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I do the San Chin slowly and calmly during practice, maintain balance and rooted to the floor, use normal breathing, inhale down to the lower stomach (Dan Tien) while bringing the palm slowly over the opposite forearm, and exhale while releasing the arm forward.
hthom wrote:I believe Sanchin is our Chi Kung form.
hthom wrote:I believe Sanchin can be practiced like a Chi Kung form.
hthom wrote:While speaking of the health benefit of karate practice, one should also think of Chi Kung (or Qigong for you younger and more sophisticated guys), let's just say that it means the practice of energy.
I do the San Chin slowly and calmly during practice
hthom wrote:In my opinion, Sanchin is a Chi Kung exercise, not a fighting kata.
hthom wrote:Based on legends and my limited experience, Kungfu masters (in the old days anyway) usually did not teach the stuff until the student reaches a certain level, and, only after the student gained the Master's trust. Or may be the Masters just teach the movements without exposing the concept. It was supposed to be a "secret".
Van Canna wrote:When I was teenager living in Argentina I was able to stop a horse galloping
at me full speed with my chi so I could mount it and ride it Indian style. And this is the truth.
Think about the disconnect here. You're practicing an energy form, and yet you're doing it without energy. And as a scientist if I can't see it and measure it, it's not there. You may be thinking karate master (of doom) in your brain, but the body is doing what the body is doing.
Doing the Sanchin deliberately and with great energy in the movements? Absolutely.
You'll never, ever see that until/when/if you have a good instructor who shows you how virtually every technique in the advanced forms (Seisan, Sanseiryu) is made up of the fundamental building blocks that you (should) practice every day in Sanchin.
Let's see if I can tie these together now. A good example of using all three of these would be catching a horse. How many times do I hear the same old story, "my horse won't let me catch him", "my horse is hard to catch", "my horse just runs away when I try and catch him", and my first answer to this is "STOP trying to catch him". I have a few videos on this topic on my Youtube channel:
In order to catch a horse you need release, timing and feel. You need to know how to release pressure when the horse looks at you or faces you and tries to communicate with you. You need to release this pressure with timing so the horse connects the release with the looking or facing you.
You need feel to read the horse on how to put just enough pressure to create movement and just enough release to create draw or stop movement. So when catching a hard to catch horse, a person with understanding of release, timing and feel can catch most any horse.
A very common complaint is how do I catch my horse, this tells me, that people that ask this, do not have a clue about these big three. Can I teach you this? Can anyone teach you this? My answer is the best teacher of the big three is the Horse. Listen, watch, and learn from the horse and stop trying to teach, train and improve the horse. Always remembering, "The best teacher of the horse - is the horse."
Bill Glasheen wrote:Nice to have you here, Henry.
I gave this a lot of thought before responding.
Stryke wrote:Wow..... I'm glad I don't know anything for sure
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