-130936fc76e4.png"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/edaf395a-9156-4c35-8be3-130936fc76e4.png" width="424" height="187" alt="Torsion image from Wikipedia" title="Torsion image" /></a></div></div></div> Sat, 09 Oct 2021 02:15:34 +0000 pchou42 1433 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1433#comments David Beckham Global TaiJi Ambassador https://sifuondemand.com/node/1432 <div class="field field-name-field-media field-type-youtube field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="youtube-container--responsive"><iframe id="youtube-field-player" class="youtube-field-player" width="100%" height="100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tfizPYDzDSk?rel=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;wmode=opaque" title="Embedded video for David Beckham Global TaiJi Ambassador" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" allow="autoplay; fullscreen"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tfizPYDzDSk?rel=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;wmode=opaque">Embedded video for David Beckham Global TaiJi Ambassador</a></iframe></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Many don't like this sort of thing, to me, any additional awareness is good for TaiJi and Chinese <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="Internal Practice defined, Yi, Qi Li">Internal Arts</a> in general.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:12:17 +0000 sifu kelley 1432 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1432#comments San Ti Shi Elbows, Arm pit and Ribs https://sifuondemand.com/node/1429 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Up until now when I've done the San Ti Shi I've felt a big stretch in the back like I was getting rid of some of those fascia crosslinks and getting more mobility. Today when I was doing San Ti Shi I noticed though that the out reached hand side of the body could feel a closing of the ribs sensation when I was thinking about the elbow rotating inwards and the hand going forward. I also could noticed a connection through the arm pit area with the out stretched arm. I also felt like when I was doing this today it did start to feel like it was working my body in a more demanding way than before.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/pi_jiang.gif"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/pi_jiang.gif" width="133" height="200" alt="old-school-santishi-Jiang-Rong-Qiao" title="old-school-santishi-Jiang-Rong-Qiao" /></a></div></div></div> Sat, 11 Sep 2021 02:37:51 +0000 pchou42 1429 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1429#comments Maintaining ease is not easy https://sifuondemand.com/node/1421 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, maintaining ease has been quite the transformational highlight during my UCB journey. On the one hand, shouldn't ease be easy? On the other, it seems clear why this should be the case. Afterall, striving and forcing have been my primary path to achievement in so many areas of my life. Frustration arises when these primary modes do not produce the desired results that only come through maintaining ease. I feel my capacity for ease is expanding but I notice my propensity for forcing and striving much more clearly when standing. Comparatively, I have far more practice with forcing and striving. It's what feels comfortable. Incorporating ease into training is more foreign and produces all sorts of thoughts and emotion which I presume arise from self doubt.</p> </div></div></div> Sun, 05 Sep 2021 16:42:20 +0000 jaybird 1421 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1421#comments What Are the 6 Harmonies? https://sifuondemand.com/6-harmonies <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When force passes throught the body, there are 5 areas of the torso that respond. These responses each have specific and unique 'interoceptive' characteristics. This is the source of the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-elements" class="alinks-link" title="What are the 5 Elements">5 Elements</a> phenomena. Based on this phenomena, principles have been codified and labeled 'Internal'. Movement that is 'harmonized' according to these internal principles means having clear inner <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="What are the 5 mental models">mental expectations</a> and their resultant outer physical manifestation. There is nothing exotic here, only a specific approach to training. The <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/6-harmonies" class="alinks-link" title="What are the 6 harmonies">6 Harmonies</a> training follows the process of change established by the concept of <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="What is Internal Practice? Yi, Qi Li">Yi</a> -&gt; <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="What is Internal Practice, Yi, Qi Li">Qi</a> -&gt; <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="What is Internal Practice, Yi, Qi Li">Li</a>.</p> <p><strong>External Harmonies</strong></p> <ol> <li>Elbows -&gt; Knees</li> <li>Shoulders -&gt; Hips</li> <li>Wrists -&gt; Ankles</li> </ol> <p><strong>Internal Harmonies</strong></p> <ol> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xin_(philosophy)" class="alinks-link" title="Xin on Wikipedia">Xin</a> (heart)  -&gt; Yi (intent)</li> <li>Yi -&gt; Qi</li> <li>Qi -&gt; LI</li> </ol> </div></div></div> Fri, 20 Aug 2021 16:22:15 +0000 sifu kelley 1395 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/6-harmonies#comments Big Toe / Stretch down the middle https://sifuondemand.com/node/1388 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I'm not sure what I did but when doing t he standing I felt some kind of difference in the big toe. There was a feeling like something was pulling from the bottom of the big toe up and around back towards the foot as if the big toe was being lifted up a tiny bit inside. Then I felt a big stretch down the front of the U, when I would breath I could feel the big stretch. I took a quick break after not too long but then when I went back to the standing I didn't feel the toe or the big stretch again. </p> <p>I'm wondering if this is just a random sensation to notice or if this is more development or if this was some kind of collapse.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/human-foot-1443445408g6n_0.jpg"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/human-foot-1443445408g6n_0.jpg" width="1920" height="1143" alt="foot" title="foot" /></a></div></div></div> Wed, 11 Aug 2021 03:24:59 +0000 pchou42 1388 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1388#comments Breaking fascia crosslinks https://sifuondemand.com/node/1376 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>We have talked about this before where I have had some shoulder pain/discomfort/tension whatever. And it has sort of come and gone and come again. I'm noticing now that it's been moving each time going from the center outwards, now I feel some sensations near the outer part of the shoulder blade. The questions is, is this just the way it works when we are breaking these fascia cross links that have developed over time? Or is it not the fascia cross links but this is just how this type of practice works through fixing parts of the body?</p> <p>I've also noticed that I have these other sensations in my back, the best word to describe it is tingling but it is not really a tingling feeling. When I was doing my tai chi practice with carlos in college I noticed these similar feelings around the 2nd year of training however at that time I thought maybe it was related to me being overweight. Is this just another thing where sometimes our practice is activating part of our body and it's just waking up or separating from some blockage?</p> <p>Is there anything in addition to the standing pratice and the other exercises we have been given that help with these sensations? I feel like rubbing and massage may provide temporary relief but I've come to think that it's really more of just creating the stretch from within the body from our practice that helps separate whatever parts are maybe sticking together and that's really the only thing that fixes the problem.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:35:21 +0000 pchou42 1376 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1376#comments Non-interference, Self directed training. https://sifuondemand.com/node/1364 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Today I did some planking and back bear, beginning and ending with standing meditation. After feeling some of the most clear switch-to-stitch followed by a very strong and stable non-interference/pearls mental model, my body decided it was time to plank. It was incredibly easy. Yes, there was extreme stretching and even more extreme mental discipline, but the "effort" was nothing. I could only do three total.</p> <p>There is plenty more I could attempt to express from my work today -- glimpses of shell, new clarity to the cavities, recognizing interference etc etc -- but for those new and ellusive sensations I do not yet have words. </p> <p>EDIT</p> <p>Just when I thought I buttoned up my training for the day, my body decided otherwise. Halfway across the living room, on my way to a waiting bowl of soup, it was sudennly time to do some kicks. I had no control, there was something to be worked through. After an amount of time, the part of me that sets limits finally *kicked* in and put an end to the part wanting to train and train. Interesting. </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 22:43:55 +0000 wrenii 1364 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1364#comments Bottom of the U / Transverse Couple https://sifuondemand.com/node/1355 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When I do the transverse couple I always feel like there has to be this release and/or connection happening somewhere amongst these muscles pictured below.</p> <p><img alt="Understanding Hip Rotation and Abduction" src="https://www.nfpt.com/wp-content/uploads/Deep-Lateral-Rotator-Group-of-the-Hip-Joint-posterior-view-1024x605-1-1024x605.jpg" style="height: 162px; width: 275px;" /></p> <p> </p> <p>After that first part happens then if I'm doing it right I can feel a transverse stretch sensation. Now when I work on the transverse stretch I also feel a release and/or connection happening between the inner leg and the center bottom of the pelvic area or perenium. I'm also kind of feeling like the transverse couple also has a vertical stretch happening as well that maybe is connecting with the back of the U. Is the bottom part connection just the bottom of the u or is this a part of feeling the transverse couple? Or are the transverse couple and the bottom of the U just part of the same thing.</p> <p><img alt="Motions of the Joints of the Pelvis (sacroiliac joints)" src="http://www.learnmuscles.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/figure_1-12D.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 275px;" /></p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 12 Jul 2021 01:53:26 +0000 pchou42 1355 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1355#comments Shoulder couple or part of the transverse stretch https://sifuondemand.com/node/1350 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When I was doing my standing meditation today I felt a stretch inside the right part of what I think is the shoulder cavity. When I was putting my attention on that area sometimes it would move and I would notice that there was some kind of random bubbling or pulling sensation that would only happen for a moment on the inner back near the shoulder blade. The type of stretch feeling in the shoulder cavity feels like the kind of push pull feeling in the feet or in the pelvic like the transverse stretch. Is there some kind of <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/coupled-power" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="Coupled Power on Wikipedia">coupled power</a> in the shoulder cavity or is this just a part of the transverse stretch that I'm just now noticing or is this just some sensation that I am noticing now but will pass as time goes on.</p> </div></div></div> Sat, 10 Jul 2021 01:10:02 +0000 pchou42 1350 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1350#comments Supination https://sifuondemand.com/node/1345 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I've noticed my feet naturally supinate while standing. When I straighten them out, it produces stretching around the inside of my knee. I'm wondering what is the best way to address this or if I should allow the supination.</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/human-foot-1443445408g6n_0.jpg"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/human-foot-1443445408g6n_0.jpg" width="1920" height="1143" alt="foot" title="foot" /></a></div></div></div> Tue, 08 Jun 2021 02:47:02 +0000 jaybird 1345 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1345#comments Back slap bear slap stretches https://sifuondemand.com/node/1339 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When practicing the back slap bear slap I was feeling a stretch in my lower abs on the side of the body that I was stepping towards while twisting the hips before the front of the chest moves. I don't think I had ever noticed this before and/or maybe I'm doing it differently now. Is this part of what we want to feel when doing this exercise?</p> <p>Also, when I would then try to move the center of the chest to move the arm in the backslap I would feel the stretch on the outer abs, I thought we wanted to feel the stretch on that side of the body after the center line moved to do the back slap and while it was continuing to move to perform the bear slap.</p> <p>Thirdly, what should the quality of the arms be when doing this exercise?</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/foldy-red-flex.gif"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/foldy-red-flex.gif" alt="foldy-red-flex" title="foldy-red-flex" /></a></div></div></div> Wed, 19 May 2021 02:13:03 +0000 pchou42 1339 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1339#comments Transformation and Self-Compassion https://sifuondemand.com/transformation-self-compassion <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Mental models, transformation, self-compassion and 10 step stepping. Free introductory video. Register for access.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/connected20.jpg"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/connected20.jpg" width="125" height="120" alt="" /></a></div></div></div> Sun, 16 May 2021 17:51:51 +0000 sifu kelley 1334 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/transformation-self-compassion#comments Deconstructing Movement or Why Primitives https://sifuondemand.com/deconstructing-movement <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Over the decades of training and teaching I have generally held that constant change is important and have tried to avoid the traps of sentimentality and routine. As I am codifying these experiences into something concrete and reliably transmissible, students ask for simplification. I try, but really, I feel that simplifiction is the most compelling trap of all. I'll do it, but will also show how seeking simplification when embracing complexity and uncertainty might be better.</p> <p>At the risk of being pedantic here's a bit from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction" target="_blank" title="Wikipedia on Deconstruction">Wikipedia on Deconstruction</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Deconstruction</strong> is an approach to understanding the relationship between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Text_(literary_theory)" title="Text (literary theory)">text</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(linguistics)" title="Meaning (linguistics)">meaning</a>. It was originated by the philosopher <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Derrida" title="Jacques Derrida">Jacques Derrida</a> (1930–2004), who defined the term variously throughout his career. In its simplest form it can be regarded as a criticism of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonism" title="Platonism">Platonism</a> and the idea of true forms, or essences, which take precedence over appearances.<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-1">[1]</a></sup> Deconstruction instead places the emphasis on appearance, or suggests, at least, that essence is to be found in appearance. Derrida would say that the difference is "undecidable", in that it cannot be discerned in everyday experiences.</p> <p>Deconstruction argues that language, especially ideal concepts such as truth and justice, is irreducibly complex, unstable, or impossible to determine. Many debates in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_philosophy" title="Continental philosophy">continental philosophy</a> surrounding <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology" title="Ontology">ontology</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology" title="Epistemology">epistemology</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics" title="Ethics">ethics</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesthetics" title="Aesthetics">aesthetics</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeneutics" title="Hermeneutics">hermeneutics</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_language" title="Philosophy of language">philosophy of language</a> refer to Derrida's beliefs. Since the 1980s, these beliefs have inspired a range of theoretical enterprises in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanities" title="Humanities">humanities</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-2">[2]</a></sup> including the disciplinesof <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law" title="Law">law</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-Allison-3">[3]</a>:3–76<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-Bridge-4">[4]</a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-5">[5]</a></sup> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropology" title="Anthropology">anthropology</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-6">[6]</a></sup> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historiography" title="Historiography">historiography</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-Munslow-7">[7]</a></sup> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistics" title="Linguistics">linguistics</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-8">[8]</a></sup> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociolinguistics" title="Sociolinguistics">sociolinguistics</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-9">[9]</a></sup> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoanalysis" title="Psychoanalysis">psychoanalysis</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_studies" title="LGBT studies">LGBT studies</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism" title="Feminism">feminism</a>. Deconstruction also inspired <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstructivism" title="Deconstructivism">deconstructivism</a> in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture" title="Architecture">architecture</a> and remains important within <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art" title="Art">art</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-10">[10]</a></sup> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music" title="Music">music</a>,<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-11">[11]</a></sup> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_criticism" title="Literary criticism">literary criticism</a>.<sup><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-12">[12]</a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deconstruction#cite_note-13">[13]</a></sup>"</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Moving Meditation - How and Why</strong></p> <p>My interest in the text and meaning and Derrida's approach concerns 'movement and meaning'. If mind and body are assumed oppositional and binary, such relations are good for Deconstuctive inquiry. Since neuroscience has clearly shown that mind and body are one, it might be interesting to see where such inquiry might lead. New understanding is likely to arise.</p> <p>Movement and meaning, yes, but what kind of meaning? When investigating posture and power, identity is involved. As posture and power changes, so does identity. Deep concrete change is incremental, ongoing and difficult to monitor.</p> <p>With my mind-body training discrete movements are treated as text in that they are meant to convey specific linguistic-like messages. These messages are meant to reinforce a specific dialog between mind and body as part of an intentional process that results in better overall integration throughout the sensorum. These discrete movements I call 'Movement Primitives'. My <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/node/937" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="What are the 5 Movement Primitives">5 Movement Primitives</a> work with the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="5 mental models of transformation">5 Mental Models</a> to provide clear milestones along the path from <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Standing">Standing</a> to <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Emptiness">Emptiness</a>. </p> <p>Intentional learning supports the core of this teaching method.</p> <p><strong>Resources</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bending and Torsion - <a href="https://www.bu.edu/moss/mechanics-of-materials-bending-normal-stress/">https://www.bu.edu/moss/mechanics-of-materials-bending-normal-stress/</a></li> <li>Movement Types - <a href="https://open.oregonstate.education/aandp/chapter/9-5-types-of-body-movements/">https://open.oregonstate.education/aandp/chapter/9-5-types-of-body-movements/</a></li> <li>Derrida overview - <a href="https://criticallegalthinking.com/2016/05/27/jacques-derrida-deconstruction/">https://criticallegalthinking.com/2016/05/27/jacques-derrida-deconstruction/</a></li> <li>Some more on Derrida - <a href="https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/">https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/</a></li> </ul> <p>&lt;fin for now&gt;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.5em; color: rgb(32, 33, 34); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"> </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:09:02 +0000 sifu kelley 1329 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/deconstructing-movement#comments Stillness -> Emptiness https://sifuondemand.com/node/1281 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>There is <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Stillness">Stillness</a> in <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Emptiness">Emptiness</a>, but Stillness is not Empty. These clever word puzzles seem innocent and fun, but what underlies them has great depth. My <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="5 mental models of transformation">5 Mental Models</a> provide a way to increase engagement in the present moment. This is very different than mindfulness. In order to apprehend Emptiness, as a meaningful state founded on concrete perceptions, rather than poetic sentimental abstractions, you must have fully separated the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Bones">bones</a> and the meat. This takes years of intentional effort and requires a specific kind of physical development. <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/syllabus" class="alinks-link" title="Curriculum">Let me guide you</a> to Emptiness.</p> <hr /> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/straight-curved_cropped_fb_0.png"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/straight-curved_cropped_fb_0.png" width="788" height="940" alt="steel circle" title="steel circle" /></a></div></div></div> Mon, 08 Mar 2021 01:39:13 +0000 sifu kelley 1281 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1281#comments UCB Walking for Internal Strength https://sifuondemand.com/node/1278 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>After decades of work the UCB Walking <a href="/syllabus" class="alinks-link" title="Curriculum">curriculum</a> is complete. This training is closely aligned to the mind-body cultivation guided by my <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="5 mental models of transformation">5 Mental Models</a> and <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/node/937" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="What are the 5 Movement Primitives">5 Movement Primitives</a>. You will learn how to engage in cardio and strength training while still supporting your <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="Internal Practice defined, Yi, Qi Li">internal practice</a>. After all, it is said that 'Fighting is walking and walking is fighting'. UCB Walking and UCB <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/what-internal" class="alinks-link" title="What is Internal Practice">NeiGong</a> Walk (in development) are complimentary practices. Class format is self-paced remote learning with <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/ucb-live" class="alinks-link" title="UCB LIve ">UCB Live</a> review.</p> <hr /> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/walking_bones.gif"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/walking_bones.gif" width="233" height="240" alt="walking bones" title="walking bones" /></a></div></div></div> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:01:36 +0000 sifu kelley 1278 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1278#comments Pain in the hand https://sifuondemand.com/node/1273 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>After our lessons yesterday I started to have some pain in my right hand. It felt painful at the base of the palm near the wrist and then through the hand in the knuckles and <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Bones">bones</a> it seemed to have some pain/discomfort. Nothing was really painful to the touch but it felt like underneath there was just some kind of pain around the joints and bones. </p> <p>I have been jump roping lately and it possible that maybe the wrist movement from that could have caused this. Anyways, I was curious if the training we do can ever cause the a stretch from the back to translate into the hand and cause soreness/pain.</p> <hr /> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/pinky-thumb-x-ray.jpg"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/pinky-thumb-x-ray.jpg" width="720" height="480" alt="Pinky-Thumb" title="Pinky-Thumb" /></a></div></div></div> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:39:18 +0000 pchou42 1273 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1273#comments UCB - Softness Training and Elasticity https://sifuondemand.com/softness-elasticity <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When separating the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Bones">bones</a> and the meat, finding the intrinsic stillness of bone is a big leap. What's next? It's simple, bones are hard, meat is soft. Why then can the bones feel soft? For the beginner, this makes no sense. As the resolution of your bone perception increases, what at first feels soft is just the '<a href="https://openoregon.pressbooks.pub/bodyphysics/chapter/strength/" class="alinks-link" title="Elasticity in Anatomy">elasticity</a>' of the bones and meat working together with <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/coupled-power" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="Coupled Power on Wikipedia">coupled power</a>.</p> <p>We must remember that, while detailed anatomical abstractions are useful, they don't help us train. We have the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="5 mental models of transformation">5 Mental Models</a> and <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/node/937" class="alinks-link colorbox-node" title="What are the 5 Movement Primitives">5 Movement Primitives</a> to help guide our practice. Softness changes depending of which emphasis is currently under consideration. Sometime in the future, you will find that softness feels hard and hardness feels soft. Yeah, I know, doesn't make any sense, clarity as to 'why' will come, just keep training for now.</p> <div> </div> <hr /> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/bone-cross-image.png"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/bone-cross-image.png" alt="bone cross section " title="bone cross section" /></a></div></div></div> Sun, 21 Feb 2021 17:51:54 +0000 sifu kelley 1259 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/softness-elasticity#comments Ribs after goat punches https://sifuondemand.com/node/1252 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Tonight after I did the goat punches and then I did my standing, I was trying to look for the transverse couple. But instead instead I actually felt a flat stretching feeling at the back where the bottom of the ribs are located. I thought when we first did the stillness exercise the stillness was supposed to be around the front of the bottom of the ribs. Is this stretch of the back of the ribs just something to notice or is this at all related to the stillness and/or the transverse couple?</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 09 Feb 2021 03:04:47 +0000 pchou42 1252 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1252#comments Cold tolerance https://sifuondemand.com/node/1249 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A few years Sifu was telling me about cold tolerance and how it relates to our training. I can't remember everything he said. Personally, probably for unrelated reasons, I have poor cold tolerance. Less than a minute if exposure to a cold wind can cause me to go into shivers. This is obviously the wrong direction of development. Any pointers on what I'm doing wrong and how to address it?</p> </div></div></div> Fri, 05 Feb 2021 01:47:44 +0000 michael young 1249 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1249#comments My foot! https://sifuondemand.com/node/1214 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I was training <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Standing">Standing</a> and working on the foot couple. I activated the foot couple and the whole foot stretches out. As usual, during the short amount of time I can tolerate Standing I could feel the corrections to my foot and ankle alignments that happened and it produced the biggest feeling of stretch I've felt in my foot. It was along the outside edge of my right foot. My left foot and ankle need a lot more work than my right. This stretch was bordering on painful and I could feel my mind trying to avoid that pain and go away from it. I calmed myself and released into it. It was painful for a moment but then the pain began to fade until it felt like something melted and the stretch was gone. My foot has never felt uncomfortable but somehow it feels better than it ever has. It's so loose and fluid. If only I could have that happen in my torso/chest/throat. Ha!</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:58:56 +0000 michael young 1214 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1214#comments Changes https://sifuondemand.com/node/1202 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>If you would have asked how confident I was in my progress I would have said that I was really feeling everything was coming together and that i was feeling more comfortable in my body. Then, the week after Thanksgiving, everything shifted all of a sudden. The biggest thing that changed was my comfort level. Now, I have this "up" feeling at the solar plxus that pushes up on my throat. There are times when I suddenly sense what to let go of and it'll just drop away. Then, after some time, it will return and I don't know or can't feel what I need to let go so that it will drop down again. On the other hand, other aspects of my "feel" have become more clear. Expand and condense are much clearer and more complete. Using the U as a reference for movement has revolutionized the feeling of any and every exercise I know. I can feel how absolutely congested my shoulders and neck are. The amount discomfort I feel when doing any arm movements above 90 degrees. Doing pao chuan is a killer! Any movement has a tremendous amount pull through the all of the soft tissues.The pulling through the torso is very strong especially when counter twisting.One side squeezing the other side seemingly tearing open. Also, I have noticed that my whole abdominal bag will suddenly close when I do a fast movement. I don't have to do some big movement. I make sure that I'm doing all of the things that I can (start with the L and the U and let go of the meat), I make the movement, keep releasing, and BOOM! the abdominal bag from the perineum up squeezes and then releases in a instant.  Lots of things going on.</p> </div></div></div> Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:20:31 +0000 michael young 1202 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1202#comments Bottom of the wheel or doing it wrong? https://sifuondemand.com/node/1194 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A few weeks ago we discussed how doing this type of training can feel like being on the outside of a wheel moving forward. When you are moving upwards and forward on the wheel it feels like progress but when the wheel starts to move downward and backwards you can feel like you are making no progress or moving backwards. This topic came up because I had been having difficulty feeling the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Bones">bones</a> pushing forwards/backstop/stretch. Sure enough the next day I had more clarity in feeling these sensations again. </p> <p>In the last few weeks though when I practice the standing meditation I feel like I'm not having any of those sensations. I did randomly seem to have the feelings in the foot that I had been having before but I had to stop because my child woke up during nap time. Also, may or may not be related, when I had been practicing the standing meditation earlier on I feel like there would be some sensation in my legs of tension or connection. I would make some small adjustments that would feel like it would create more tension but this would also create more of a stretch in the foot or a feeling of back stop. However I've noticed lately that this feeling used to be present in the left leg and nothing in the right leg, now it seems there is nothing in the left leg and some tension in the right leg.</p> <p>My question is am I just on the bottom of the wheel or am I just doing it wrong? Also, is the tension being there and then not being there part of making progress or is it maybe just coincidence and related to other things like having to walk in the snow and maybe it causing some joint or muscle tension that wasn't there before?</p> <p>Happy New Year</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/yin_yang_and_trigrams.gif"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/yin_yang_and_trigrams.gif" width="522" height="522" alt="yin_yang_and_trigrams" title="yin_yang_and_trigrams" /></a></div></div></div> Fri, 01 Jan 2021 03:58:55 +0000 pchou42 1194 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1194#comments Connecting from bottom to top https://sifuondemand.com/node/1179 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I tried to asked this question in our last class but maybe I didn't really articulate it correctly. When I practice the standing meditation it feels like there are small tiny corrections that can be made to make the foot couple or backstop or <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Bones">bones</a> pushing out feelings more clear. Whenever I am able to make some kind of correction it feels like my body becomes more connected. At first it was from the foot to the bottom part of the leg. Then foot to the knee. Now I am starting to feel connected to the hip. Is this what we are aiming to do with the standing meditation that we eventually develop a feeling of connection through the entire body from bottom to top? Is this how we know we are finding the right placement for the head neck and shoulders or is this just something to notice but not focus on?</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 19:42:48 +0000 pchou42 1179 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1179#comments Reorganizing https://sifuondemand.com/node/1172 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I have been doing this training long enough to recognize the states that my body goes through during the learning process. Right now my body is "in between". It's not what it was. It's not what it's transforming into yet. But, it is in a new and interesting phase. My whole body is perceived differently than before. I have found so much body dysmorphia, perceiving my body in a way that does not reflect reality, is the root of the lack of integration in my body. I've noticed when I breathe habitually that is as if I'm trying to breathe into a space just in front of my sternum, outside of my body. There are several other things I am noticing about how my new body map is not only different but more signed to what actually there.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/c1914b3f-4689-408f-8f77-92c290b84a22.png"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/c1914b3f-4689-408f-8f77-92c290b84a22.png" width="236" height="112" alt="Sod logo" title="Sifu on Demand" /></a></div></div></div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 22:57:41 +0000 michael young 1172 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1172#comments Standing inside the body https://sifuondemand.com/node/1169 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Last night I felt like I actually had some kind of real sensation of standing. In earlier weeks of the pratice sometimes while doing the standing mediation I would shift my weight from front to back or back to front very slightly to try and see what alignment would bring out more clear sensations of backstop, foot couple, <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Bones">bones</a> pushing, tissue pulling.</p> <p>But yesterday while I was praticing the standing meditation I did feel like I was able to adjust my posture or structure to make the foot feeling seem more clear but it wasn't through shifting the weight from front to back. It felt like it was happening more from the inside parts of my leg and the corrections that I was making made it feel like I was "standing" more from the inside. I'm not sure really how to describe the insideness feeling but it felt like the posture or alignment was becoming different with out having to use the upper part of my body to lean or something to have a different quality in the legs and feet.</p> <p>After I had made some of these corrections in the legs I then also thought about head neck and shoulders and decided to relax my shoulders arms and I feel like the quality in my arms changed, not sure how to describe it but it wasn't like what I was used to from my old tai chi practice. They weren't really more full or more empty but different.</p> <p>Then after that I felt like my neck from shoulders to head maybe elongated or maybe my shoulders were releasing ... not sure but the neck also seemed to have some change.</p> <p>Is this what the standing feeling should feel like, like we are standing but almost like we are standing more upright from inside the body?</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:49:32 +0000 pchou42 1169 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1169#comments Bubbling under the skin https://sifuondemand.com/node/1154 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Yesterday while I was waiting for something to finish baking I did some arm swings and then some standing. When I was standing I felt like underneath my skin or maybe between my skin and my fascia there was some bubbling or some kind of pulsing feeling going on, maybe related to my hearbeat but it didn't seem to quite sync. This was going on in the space in between my shoulder blades. Is this the kind of stretch we are trying to accomplish with this warm up or was this maybe just a coincedental feeling. My heart rate did increase while I was doing the arm swings so maybe it was just something to do with that?</p> <hr /> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/golden-triangle.png"><img class="img-rounded img-responsive" src="https://sifuondemand.com/sites/default/files/sifuondemand.com/golden-triangle.png" width="483" height="336" alt="golden triangle" title="upper back image" /></a></div></div></div> Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:28:04 +0000 pchou42 1154 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1154#comments Filling/peng https://sifuondemand.com/node/1145 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I have started to experience something interesting. When I Stand and relax my soft tissues they seem to "empty out". This void between the skin surfaces is filled with an empty support that pushes out in all directions and the muscles soften even more. I'm neither light nor heavy. The support in the tissues does not produce a feeling of high pressure. It feels simply full and soft yet there is some power when I move. It's very interesting. I can tell that it's a weak version of something that will continue to increase as I train. I've never felt this before. It's really exciting! Another interesting thing about this is that I can't "make" it happen. It's a consequence of the training. I use the <a href="https://sifuondemand.com/5-mental-models" class="alinks-link" title="Standing">Standing</a> mental model and when I relax and soften it just happens.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 01:56:10 +0000 michael young 1145 at https://sifuondemand.com https://sifuondemand.com/node/1145#comments