Friday, July 7, 2017

The 70% Rule

Summer, late 1960’s, I earned college money by working in the Delano grape fields.  My Filipino co-workers were in their 60’s and 70’s, including my dad, who worked and moved about with ease and efficiency. 

Those of you who had the pleasure of doing this kind of work appreciated the conditions and methodologies needed to get through a decent ten-hour day (at the time 10-hour days were the norm).

As I struggled to keep up with this back breaking work, my dad would tell me to “take my time, but hurry up.”

I was young, strong and athletically fit.  Hurrying up was not problem.  Doing it efficiently like my dad and his compatriots was not possible.  I didn’t have the wherewithal to “take my time.”

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70 Percent Rule


Friday, June 9, 2017

My Tai Chi Story





My Tai Chi Story

I’ve practiced Tai Chi for over 40 years, learned and experienced the tremendous benefits, how it’s kept me healthy, in mind, body and spirit.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (translated means “grand ultimate fist”) is an internal martial art created about 300 years ago, when a Buddhist monk observed movements between a snake and crane fighting.  The monk emulated these movements and created a method of martial arts.  Years passed and this exercise was developed into what we know now is Tai Chi and Kung fu.  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Martial Arts for Seniors


Retired baby boomers with time on their hand are now considering taking martial arts whether it be karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, or tai chi. Though many have joined the softer and less aggressive arts like qigong or tai chi, a percentage of them are donning cotton white gis and attending karate classes. Some old timers in denial attempt mix martial arts till they end up the emergency room: Mind is willing but the body says no. Many that have decided to go back into martial arts after retirement are those with some experience, quitting, years back as lower ranking belts returning to finally earn the coveted black belt. Some do so after watching their kids through the years take martial arts but didn’t have the guts to take it then. For whatever reason, it’s something that baby boomers want to do now; a bucket list kind of thing.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ping Shuai Gong - Swing Hands Workout



Everyone who knows me will attest that I've practiced martial arts when bell bottom pants roamed the earth, which means a long time.  I work out daily various forms of martial arts consisting of karate, Tai Chi and Qigong, movements, traditional as taught many years in the past, some complicated to the point if you're not concentrating, you make a mistake and then feel cheated for doing a poor workout.

Well, several days ago, I came upon this unique form of Qigong that I'm going to say, after 45 plus years of martial arts training, is simple and the real McCoy.  It's boring as all get down, but no worse that jogging.  I supplement the boredom with music by Tower of Power or War or Eagles or Three Dog Night...

I highly recommend it and challenge you (after you talk to your doctor, of course) to do it.  

The video above is pretty cool with subtitles of all the languages imaginable.  Like watching a kung fu video. The grand master provides an explanation as the girls repeat the movements.  He's informative and complete and inspirational.  I like how he emphasizes just being normal with your movements.

The goal is to do three sets of ten minutes.  The reason.  See below.

Every 10 minutes is a phase. 

In the 1st 10 minutes, it will activate your basic circulation. 

In the 2nd 10 minutes, it will start the work inside your internal organs & will also bear some effects on your brain. 

In the 3rd 10 minutes, or about ½ hour, you will discover that some of the hidden sickness inside your body will be uncovered. 

This kind of circulation will bring balance and harmony inside your body. And the hidden old sickness will naturally be cured & you will feel very comfortable.

~ Taiwanese Wushu & Qigong Master Lee Feng San

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The following is another helpful YouTube Video.


Enjoy and good health!!!

Sensei Domi


Monday, February 13, 2017

Another Great Video Ping Shuai Gong

This video is in Chinese but subtitled in English.  It has a long list of Ping Shuai Gong practitioners who have learned this simple and easy work out and benefitted tremendously.  I practice this everyday.  So simple and free.  Make this part of your daily workout and enjoy great health.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

STRESS!!!

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I'm going to make a bold statement, and you may not agree with, but I'm going to stick my neck out and say, forget about guns and bullets.

What will kill you, probably, is stress.

The following I cut and pasted for reference.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

·         Heart disease: 614,348
·         Cancer: 591,699
·         Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
·         Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
·         Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
·         Alzheimer's disease: 93,541
·         Diabetes: 76,488
·         Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227
·         Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146
·         Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773

Source: Health United States, 2015 Table 19 [PDF- 9.8 MB] (Data are for 2014) https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

So from the above list except from “intentional self-harm (suicide)” which can come in different forms (pills, driving off a cliff, jumping off a tall building, gun to the head), we can see a basic trend for mortality.

As you know I volunteer my services as a Tai Chi instructor to teach patients with chronic conditions such as cancer. My research has suggested some root causes, evidence-based studies and opinions from reliable sources support my argument. 

All somehow point to a word called “stress.”

The following article or post is one of many articles supporting my contention. 


I taught martial arts for over 40 years, Qigong and Tai Chi for about six. And in that time my intent was to introduce a unique form of exercise for baby boomers specifically those who can participate and benefit, a bucket list thing.  As time passed that led me to further research, I learned that the movements, ideas and the philosophies behind them were far-reaching.

One interesting note that I have learned that people through testimonies have verified health benefits to the point of cancer patients being healed to the point of remission. From a personal and layman’s point of view, truth lies behind these words. So when I teach classes, especially to those who are affected terribly to the point of losing almost all hope, I share these anecdotal testimonies and share them for healing and courage.

In one class I told them about my opinion on “multi-tasking” about a well-known slogans, “if we wanted to move up in this world, we had to work our tails off; skies the limit; you’ve got to give it all you got; do whatever it takes"…and so on.  It’s not without merit.  Some succeeded and others didn't; and, without realizing it, walked a road fraught with consequences. Examples.  Some ended up divorced, being drug addicts, participating in criminal activities, such as “white collar” crimes.  All for the pursuit of a dream.

Included in this big reward.  You got it.  “Stress.”

The above post “How Does Stress Affect Your Immune System?” provided an erudite and discussion on how stress affected our immune system. I remembered this old television commercial promoting margarine, where the theme was, “Don't mess with Mother Nature.” Well, I suppose, by overextending the natural response of stress, Mother Nature provided the body with a terrible unintended result, such as heart failure, diabetes, poor immune system, and cancer.

So what do we do? 

I'm reminded of this joke.

Question:  How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? 

Answer:  One.  But the light bulb has to really want to change!

Let’s examine the following situation.

A business person travels to work; faces bumper to bumper traffic, arrives to work running to catch up with a long “to do list; does his/her thing, gets home, plays with kids, watches the news, decides to run to the gym and bang hours’ worth of exercise from Zumba, to power lifting, to yoga, to spin cycle, to Brazilian Jiujutsu, to cross fit, to this, to that.  It goes on and on.  Then he/she check cell phones for texts, social media posts, tweets. Goes to sleep after the 11 o’clock news.  Wakes up in the middle of the night because of a note to self about what isn’t finished or needs to be done or schedule a calendar regarding an important personal event like a son or daughter’s soccer game or recital. Several hours later of fitful sleep and the alarm goes off. 

The cycle repeats itself. 

Over and over, again.

Like a rubber band stretched to a breaking point, one of these days…

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“SNAP!” 

Several doctor’s, labs and x-rays later, the doctor tells you, you have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, kidney failure, heart failure…

CANCER!

I realize that, for some, change is impossible. They are either stubborn, hardheaded, believe that habits can't be broken, or have big fat egos, so inflated that to suggest a change represents an affront to their lifestyle, their successes. 

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“Unprecedented financial pressures, and an ever-increasingly aggressive public culture, along with social, moral and spiritual fragmentation, are leading to lives being overwhelmed by stress, intolerable interior isolation and even quiet despair.” -- Sean Brady

I shake my head thinking that a successful dead person has no value to those that rely upon him or her for financial, mental and spiritual support.

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill


My next posts will work on what small steps we can do.  Interested?