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Daily practice is the key to success with Flowing Zen. But it’s not easy to keep your practice regular. No matter how disciplined you are, you’ll still run into obstacles. The 2-Minute Drill is a great way to overcome these obstacles.

Let’s say you've just had a stressful day in the middle of a stressful week. Even though you KNOW that practicing the 15-Minute Routine will help, you still avoid it. Your internal dialogue may go something like this:


force decisions

Each day, media outlets all over the country describe events where officers use force. Often, the reporters and the citizens question the need for force at all or whether the type and amount of force used was really necessary. Citizens worry that their protectors— with badges, guns, clubs and Tasers— are caught up in the rush of power, or perhaps giving vent to anger or bigotry.


Almost every Kung Fu master claims to have some mastery or knowledge of Iron Palm techniques. While not all Kung Fu styles teach the Iron Palm methods, there are many that do. This article will cover some practical ideas for Iron Palm training and, hopefully, save you from some of the pitfalls along the way.


training outdoors

The image of martial arts students training outdoors is pervasive. From Beijing parks to the Shaolin Temple, from Hollywood and Hong Kong movies to "Kung Fu Panda," the romance of outdoor training captures our imaginations.

That attractive image may have some justification. Modern psychologists speak of the outdoors as a cure for "nature deprivation disorder." Qigong masters speak of absorbing and using the qi of the natural world.


taiji

First, let us consider natural breathing. When you practice Taijiquan with this breathing, your mind does not have to be focused on the breathing. This is especially important for the beginner. At this stage, they should pay attention primarily to regulating the body into a more relaxed, centered, and balanced state.


Qi

Exercises which build up Qi in the limbs called Wei Dan and are usually very simple. They are almost like any of the exercises which are common in the Western world. The only two differences are that when you practice you must concentrate your mind at the area being trained, and the movements are designed for special purposes such as regulating specific organs. You should understand that it is your mind which leads the Qi to the area being trained. When you concentrate, you can build up and circulate the Qi more efficiently than when you don't concentrate.


relaxation

While most martial artists spend a lot of time practicing their arts and perfecting their moves, very few balance the practice out with relaxation. Relaxing allows us to loosen up, to let ourselves flow comfortably and to have our body become rejuvenated. Here's an exercise you can do right before you go to sleep every night.


It has been said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. Perhaps that is true. There is much that can be gathered from looking into someone's eyes. But there is more to the eyes than meets the eye.

In the practice of "any" martial art, the importance of the eyes is often neglected. As a result, many practitioners suffer from lifeless forms and inhibted sparring and spirit. So how do we pump new life and spirit into what we do Quite simply, pay attention and focus on what you're doing!


One of the keys to successful martial practice is that of correct breathing. Here is a simple exercise to relax the body and mind:


candle

In Chinese martial society, candles were once popularly used for training. This is because candles were an important source of lighting in ancient times, and thus were more readily available for practice. Today, the use of candles for training is seldom seen. In this article I would like to introduce some examples of candle practice. Hopefully, from these examples, you will be inspired and train with candles.

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