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.

Listen - The Crack Of The Bat

Written by Aron Wallad

The other day, as I watched my daughter take batting practice from her new batting coach, my eyes shifted to another batter that was being coached by another teacher. Her swings were slow,repparttar ball was glancing off her bat and trickling intorepparttar 138753 batting screen. Her hips were not rotating and there was no power being generated from her swings.

The coach then took some time with her to show her some techniques that would help her in her quest to be a better hitter.. They spoke for about 10 minutes. Or should I sayrepparttar 138754 coach spoke for 10 minutes andrepparttar 138755 girl listened.

As I gazed back and forth between my daughter and this other girl I realized that after about 20 more minutes of hitting and talking with her coach that this girl ( we will call her this girl ) was smackingrepparttar 138756 ball. Projectiles were streaming off her bat. That loud crack from her bat was reverberating inrepparttar 138757 facility.

It dawned on me. That this is why I love this game so much. I loved that crack ofrepparttar 138758 bat. I loved hitting that ball so right. I loved it whenrepparttar 138759 ball whistled inrepparttar 138760 air. Enjoyingrepparttar 138761 other aspects ofrepparttar 138762 game like base running, fielding, and throwing were great. But, I was deeply passionate about hitting. The supreme challenge was why I started playing this game and why I continue to enjoy watching it today. The anticipation of watching a great batter get ready forrepparttar 138763 pitch. Awesome.

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