With time various topics, most connected to the 'ancient ways,' will be covered. Some of these might be controversial in nature - you're most welcome to contribute.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Just Another Day ...

Listening to the soft rain,
classical music on a tin roof.

Excited call of the Moorhen,
large moths banging on the window.

Somewhere out there, in the soft rain,
a Wild Woman dancing the moonlight.

Reeds moving slowly in the wind,
cry of a fox .. the shout of a quail.

A night for love ... a good night to die,
both find their place ... light of the moon.

Ripples in the darkness of the water,
Yellowbelly going for the kill.

Tonight ... something will die ...,
... another will live one more day.

Music of the rain ... eye of the moon,
it's just another day ...

A True Hunter Kills with Understanding ... (3)

The acts of killing or being killed are very necessary in Nature, it provides the necessary ingredients for a top class gene pool.  Is there a Universal code for killing ...?

When we watch 'nature/wildlife' programs, we must remember that the 'ugly' bits are not shown ... this is the absolute truth.  A 'quick death' is always shown or the beginning of a 'slow death' is shown ... as not to upset the TV dinner.

I hope I settle the truth ... A lioness always tries to grab the nose, with the lower jaw ... this prevents the prey animal from breathing through the mouth and the nose.  The blood vessels destroyed in the nose area, upper and lower jaw, causes blood flow in the airways which slowly choke the prey animal to death.  More often than not, the lioness will hang on and the rest of the pride will dig in, while the animal is still alive.

African wild dogs will hunt in a pack and manoeuvre the prey animal in a certain pattern, so that some dogs can run and others rest.  They'll attack the belly and back legs of the prey animal ... ripping the stomach open so that the intestines drop out.  They'll start eating way before the animal is dead ...

I can go on and on ... you don't see this, because you watch TV and it's important that the audience don't loose their dinner ... or the ratings ...

What is most shocking is that the majority of meat eaters, who also happens to be 'animal lovers,' never ever see the reality ... not in Nature and not in the slaughter houses, never mind the lonely hunter who takes down a deer with a bow or the land owner who slaughters his own to feed his family.  THIS IS THE TRUTH ... have you done it ... hunted something fairly, bred something and then killed it to feed your family? Have you ever really walked alongside Nature and see what killing is about?  Have you ever had to defend you family or you nation ... take a life of another?

Doesn't matter if you only live on lettuce or eat chicken that comes in packets ... animals die, just to feed you ... either in flesh or manure/fertilizer ... this is the truth.

The way killing is conducted by humans ... which is different in various forms from the way Nature operates ... this is what is important.  Not the killing itself, but the way it is done ...

Is this much different from the way of war???  If you live in Lala Land, you might think that you'll never have to defend yourself, never have to kill.  The truth is, no matter where you are, in your Flatwhite 'safe' country ... you have Warriors out there who just do that ... they do that do keep your backside safe ...

There's an art and a respectfulness to killing, which has always been there ... but we forgot ... because we live in Lala Land ...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

When We Loose Someone Special ...

... we have an emptiness inside, as if a large part of our hearts and souls have been cut out with a sharp knife ... suddenly, the Emptiness ...

What we don't realise at the moment ... but only much later, is that the Emptiness is a gift from the one who has left us ... some just disappear and others have passed this life.

With the Emptiness comes something else ... the deep look within and also a different look at others.  We now see something in ourselves and in others, something very special ... this is the Gift those who left us behind, want us to see ...

The ones that passed this life do not want us to have Emptiness forever, they want us to see, really see and then fill the Emptiness with something better ... more understanding, more compassion and more wisdom.  The others that just disappeared or walked on, sometimes want us to suffer ... even this is good, because it forces us to look within and deeper within others.  This is the way we learn and understand ...

Someone special ... do they every leave us??  It might seem so, on the surface ... when we look deep within, they never do ... because they have always been there, but we were just very fortunate to cross paths with them ... on the outside ... this is how we remember ... and recognize them.

What we know ... and feel ... and remember, can only attract just that ... we are very fortunate in this short life to come across someone special.  If we loose such a person ... the Emptiness ... but that is a moment that will pass ... with time.  We will walk that path again, if we follow our hearts and souls ...

Energy is something that can't be created or destroyed ... so the scientists tell us.  That special Being is within you and will always be ... look deep inside ...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Drunken Duck ... Braised in Brandy & Green Ginger Wine

I don't use the slow cooker enough, but I'm very happy with today's result.  I used a home grown Indian Runner duck for this recipe ... the meat fell off the bone.  Any wild duck will do.
It is possible to cook this in a black pot, needs to go very, very slowly ...


Ingredients:

1 Kg duck, quartered
4 Tablespoons plain flour
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 Large onion, finely chopped
60 g sliced mushrooms
4 Tablespoons Brandy
4 Tablespoons Green Ginger Wine (or fortified wine)
Salt & pepper
Mixed herbs
Carrots & Sweet Potato

Dry duck quarters and rub with 2 tablespoons of flour.  Heat butter and oil in a frying pan... brown duck on all sides, remove and place in slow cooker.

Add onion and mushrooms to the frying pan ... sauté until golden brown.  Add half the brandy and half the fortified wine ... simmer for 2 minutes.  Add remaining flour and cook until well browned.

Slowly add a cup of water, stirring regularly.  Season and add mixed herbs ... spoon sauce over the duck in the slow cooker.  Cook for 5 hours on low.  

 After 3 hours, add the carrots and sweet potato ... add a pinch more of mixed herbs. Half and hour before serving, stir remaining fortified wine and brandy into the sauce.

I added a bit of fresh cucumber and tomato to keep the rabbit happy ...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A True Hunter Kills with Understanding ... (2)

We are genetically all hunter-gatherers, with the experience of close to 1.8 million years.  The vegetarian concept was born out of the agricultural stage, which is a very recent development in the history of mankind.

Every living creature on this planet, including us, are part of the food chain ... we live and we die.  It is only us who see ourselves now as superior ... anything making us part of their diet, part of the food chain, should be destroyed.  If we die, we hide in a wooden box six foot under the ground so that nothing can consume us.  We refuse to accept that we are part of the bigger picture, therefore we have separated ourselves from everything out there ... we the superior ...

'Killing' has a specific function in nature ... it 'pushes' the genes to outsmart and to survive, creating superb specimens.  Even here, the majority of us, have stepped out of the game - we pull our noses up, again we are superior to the same concept that made us what we are.  We are at a point now where we are genetically declining ... infertile, diseased from a young age, physically incapable of coping with the environment and very prone to all kinds of diseases ... weak immune systems.

The reason we love to watch the Olympics, is because watching superb athletes brings back memories of who we really are.  Scientific studies indicates that the average hunter-gatherer had the fitness and physique of an Olympic athlete today.  The remaining hunter-gatherers of today have incredible endurance and immune systems ... because they are still part of the bigger picture and not separated from it.  We love watching runners, especially those from Africa ... because they are still very much related to our hunter-gatherer ancestors at all levels.

This is how the 'killing'' concept works:

There are prey animals and predators and the ways the prey animals are being killed is not swift and painless.  In most cases prey animals are eaten while alive or ripped to pieces to die a slow and painful death.  This is actually the drive for the prey animal to be always alert, always fit, always fast ... the slower ones get taken out of the gene pool and the stronger ones survive and produce offspring with the superior genetic material ... a plus for the species.

This naturally causes the predator to suffer, their young can now slowly die of starvation or they themselves can weaken and fall prey to other predators ... in both cases, a horrible death.  This again is the drive for survival ... to become faster and smarter hunters.  This continuous push on both sides ensures that the strongest survive and that the species reproduce with the best that there is.

As humans we were part of this system, our genes were driven to the limit ... the reason for our incredible genetic make-up during the hunter-gatherer stage.  Stepping out of it, we are slowly but surely genetically declining ... a slap in the face of our ancestors who walked the Earth for thousands of years.

Killing or dying is a necessary process, if it takes out the weak and if it improves the genetic make-up of the species involved.  If one should manage to teach a lion to use a high power rifle with a scope, what will happen??  The lion has no reason to keep fit or strong ... he can sit in the shade high on a hill and pick prey animals out at 400 meters plus, without effort.  His cubs can be taught very easily to do the same.  Soon, they'll become bored and start to look down upon the prey animals and take out the biggest bulls with the biggest horns, soon there will be competition amongst the lions, who themselves have become fat and lazy.  They'll take photos of the biggest of the biggest ... showing it off at every occasion.

All this does ... it ensures the genetic decline of both the lion and the prey animal.  Now there is no drive, nothing to ensure that the genetic make-up get the best to work with.  This is a very sad affair ... again a slap in the face, not only for our ancestors, but the whole Universe.

If you are a farmer and you breed cattle of very high quality.  If you get important visitors, you are not going to grab your best rifle and walk out in the paddock, shooting your best stud bull for the evening Bbq???  Then take photos of yourself, walking around showing it to everyone.  You'll be seen as an idiot for doing it.  The reason why the modern hunter can do it, is because he/she is disconnected and separated from what they 'hunt.'  They don't see the importance of the killing aspect ... they don't understand it at all.  They see the prey animal as something that is replaceable, anything that looks good with big horns is a go.  They don't see the need of giving that animal the chance to proof his genetic make-up.  They definitely don't see the point of that within themselves, as they are already 'superior.'

Hunting with equipment or from 'forced positions of comfort,' which ensures the removal of the best genetic material in a gene pool is just wrong.

There was a good reason for a young man to proof himself as a good hunter in a hunter-gatherer society.  It showed everyone, especially the 'bride to be' that he was genetically capable ...

If you hunt by the standards of your hunter-gatherer ancestors, you are actually looking after the Earth.  You are part of it all and not separated from it.  Those that escape you, deserves that.  If you put yourself in danger, hunting this way, relying on your own alertness and fitness ... you are part of it all.  You are 'driving' your own genes ... you are part of it all.  If the game you hunt outsmart you, then you have to step up ... this is your duty, because you have to 'drive' the genes of the game you hunt, so that they can step up.  This is the only way that ensures we are all getting the best out of it.

Look at the photos of the majority of 'hunters' today ... most of them won't be able to keep up with Sunday morning stroll of their hunter-gatherer ancestors.  In fact, the majority of these 'hunters' rely on the abilities of hunter-gatherers to track and point out game to them ... the reason for black or Bushman guides in Africa, for example.  These 'hunters' have lost the ability or interest to do the simplest of things ... to see, to track, to skin and to prepare what they've killed ... but they all have good trigger fingers ...

This is the disconnected form of hunting ... which triggers a nasty gut feeling in most people ... because we have memories of what we used to be.  We feel this is wrong and we react against this, not taking into account that there is an ancient code of practice for hunting, one that ensures that we all turn out for the best ...

If you hunt in this way, the way of your ancestors before the agricultural stage ... you'll never hunt for 'pleasure' ... you'll hunt because you are part of the whole process.  You'll respect nature, you'll only take what you need and you won't degrade those you kill.  You won't fear death yourself, you'll welcome it when in comes ... because you know it's your time to be part of it all.  You won't walk up into the paddock and kill you stud bull or top cows, you'll look after them ...

A True Hunter Kills with Understanding ... (1)

Today there are many rising arguments against all types of killing, especially hunting.  The media loves to show the negative side of 'hunters' and especially kids that dare to hunt.  Many religions and philosophies are 'anti-killing' orientated and those of you who know me, know that I have a tremendous amount of respect for Buddhist philosophy, which also condemns all kinds of killing ...

It is very common today to hear the following:  "I'm against all forms of hunting" or "How can you kill something that you've bred and cared for??"  The worst of all ... "I don't eat meat, I'm a vegetarian."

I quote this from the famous Internet.  The definition for Vegetarian: "Tribal slang for the village idiot who can't hunt, fish or ride."  I hope as you read further, you'll see that this is kinda true.

If you think that this is one of those pro-hunting attempts ... think again.  I'm a hunter, but of a different breed and I'm totally against the concept of hunting as we know it today ... are you thinking about it???  What about the killing factor, how can I justify that?  I don't have to, because killing of things is what the whole world is about ... now you're thinking???

If we want to understanding anything, we have to look at the big picture ... we can't look at one little thing or one aspect and come to a conclusion.  As 'modern' human beings, we have a problem ... because we have forgotten who we really are, what we're made off and where we come from.  It is nearly as if we believe we were dropped one day on earth and we were growing and breeding things (to eat of course).  This is not true, we have a incredibly long history as hunter-gatherers.  We have to understand where we come from .. to really understand what is running through our veins ...

Ten thousand years seems like a very long time, the start of the 'agricultural stage' ... when we actually started to forget who we really are.  It is a well known scientific fact that we share 99.9% of our genetic material with our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  Our true ancestors have a history dating back 1.8 million years!!  Work it out ... 10 000 years in comparison to 1 800 000 years - 0.5% ... a drop in the ocean, we've walked this earth as so called 'agriculturists' ... supposedly only growing vegetables, smelling flowers and talking to birds and bees.  Whether you like it or not ... you are more hunter-gatherer than goat herder, which by the way, they bred to eat ...

We must also take into account that very recent research indicates that ALL humans are related to the African Bushmen ... that's where we all came from.  The fiew remaining African Bushmen, possibly the most important people to all of us ... who survived all kinds of hell are treated in Southern Africa like vermin ... how can this be??  The Australian Aboriginal, very closely related to the African Bushmen in genes and time ... treated the same way ... why??  The South American Amazon Indians ... the same - all these last fighting hunter-gatherers are disappearing at an alarming rate, while we strive to live on carrot juice and lettuce ...??

It is simple ... we are deeply within ashamed of who we really are.  With the 'agricultural revolution' came religions of all kinds and we started to see ourselves as superior to everything out there, including anyone running around in the bush hunting and gathering.  We saw them as inferior to us.  Look at how these last remaining groups are being treated everywhere in the world ... as if they're nothing ... their hearts and souls, which is their land, their country ... ripped away from them ...

As a human today, you don't know it, because know one will tell you ... You're designed as a runner, as a 'machine' that can run down any antelope alive today.  You can sweat and cool down your body, like no other animal.  You can run it down under any conditions, you don't need big and smart weapons ... because you are designed to run it down until it collapses.  This is called persistence hunting ... , still practiced by some remaining hunter-gatherer societies.

During this long, long history of mankind, before the agricultural stage, there was no sign of a vegetarian ... the exact reason for the name hunter-gatherer.  Sooooo ... who are you, you looking at yourself in the mirror ... desperately trying to deny who you really are?  Yes, you who share 99.9% of your genetic material with your hunter-gatherer ancestors ... who's relatives are still trying to dig in and survive today.  Who are you really???  A time period of 1.8 million years against 10 000???  Are you looking at the big picture or just at the iPhone and lettuce stage??

Next time I'll cover the killing factor ...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Duck Liver ...

I slaughtered some of the Indian Runner ducks today ... and I took the time to save all the livers.  I'll never let the livers go to waste ever again, as this is a beautiful starter or meal ...

This is a very simple recipe for any duck liver.


Ingredients:

2 - 3 Duck livers
1 Spring Onion (white part shredded fairly fine, green part shredded)
1 Slice of bread ... toasted
Slice of fresh ginger, shredded
1 Garlic Clove, shredded
Dash (teaspoon) of Soy Sauce
½ Teaspoon of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Add the ginger, white part of the spring onion, garlic and Olive Oil to a wok or frying pan ... cook until soft.  Add the sugar and livers ... brown on both sides.  Don't overcook it as the livers are at its best medium done.
Smear the toast with Olive Oil, add the livers and garnish with the rest of the spring onions... Done!!!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Wild Rice ...

When I'm free & wild ... I ALWAYS cook rice this way.  The way to cook it, I learned from Chinese friends of mine ... very simple.  Chuck any amount of rice into a pot ... add water to it to such an amount that if you stick your finger in it ... the tip should touch the rice and the first crevice/joint should touch the surface  of the water ...  Turn the heat up to maximum and boil the rice until the water level is even with the rice ... turn down to the lowest heat, cover with a lid and leave for about 20 minutes ...

But ... this is what I do ... I add a bit of salt in the beginning, with a good dose of Olive Oil ... then I add any of the following or all ... depending on how Wild I feel.  A good dose of mixed herbs and/or ginger and/or spring onions and/or garlic ...

I always cook a large amount as I can either freeze or keep it for future use ...

When I go Walkabout ...

Walkabout ~ A temporary return to traditional Aboriginal life, taken especially between periods of work or residence in modern society and usually involving a period of travel through the bush.

I love the term 'Walkabout,' because that is exactly what I've been doing all my life ... and now, here in Australia, there is actually a name for it ...

When I go 'Walkabout,' I don't want to drive ... I need to walk.  I don't want to sit on a chair or a log .. I need to sit on the ground.  I don't want to sleep in a bed, I struggle to do that in 'real life' anyway ... I need to sleep on the Earth, my ear listen to the Mother of all things ...

I see many people on the road, traveling this huge and beautiful country ... but they don't do any of these things ... that connection thing.  They travel at huge speeds, hundreds of kilometers a day ... they sit still and everything just flies past them.  They can't listen to anything, smell anything or see anything ... all just a blurr ...

They travel from one BIG scenery to the next ... taking photos, but do they see what is in between, do they listen, smell, touch ... or listen to the Stillness???

I see them stop and the first thing they do when they get out of the big 4x4 ... they spray themselves with a chemical ... to protect against everything that bites out there.  Second thing ... they slip, slop, slap themselves with a liter of sunscreen ... then cover themselves up from heel to head ...

How can you connect, if you need to hide yourself from everything ... the sun, your surroundings, the smells and the Earth ...

I watch these people ... instead of walking around and gathering firewood, they struggle for hours in the middle of nowhere to tune a satellite dish.  Long before it's dark, they're inside the BIG caravan, cooking some fast food dish, watching the Telly.  How can you connect if you don't see the sun set or rise ... how can you connect without a fire??  How do you connect and listen to the Stillness ... watching a square electronic box in the middle of the Universe???

How can you connect to the Earth, walking on rubber soles, speeding through God's country on rubber tires, rushing on 'steel' roads???  How can you connect sitting and sleeping high off the ground???

I don't understand these things ... the rushing from one big thing to another???

When I go Walkabout, I walk slowly ... I sleep with my ear touching the Mother of Earth ... I sit on the ground ... I make small fires ... I listen to the Stillness ... and now I understand that I do listen to the Dreamtime.  I want to walk naked ... I want to walk without shoes ... I want to feel everything ... listen to everything.

I want to be open to the Sun, to everything that bites ... I don't want to separate myself from anything ... as I see myself as part of it all ...

I am IT, I'm not separated from IT ... this is why I go Walkabout ... to connect.  When I'm here where I'm now, I'm disconnected.  This is why the Australian Aborigine goes Walkabout and that's why I go Walkabout ... to connect again ...

A Bushman goes Bush and an Aboriginal goes Walkabout ... different continents, same thing ...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sensitivity ...

Sometimes people make fun of the sensitivity in sensitive people ... if I can put it that way.  If you're sensitive ... it means you have a very special 'skin' ... you can feel things other people can't feel.  You work on all the senses humans have, plus those they don't have ... you feel, sense and understand things they'll never feel, sense or understand ...  So, you have to forgive them ... you can't get upset ... just forgive them and walk on ... feel, sense and understand ...

If you are of the sensitive kind, never look for another or in others for the understanding you have, because all you'll ever get is ... more looking ... looking forever, but never finding what you're looking for.  Make peace with your sensitivity and just let it be ... this way you'll attract the sensitive.  Continuously questioning the insensitivity of others ... or the sensitivity in yourself ... all you'll get is more questioning ... just let it be, it's you ... just let it be ...

Being sensitive sometimes mean you'll know when something is going to happen before it happens.  When it happens, you'll stand there and swear at the world, "Why didn't you see this coming??"  You'll be upset and upset others around you ... it's simple ... they never saw it coming.  Most of the time, you can't make others see, sense or understand ... believe it or not, it's exactly how it should be.

If you're sensitive you'll get hurt easily ... emotional hurt ...  This is ok, if you just go with it ... accept it and not dwell on it.  If you're disappointed, it's because you're trying to project your understanding of a situation on someone else.  They're not you, they can never feel what you feel or understand what you feel ... and you can never really make them feel what you feel ... you can only give them a glimpse.  It's for you to make peace with your own senses ... and walk with them ...

If you are sensitive and you want to learn more ... you have to find the places of Stillness ... it is the only place you'll be able to pick up those things you're designed to pick up.  In places of confusion an distraction ... your sensitivity meter will run high, but you won't find those things you need to find.

What are these things ...??  Nobody can tell you, as you're designed as the Sensitive ... it's your job to listen to yourself and all your instincts.  Find the Stillness and listen ... and every now and then, find the confusion and get upset with the world ... soon you'll find your own way ...

As a sensitive person ... you're a very special being.  In those places of Stillness ... find the channel that was designed for just you ... tune it and walk that Path ...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Quail Egg & Crab Omelet

I made this for lunch today.  The crab meat can easily be replaced with Yabbie/Crawfish meat.


Ingredients:

2 Spring Onions
8 Quail Eggs or 4 Chook Eggs (beaten)
salt
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 Slices Root Ginger (shredded)
175g crab meat
1 Tablespoon Dry Sherry
1½ Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Teaspoons Sugar

Garnish:

Shredded Lettuce
Tomato (sliced)

Cut the white part of the spring onions into 25mm lengths.  Chop the green parts finely and beat into the eggs, with salt to taste.

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan.  Add the white spring onions, ginger, crab and sherry.  Stir-fry for a few seconds ... then add the soy sauce and sugar.  Lower the heat, pour in the egg mixture and cook for 30 seconds.

Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with shredded lettuce and sliced tomato.

Serves 2

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tracks in the Sand ...

Today I did a fast 7km's in the hills, with my light pack ... my eyes scanning the bush and the ground.  I saw the tracks of the fox, a single boar, a lonely deer and the always partying Kangaroo.  I saw the droppings of the hare and all the rabbits fooling around at night ...

Up north I made camp way off the highways, as not to hear the sound of trucks passing by.  I always tried to get off the road around 4pm, as it gives me enough time to do a quick run around the selected camping spot ... searching for all kinds of tracks.

I always do a run in concentric circles ... searching for any human activity ... just something you get used to in iAfrica.  I'm in Australia now, but I still don't want any humans around my temporary 'country.'  I get very happy when I see the nesting spots of Kangaroos and the tracks of pigs ... because I know they won't hang around with regular human activity.  The only thing about camping around Kangaroo spots, is the ticks you find on you two weeks down the track ... I think I've found them all now.

All things in life leave tracks in the sand ... even the birds that fly high in the sky must come down to earth to drink.  The larger majority of travelers in this country prefer to stay in places where humans left heaps of tracks and evidence of their activities.  I feel more at peace in places without human tracks ... these are places for the soul.

I have memories of tracks in Africa ... the marks in the sand of the Rhino mating.  Today, in parts of Southern Africa ... the Rhino is being killed at a rate that is faster than it can produce ... by a species that leave human prints in the sand.  Soon the tracks of the Rhino will disappear .. the Rhino just another animal that walked this earth ...

I have memories of a boot print in the sand ... a track we used to run down ... the track of a terrorist ... a low life.  Tracks in the sand, they tell stories ...

A looong time ago, on the west coast of Southern Africa, as a young child ... I walked the dunes and I saw a green spot ... in the middle of the desert.  Bird life that you normally see in the sub-tropics suddenly appears ... and then that feeling of something watching you.  I scanned the sand and there in front of me a giant print ... I broke off a blade of grass measured it.  I ran backward towards the sea and then turned and ran as fast as I could to my stepfather.  I showed him the blade of grass and he walked back with me ... the track of a male lion ... in the middle of nowhere ... watching me ...

Swimming in rivers, in Africa and Australia ... you always scan the sandbanks for tracks ... the tracks of the crocodile.  You then know what's around and how big.   You know if you can swim or not ...

I scan the entrance to my gate ... I scan every single visible spot I can ... because that is exactly what my ancestors did ... because it tells stories ... it tells you who crossed your path ... who and what's around ...

I have spotted the tracks of the Wild Woman ... but I've never been able to find her.  I don't know why I searched for her, as I'm not interested anymore ... still good to see that's she's around ...


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Standing Qi Gong - Zhan Zhuang



I was introduced to Standing Qi Gong during my Tai Chi training.  I practiced the Classical Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan, under Rogers Bastick, who trained for a decade under Master Chu King Hung, the no. 3 disciple of the Yang family, in London (UK).  Standing Qi Gong forms the basis of the art's health and self-defence power.

There are many forms of Tai Chi, most practiced for health benefits only.  Tai Chi Chuan was originally developed as a sophisticated martial art aimed at overcoming advantages of size, strength and speed in combat.  In my opinion, possibly one of the most challenging martial arts to get involved in.

Although various forms of Tai Chi have been known and practiced in the West for many decades, the actual art of Standing Qi Gong was kept secret even in China until the mid 1940's and was taught for the first in the West in the 1980's.

Benefits of Standing Qi Gong:
  • exert the full capacity of muscle networks over long periods without exhausting the lungs.
  • breathing becomes deeper and slower, generating a generous supply of oxygen to the heart.
  • increase in pulse rate, enabling the hart to carry the high levels of oxygen to the muscles and internal organs.
  • extreme high level of exercise without gasping for air.
  • stimulate, cleanse and massage all the body's internal systems.
 
 In the West, exercise is associated with high activity, sweating and a lot of huffing and puffing.  Standing Qi Gong is an extremely demanding exercise, take it from somebody that has been involved in all sorts of extreme sports and training ... ranging from the martial arts, endurance sports and the Defense Force.  It is not as easy as it looks ...

Other benefits of Standing Qi Gong are meditation and breathing associated with the practice.  It is a full and complete training system that works directly on the energy systems in the body, controlled deep breathing, posture and the meditative state.

As it is impossible to maintain this posture for more than 20 minutes in the initial stages of training, it is recommended to practice Standing Qi Gong for at least 20 minutes a day ... that is if one is capable of managing the duration of practice.  Most  new students find it impossible to maintain the basic posture for more than five minutes.

It is difficult to master this art by yourself, as it is impossible to view your own posture from all angles.  I have to travel again to Roger Bastick in the near future to touch up on the basics ...

Sources: 
The Way of Energy ... (Master Lam Kam Chuen) 
Benefits of Classic Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan


The Importance of Yoga and/or Qi Gong ...

Evidence of acupuncture and energy meridians in the body goes back to 6000 BC.  Only very recently scientific technology caught up and was able prove the presence of the acupressure points as drawn thousands of years ago.  Today 'medical acupuncturists' use electronic devices to locate these points, where traditional acupuncturists train for many years to locate these points by 'feel' only.

Today it is a well know fact that there is circulation of energy through the body and that certain conditions can cause blockages in the energy flow, which can cause not only physical, but also emotional symptoms.  The system of acupuncture cross link these energy channels to improve or divert energy flow in the body ... this is an amazing science, thousands of years old.

The history of both Yoga and Qi Gong go back thousands of years and was designed to improve energy flow throughout the body ... opening blockages.  Specific postures and movement, combined with breathing and focus improves the circulation of energy throughout the body, opening blockages and improving overall health.

It is also an scientific fact that our hunter/gatherer ancestors were amazingly fit and healthy compared to the modern human.  They were not only taller with very little teeth decay, but they had the bone density and skeletal structure of the Olympic athletes of today.  The way they moved everyday and their lifestyle caused a natural flow of energy.  Walking barefoot, connecting to both earth and heavens and being surrounded by the full blown energy of nature ... increased this flow of energy.

Since the agricultural age, we grew shorter and fatter, our teeth and bones weakened.  We turned from natural Olympic athletes to coach potatoes.  We wear rubber soles, we dwell in buildings and areas with massive electronic fields, we clutch cell phones and electronic devices ... even when we sleep we are surrounded by it.  All interfering with our natural flow of energy and the connection of it to the natural energy flow of the universe.

The hunter/gatherer didn't need Yoga or Qi Gong ... but we do.  Our only hope of keeping that precious energy flowing.  Most of our problems, physical and emotional, are caused by a stagnation of energy.  Amazingly this has been known for thousands of years ... but we still plot along ... grabbing pills and potions like long lost drug addicts ...

There are many 'new' systems with fancy names ... just like all the new pills and potions, all based on either Yoga or Qi Gong ... I guess it's better than nothing ...

Oil-braised Muscovy Duck

 Muscovy duck bred and dressed by me.  I halved the recipe and quartered the duck to fit a smaller pot. I only used a little bit of oil to brown the duck pieces, finishing off with a touch of spring onion.


 Ingredients:
1 Muscovy Duck (1.75 - 2kg)
4 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon vinegar
½ teaspoon five-spice powder
1 slice root ginger
600ml chicken stock
1.2 liters oil for deep frying

Plunge the duck into a pot of boiling water - leave for a few minutes, drain and place in a clean pan with the remaining ingredients (except oil for deep frying).  Bring to boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 45 minutes, turning the duck at least twice during cooking.  Remove from pan, drain and dry thoroughly.  Leave the cooking liquid simmering to reduce and thicken.

Heat oil in a wok, add duck and brown all sides.  Return to simmering liquid and turn several times to coat.

Remove duck and cut into small pieces.  Rearrange on a warm serving dish and pour the remaining sauce over the top.

Serve 6.