Have you practiced your Chi Ball today?

Here’s a little bok fu philosophy for your tuesday! it’s a section of the writing we discussed on saturday morning at the instructor class.

“Learn to recognize your strengths and weaknesses.  Embrace them both with equal fervor and honesty. Courage is facing your weakness and knowing that it will not be pleasant to do so.  To be human is to have frailties. To be brave is to go on in spite of them, to recognize them within ourselves and face them with true Richard lee black belt honesty.  Honesty takes courage and to be courageous, you must first be honest with yourself. Going for your black belt and a world championship will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion. Learn to recognize the fear, frustration and insecurity you may feel along the way as simply the awakening of your chi.  Understand that emotion is what gives your chi force. Well directed, it can lead you to power sources that will simply amaze your body. But you must learn to control it, harness it, and only then is it yours to direct.

Accepting and understanding that we have a weakness gives us the power to overcome it.  Denying it gives it the power to overcome us, usually at the worst possible time. Grappling the hardships that threaten to overwhelm us with honesty and courage will award us heightened capability and a new found strength of will.  It forges our character, sometimes through the very fires of hell, to greater capacities and inevitably new enlightenment. It brings us to a new awareness of ourselves, a true understanding of who and what we are. The clouds of doubt will suddenly clear and reveal before you a clear sky of limitless possibilities.  The great weight of hidden truths is lifted from your back and freed you from the bog of illusion.

To do this, you must fully concentrate all of your energies on the process.  Learn to fall in love with the process and it will free you of self made limitations.  Simply give it your all, all of the time and it will clear all the obstacles from your path.

Think of it this way.  If you’re going through a workout, don’t think about the finish.  Discipline (and i mean really discipline) yourself to stay focused on the moment at hand.  If you are looking at the finish line you’ll miss the roses along the way. Totally, without any shadow of a doubt, commit yourself to the process.  Immerse yourself in it. The process is what develops us into world class athletes and true Richard lee black belts. Focus your mind like a laser and you will gain the sharpness of true purpose.  When we totally commit ourselves to something, we give ourselves over to the success of its completion. “

Thanks to Ms. Malone and Mr. Hodge for the heads up on this hilarious video! thoughts?


Warm Up:

2 times:

5 techniques in your belt tai ji style

5 forward snap kicks, 5 rear kicks, 5 wheel kicks each leg

Drop stance/ hardbow/ crane up and down mat

Straight leg kicks up and down mat

Inchworms up and down mat

Broad Jumps up and down mat


1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Handstand Pushups

10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10 V Ups

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Box Jumps

Warm Down:

5 minutes belt stretching