Martial Training as a Timeless Portal

Written by Edward Orem

Thanks to several centuries of enlightened teachings by extraordinary men inrepparttar martial disciplines, we don’t have to be restricted to lives of getting and spending, waiting in quiet desperation forrepparttar 138847 pain to cease.

Most of us inrepparttar 138848 Arts focus onrepparttar 138849 tasks in front of our noses (the correct hand forms/kicks/body alignments), forgetting our option to consciously evolve alongrepparttar 138850 way to physical perfection.

Words are easy, but we can avoid just blowing mouth-wind here by listing some timeless guides for self-growth, followed by training suggestions:

[ The physical and cerebral functions die, whilerepparttar 138851 spirit continues to grow. This is a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many clubs are satisfied with learning only to kick butt. What’s left when full contact is a thing of your matured past, with only knee pains to jolt a dim memory? Lots of ways to answer that one—and it’s better to cultivate chi and meditation practices now.

[ Assume you know nothing—thenrepparttar 138852 Superior Man will appear. The most formidable opponent is your own ego. In training, first learn to listen and watch carefully, then proceed with selfless attention and caution. Your higher functions will then operate without impediments.

[ No authority exists outside of your Self. The successful student-master relationship is necessarily a symbiotic one. Each needsrepparttar 138853 other in order to bringrepparttar 138854 task at hand to fruition. Many modern followers ofrepparttar 138855 martial arts have forgotten thatrepparttar 138856 grading system produces no absolute ranks. The system is circular:repparttar 138857 student must decide by what criteria he wishes to be graded, and then he finds an acceptable person to conferrepparttar 138858 content ofrepparttar 138859 desired curriculum. Similarly,repparttar 138860 teacher must deciderepparttar 138861 qualities of a potentially desirable student, then contract with that candidate. Both are dipping fromrepparttar 138862 same well, both are reflections of a Being offering meta-cultural sustenance.

[ Nature pointsrepparttar 138863 Way. It is not possible to express in words what is most real, sublime, and ultimate. Recognizingrepparttar 138864 limitations ofrepparttar 138865 intellect, martial training traditions guide withrepparttar 138866 lamp of direct experience. The fool wastes energy talking, whilerepparttar 138867 Master gets on withrepparttar 138868 work—usually outside.

The Plight of Industrialized Man

Written by Edward Orem

Living inrepparttar Pacific Northwest is a challenge for any body:repparttar 138846 poor excuse for weather west ofrepparttar 138847 Cascades is one ofrepparttar 138848 worst on earth for human health. Luckily our Ch'uan Fa Club meets in central Oregon several times a week, rarely missing an opportunity to train outdoors .

I'm not speaking here of a prepared arena of asphalt or even grass. I mean we use/find/even search out poor footing surfaces, including ice, deep snow, pebbles, desert sand, and forest floor.

Admittedly, it's a challenge to get new students to be involved with a teacher who trains his school outside regularly inrepparttar 138849 woods and desert, and even on mountain tops. (I never have more than 10 guys—seldom any women—who are tough enough to dare to be different.)

But it's my experience that oncerepparttar 138850 cultivated, civilized martial artist gets exposed long enough torepparttar 138851 exhilarating benefits of fresh air, wildlife and trees, his deeper roots take hold. Most of my students now find it difficult—even unpleasant—to go back torepparttar 138852 enclosed, stuffy conditions of "normal" training halls. It's not that tough to understand why, as most of us came from peasant stock a very few generations ago, putting our reliance on modern life-style withinrepparttar 138853 realm ofrepparttar 138854 absurdly tenuous—not to mention degenerative.

It may not be chic or socially advantageous to admit your recent connections to Earth rhythms, but it could save your life. For a man to deny his biological heritage is a fatal error. Never mind thatrepparttar 138855 industrialized world is going to hell in a mechanized hand-basket (and takingrepparttar 138856 rest ofrepparttar 138857 earth's humans with them): you can marshal your piercing powers of striking torepparttar 138858 heart ofrepparttar 138859 matter by coming to terms with your natural place in this biosphere.

It is a common musing among older teachers to speak ofrepparttar 138860 great "immortals" of bygone eras in martial arts. We've all heardrepparttar 138861 stories and wished we could approachrepparttar 138862 skill levels ofrepparttar 138863 great ones. I think we're sliding over important points that get buried inrepparttar 138864 telling. The First Principle to successful training is to "Eat Bitter Every Day." If you don't know what that means, you may be incorrigibly industrialized and your male principle de-germinated by urban life-style. You well know thatrepparttar 138865 dominating principle of modern life is to promote comfort and convenience. You tell me how such an attitude can possibly create excellence of skills and evolution of spirit.

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