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Welcome To My Blog..

14316810_10154002469378576_580608977925484872_nWelcome to my blog and post index page. My name is Steve Rowe, a martial artist of over 40 years and I’m a writer in the martial arts, a columnist for the martial arts magazines, an author of books on the arts and martial arts philosophy. Over the last 40 years I have written many interviews, poems, articles for magazines, blogs for websites and books. Many have been lost due to website crashes and the internet demons that seem to snatch them from the t’internet world, but I still have a few hundred on my computer and will post them on here along with anything else I write in my dotage.

If you are interested in my Tai Chi Coaching Programme click here Tai Chi Coaching Programme 2019

book coverIf you would like to buy a signed copy of my latest book (pictured) email steve@shikon.com

If you would like to attend any of my seminars the calendar click here….

For the website for my Martial Arts Club click here…..

If you would like to read my poetry, click here….

If you would like to read my articles, click here…..

I’ve started compiling my old interviews and have listed them here…

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Dieting Is Mind and Emotions

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Dieting Is Mind and Emotions

Dieting is about manipulation and business. They know how to appeal to your basic instincts and emotions.

If you’re fat no-one will love you, that instills fear and you can’t even love yourself. How deep and sad is that? That leaves you vulnerable to those that know how to manipulate you at that level.  Self loathing is a powerful demon that can drive you into all sorts of unnatural thoughts and actions and everyone from the dieting, plastic surgeons, make up and clothing businesses and even narcissistic friends and partners love it.

So take control of your mind and emotions, it costs nothing but a bit of effort and wisdom. Watch them, watch how you react to food and to how others try to take control and use your weaknesses.

Your self loathing and weakness looks for rewards, note how you eat to reward yourself, notice the triggers in your mind. It’s been a hard day so I will ‘treat’ myself. When you see food how do you react? Does your mind already start to ‘taste’ it? Do you make yourself ‘hungry’ simply because it’s there? Does your body require food simply because it’s a certain time or place? What are your personal triggers?

Watch and learn. You think that this is ‘you’ but it’s not, it’s simply learned behaviour or habits that arise because you weren’t watching your mind.

Who is manipulating you? Watch your response to advertising, that which subliminally makes you want food or drink, that which makes you feel guilty because you don’t look a certain way and those that make themselves feel good by putting you down albeit subtly, often ‘encouraging’ you like you are some kind of dog or simpleton.

Recognise and acknowledge your bad habits and weaknesses, just that act of recognition means that you have already initiated change. People yoyo diet because they give the control over to others or panic out of weakness so as soon as the control ends or the regime is unsustainable, they fold and return to entrenched habits.

Your body is always talking you and if you know how to listen, not in words but in feelings, your mind and body work through anticipation, so your habits will dictate how you think, feel and react. See advert, feel guilty or hungry, see food, feel hungry, see slim, fit, people, feel guilty.

DO NOT HATE YOUR YOURSELF! That is other people doing that to you. work with your body and mind, they are on your side, all they want is a bit of care and mindfulness. watch and listen, take care of them and they will take care of you.

They say that when you know the name of the devil he can’t touch you. When you see how you are being manipulated – it won’t work, when you see how you have formed bad habits through being mindless, they will stop working.

You don’t need other people putting you down, you don’t need those trying to sell you something to manipulate you, so don’t get taken in. Change the way you are permanently and understand your mind and emotions to change your life forever.

And that my friends – is free.

 

 

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The Silence And Stillness Behind It All

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Just standing;
When I am still my body listens;
When I stop transmitting I can receive;
When my mind is still;
I can perceive the unworded language;
Of the trees and flowers;
Nature is always talking to us;
Normally our mind is filled with words;
We are concerned with the past and future;
But when standing we become ‘joined up’ with nature;
At one with the Tao;

Behind everything there is profound stillness;
A deafening silence;
Stand tall;
Breathe deep;
Focus your mind;
Stop moving;
Stop thinking;

Ah! there it is…….

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Pause For Stillness

Today I was walking up the stairs and I paused;
As I get older I pause more and more;
I pause to find the stillness;
The stillness that sits behind everything.

All you have to do to find it is be still;
It’s always there, it feeds the universe;
Everything arises from and then returns to it;
It is the source that we need to be connected to.

When not connected we feel lonely and isolated;
We create a self to replace it;
Like the make believe friend we had as a child;
But there really is no self…..

There is a deep profound stillness;
And to find it, all we have to do is pause….

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Tai Chi Coaching Programme 2019

This Programme is filling up nicely with just a few places left BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

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Shi Kon Tai Chi Coaching Qualification

Introduction
This one day a month for 10 months intensive course will be taught personally by Steve Rowe 9th Dan, an internationally renowned Tai Chi teacher, Chairman and founder of both the Martial Arts Standards Agency and Shi Kon Martial Arts International. It is designed to certificate and give Tai Chi Coaches the ability to teach Tai Chi and run and administer a club to gold level standard. Participants will be registered with Shi Kon Martial Arts International Association, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (the Sport England registered Governing Body for Chinese Martial Arts) and the Martial Arts Standards Agency. The coaching part of the qualification will be the BCCMA level 2 and through these registrations we can lead you to the required DBS and Child Protection courses and the work required to gain the prestigious Sport England ‘Clubmark’ accreditation for your…

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The Fork In The Martial Road

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The Fork In The Martial Road

We start training in the martial arts to improve ourselves. We get fitter, healthier, better at technique and go up in our own and other’s estimation, often taking responsibility to teach and having others look up to us. This brings us to an important fork in the road of our martial arts training.

We may have been weak, greedy for money, lust driven to manipulate others, bullied or a bully and/or a narcissist. Martial arts training SHOULD then reduce those weaknesses and make us a more disciplined, empathic, compassionate, tolerant and helpful person, but at this ‘fork in the road’ we may take that route or with our new found power become more greedy, lustful, bullying and narcissistic.

Good quality martial arts should be our priority and helping others to get there is our role as mentor to others. If money, sex, vanity, or the control of others becomes our priority, then we took the wrong road at that fork.

When it’s all about the teacher and not the teachings, it’s wrong. When it’s all about the ‘business’ and not the standard of the art, then it’s wrong. We need to know about the teacher, we need to pay the bills, but the art, the standard and the transmission should come first, if it doesn’t, you’re on the wrong road.

Any mentor of martial arts teachers and coaches should teach this first. Our primary function is as martial artists and then we take care of business and encourage and help others to become better people without harming or damaging them.

The irony is that if we work this way, others recognise what we are and that we don’t see them as ‘punters’ or targets for our narcissism. Students will have confidence in us, we will retain them and have a successful club.

As the business guru’s would say….. win/win…..

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Dealing With Obesity

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No-one will understand the agony of obesity unless you’ve suffered from it.

I posted a while back wondering how everyone had become ‘obese’ according the government.

In my day you were ‘obese’ if your stomach was bigger than your chest;
You were ‘fat’ if your belly hung over your trousers;
Otherwise you were ‘normal’;
Unless you were cadaverous and then you were ‘skinny’.

People that have never had weight problems don’t understand the pain their comments cause. Overweight people know they have a problem every time they look in the mirror or try to buy clothes. They don’t need constant reminding from others, the weight loss moneymakers or the puppet government of big business who fatten people up and then offer ‘miracle’ cures.

Overweight people will hide their pain in humour, but every mindless ‘joke’  or comment from others cuts deep and will be remembered until the day they die. If they could solve their problem by just eating less and moving more, don’t you think they would have done?  The same as a drug addict would ‘just stop taking drugs’ and an alcoholic would ‘just stop drinking’ – it’s not that simple.

People are overweight for a variety of reasons:
Physical disability meaning they cannot move around much.
Illness such as fatigue and immune disease.
Emotional stress resulting in an addiction to food.
Medication that causes obesity.
A genetic disposition towards that body shape.
Ignorance towards their dietary requirements.
Yo yo dieting.

A surgeon’s mistake resulting in 2 life threatening infections, 14 surgeries, powerful drugs and antibiotics that resulted in serious arthritis in  both shoulders, the loss of quadriceps in both legs, one metal knee and one totally fused leg meant constant pain, very little mobility and drugs that increased obesity and damaged gut mobility meant I put on a lot of weight whilst dealing with those problems. I couldn’t lose weight on 1200 calories a day!

Luckily I’m a natural skeptic of big business, the government, ‘miracle cures’, the diet and fitness industry and the general moneymaking machine. Everyone is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ that the NHS would force on us. I’m vegetarian, my body doesn’t deal with starchy and sugary carbs easily, it doesn’t digest food eaten in the evening well and requires reasonable periods without any food to do it’s work. So I fast between 18 and 20 hours a day, eat low carb foods and eat between midday and 5pm, during my fasting period I only drink water,  black tea and coffee. In 2 months I dropped three and a half stone despite trying every other diet and failing.

I monitor my diet by my general health, energy and inflammation levels, the colour and frequency or my urine, the shape and colour of my faeces and my weight. All have improved.

People suffering from obesity need help and support, not victimisation, vilification and isolation (often hidden in well meaning measures). It’s an illness like any other but like many other ‘hidden’ illnesses needs an individual approach to have any success.

We also need to stop listening to the political and financial profiteers and start looking inwards and studying ourselves, our lifestyle, exercise, our current diet and our genetics to find the answers!

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