Changing Mind & Body

The Yi Chuan method requires changing how you think about your training.

Changing how you think about your training allows you to change how you train.

Changing how you train allows you to achieve results which helps you change how you think about your training.  Go to sentence two.

Practice should only be repetitious in that you regularly practice.  How you practice and how you think about your practice should change, sometimes gradually, sometimes suddenly.  Hard work overtime and those ‘aha’ moments are best friends.  One leads the the other and the other helps you make good use of the one.

Think about it this way.  If the practice you are doing has not resulted in the skills you wish to achieve, maybe you are not practicing correctly?

If you are practicing the same exercises, the same forms, repeated the same way, how are you going to get different results?

In Yi Chuan we encourage people to experiment with their practice, to use intent in different ways to coax out changes in the feeling state or sense of being that results from allowing the subconscious to drive the experience.  We want the conceptual mind to be more of an observer and less of a doer.  We want to let go of fix forms and fixed rules and allow our experience to mold our understanding, get the tail wagging the dog.

When you start getting the right idea, then the training methods can really start to do the work on your tissues, you body can begin to change.  Tendons will stretch, joint will open and energy will flow.

About steveehrenreich

I am a long time practitioner of martial arts and Yi Chuan student of Master Cheuk Fung.
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2 Responses to Changing Mind & Body

  1. Shawn Patty says:

    I want to learn Yi Quan! However, I have no schools or instructors in my area! I live near Birmingham Alabama. What is a good course of distance learning? Thank you!

    Shawn patty

    • Hi Shawn,

      I work with many people on-line and tailor my approach to meet their needs and goals. Much depends on your background and what your current training regime includes. Typically we will use fundamental Yi Chuan exercises to help bring out certain qualities we are looking for and then work to incorporate them into other practices.

      Since Jam Jong or standing practice are core to Yi Chuan training I often begin with exercises to help get the fundamentals of standing in place. While many people may practice standing exercises, few that I have run across have the basic elements in place for it to qualify as Jam Jong by Yi Chuan standards.

      Feel free to contact me at any time to discuss you needs.


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