The Value of Pan Gai Noon
Well, good whatever.
It’s easy to lose track of time,
you just sink yourself into a work out and
where did the time go.
Before we talk, I want to announce
Will completed studies on Pan Gai Noon.
I think he might be the first
Pan Gai Noon black belt
He’s been sending me videos for a while now,
and he made it look good on the videos.
So well done Will!
A word about the PGN.
Karate is my base art,
I collected a lot of systems over the years.
As I went through these systems
I began to understand certain things
about how Karate evolved.
I understood these things
not from people writing about them,
but from doing the forms myself,
and feeling the changes.
there were a lot of holes,
but Matrixing enables one to find
and fill up the holes in a martial art.
long ago I came across the saying,
that if you don’t know sanchin
you don’t know karate.
And it’s true.
Once I realized this I began to research sanchin.
I collected the various forms of it,
and I realized something:
Uechi Ryu sanchin is for dynamic tension.
Goju sanchin is for breathing.
Shotokan sanchin is for technique.
As you can see,
this represents how sanchin developed from China.
And I began to wonder,
what sanchin looked like in Pan Gai Noon.
But I couldn’t find much on it.
So I relied on matrixing principles,
and set the thing to concepts
which are in buddhist belief systems,
and I wasn’t doing sanchin as a karate form any longer.
Yes, there was still the pop and power,
but there was also flow and emptiness,
and this made the form different in a lot of ways,
opened my eyes to a lot of different concepts.
One of the things I realized
is that you don’t need people to pound on you
to make your form work.
You need gentle pressure
that will make the chi in your body respond.
Pounding doesn’t make the chi work,
it makes the muscles work.
But if you do body testing
the way I describe in
The Master’s Handbook,
then it is different,
and the form is different,
here’s something interesting,
the techniques become different,
and you start to see a logic of technique
that I haven’t see in any other art.
The techniques flow,
and there is a progression of technique
that is startlingly matrix-like.
So these old guys,
back in China,
had designed a system over the decades
that described a closed combat system
that had an inherently matrix-like
progression of techniques.
the student wouldn’t see it,
it’s hidden in the form.
But if you do it long enough,
then it sort of pops at you,
and you start doing the principles of the martial arts,
and not just the techniques.
So that is how I structured
my Pan Gai Noon.
to represent the principles,
to establish the more matrix-like
progression of techniques.
And I wrote about this
in a variety of places.
The Matrixing Chi book
uses Sanchin as the starting point
for developing chi.
I’ve also done a video course,
which is available as part of
‘Evolution of an Art,’
I think this is the only place
where I’ve recorded Sanseirui.
Then there is the book
‘Pan Gai Noon.’
I think it is based on the course book,
with a few things added.
there are lots of places
where I’ve touched upon the art,
written articles about it,
and so on.
Here is one of the best…
So there is a lot of things you can do
to examine my work,
and make up your own mind.
At any rate,
I do consider Sanchin,
and the other two forms,
seisan and sanseirui,
as extremely important.
if you’re interested,
I recommend the Evolution of an Art course,
it’s got three arts in it,
Pan Gai Noon, Kang Duk Won, Kwon Bup.
That’s three books,
and three sets of video tapes,
for the price of one course.
And the books on those courses,
are also in the books I’ve
put upon Amazon.
Here’s the link
that all said,
time to move on.
congrats to Will,
thanks for your hard work.
Yours is an amazing journey.
HAVE A GREAT WORK OUT!
Have a great Superbowl sunday!
And don’t forget to work out
after you pig out!