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Self-defense begins when you are required to defend yourself against an unlawful attack and it is a time honored principle that one is entitle to defend himself from physical attack by another person. However, you are only protected by the law if you are obeying the law. Notice this definition of self-defense is related to physical, and not verbal attacks. Words spoken by another, even if they use disparaging remarks about your ancestry, may generate an emotional response from you, but are not sufficient grounds for using physical force in the name of self-defense.


An art is best learned in its culture. One remarkable difference between the culture of the east and the west is the respect shown to a master. In this connection I have little complaint because my students, from both the east and the west, generally show much respect to me. But I have met many eastern masters commenting on the lack of respect, sometimes utter disrespect, shown to them.


Once upon a time there was a man who, when he left home every morning, would tell his two wives that he wouldn't be home for lunch or dinner. He had to meet with some important business friends, or some high-ranking government officials, and they would wine and dine him after the meeting. Every night he would come home full and drunk, and would brag about how great the banquet was, or about the important people he had met at dinner.


In the Han Dynasty in China about 2000 years ago, there was an old farmer named Chen Yin. For many years, he and his son worked very hard on their few acres of land, and they had gradually become tolerably rich. However, old Chen Yin was not happy. The one thing he regretted in his life was that he had never had any friends in the higher levels of society.


Although the Chin Na techniques from one Gongfu style may seem quite different from the techniques of another style, the theories and principles of application remain the same. These theories and principles form the root of all Chin Na techniques. If you adhere to these roots, your Chin Na will continue to grow and improve, but if you ignore these roots, your Chin Na will always remain undeveloped.


It is important that you know about the progress that has been made by modern science in the study of Qi. This will keep you from getting stuck in the ancient concepts and level of understanding.


This article is an excerpt from the new second edition of Dr. Yang's popular Qi gong guide is for martial artists and health seekers who want to improve their health and vitality, increase their strength and develop explosive martial power. Dr. Yang shares ten complete sets of effective Qigong exercises, teaches meditation, and discusses the theory of Chinese Qigong and Chinese medicine.

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And this is what I tend to teach Law Enforcement Officers in brief workshops. Usually they have been taught by their training officers or by other workshop teachers the same old useless methods of self-defence like the old X block against knife which will get you killed, or to use locks and holds to try and control the attacker which will also get you killed, or they are told to grab the arm that is holding the knife, or they are told to use a sleeper hold, which is all going to get you killed!


I guess deep down, we all of us are looking for some martial art that will bestow upon us some magical super powers, to make us into supermen women. More so in the internal arts, people like to make it all sound magical and mystical. We have more so called supernatural feats of strength in T'ai chi for instance than in any other art. We have people sticking spears into throats and telling us that it is internal energy or Qi that is protecting them. A trick I perform for people to show that anyone can do it, mere physics. We have people supposedly putting out candles with their Qi!


The Dragon's List is honored to reproduce this article by Master Ron Heimberger with permission. For additional information about Master Ron Heimberger and Wing Chun please visit http://www.wckfc.com/

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Level One (absorption of the techniques and one-pointedness)