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  1. journal Zeropoint's Xin Yi Progress Journal

    Time Since Beginning Practice: 4 Month's I have been practicing Xin Yi for about 4 month's now. There have been a number of benefits from consistent practice, including greater mental clarity, physical fortitude, and relaxation which translates into day to day life. The core of my current...
  2. Earl Grey

    essay When Masters Hide Their Skill and When "Masters" Reveal Their Skill in Public Demos

    One of the sayings of late Grandmaster David Chan was that there are two possibilities for anyone claiming master status and giving public displays: a) they know a lot more and are hiding their actual skill since a public demo can be recorded and copied by people who learn from observation, b)...
  3. Pak_Satrio

    feedback khuf's Past Training and Assorted Advice

    Hey @khuf, how long have you been doing FP? Would be good to hear your experiences from it. I recently read through @Earl Grey journal and noticed a lot of similarities with my own practices.
  4. Roots of Virtue

    group study Natural Breathing

    Natural Breathing Naturalness and being unforceful are evergreen topics in all valid spiritual traditions. The wisdom supporting this view comes from the acknowledgement that it's natural to feel happy and have good health, so it must be man's acquired errors alone that contribute to his...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    essay About the Authenticity of Dr. Baolin Wu's Books

    About the Authenticity of Dr. Baolin Wu's Books Yesterday I was reading (oriental medicine doctor and licensed acupuncturist) Dr. Baolin Wu's book Eight Immortals' Revolving Sword of Pure Yang (2011) and came to a passage about Wang Xiangzhai, the famous internal martial artist and Zhan Zhuang...
  6. Roots of Virtue

    interview An Interview with Chinese Internal Arts Teacher Sifu John Dolic

    An Interview with Chinese Internal Arts Teacher Sifu John Dolic The finished article will be featured here in the first post. In the meanwhile, please read the post below for participation instructions.
  7. Earl Grey

    feedback The Perils of Self-Initiation and Self-Learning Spotlight: Zhan Zhuang

    One of the most common misconceptions for internal practices is that people believe if something is simple, then it must be easy. A simple practice often means that the methodology is not complicated, but developing a deeper understanding comes from proper practice and guidance rather than...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Sifu Terry Dunn's Courses & Classes (Both Streaming and In-Person)

    Sifu Terry Dunn sends regular adverts for his ongoing community classes via his Substack newsletter. Subscribe on the following site in order to receive updates, including details about pricing and joining up: https://terencedunn.substack.com Below is an edited and adapted synopsis of all the...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    essay Sifu Terry Dunn's Internal Training Biography

    TERENCE PANG-YEN DUNN is a master instructor of Chinese martial, yogic, and healing arts with more than 42 years of training based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 1990, he has popularized Tai Chi Chuan and authentic Qigong practices throughout America and Europe through his highly acclaimed Tai Chi...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    question Heart and Blood Circulation in Xinyi

    Today my practice began well and I can feel that the core (deep back and stomach muscles) has gotten stronger, but then during lifting stance I started to feel that my pulse got up higher and the heart beat harder, so I thought maybe it's time to cut a bit slack and not turn it into a cardio...
  11. Roots of Virtue

    news Forum Content Reorganization and Restricted Access

    After some deliberation about benefits and disadvantages, I have decided that some of the forum content will be moved into new branches housed under the Restricted Content forum stem. These are visible to registered users only in order to reduce the risk that uninitiated and greedy people...
  12. Roots of Virtue

    essay Common Issues with Internal Power Training and Why Xin Yi Avoids Them

    As far as the safety of internal power training is concerned, Xin Yi is the best and the most holistic art that I have encountered. I'll tell you my opinion for why, but let us first look at what kind of issues aspiring martial artists and Neigong practitioners can encounter and what are their...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    instructions George Xu's Video Teaching Series on Patreon

    This is a new video series for studying internal kungfu with an accomplished master with good reputation: https://www.patreon.com/mastergeorgexu I recently reviewed Master George Xu's short clips on the Xinyi analysis thread, and I found that his martial skills are worthy. You should check the...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    group study Flexibility and Stretching

    Let's have a discussion about increasing and maintaining healthy flexibility. Stretching is a major paradigm world wide in working towards a limber body. It can easily benefit all physically active pursuits from martial arts and sports to dance. I have heard that there are internal stretching...
  15. Earl Grey

    essay A Quick Visual Contrast Between Internal Arts and "Internal Arts"

    With thanks to @freeform , I am posting these two videos and his commentary from earlier discussions so people can see when someone is moving internally and when someone is just using the label of internal arts. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an5qNCspzUw That is not Taiji - there is...
  16. Roots of Virtue

    group study Martial Kick-Ass Wisdom: How to Apply Power and Intention Correctly

    We have this forum branch for discussing about timeless wisdom as you well know. Having the correct view about meditation and spontaneous presence is always pertinent, but many traditional pieces of advice often come with the emphasis on retreating and centering peacefully within, letting things...
  17. Earl Grey

    essay Mind Games and Xin Yi: How Chess and Other Intellectual Games Influence Your Martial Skill

    It is no surprise that whatever you experience in your life is what you bring into your internal arts practice, just like your internal arts will seep into your life. This was something I noticed when I started going back to practice some of my favorite games such as Chess, Xiangqi, Shōgi, Go...
  18. Earl Grey

    essay The Xin Yi Chimera: A Description of a Xin Yi Student's Body Transformation

    One thing that I was warned about when learning an optional indoor practice for Xin Yi was that it develops a big belly. As someone who struggles with body dysmorphia and at times often starved myself to look slim (but never slim enough), my teachers told me that when they met me, I was...
  19. Earl Grey

    instructions A Short Primer on Zhan Zhuang for the Neophyte

    One of the more popular forms of meditation within the internal arts niche and what people seem to talk about often is Zhan Zhuang. One of the big problems with Zhan Zhuang is that so many people don't know what they're talking about, even if they stand for years, especially because they...
  20. Earl Grey

    journal Earl Grey's Xin Yi progress journal

    The longer one practices Xin Yi, the harder it is to talk about it to non-students and non-practitioners. It is not borne from a sense of elitism, but in equal measure having both difficulty conveying the changes in words precisely, and a disconnect from those without the internal skills or...
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