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  1. 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...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    group study 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    group study Cross-Training in Internal Martial Arts and Qigong Styles

    How people progress in internal training is rarely a linear process or the result of a single-minded dedication to something exclusive, unless there is some special lineage or tradition related concern which demands all of dedication. To foster development, teachers may even encourage their...
  5. 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...
  6. Roots of Virtue

    group study Waigong or External Skill

    Waigong or External Skill We have a lot of discussion about Neigong or internal skill on this forum and it is for a good reason: Internal development always is holistic, thus its subtle benefits nourish every aspect of our being. What might be less known in the West is the complementary sister...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    group study Taijiquan: The Versatile Internal Martial Art

    This is the general discussion thread for all things related to Taijiquan: experiences, substyles, martial applications, sensitivity training, lineages, supplementary practices, its internal force and commonly attained spiritual powers, and so forth. Please, only post instructional Taijiquan...
  10. Earl Grey

    group study Comparative Analysis: Xin Yi or Not Xin Yi

    Xin Yi or not Xin Yi, that is the question. As we mentioned in the essential information thread, Xin Yi is not just a system, it is also a skill and a philosophy. This thread will be used to analyze through the framework of Xin Yi the quality or lack of quality in a practitioner. Please note...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    essay Preliminary Training with Internal Kungfu as a Study Example

    Preliminary Training with Internal Kungfu as a Study Example A lot has been written and spoken about spiritual cultivation. Much of this discussion makes reference from mid to high-level training methods and phenomena that are attained with correct training at these respective mid-to-high...
  14. 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...
  15. Earl Grey

    essay Eric Randolph: Tai Chi Cult Scammer

    The following is modified from an e-mail I had sent a friend whom I had not spoken with for two years due to the titular scammer of this thread. The irony is not lost that I met this fraudulent teacher through the friend I have written this long e-mail to detailing the nature of Eric Randolph...
  16. Earl Grey

    group study Fighting Philosophy

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z49yTw91DR8 This video from Tai Chi master Glenn Hairston is the very same principle taught in Xin Yi: make your entire body a fist and do not limit yourself to a style or to a form. The principles taught in internal arts forms can be done with any part...
  17. Earl Grey

    journal Sifu Terry's Training Sets

    This thread is for routines Sifu Terry has practiced himself and recommends for those trying to rotate the order of forms taught on the Chi Kung for Health DVD series for Flying Phoenix and mixes some other techniques he teaches personally, such as Tao Tan Pai and advanced techniques not...
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    group study Red Flags when Finding a Teacher

    I thought on this for a few days before posting, because I wanted to expel a few negative emotions before hand. I figured that this would have been quite a different post if I had allowed any bitterness to influence the way in which I write. I am an inherent "teeth-clencher" when it comes to...
  19. Earl Grey

    group study Mixing it up between styles and rulesets when sparring

    Yesterday, I had a friendly session using karate rules with a Kyoukushin-kai and a Balkans grappler friend. One thing that I love about Xin Yi is that we are not religious about sticking to one form of training, and don't adhere to any rules in combat. When training, we respect the ruleset of...
  20. Roots of Virtue

    group study Exceptionally Good Martial Arts Demonstrations

    Let's have a video thread for exceptionally good martial videos that demonstrate the correct internal principles. If you are unsure about the quality of your video, then better not post it. Instead, you can contact @Earl Grey in person and ask his opinion whether it's worthy. These first two...
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