Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wednesday Practice @ Paul's

 

        I shot this with my phone camera. Paul stretching out his back and hamstrings after our walk.

The Details:

It was 68 at the house. The sunrise was at 5:27. I was scheduled to be at Paul's in Hatfield at 10


The Practice:

I did a short round of The 10+ followed by a Round of Taiji (right side) in the driveway before I left for Hatfield.

After getting gas I drove down to Hatfield. When I got there I asked Paul what was working the best for him in his opinion. The answer is walking, especially walking outside.

Paul put on good shoes and we did a 30-40 minute walk outside. I was flabbergasted that he could walk that far and for that long.....Fabulous. His gate had a nice long stride with good heel/toe roll. He did get tired by the end. It was pretty hot and humid too so that would be expected. The last time I saw Paul he was only able to walk for a few minutes....So big improvement! Yay!!

We didn't end up doing much more than a nice long walk outside and a little stretching...It's all good!

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Tuesday Practice @ The Studio



The Details:

It's 70 at the house. It's forecast to be another scorcher. The sunrise was at 5:27.

I'm going into The Studio to teach the 8-9:30 am Taiji and Qigong class this morning.


The Practice:

I went in to The Studio and had a nice group show up; Jack, Nancy, Read, Pat, Wes, and Janee. 

I started out with a review of last weeks lesson; Refine each and every technique / posture 

- Holding Static Postures and going through the regular process in all Standing practices.

- Repeating individual postures on both sides in a row.

- Working the same material (Brush Knee And Twist Step) with a partner

- Use the reworked, refined technique in a Form

Master Liang would liken the practice of Taiji to the transforming that occurs when changing pig iron, into spring steel, by repeatedly heating, pounding, and cooling. 

I also talked about using neutral postures (throughout) that are able to transform energy through alignment and slightly stretched connective tissue

Bone up, muscle down

  

Monday, July 15, 2024

Join me at The Studio Tuesday 7/16/24 from 8-9:30 for Taiji and Qigong Class!


      I shot this with my phone camera with a Bluetooth trigger. Using a steel Jian to cultivate Yang energy.


Join me at: 

The Studio 

Tuesday 7/16/24 

from 

8-9:30 am

for 

Taiji and Qigong Class

with

Sifu J. R. Roy

Monday Practice

 

I shot this image with my phone camera looking north at my main practice spot. Big Greenie to the left and my main Bagua Zhang tree to the right.

The Details:

It's 68 at the house. The sunrise was at 5:26. It's forecast to be another heat wave this week. Oy!


The Practice:

I practiced in my main practice area this morning.

I started with a full round of The 10+ tuned into transformation.

Next I did a Round of Taiji (left side) tuned into "In Every Movement My Entire Body Is Light and Agile" and "Swimming In Air". Observing from a third party perspective and cautious not to overthink.

Next I did a round of Anyo Walo tuned into the quality and extension of my techniques.

Next I did a round of Sanchin Kata tuned into connecting my Breath, Tan T'ien (Hara) and the strikes.

I finished with a Healing Qigong.


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Sunday Practice with Jeff

 


The Details:

It's 67 at the house, a little cooler and less humid to start the day. The sunrise was at 5:25. I've got a 10-noon session with Jeff this morning.


The Practice:

I started with video taping the introduction (the sunrise) and the first couple of discreet techniques from Wuji Hundun Qigong. I did #1 (eye's looking at thumbs) and #2 Roll the Ball toward you and #3 Roll the Ball in a figure 8 in both directions and the ending to the Qigong  (the setting sun)  

Next I did a Round of Taiji (right side) in my main practice spot tuned into the health aspect of consistent practice.

When Jeff showed up we started with questions. One of the things that we discussed is the balance between the health aspect of training and martial skill and the characteristics of skill development and health.

We started with Golden Rooster Stands On One Leg 1) Maintain balance as you switch legs. 2) Don't require a lengthy set up to regain balance.

More on Martial Skill - Most drills are cooperative - Skill needs to be evaluated - It must be able to do ____ on both sides even if the skill is not even. It's better to go slowly and softly with a smile (playfully) 

Self-Defense demands the element of surprise. Sequences and entry level skill training does not employ the element of surprise. Surprise can be a timing change, an angle change a different technique altogether. As long as the opponent does not know what technique, angle or when it will happen; watch the birdie!

The first stage in a Form or Drill is the sequence...Once the sequence is set on the first side (usually the right) then it's important to transfer the skill (of the sequence) to the second side (usually the left). 

After the sequence stage is mastered then the skill acquisition can begin. The more sophisticated skills take a longer time to develop. The secret is simply practice 'it' as daily as possible. Consistency is more important than intensity, across the board. 

The proper sequence is essential at the beginning and then again as your practice matures and as you age. Sequence is important in old age (70+)



Saturday, July 13, 2024

Saturday Practice

                 I shot this image with my phone camera looking east towards my Bagua Zhang poles.
 The Details:

It was 74 at the house. The sunrise was at 5:25

The Practice:

I practiced in my main practice spot. 

I started with a round of Yin Fu Bagua Zhang 8 Linking Palms around my main Bagua Zhang tree.

Next I did a full round of The 10+ tuned into the health benefits.

Next I did a Round of Taiji tuned into developing a profound connection to nature qi. I achieved a profound connection to individual trees and the forest all around me. 

Next I did a round of Anyo Pito tuned into the sequence at the beginning flushing out the use of kick/punch or just punch. I continued to process the sequence of this Anyo.

Next I did a round of Sunsu Kata tuned into the sequence and use of finger strikes.

I finished with a Healing Qigong. 


Friday, July 12, 2024

Friday Practice - Guitar lesson with Shubal


 Shot this one with my phone camera of Guilia and Echo in the dinning/living room last season.


The Details:

It's 65 at the house. The sunrise was at 5:24.


The Practice:

I started by making spaghetti sauce before it got too hot.

Next I had a 8-9 am Zoom call with Jeff.

Next I grabbed a quick Round of Taiji (right side) before I headed off for a guitar lesson with Shubal at 10:30-noon. I practiced in the dinning/living room area in the house facing the view to the south down Beaver Meadow.

Next I drove to Shubals in Colrain for a lesson on finger picking style of guitar. Fabulous!!

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Thursday Practice


 The Details:

It was 74 at the house. It's forecast to be super hot and humid again today. The sunrise was at 5:23.


The Practice:

I've scheduled a private lesson with Malcolm at 9. 

After I got everything prepared for the lesson with Malcolm I went out into my main practice area and did a Round (right side) focused on quality basics and solid postures and stance work.

After Malcolm arrived we up to the main practice area and started with Modern Arnis Cane Warm Ups.

I talked about:

Common Denominators 

A) Stance Work

    a) facing or angled

    b) weight distribution

    c) Set Point

    d) hip rotations & rear foot alignment (slide up)

Parameters of training; Like a road, easy in the middle, more difficult on the right or left. Train ALL of it. Do Not Neglect the tough parts. (discipline) 


2 Stick Twirling

add Fluid Attack

Stay with each technique longer

Do more single Cane twirling on both sides. Focus on switching sides and pay attention to the left arm techniques.

In Double Zero don't neglect the bottom zero.

Do Stick Anyo's on both sides

In Standing pay attention to hip position and releasing the lower back (ming men point)

Tune into abdominal breathing

American Karate Kata:

There's a tendency to splice techniques; End one then do the next one, all the way to the end. Watch out for splicing techniques together. Like writing a book; Pose for a photo at the end of each and every technique.

Fists need to be hard to be effective

Conclude all techniques

                                          Perfection is not a thing. 


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wednesday Practice

 

The Details:

It was 71 at the house, it's forecast to be another hot one. Johan and Dave are still working on installing the Trex decking. The sunrise was at 5:22.


The Practice:

I started in the driveway with a full Cane Warm Up with my Dragon Canes.

Next I did a round of the 4 Modern Arnis Cane Anyo on both the right and left sides. I tuned into correct sequence and skill development.

Next I did a round of Taiji Dao using Master Liang's broadsword. I tuned into the sequence and timing of stance work and sword strikes.

Next I did Level Push repeatedly on the left side. (Single Movement Practice) 


Next I moved to my main practice spot and did a round of Cheng T'ing Hwa Bagua Zhang 8 Animal Set on both sides.

Next I did a Round of Taiji (left side) tuned into embodying the Taiji Principles described in The Taiji Classics.

Next I did a Standing Session with a Healing Qigong at the end.

Next I did a round of Anyo Apat focused on applications

Next I did a round of Kusanku Kata focused on agility and health.



Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Tuesday Practice @ The Studio

 

Hall of Happiness - I have this posted up on a cork board just inside The Studio main door. 

The Details:
Slightly cooler today at 62. The sunrise was at 5:21.


The Practice: 
I went into The Studio this morning to teach the 8-9:30 am Taiji and Qigong class.
I had a couple of folks tell me they couldn't attend. Read, Janee and Lucy did show up for class at 8.

I started with writing on the board "Refining" then a list of how to refine 1) Holding Postures (same sequence as any Standing practice 2) Repeating single postures on both sides (working on specifics) 3) Partner Training (to acquire skill and know how to apply the technique.)  4) Use the technique in Form practice.
We used Brush Knee and Twist Step to do the 'Refining' exercise.

I also talked about balancing Yin/Yang and discerning the Yin/Yang's of it all. 

Next I did a modified version The 10+ tuned into the correct amount of stretch to engage the connective tissues

Next we did a Round with Part I on the left side and Parts II & III on the right. Tuned into the embodiment of the Taiji Principles and overall refinement of each posture

Next a short Standing and a Healing Qigong.


After class I did a round of Taiji Jian. I vocalized the names of the postures as we did them.

Next we did Lazy D on the left side tuned into the stance work and the tip of the sword.

Note:
I had to go to West Springfield for an eye exam with Dr. Spatcher. Long way to go....but it's done and everything looks good.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Monday Practice


         Standing practice at New Smyrna Beach last season. I'm missing sunrise practices by the sea.


The Details:

It's 62 at the house. The sunrise was at 5:21. It's forecast to be super hot again but the house is a cool 68 first thing this morning. Johan and Dave started The Deck this morning. Yay! We put the awning out but the heat is going to be an issue! It's forecast to be in the 90's this afternoon. Yikes!!


The Practice:

I practiced in the dinning/living room space downstairs so that I could stay with Echo. The guys are making a racket on the deck with power saws and hammering. Echo is on high alert and needs comforting....so....

I started with a full round of The 10+ tuned into strengthening and lengthening and the health benefit from daily practice. I've been skimping on these while I was traveling in Europe, especially on the days of air and bus travel. So I've been disciplining myself to do a Full round of these Qigong exercises. I realize how important they are to my longevity and agility.

Next I did a Round (left side) tuned into embodying Taiji Classic principles throughout the Round.

Next I did a round of Wuji Hundun Qigong using the introduction (sun rising) and The Teacup series.

Next I did a round of Anyo Lima tuned into agility and quality stance work.

Next I did a round of Chinto Kata tuned into agility and full extension on kicks and punches.

I finished with a Healing Qigong.

 



Sunday, July 7, 2024

Sunday Practice


 I practiced on The Stone Patio in front of The Barn this morning. 


The Details:

It was 68 here at the house at 6:30 this morning. The sunrise was at 5:20. It's forecast to be super hot again today. Yesterday was very uncomfortable in the living room. Today we put a little air conditioner in the living room window. We're still waiting on parts for the free standing air conditioner that vents out that same window.


The Practice:

It's uncomfortably warm and humid again this morning. This is a serious heat wave that is predicted to last a few more days. Ugh!

The rain last night helped a little and I figured practicing mid morning was going to be better than yesterday's practice in the early afternoon. That was unpleasant, especially when I'm not feeling well. 

I started with a full round of The 10+ I continue to reflect on what and how I'm going to teach the upcoming seminar on these marvelous exercise/qigong in two weeks on Sunday July 21st.

Next I did a Round of Taiji (right side) tuned into agility, stability and release.

Next I did a round of The 21 tuned into Hun/Haah breathing and opening the channels.

Next I did a round of Anyo Apat tuned into applications agility.

Next I did a round of Wansu Kata tuned into the timing of strikes and stance work.

I finished with a Healing Qigong

Next I did a round of Wansu Kata tuned into the timing of strikes and stance work.



Saturday, July 6, 2024

Saturday Practice

 


I walked around the back field looking for a cool (ish) spot to practice. I shot this with my phone camera looking west across The Stone Wall. I practiced in the little level spot just to the west of this opening in The Wall. It's the first time I've practiced here. I have so many wonderful practice spots here in Leyden. With gratitude and appreciation!

The Details:

It was 72 this morning, rainy and humid. The sunrise was at 5:19. I'm still sick, although the antibiotics are starting to kick in. Oy!


The Practice:

It's super hot and humid out and I'm still feeling like crap. Feeling very fatigued and no juice, but I'm going to go out and find a cool place to practice. I'm going to take a walk around the property to warm up. Another day of 'getting it in' I guess....Ugh!

It's super hot and muggy and I'm not feeling well....Great combination! NOT!

I stumbled on this shady, cool (ish) spot just west of The Stone Wall. There was also a nice breeze coming in from the south. I was as comfortable as I could be, all things considered.

I started with a walk then after I found The Spot I did a short version of The 10+. I'm starting to consider the timing of these for the upcoming Seminar I'm offering on The 10+ later this month. (Sunday July 21st 9-12)

Next I did a Round of Taiji (left side) tuned into 1. Staying on the left side 2. Maintaining the correct sequence 3. Monitoring The Taiji Principles described in The Taiji Classics.

I was out of gas and a sweaty mess and I needed water, so after a short Standing session focused on Ting/Song I ended with a Healing Qigong as I was returning to the house.

A little writing and a rest is in order.

Thanks for bearing with me through this illness.....These foreign bugs are persistent and difficult to shake. Oy!

email Sifu Roy


Friday, July 5, 2024

Friday Practice

 

I shot this image with my phone camera of my practice spot out by The Garden.

The Details:

It was 71 and humid this morning. Sunrise was at 5:19. I'm still sick with Le Crud Francais'


The Practice:

I started with a walk around the property as a warm up. 

Next I went out to the garden practice spot (above) and did a modified round of The 10+ (still not feeling well).

Next I did a Round of Taiji (right side) tuned into consistency and the health benefit of daily practice