Archives for August 2012

If you think that a kiss…

“If you think that a kiss is all in the lips c’mon,
you got it all wrong, man.” – Jack White.

And if you think that a punch is all in the hips,

…Oh Well…

then do the twist.

Most martial artists just do the twist over and over.

Dancing to same old song.

Only it looks a little different now,

With those creaking knees and aching hips, it
just ain’t what it used to be.

Didn’t their momma ever tell them that it’s
what’s on the inside that counts?

 – The alignments,
 – the body states,
 – the yi and the chi.

I don’t see too many of the old Internal masters

They just keep getting better and better, while
looking about half their age.

Because ultimately a kiss…

 …a dance…  ..your ‘age’..

even a punch.. all in your head.

Your ability to direct your intention, and the
internal skill to make that intent a reality.

That’s what counts.

So, don’t do the twist anymore.

Develop your intention & your internal skill with
our Internal Power training:

…and then go use it to impress your friends.

Because friends don’t let friends do the twist.

Bamboo Art.

Bend like a piece of bamboo.

You give way only a little while at the same time loading a powerful spring that adds a lot of power.

Relaxation is required,

…but the body is not soft.

To someone striking you it feels hard like a piece of bamboo.

Be careful.

It’s very easy to injure your partner while training this method.

We had to spend one extra day filming (last friday) to finish up the Xing Yi program. The Bamboo Art is just one of the internal principles we got to work on in depth.

Now that filming is done I’ve started going through all the footage to get everything ready for you.

The course will start in October or November.

I’ll have more details for you next month.

Until then the Internal Iron Body video will give you a head start on your internal development.

It’s more on the Qigong / Neigong side of things. It doesn’t emphasis the combative aspects like our Xing Yi program does.

(The Xing Yi course is all fighting all the time)

However the energy and body state you build will enhance everything we’re doing the in Xing Yi program.

And it’ll put you a step ahead of the folks who haven’t trained it.

Take Care,
Ben Sterling

Squish like grape…

“Walk on the road
walk right side, safe
walk left side, safe
Walk middle, sooner or later
get squished just like grape.” – Mr. Miyagi

It’s true for Self defense.

  • Walk right side: End the situation without any violence 
  • Walk left side: Destroy the threat. 
  • Walk middle: You either use more force than is justified by the situation and end up in deep legal and moral trouble or you don’t use enough force and get killed. 
It’s true for distance. 
  • Walk right side: The attackers cannot reach you. 
  • Walk left side: You are so close the attacker is overwhelmed. 
  • Walk middle: You are in hamburger range and that is what you become. 

(good positioning and timing skills can make you appear to walk in the middle when in reality you are walking on both the left and right sides of the road)

It’s true for internal body states like Heavy & Light 

  • Walk right side: You are so heavy and solid the attacker will break their fist if the strike you. 
  • Walk left side: You are so elusive the attacker feels like they are punching the air. 
  • Walk middle: Your solid enough to be hit and soft enough to take the damage. 

(Heavy and Light can be combined. The key is to be extremely heavy and extremely light at the same time. Not to be somewhere in the middle.)

“Do or Do Not”

“The red pill or the blue one”

You’ll see these extremes throughout our programs.

Learn how the all or nothing approach to self defense can keep you not only physically safe but legally and morally safe as well: 

Take Care,
Ben Sterling

P.S. The workshop with Willem (Uncle Bill) DeThouars is only 4 days away!

I know why you’re here…

I know what you’ve been doing.

Why you live alone and why night after night you practice Kata & Form.

You’re looking for it.

I know because I was once looking for the same thing…

[I just watched The Matrix for the first time since I began studying Xing Yi. I now think everybody should learn a little Xing Yi just so they can watch The Matrix again with new eyes.

Neo at the beginning of the movie reminds me of myself and all those external martial artists out there trapped in a matrix of rote technique and kata.

…and then one day you begin to wonder, to question…]

It’s the question that drives us.

It’s the question that brought you here.

You know the question just as I did.

“What is the Internal? How do I use it?”

The answer is out there,

It’s looking for you…

…And it will find you if you want it to.

Xing Yi Updates

You missed a great workshop last weekend. (Jul 20, 21 & 22)

(in my completely biased but still accurate opinion.)

We were scheduled for 10 – 7 or later each day so we ended up with:

Fri:   10:30 – 7:30
Sat:  10:30 – 11:30
Sun: 11:00 – 9:30

When you take out time for lunch we spend just under 30 hrs working on Xing Yi.

11 of those hours ended up film.

And none of that is form or standing practice…

Just how to fight with the 5 Elements. Both the external movement and usage and the internal principles that make Xing Yi such a devastating fighting method.

We didn’t quite finish though.

We’ve got to get in one more day of filming and then I’ll start getting this footage ready for you guys.

It’ll be ready in Oct or Nov.

But if you can’t wait, head on over to amazon and get this video:

Take Care,
Ben Sterling

P.S. Willem (Uncle Bill) Dethouars will be in Maryville TN on Aug 11 & 12. Email me for workshop details. 

Don’t miss this workshop. Uncle Bill has over 60 years of experience in Chinese Kun Tao, Indonesian Silat & the internal arts (Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Pa Kua.)