Internal Martial Arts

May
20

21 Day Bagua Challenge snapshot

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - May 20th, 2012

We practiced, learned and celebrated. Ritan has new qichang, thanks for the contribution

Apr
20

Neijia at Work

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - April 20th, 2012

Photos from the presentation for HP
Gongfu Leader
Martial Arts at Work

More about the practise from practitioners: http://small-steps-neijia.com/recommendations.php

Apr
14

21 Day Challenge

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - April 14th, 2012

Impressions by Lorraine

Today, the 5th day of the 21 day challenge, I practiced on my own by the hotel pool since I will be away from Beijing for the weekend.

I intuitively drew support and inspiration knowing that the rest of us were at that very moment practicing with me on the other side of the world in Ritan Park.

As my thighs burned and my legs quivered I could hear Liu Shifu’s voice “tail bone down, relax your shoulders”. It became more and more difficult to hold without being able to see the others shaking beside me. Then all I could hear in my mind was Liu Shifu saying “O-ver!”, over and over again even though it wasn’t yet time to release. My thighs burning, knees shaking. Then another voice came to me, in Dalida’s beautiful Serbian accent “it’s norrr-mal”.

Thanks for joining my practice in Bangkok!

Apr
8

Visit to Dong Hai Chuan’s Tomb

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - April 8th, 2012
Mar
19

10 Day Challenge

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - March 19th, 2012

Grace, Sabine, Flore, Loraine, Alexandra, Nataly, Alejandro and me practicing with Liu Shifu

Ritan Park, Beijing March 2012

Mar
15

10 Day Challenge – impressions

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - March 15th, 2012

contribution Alejandro Andrade

Day 6

Everyday is different, the lessons have many layers. Today’s practice challenged my imagination. Liu Shifu told me to feel needles pinching all my skin as I was doing one practice, not just the skin, but my whole body.
Velocity, readiness, stillness. Practice.
Bring it on.

Mar
13

10 Day Challenge

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - March 13th, 2012

contribution Alejandro Andrade

This morning I woke up with a three letters word in my mind. As I was coming back to the waking life, I could hear from the back of my brain: why? Why am I doing this 10 days challenge? Is it because is one of Shifu’s ideas? Is it because I want to prove to myself that I am capable of doing it? Do I want to probe it to the rest of the people? Do I want to get Gong Fu? In Neijia practice, I have been told not to ask why. During my educational years, I was constantly told to do just the opposite. If I wanted to drop this experience, right now I could do it. Why dont I quit? I don’t know. Am not supposed to ask why. Six more days to go.

Mar
11

Turtle and Snake

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - March 11th, 2012

Turtle Snake

Characters for Turtle and Snake representing Yang and Yin. If you look at them for a while they will start moving. Can you write the characters without lifting the brush?

 

Mar
11

10 Day Challenge

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - March 11th, 2012

Impressions from Alejandro Andrade, 6th Generation Bagua lineage about the detox practice we started yesterday: 6.30 to 8am, no smoking, no drinking and no eating after 6pm. Have you done anything similar?

It’s been two days and it feels like a week. Waking up at 6 AM has never been a problem for me, stop having my relaxing evening beers for sure will help my mid 30s years old belly and not eating after 6 PM will reduce the stress on my stomach. But stopping smoking… That’s never been easy. I have the feeling that time has expanded, and that I need to fill those holes during the day with more “productive” activities. Cleaning is always an option, writing about this experience can be extremely revealing and of course, studying Chinese, keeps my mind busy. However, temptations are everywhere.
What to do when your mind tells you that the only options to get over that moment is to have a cigarette?
What am doing now, is lying on the sofa, waiting for the answer to unfold itself.

Mar
11

90 Day Challenge – Day 28

Posted by Dalida Turkovic - March 11th, 2012

I started with 90 day challenge in practice exactly two months ago. I have stopped and started again 4 times and with a dose of regret I wonder how would it have felt like to announce that I practiced for 2 months already! Well, I can’t say that but I can proudly announce that Jelena V is going steady with her challenge into the second month while Emma M. counts over 60 days, approaching the completion of full 90 days of practice.

I am on the 28th day, passed the 7th and 21 day wall and am feeling in sync with the rhythm and flow of the practice. Actually, if I don’t do it now I feel like something is missing and my body starts feeling uncomfortable. Additionally we started a 10 day spring challenge, practice in the park. We practice from 6.30am until 8 under supervision of Liu Shifu but the challenge doesn’t end up there. For the next 8 days I hope I can endure with no smoking, no drinking and no eating after 6pm as part of the request for practice. I am looking forward to the next week of this detox challenge although secretly I wish I could cheat without feeling guilty and have that one cigarette…