And a happy, hot, muggy work out to you.
I remember working out way back in the seventies.
San Jose dripping with sweat.
The gi became utterly and totally soaked.
Now here’s the odd thing.
It didn’t smell.
I don’t mean to gross you out here,
talking about body odor,
but there’s an interesting phenomena here,
and I want to explain it.
when I was doing Kenpo…
the karate gi smelled.
I would work out,
and it would need heavy washing and drying.
there was an odor that built up over a year.
Then I went to the Kang Duk Won,
and the gi stopped smelling.
I was working harder,
and this was the time I would work out
and the gi would be as if dipped in a pool of water,
dripping with my perspiration.
But it stopped smelling!
Now how could that be?
I didn’t have the time nor funds
to explore the odor saturation points
of a Karate uniform.
So I just kept working out.
A decade or two later,
(time flies when you’re having fun!)
I was working out in Los Angeles,
and I was doing Pa Kua Chang.
And my perspiration was silvery.
I would look at my arm,
but silver water.
It was absolutely fascinating.
I don’t sweat much.
I sweat a little,
I don’t work as hard.
My body is not tense,
I don’t use the muscles,
I use energy,
and that is the trick.
When you are first starting the martial arts
you think it is all muscle.
You pump iron
and cross train
and do body weight calisthenics,
and you work hard!
After a while,
the muscles are in tune
and the body is doing what it is supposed to,
and you’re getting a little older,
and you figure out the easier way of doing things.
You use energy.
what does it take to use energy?
The less effort you do
the more energy you have.
Isn’t that an interesting equation?
< e = + E
If you read the old Taoist texts
you’ll come across this phenomena.
My favorite saying
is from the Tao.
until nothing is left undone.’
Can you see how Laotse is talking about energy?
Use less energy,
and less energy,
until you are using no energy.
it was a mystery
until I had plumbed it,
done enough martial arts,
but now I am what he is talking about.
It’s worse than old age,
and quite a bit better.
to go on,
when I put out that candle
on the Matrixing Chi page,
how much energy do you think I am using?
I am actually using less energy
than I have used
for anything in my life.
I use the motions of the body,
to stir the energy,
but I use the mind
to project it.
I wrote all about this procedure
in Matrixing Chi,
and I threw in the Candle book
to help out.
I wanted to make sure that everybody knew that it was easy.
That they would get it.
Projecting Chi is the easiest thing I have ever done,
but I had to go through a lot of sweat and discipline
to still my mind,
so that I could actually project a thought.
here’s the link…
have a GREAT fourth of July!
Extra work outs all around!
And don’t forgot to hoist a suds
(or soda if you’re under age)
and the ability to be the best you
that ever practiced a Martial Art!