Sinking down

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Today I focused on circle walking on uneven ground. It’s truly amazing how lumpy a grassy area can get when it doubles as a dog park and a playground. Fortunately though they are being really strict about dog owners cleaning up after their pets LOL.

I also focused on sinking down. Feeling like I weighed 1000lbs, especially my legs and feet, and sinking into the earth. I also wonder if that is part of what they mean by mud walking, sinking down into the earth does feel in a way like walking through thick mud.

Sped things up a lot :D

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On Friday I focused on speeding things up a lot, then just did many more rotations for each palm. I figure that varying up the speed a bit is a good idea for the practice.

On Saturday I took a day off circle walking. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t overdo things, so took a whole day off. I instead got my bicycle out, pumped up the tires and went for a short ride. I seem to have lost my cardio! Has anyone seen it? No idea where it go to lol. Also, I thought I was doing pretty well with leg strengthening from the circle walking, but nope, even slight hills proved me very wrong in this regard! I think that bike riding will help my Bagua a lot.

Going with the flow

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Today I was focusing more on continuous flowing movement, instead of stopping and starting a bit with each step. Also some really slow circle walking again, and qi focus this time. I relaxed the tendons a bit and focused on getting the qi all connected. It’s really difficult to maintain balance when circle walking slowly hence why it is such good practice. So much easier to stay balanced just fine when going quickly though it.

I started with the 5 yin organs exercise at the beginning. Also did zhan zhuang at the end.

I have been back at it for 19 days now. At least the people walking by have grown kinda bored with looking at me practice :D.

Different perspectives

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It seems as though I’m now approaching and looking at Bagua from a different angle than before :).

I’m still focusing on circle walking and the 8 static palms. I again did really slow circle walking today, to focus more on balance and rooting. My balance is getting a bit better! I’m also stretching out my arms, hands and joints in a tendonly sort of way.

Ouch!

lol

I did the 5 yin organ exercises to start, then some Yiquan to end.

Ssssslllllllloooooooowwwwwwww circle walking

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I have realized that I’m not focusing nearly enough on the balance required for good circle walking. So I just slowed everything down, a LOT. I went at 1/3 my usual (not all that fast) speed today. (I know I looked at the clock before and after :D). I think I might actually slow it down even more. The really slow circle walking, obviously helps balance, but also does amazing things for working the leg strength.

Relaxed muscles, but torqued tendons

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Was what I focused on today during my circle walking. Tight muscles are not what helps when issuing power, or fluid movements in martial arts. So today I worked on relaxing all of my muscles quite a bit. At the same time I focused on elongating and twisting my tendons. Also of course all of the regular things to focus on, back weightedness, twisting inwards towards the center of the circle, pushing off with the heel…..

I also did the 5 yin organ exercise, as well as a few body conditioning Daoist exercises. I ended with a little bit of yiquan, experimenting with hands and arms completely relaxed, compared with them relaxed but the tendons twisted a bit and stretched out. Both seems to work equally well at this point.

Body, tendon, etc. conditioning exercises

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My leg was still too sore for circle walking today (I went and did normal walking a bit yesterday which I’m sure didn’t help). So today was doing the tendon sets, yiquan zhan zhuang, whipping sets, teacups, and other standing still (mostly) exercises. Also the 5 yin organ exercises as well of course, because those are just awesome. (not in that order lol)

I look forward to getting back to circle walking soon. I’ll just work on all the other stuff in the meantime, and hey I can still do horse stance *wimper*, so all is good.

I have been watching various long term martial artists do Bagua circle walking, and I’m amazed at how low many of them can go during it! It is also cool to watch their full body solid connection. It’s fun to watch them as motivation towards my own bit by bit and more and more, awesome Bagua.

Some yiquan zhang zhong this morning

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I got up a bit late today, but it’s a Saturday so was still able to practice without anyone around.

I apparently overdid things on Friday or something, because halfway through the day my calf muscle was so sore I could barely walk. So today I tested it a bit, but had to forgo the circle walking. Fortunately I had many other Bagua exercises to do instead. I did all of the standing still Bagua and Neigong movements. And some Yiquan Zhang Zhong. It all still took 45 minutes though, even without the circle walking. Then after I got back home, I got in some, not very low yet, horse stance. Think I made it to an entire 60 seconds ROFL.

As I’m remembering how to do, and adding more and more Bagua to my morning routine, I see that I’m going to have to figure out some scheduling or something… perhaps an evening session, of the bits which don’t make me more wide awake. Or perhaps little bits here and there throughout the day.

I feel like I understand Bagua 10x better now!

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Literally. Apparently taking time off helps with that. I mean a good amount of time off. Cool!
It will be interesting to see what my body does about these things :).

TENDONS!!

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I have been leaving my tendons out a bit! I have been focusing on twisting and turning, but not nearly enough. Also I hadn’t remembered to stretch and elongate everything. So today, it was a tendon focus kinda morning.

Now here’s something I didn’t quite catch onto before. I was reading some stuff by Jerry Alan Johnson, and he mentioned that with tendon stretching and twisting during qigong etc. practice that it shouldn’t hurt to only hold it for 20 minutes, and that if it does hurt, you are using the muscle instead of the tendon. So I tried with different angles today to try to get the focus more on the tendon and less on the muscles.

I also remembered the kua focus a bit, and will have to look at my notes as well as the Bagua songs to jog my memory on this better.

This morning I did the 5 yin organ exercises, dredging the channels, trembling horse, some of the Bagua stationary exercises, some pre-heaven circle walking, then the Cheng circle walking.

Oh yeah, and I practiced yesterday as well.