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Foo

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About Foo

  • Rank
    Rebel
  • Birthday 11/04/1982

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  • Location
    USA
  • Class
    druid
  1. Foo

    Foo and the Crane

    A final photo. From left to right: Quentin (who did 2000 BW Squats in one set). Started training with Dr. Yang when he was 14. Is 18 now. Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming (Shifu) Nikki: Guy who handles all the non-training stuff, such as driving to airport and picking me up. Foo: Me (Joe) Piper: True minimalist, who's lives the last 3 years in a tent to learn from Dr. Yang....also, possibly the Monkey King. I realize that this session is over, this challenge is done. I'm not sure if I'll start another or not. This was a great month, and I am
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    Foo and the Crane

    People #3 & 4: Frank, and John John (the Taiwanese guy in today's photo) was only there for a short time. I almost never saw him, but when I did...we spent the entire time sharing "totally useless superpowers" with each other. Nice dude, and I'm pretty sure he was Michelle's husband, but I didn't ask. Frank (the guy in the hoodie) was one of the few students who'd studied under Dr. Yang for as long as he had (somewhere around 10 years). His Tai Chi was awesome. In this photo, he's demonstrating 'stealing jin' which is a pretty hard thing to time corr
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    Foo and the Crane

    Person #2: Michelle "The Crane Herself." The first time talking to Michelle, she was discussing having a conversation with a martial arts choreographer about how the fight was not right in the movie, and that she'd like to help him fix parts of since she'd be doing the stunt work. As it turns out, Michelle had been training in White Crane & Changquan since she was much younger. I'd never seen anyone actually fight with the kind of artistry of form that she used. One of the other things that I really admired about her was her dedication to making Chin-na (submission locks, j
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    Foo and the Crane

    Person #1: "Shaolin" Bob Bob's introduction to me was in the form of a home-made energy bar made from dried fruit and lentils. You see, Bob was a Buddhist-ish vegetarian who had reached a spot in his life where he was ready to open a school of his own, BUT before he did so, Shaolin Bob wanted to make sure he had something worthwhile to add to the arts....so he did what any totally insane person would, and took 2 years to travel the world and meet masters from all sorts of arts, including going to China to study @ Shaolin. Bob was a hard-stylist, like...hardest of the
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    Foo and the Crane

    Foo: "I have a few more questions. I notice you flare your wings a lot for what appears to be no reason, why is that?" Crane: "Its purpose is to identify all of those that I have taught to fly, as they will do it too. It is my signature." ======== Ok, yes I apparently took a few too many to the head. Sorry for the slow updates, but resting was in high order. Things seem to be back to normal now...or at least as normal as my life ever is. So, where to start? How about the schedule? :5am-awake, 5:30am-tea (mint from garden), 6:00am-meditation, 7:0
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    Foo and the Crane

    Skipping Tale for now: Well, the short and long of it was that it was one of the hardest weeks of training that I could imagine. I learned a great deal, but it was steady and consistent work for any of each day that wasn't being spent sleeping or eating. Regular, very-hard contact, sparring matches were a regular happening. That being said, upon getting back, I've had to spend some time with a physician to try to figure out why I've been light headed and actually passed out the other day. The current running assumption is extended dehydration, but it could also be a contusi
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    Foo and the Crane

    Am back, will follow up later.
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    Foo and the Crane

    Foo: "Well then, sir, perhaps you can answer a simple question from me." Crane: "Certainly." Foo: "How is it that you can stand on one leg, in a great wind?" Crane: "I simply avoid falling." =========== Well guys, this may be last post for a while. I'm flying out in 2 days, and it's been a very busy time recently. Still, I will hopefully keep everyone updated on my challenge this month when I return.
  9. Following along, hoping to gather crumbs of awesomeness.
  10. Welcome to the druids. I have no suggestions for how to achieve your goals beyond do the things that you've mentioned. So, the best way to: Journal daily - Is to write in your journal every day. Meditate daily - Is to meditate, every day. Maybe try out guided, unguided, standing, nidras, zazen. Yoga daily - Take every day to try out some variation of yoga. Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Hatha. 2L of Water - Seems like drinking two liters of water a day will accomplish this. Divide your larger goals into smaller subsections that work around your l
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    Foo and the Crane

    Foo: "Perhaps I can get you a cup of tea?" Crane: "Don't be absurd, I would not drink it. When have you ever seen a crane drink tea? It's unnatural." ======== One of the points I must always remind myself of is to limit how hard I push so that I can endure. I currently have a very sore spot right past the back of my neck, and next to my right shoulderblade. This is from trying to push my "scorpion pose" (vrschikasana) a bit too much yesterday, and I guess I was pulling my head back too far. It's not bad, only a mild annoyance, and perhaps a really good reminder to
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    Foo and the Crane

    Of course you may, and I thank you for it. I especially appreciate the Oogway quote. @Sunmage I appreciate the return welcomes.
  13. A late response, but a Roguelike Challenge is the coolest of themes. Following along, because I have a scroll of "Follow Snarks" burning a hole in my inventory.
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    Foo and the Crane

    Foo: "So, to what great honor do I owe this visit from you....Mr. Crane?" Crane: "The wind, for it lifted me to this place." ====== What do I even write here anymore? I sometimes struggle with wanting to eat some greasy pizza or have a few beers, but being only 2 weeks out from a visit with sifu Yang, my focus won't waver. The challenging part isn't right now, when you're doing the last minute push for something, but rather 6 months ago. The man who can keep up a rigorous pace when there is no real reason to do so is the one that I am most in awe of.
  15. That forward fold and janushirasana are really deep for the length of your practice. Very nice, and glad to have been able to follow your progress this challenge.
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