Subtle Energy

February 2nd, 2010

Sat, 27 Oct 2007 21:51:56

by Richard Conceicao

Hello Everyone

Having received complaints in the past about attending workshops and not mentioning what occurred in them; I am going to give a brief description of what was covered in today’s Ian Waite ( http://www.go2ianwaite.com/home.html seminar.  J.S. Please feel free to add to this with anything that seemed important to you.

We started off with a series of rolling stretches to build spinal flexibility. These were developed by the Russians for their Olympic teams and Special Forces. They include letting the body breathe naturally, something especially useful for grappling. Read the rest of this entry »

Gleanings and Reminders

February 2nd, 2010

06/02/2005 10:41:35 PM

by Richard Conceicao

Hello everyone!
I have just finished my second day at a martial arts seminar, and will be going on the rest of the weekend. Those of you who will be attending try and call me or catch me when you are there.

So far I have realized (once again) just how much I suck at this stuff, and how much I have to learn. What is even worse, how much practicing I will have to do to improve.

But there are some lessons that we keep returning to because they are core principles. Read the rest of this entry »

Large and Small

February 2nd, 2010

by Richard Conceicao

Much of what is practiced in karate stances and methodology today is a misunderstanding of what was presented in the past for teaching or conditioning purposes to the student. What are presented now was not the original concern i.e. fighting applications. Things have been changed for instructional (didactic) or, as stated before, aesthetic purposes.

This causes great confusion in modern times. It sometimes becomes very difficult to tease out what is being presented to you for the purposes of training your body to increase its strength or flexibility, or training your mind so that you know what enhanced stability, or weight shifting forward or backward feels like. Read the rest of this entry »

Graceful Ageing

February 2nd, 2010

Sun, 27 Jan 2008 18:11:24

Hello Everyone

http://www.cracked.com/article_15819_5-movie-martial-artists-that-lost-deathmatch-dignity.html

Any other suggestions? Who survived and did well? Is death necessary as a career move?
Richard

Young and Old

February 2nd, 2010

Sun, 27 Jan 2008 12:00:03

by Richard Conceicao

Hello Everyone

Happy New Year to you all. I am still alive and well, and quite amazed at how close I am to a retirement age. Does anyone remember when you were not supposed to not trust anyone over 30? Although everyone assures me that I am just “middle age”, after my next birthday rolls up quite soon, this will only make sense if I live to be 114. I don’t see that happening. Even if it did however, to quote Gershwin in Porgy and Bess–”but who’d call that livin when no gal would give in to no mans got 900 years”. Oh well. Read the rest of this entry »