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Poem: "A Two-Way Street"
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siege From: siege Date: February 19th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: On Falun Gong

From what I've managed to reconstruct, it's about half force and half flow, half energy and half physical, sort of what you'd get if you mixed Tai Chi, Judo, Shotokan, and Aikido. I haven't managed to recall much of the spiritual philosophy, just a touch of the practical commentary ("Human bones are straight where we move. The only curved bones we have are enclosing, protective. Yet if one becomes gracefully curved, one may step out of danger and create openings for action." and Destruction is the way of the warrior, peace the way of the servant of Truth, balance the way of the artist. So one must be all three in order to succeed.), so I'm not sure precisely where the schools used to lie.

That said, I've found that I used a variety of techniques from various martial arts, not all of them of human origin. For example, there's a balancing exercise I've used where I hold my hands out low by my sides while bicycling or otherwise balancing in motion, palms down toward the earth, which helps enhance my energy senses and physical centering since it relies more on proprioception and energy balance than on center of gravity and mechanical balance. I recall that one as a metheow self-awareness exercise taught to Ak'nash raur'd ("Blood of Ak'nash", natural berserkers), usually practiced while walking a balance beam or equivalent. It works best when also practicing steady breath and inner focus, and often fails when one is out of tune with oneself or being actively unbalanced by something.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 19th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: On Falun Gong

>> For example, there's a balancing exercise I've used where I hold my hands out low by my sides while bicycling or otherwise balancing in motion, palms down toward the earth, which helps enhance my energy senses and physical centering since it relies more on proprioception and energy balance than on center of gravity and mechanical balance. <<

Oh, I do that, but I add a factor in terms of pushing off the gravitic field of the Earth. Same thing when I'm snow-walking, only I hold my hands higher and aim to spread out the force of my weight, kind of like energy snowshoes.
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