I always feel better after Bagua :)

Posted in Uncategorized
0

I felt like crap today, so I did a couple of hours of gentle Bagua. Gentle because I have apparently screwed my back up somehow. Screwed it up enough that I could barely walk for a couple of days and couldn’t lift more than 10lbs! OK so perhaps doing some Bagua tonight was pushing it, but then again, it might just loosen it up in the way it needs :). Well OK I am hoping anyways; the backup plan is an epsom salts bath lol.

I was so tired on the last couple of days of my Bagua marathon with Sifu that I didn’t remember the new form very well at all. So needless to say I have been practicing just a little bit of it, and not very correctly, oops. Well fortunately Sifu comes complete with a video camera! We filmed everything during the last couple of days. So tonight I figured I would try to memorize all of the form that I had on video. It worked, I memorized it. It only took a couple of hours. Now keep in mind this isn’t the entire form, it is the first 2 gua of the original form / Jiang Rong-Qiao form.

It is funny watching the videos of Sifu and I, and me being in amazement about how long it took me to get and memorize each bit! Yes, yes it does get easier over time, WAY easier! Well I mean easier in the memory side of things. Much more difficult in the physical side of things, and the homework side of things.

I won’t go into detail about my daoist homework, since if you don’t have something nice to say….. Anyways, I’m really disliking it this week. It’s good for me, but that doesn’t help me dislike it any less, this week anyways. Good thing for some awesome Bagua to make me feel better.

Bagua has stopped sucking again ;)

Posted in Uncategorized
0

That was a week straight of me hating the practice. Oh that was one horrid week. Well the liver and gallbladder cleanse wasn’t exactly a high point either. It was the week from hell. All this cultivation stuff is difficult sometimes, and also brings up so much :P. Well finally the enjoyment of Bagua has come back once again.

I’m truly amazed at my student’s progress! He went from only being able to do 2-4 of the exercises before the dizzyness or other odd energy stuff kicked in. Well last night we did the entire set of over 20 of those exercises. This is along with over an hour of the newer exercises. Very impressive :). He has also found he has much more energy lately which is pretty awesome. I always enjoy seeing people make so much progress. Bagua kicks ass! ;).

My Bagua gets worse the longer I practice it :(

Posted in Uncategorized
2

Well it sure seems like it anyways, and it is so frustrating! How many years until one becomes mediocre at Bagua? 5 years at least I think. No, I’m not impatient at all lol.

I’m hoping that I just know more, so know what I need to improve, as opposed to actually getting worse at Bagua over time.

Still practicing an hour per day most days of the week (5-6-7).

Not enjoying the practice lately, but that is OK, I know it happens.

Some old Cheng style Baguazhang ;)

Posted in Uncategorized
2

Love Bagua :)

Posted in Uncategorized
0

I’ve been focusing on being and thinking from inside my entire body, instead of more from my head area only, if that makes any sense. During Bagua I usually am pretty body focused, but now I’m trying for 24×7 ;).

I am really enjoying the last pile of exercises that Sifu gave me, as they seemed to have awesomed up my Bagua even more. The energetics of things both internal and external seem more dense and more solid now, pretty neat.

Also watching these cancer seminar medical qigong vids has given me more insights into my Bagua practice. Sifu keeps telling me it’s all related and is all the same, I guess I’m starting to see what he means by this.

Drumming and rolling the qi

Posted in Uncategorized
0

Is a truly amazing and most awesome exercise ever!

My achilles are still wondering what they did to offend my legs.

The medical qigong vids are very insightful.

The practice of Bagua gets more amazing everyday! :)

Posted in Uncategorized
0

Not sure how to put many things into words, but needless to say it gets even more interesting each day. Well perhaps each week, as there are days when it only seems difficult, or it feels like I’m very stagnant in my practice. Then a Bagua surprise pops up :>.

I’m really appreciating the Bagua I have been fortunate enough to learn, as well as the medical qigong and so forth.

Ahhh, a break! So relaxing :)

Posted in Uncategorized
0

I will often take weekends off of my job, and sometimes take a full week off when I go to train with Sifu. However I still make sure to keep up with work emails during these times, and the training with Sifu is 4-7 hours per day! Needless to say actual days off of everything is quite rare. I work for myself, so tend to always be thinking about work. I even had someone email me on Christmas demanding I reply to them ASAP lololol. I managed to write a reply email without any swearwords which i think is quite impressive. It’s not like I work more than 40 hours per week, unless I’m working overtime to get enough done I can take a full week off, it’s just that there are always emails, or work to be done, or work on my website, or something to plan.

Of course Bagua time and temple time is a definitely break from work and is quite wonderful, but it is really nice to have a break from both once in awhile! I think the last time I had a break from both was… well… uhm… So needless to say it was a very wonderful 2 days. I went to Seattle for a couple of days visiting a friend. He was busy with errands when I arrived, so I went and sat in a coffee shop reading the entertainment paper for an hour waiting for him. That was the most relaxing hour I have had in a very very long time! The walks around the lake over the weekend were quite awesome as well.

Each evening I spent some time meditating and contemplating before falling asleep. I had just completed quite a bit of Taoist alchemy purging sort of work lately, and wanted to reflect a bit, and also see what I will be working on next. It felt as though more layers have fallen away and I can see things more clearly now, which is nice.

I also felt the heaviness of the amount of responsibility some of these teachings, and workings and knowledge bring. I already do quite a bit of work helping folks get out of tough situations, and the medical qigong stuff allows for another awesome method to help with this. However it also looks like my projects may get bigger! My magic teacher once told me years back that on the path you are only taught things which you will actually use. I have found that I do in fact end up needing to use many things which I have been taught. Of course at the time the learning was more out of interest, or self interest, or wanting more lore; then years later I come to find that the advanced teachings were not only exactly what was needed in a certain situation, but also that I was now given bigger situations. Stuff like this sometimes makes me want to reply with “no” when a teacher asks me if I wish to learn something lol.

It was video night

Posted in Uncategorized
0

So my students have been asking if I could possibly video some of the movements for them to help them memorize them for at home practice. Well one of my students and I finally scheduled some time this evening to get it done. It really helps when doing video to have someone else hit the pause and record button, as well as come over so I can use their body to show stuff on. For example it’s much easier to show how the energy moves up the back and down the front when you have someone else’s back to run your finger along.

Bagua is so amazingly awesome! :)

Posted in Uncategorized
0

So it feels as though I am walking so low I’m practically crawling along the ground. In all reality it is probably more like I’ve dropped about 3″ lol. It is still pretty awesome to see some obvious progress though!

Yesterday I taught the student with the super awesome memory! I got to wondering how much I could learn with that sort of memory hehe. Also, it shows how quickly I will be able to pickup martial arts stuff after I have a couple of more decades in! Then tonight I taught the other student who is really good at energy work and USED TO get the dizzies. He was nearly going to start with that this week and I told him no, he wasn’t allowed to do that in class. I told him it was all fine and good when he was new as he didn’t know better or have control over it, but not anymore, and to sink that qi. The super awesome thing is, it worked!!!! He was completely fine for the rest of the class :). I’m pretty impressed he was able to control it that well and that instantaneously. He used to have the worst trouble with that sort of thing.

Both of my students have gotten frustrated because they aren’t getting things right away. I have to remind them that this is advanced energy work and no one gets it right away, and that they will get it much much better with practice. I tell them that expecting to get it really well the first time they try something (or even the 20th for that matter) is perhaps being way too hard on themselves! I remind them that this Bagua stuff takes time. I think it is because they both get a LOT of the stuff right away. Then after they get that down decently, I show some more difficult stuff and they expect to get that right off as well. They actually get it extremely well for only doing it a few times. They are both going to rock as time goes on!

On a side note I nearly sent my student flying tonight as I was doing a block for his punch to show how an exercise was also an application. Ooops! I’m glad he didn’t go that far. I seriously felt as though I barely touched him. Soooo now how my old teacher felt now with me lolololol.