Ken Gullette has post up that compliments his new e-book titled Internal Strength for Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua.
First the book:
There are six primary physical skills required for high-quality internal kung-fu. The foundation of those skills are: establishing and maintaining the ground path at all times, and establishing and maintaining peng jin at all times.
These are physical skills, not metaphysical. And you cannot gain these skills simply by doing “moving meditation.” To gain real skill in these arts, you must work hard.
I purchased the book and once I’m done with it you can expect a review.
Ken’s post is excellent and worth reading, also. It details hardships he’s overcome through his internal martial arts training.
So we are supposed to take what we learn in the martial arts and also apply the principles to our daily lives, aren’t we? It’s not just for combat, you know.
When you have Internal Strength, it doesn’t mean you are superhuman… But if your internal movements can be trained to function like “iron wrapped in cotton,” your goal should also be for your mind to function that way as well.