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Letting Go..

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Pick up a stone and hold it in a clenched fist;
There are 2 ways to let it go;
You can turn your fist palm down and let it go so it drops to the ground;
Or you can turn your fist palm upwards and unclench letting it rest in the palm of your hand.

People that have been hurt emotionally,
Sometimes say they are going to be Buddhist;
And practice ‘non-attachment’ so they don’t get hurt again;
This is not the Buddhist approach;
In fact this is aversion and will bring the same pain as desire.

To develop an intelligent heart, you unclench yet embrace;
Engage fully with the wisdom that you cannot own or possess;
Enjoy and love but be able to let it go;
All things will pass and return to the source;
That is the ‘way’ of the universe.

Non attachment is the wisdom of impermanence;
Everything is on fire, enjoy the heat and beauty;
Then let it turn to ash.
To hold on to fire is suffering and will help no-one;
Soon enough you too will be ash.

If it didn’t burn, if were not fragile;
There would be no beauty, no movement, no time;
No youth, no ageing, no learning, no experience;
No point in having life.

Happiness and suffering create each other;
All things will pass,
To understand this is wisdom;
And allows you to love and engage freely;
Then you do not have to try and clench on the stone – or throw it away.

By Steve Rowe

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The Path To Success

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Taken from the notes of Chris Gunn as a reminder as to what was covered on the Seminar on the 19th May 2013.  I post this on the blog because it’s an excellent reminder to any of my students and anyone in the Martial Arts that there is a straight forward linear path to success with no vague concepts if you’re prepared to put in the work required. It was very kind of Chris to allow these notes to be published.

Steve had ended up entitling the Seminar ‘The Path To Success’ to help us determine the right path to tread to determine success from failure which as he explained could be a fine line as it will be only as strong as it’s weakest point – and many people fail for the silliest of reasons without realising it.

The Shikon training process relies on three things

Mnemonics – Firstly ‘simple’ does not mean ‘easy’ – an important point.   Use of the logo, iconography in the Dojo, the acronyms, the 8 principles, the 13 dynamics, the synergy between basics, the  form (a mnemonic to remember what to do) into application are all ways to simplify the remembering process.

Allusion – The training and grading syllabus layers the training at each level with each part alluding to all the future training ideas and concepts with a rolling snowball concept as all past training has to raised to incorporate the new ideas of the current grade.

Validation – The training is only validated when the principles can be applied at varying distances, angles and ways against opponents of differing size and skill.

Steve explained the importance of the mnemonic ‘if you want to do it right – simply don’t do it wrong’, stressing that we should work at a speed that enables us to use the skill within the technique and allow that skill to eventually give us the required speed and power.

Then he explained the mnemonic ATARC that is the learning process:

Attitude – If our attitude and mindset are wrong then the whole learning process will be corrupted, the reason that neigong is so important first.
Thought. Think through and plan the technique mentally, visualising every move and the feeling.
Action. Perform the move, form, technique.
Reflection. To reflect on how we performed and how it needs to be corrected.
Correction. Don’t repeat the mistake, go back to A to go through the corrective process that will correct any errors and repeat until it becomes natural action.

Steve then explained the importance of knowing the path you’re on.  With the Shi Kon Training Syllabus Steve started with what he wanted as the end result of the training, explaining that he wanted strong individual people with their own well thought out opinions that resulted from being able to turn an aware, focused, sensitive and intense mind, able to exercise critical thinking from a broad perspective unfettered by fear or bias on any subject, able to use emotional intelligence and good health to enhance their life with the principle based ability to box, kick, grapple, lock, throw, strangle or choke, from standup to groundwork if needed.

He explained the importance of starting with the mind, training it in:
Awareness
Focus
Sensitivity
Intensity
Mindset

Awareness requires deep breathing, deep breathing requires good posture.

Focus  requires exercises and training to sustain concentration.

Sensitivity requires using the aware and focused mind to read the mental, emotional and physical state of your own body, to be able to free the joints and myofascia for easy skilful movement, rooting, power and balance.  When you understand these in yourself, you can break them in an opponent.

These qualities are trained in neigong and qigong, the emotional intelligence is developed through the standing postures, the yin focusing on patience, kindness, tolerance and compassion and the yang on resolve, determination, power and strength.

Steve then took the students through the Yang Family Qigong exercises (even though he was on crutches) explaining how these exercises developed all the necessary skills for freeing the body and mind for combat.

Steve showed how these exercises practiced the 7 main ‘internal’ power skills of the body body core and spine:
Soften
Connect
Open
Close
Stretch
Compress
Release

He then explained the importance of the part played by the balance of:
Training
Nutrition
Rest

Steve finished explaining the 8 Principles of Shi Kon in some depth and how they all relate to each other showing how they are the criteria for grading and the basis for teaching and training. They are:
Feet
Posture
Breath
Mind
Internal
Power
Wedge
Spiral

The difference between success and failure can be a fine line, anyone training in Shi Kon Kung Fu or Taiji is on a deliberated path drawn from the end result backwards, everything is for a reason and has to be validated physically, there are no vague, nebulous exercises or techniques. Steve explained the importance of developing all these links equally and knowing exactly what you are doing in every training session, why you are doing it and what results are expected both in the short and long term, the importance of challenging everything you do positively to fully understand it and working with the Instructors and other students to get there.

At the end I felt that the title ‘The Path To Success’ had been earned with the Seminar and along with everyone else felt inspired to move forwards in the system!

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I Don’t Belive In PMA….

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I don’t believe in ‘positive mental attitude’ because to do so implies a negative one. Life just is as it is. Hardship is a challenge and we learn from it and we also benefit from rest and respite to heal.

I am a warrior and welcome challenges as they make me stronger and wiser, those that go for an easy life are boring to me.

The only way to stop me is to kill me.

I don’t need encouragement to win, I’m not that weak, I don’t need medals, certificates or awards as I know exactly what I can and can’t do.

There’s nothing you can take from me to weaken me, everything life throws at me and anything you do only makes me stronger.

Teamwork in Shi Kon makes us strong as a group but isolated each warrior remains individually strong as that’s what we train for.

Praise and ridicule mean nothing to me as they will never change or divert me from my purpose or how I feel about myself. Physical and mental hardship have taught me exactly who I am.

Shi Kon = Warrior Spirit/Heart/Mind

Use it or lose it.

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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.

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…..

The index is in articles, poems and interviews and people.

Post Index:

Articles
Keep Your Child Safe!
Direct Knowledge Is Different
Principled Training And Existence
If I die tonight
Teaching Older People
Rules Of Self Defence and Bullying
I Should Be Dead
Stop Bullying
Iaido – The Cutting Edge
Standing Neigong
Mindulness
Back To Front Martial Arts
Compassion
Winner Or Loser?
Rules To live by…
Guns, Violent Crime &The Elephant In The Room
How To Ruin Your Child’s Training
Compassion And The Martial Arts
Fighting Yourself
How Tai Chi Saved My Life
Don’t Think – Feel
Kung Fu Kids Codes
What Tai Chi Gives Me
The ‘Taste’ Of Kung Fu
Why Bowing Is Important
Yang Tai Chi ‘Head & Feet’
Do You Train To Fight?
What Is Natural In The Martial Arts
Internet Tough Guys
Don’t Mess With My Martial Arts
The Magic Key
Tai Chi And Driving Your Car
Sanchin – Harmonising Mind, Body & Breath
Pain In The Martial Arts
Use Your Head!
Why Yang Tai Chi Is A Deadly Fighting Art
Fa Jing In Yang Tai Chi
I Don’t Believe In PMA
13 Dynamics Of Tai Chi
I Only Wanted To Be Kwai Chang Cain
The Path To Success
What Is Reiki
How To Deal With Bullying At School
Milk Of Amnesia
10 Essential Points Of Martial Arts Leadership
Peace Is Earned
Grading At Shi Kon
3 Most Important Points In Martial Arts Training
Who Are You Kidding?
The Power Chain
What’s Wrong With The Martial Arts?
Arousal In The Martial Arts
Women In The Martial Arts
Kata Doesn’t Work In A Fight
Connecting Hands And Feet
The Art Of Listening
The Language Of The Body…
Continuous Neigong…
The 4 Blocks Of Karate
Buddhist Alchemy In The MartIal Arts
Simple Neigong – Insomnia Buster!
Age With Dignity…
The Alchemy Of Tai Chi Chuan
Grading Problem…
The Best Martial Art And Teacher…
Martial Arts – The Masterkey!
25 Signs You’re Ageing In The Martial Arts
Martial Arts Biggest Secret…
Tai Chi Does You…
Chinto Kata (Gankanku)
Invest In Loss..
Soft And Slow Or Efficient…
Arrogance At Black Belt
Revenge Of The Stolen Pen
Move Like A Porsche
The Structure Of Kata
Training With Age
Power For Punching
Beginner’s Mind
The Yo Yo as a Martial Arts Weapon..
What Is Chi..
When Your Imaginary Opponent Wins
Healing In The Martial Arts
How To Get A Black Belt
Ethical Is Successful Business In Martial Arts
Vicars, Tarts and Martial Arts
Emotional Intelligence in Martial Arts
No One Fights With Swords Anymore
I Have A Dream…
Cultural Stories In Tai Chi Postures
The Simple Guide To Meditation
The Chakras
How To Be Happy
10 Stress Busters
Why Questions Are Important
Dojo Visitor
Tai Chi Makes You Beautiful
The Speed Of Chi
Feather On The Breath Of God Qigong
Sanchin To Tensho
Defence Against The Self
Powerful Grading Speech
Why Karateka Can’t Make A Stance
Injury Prevention
How To Hammer And Screw Your Opponent
MMA Or Karate?
I Don’t Do Nice
Responsibility Of An Instructor
Positive Visualisation In Kata
It’s Not What You Do
The Meaning Of Life
How To Avoid Being Clumsy
Icebergs Instead Of Mountains
Kamae In Karate
Ignorance Of Youth
Hands Of A Clock
Chi – The Users Manual
There’s One In Every Martial Arts Club
Right Effort In Training
Grading In The Martial Arts
Yin Yang Tai Chi Method
Gossip In The Dojo
Training Children Need Parents Support
Kata – Wearing The Skin Of Your Ancestors
Sink, Swallow, Float And Spit
The Internet And Martial Arts
Magpie Mind And Tai Chi
Stand, Walk And Run Skills
Freestyle (Ji Yu) Kata
How To Stop Bullying
How To Do Kata
No Competition – No Fight
Waving Hands Like Clouds
The Importance Of Qigong In Form
Hand Healing In The Martial Arts
Mindset In Karate
Tai Chi – The Ultimate Skirmish Art
It’s All About Respect
Martial Arts Merchants
Europe’s Warrior Monks
Disguised Buddhism
Martial Chakras
Martial Parenting
Both Sides Of The Brain
Religion And Karate
In Memory Of Alan Emery
Translation Of Uke
The Old Days
Working Together
One Foot In Life And One In Death
Perspective In Tai Chi
Dealing With Clumsiness
Happiness
It’s Simple
The Green Eyed Monster
A Street Fight
Simple Or Skilfull RBSD
The Bows And Pumps Of Tai Chi
Training For Pleasure
Want And Need In The Martial Arts
Deception And Speed
4 Elements And Martial Arts Training
Philosophy Is Important In Training
Bowing In Karate
Sensitivity In The Martial Arts
The Martial Arts And Violence

Poems
I Can Beat The Buddha In A Fight!
Letting Go…
Inside Out
I See You
Mass Slaughter
A Walk In The Woods
The Eyes Of The Dead
A Golden Cage Is Still A Cage
The Softest Touch
A Different Tao
I’m Only Visiting
Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory
A Door Inside
A Past Life
Losing The Way
Heaven Or Hell
Zombie Or Alive
DoThe Dead Speak?
It’s A Kind Of Magic
Death In Battle..
The Training Bank
Stick A Needle In Your Eye…
A Black Belt…
Internal Or External?
The Stopped Breath…
My Immortal Soul
Inside Out…
Blind Assumptions…
Blood On Wood…

Bullying….
The Yin Factor
Martial Arts Are Defensive
Life’s Not Fair…
The Aliens have Landed!
Magpies and Monkeys
Looking Back Down Our Eyes..
Who Do You Train For?
You Can’t Stop Growing Old…
Armed Or Unarmed?
Bringing Zombies To Life
The Peng Balloon
Kata A Waste Of Time?
Like A Never Ending Circle…
Putting The Egg In The Eggcup
The Deepest Door..
Direct Transmission…
Eating Bitter..
Death Is A Warm Blanket…
Dealing With Fear
Are You A Fattist?
The Happy Button…
The Learning Process
What Happened?
Seeing With Clarity
It’s Yesterday No More
Diversity and Compassion…
The Beast That Lurks Within
You’ll Have To Kill Me…
3 Essentials To Enlightenment
Taking Or Giving?
It’s Not What You Do
Why Me?
Learning Friendship..
The Secret Of Internal Power

Interviews & People
Steve Arneil Kyokushinkai Legend
Wado Ryu Training In The ’60’s
Toru Takamizawa
Julian Dale – Eagle Claw
Dave Rubens – Aikido and Security
Yoshinobu Ohta Interview 2003
Mick Randall MBE Interview 2003
Mick Billman Interview 2003
Mick Gooch Interview 2003
Peter Spanton Interview 2003
Dave Hazard Interview 2003
Dave Courtney Interview 2010
Doug James Interview 2003
Jim Uglow Interview 2001 – Chap Sau
Ray Fuller Interview 2003
Mick Nursey Interview 2003

Talks With Dennis Jones
Giri
Dennis Jones Interview

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