Today is a sad day...I found out that on Friday there was a kid at the school who stepped on my cousin's shoes...literally. Not to mention that this
kid was mentally handicapped. My cousin, in all his grand knowledge, decided he would get up out of his chair, go over to the handicapped child, and
shove him backwards as hard as he could. This was exactly why I was wanting to teach him so that he would not travel down that path and have the
knowledge that sometimes it really is an accident and often not even worth the time. However, the rules were simple, and he broke them...not to
mention my aunt said that he could no longer train.
So now I have no students. I have thought about starting to teach to the public, but this is something I have yet to decide on especially with what
@ CavemanDD - No problem
Breaking bricks is easy...it's the ability to affect something without even touching it that is the hard part. It is often harder to understand the
physics behind what is real and what is a show.
Like I said previously, stacking bricks with no spacers uses momentum to break the bricks, and often not all of them...usually one or two at the
bottom of the stack. Spacers help keep the initial momentum from the top brick reaching through to the rest of them. Most people will work with
pennies as spacers then work thier way up to 1/4" - 1/2" pieces of wood in between. However, often you will see guys hitting a stack with all thier
might in order to break anything.
My father showed me the trick with stacking 10 bricks atop one another with no spacers...first he broke a set, then I did. It was easy. However, it
took me forever to figure out what he was doing when he was able to break a stack of 20 with 1/2" spacers in between with hardly any effort. I tried
it for years. I guess he waited for me to quit asking him about it before he decided to explain in his best words.
Now, with my statement about affecting something without touching it...there yet is another trick. You probably know that there are pressure points
all over the body. You can take a piece of paper 2" by 3" and fold it long ways. Then open it up to a 90 degree angle and stand it up, inside
facing you. You can then take your index and middle fingers and touch pressure points on your face, then point on the inside center of the paper and
watch it fall over. It may take a few tries, but with some time you should be able to knock it down...doing it too much will give you a bad headache.
Moving in on the paper fast will knock it down anyways because of the wind...so try moving in slow on it. I cannot explain this better, nor the
stuff that makes this happen...showing someone will probably be met with "you're blowing it down". I believe this is done with nerves, but I am
Now to understanding how the energy works so that you can do this without touching the points on your face, and just forcing the energy through your
fingers, is a bit more difficult...it takes a lot of visualization and breathing. This is where it is good to know how to meditate. So now you know
what you want to do...knock down the paper. But that is all you can know...clearing your mind of everything else...not thinking about baby's momma,
or whats for dinner will help out a lot. Then you have to visualize the energy and wind in and around your body coming together as one...flowing in
your nose, moving through your stomache, back up and out your mouth, down the front and sides of your body, around and up the back coming over your
head back in your nose. There are a lot of 2-D diagrams of this, but this is a 3-D fundamental that needs to be understood.
Then, no more visualization, no thinking, just doing...you have to push the now combined energy/wind through your fingers that are going to knock down
the paper. Sometimes this can be a very lenghty process, and sometimes it will not work at all if there is too much stressful stuff you are currently
dealing with and cannot get out of your presence.
That in a nutshell (a long nutshell) is the best way I can explain right now. It is similar to the way I was first introduced to how Chi can work,
but not exactly what it is...that took a few more years, but is well worth the research.
But all of that is just some semi-psudo explanation that does not really pertain to the martial arts...this is where it takes years of understanding
the pressure points on the human body. In an altercation, you must know the location of your opponents pressure points. You must be able to move
quickly, block effectively, and strike fast so as to put him down long enough to get away. Often it is nearly impossible to hit a pressure point the
size of a pellet with all that is going on...this is where the years of practicing come into play, and more often than not it is better to have
someone to train with. Now keeping all this in mind, do all of this while moving the wind-energy through your fingers to the point you wish to
affect. This is where all the years of meditation come in handy as a way to quicky be able to let everything go and not let your nerves or adrenaline
get the best of you.
A lot to take in? Not really...it just takes understanding what they are going to do to you, and that you want to get away...nothing else. You
don't want to strike and keep beating someone, your main purpose is to get away. In all actuality there is nothing to prove. I have noticed that
often younger people will not be able to control the adrenaline running through thier body at the time of an altercation, then not understand why
everything they have been practicing for years does not work...most of the time they move on because they are disappointed.
I hope this helps understand how I apply Chi to the martial arts. But others may take a different approach to the entire aspect. This was really how
I was trying to explain things to my cousin. He's 14 and I guess not mentally mature enough to understand...now with what happened, he never will
be. Sorry for the lengthy reply, but I could not find anything to edit out to make it shorter