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Dan Tian in Internal Martial Arts

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:00

The author discusses the Dan Tian (the area three finger-widths below the navel) and its importance in Asian martial arts, specifically the internal arts. The author makes it clear that it is not an article about development of the Dan Tian; but more effective methods of training it. Breathing into the Dan Tian is discussed, as well as rotating and vibrating the Dan Tian. He finishes the article by briefly touching on other training methods as well.

A question about lower spine alignment in internal martial arts and life

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:00

Many suffer from lower back pain and turning to martial arts or yoga poses may be a helpful solution. The author describes alternative poses such as tucking the tailbone, tilting the pelvis and finally acting as if a weight was attached to the coccyx almost pulling it earthward and stretching the spine. Techniques were provided that may help to relieve lower back pains.

Be Careful Who You Trust

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:00

Choosing a martial arts instructor that has character issues will affect the student. The world of martial arts and the dojo is based on hierarchy. In a hierarchy, the leader chooses his subordinate leaders and he will do so based on those who share his view and are most like him. This fact will cause those under him to become more like him–it is human nature–or be weeded out.

Trust Your Hunches by Prof. Dan Anderson

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:01

An upcoming class in a women’s self-defense course will stress the importance of trusting your hunches. Women who have been attacked have felt the inner warning before it happened. If something doesn’t feel right, if you get a “creepy vibe,” be on your guard. While you shouldn’t assume danger everywhere, you should pay heed to a gut feeling of danger.

Teaching on the Fly

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:00

Although teaching on the fly is challenging, it can also be rewarding and enjoyable if some tips are taken into consideration. First and foremost, make a plan but be willing to adjust the plan based on the needs of the students. This requires you to know your information very well. Second, remember the reasons you are teaching; the students should always come first.

Willie Nelson; Black Belt

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:00

This article is about country singer Willie Nelson receiving his fifth degree black belt at the age of 81. Nelson contributes being so healthy at his age to being engaged in physical activities. He is an avid bike rider and runs as well. He started doing martial arts twenty years ago. He said doing this gives him spiritual, physical, and mental exercise.

Character in Martial Arts

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:00

The article discusses how character applies in martial arts practices, inspired by an article by Steven Pressfield about how character is present in writers. Something called Olympic Character reveals that many masters of success share common DNA genes with others at their same level of success across various skill sets.