It’s the wind up, it’s the karate punch, it’s the…oops!
Good Lard is it a beeootifull day, especially for the ultimate karate punch..
Good day to work out, limber up the muskles, knock the fat off yer frame. Get healthy. Ya know? Are ya ready to talk martial arts?
One of the drills I hated the most, but got the most out of, was the simple horse stance. We would spread the legs, get the thighs down to where they were almost parallel to the floor, and put up one high block, and extend the other hand to the side in a chicken beak, and look at our finger tips. We called this position Kima Chasie. Horse Meditation.
And we meditated on the pain it would cause us.
Now, forget the pain, forget the stronger legs, forget everything but the real purpose of it. Get out of your body.
After a couple of years of dabbling with horse Meditation I decided to do it right. I decided that pain wouldn’t cause death (in this instance) and that I should just do the exercise until I got what it was all about.
So, I hit the stance, looked at my fingers, and concentrated on breathing. Time passed. Minutes seemed like hours. My mind began to still, the world slowed down. Seconds seemed like hours.
And, suddenly it all stopped hurting. No pain at all. The whole universe was one peaceful concept that i could live with forever.
How long did it take me to get there?
Zingo bingo, instant enlightenment.
Doing the Horse Stance Form and techniques at 61.
Now came the problem. When I tried to move, I couldn’t. My whole body had locked up. Man, I was freaked. Tried to wiggle backwards, couldn’t move, couldn’t even rock. Tried forwards, ah, there we go, I could fall for…oh shit…ah! Landed on my face.
So, enlightenment is possible through the old training methods, but sometimes it can be weird, freaky, and even as significant as a karate punch on the nose.
Hey, any of youse guys feel like coming over to see me, I live on good old Monster Martial Arts. Brings your friends, the doors are open, leave your old life outside.
Here’s a great article on how to be Karate tough. If you can take it. Grrr.