The Earth Dragon Canon Method of mindfulness practice teaches the functional practices for the internal martial arts of circle walking, tai chi, five elements fist, and standing meditation.
You will learn the history of these arts, and how to apply them for meditation, mindfulness, and physical fitness.
In the traditional method of internal martial art teaching a master would choose a few individuals as indoor students. These students were supposedly given the secret transmission of the art that was missing from the public instruction.
In truth, these secret sessions were more about smoking and drinking than teaching. The Earth Method of Earth Dragon Canon shares supplemental exercises designed to enforce your understanding of internal martial art principles.
The Dragon Component includes the traditional styles, forms, and practices from the internal martial arts. This instruction emphasizes form over function. The Earth Dragon Canon Method is not for violence. If you are looking for fighter or boxing instruction, you need to look elsewhere.
Below are links to each of the primary Dragon Sections. Each Section covers a complete style with all of its forms, postures, and practice methods. Within each section, you will find links to the lessons you should cover before coming to these lessons. And within each lesson you will find links to the supplemental exercises (Earth Method), and cosmological concepts (Canon Method) linked to the lesson.
This is your study, so the course is broken down into parts for you to study at your pace. Focus on one lesson, its associated Earth and Canon lessons, and you will make good progress.
The internal martial arts we study in the Earth Dragon Canon Method take their names from the Daoist cosmology attributed to Fu Xi.
Canon also means a literary or artistic work considered to be permanently established as being of the highest quality.
The Canon components introduce three original cosmologies that contributed to the development of China. More than cosmologies, these systems became a way of thinking, forming governments, and making a living. These systems are Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Individually, or in concert, they have left an imprint on mindfulness practice that is impossible to ignore.
In these lessons I present a historical survey, and a summary of daoist, confucian, and dharma principles that compose the moral character of mindfulness practice. These sections are introductions for your further study, and I encourage you to look beyond the physical forms to develop a deeper understanding.
The Earth Dragon Canon Method of mindfulness practice teaches the functional practices for the internal martial arts of baguazhang (circle walking), taijiquan (tai chi), xingyiquan (five elements fist), and yiquan (standing meditation).
You will learn the history of these arts, and how to apply them for meditation, mindfulness, physical fitness, and self-evolution. Along the way you will study the cosmological concepts that inspired the oldest of mindfulness practices.
Internal martial art practice is more than the study of physical movement. It is an exploration of the mind through the body, and conversely the body through the mind. The Earth Dragon Canon Method stresses that connection to fulfill practical and spiritual growth.
The Earth Dragon Canon Method of mindfulness martial art practice teaches the functional practices for the internal martial arts of baguazhang, taijiquan, xingyiquan, and yiquan. You will learn about the history of these arts and the cosmological concepts that give them their names.
Mindfulness martial art practice is more than the study of physical movement. It is an exploration of the mind through the body, and conversely the body through the mind. The Earth Dragon Canon Method stresses that connection to fulfill practical and spiritual growth.
There are two types of students that will find this method of practice useful: Those seeking a fitness program that is more than just running and jumping about, and those seeking to improve their martial art practice.
In the late summer of 1993, I was working for a convenience store chain in Wichita, Kansas. During a shift change, I kneeled to open the safe and there was a loud pop from somewhere below my waist. It was so loud that both the manager I was relieving, and the customer he was serving asked, “What was that?”
“I don’t know,” I replied, “but tell you one thing, I really need to start exercising.”
“Exercise. Don’t you guys get enough exercise around here,” the customer said, “You’re going a hundred miles an hour, day and night in this place.”
Before you start physical exercise, take a moment to consider if you can engage in the motion requirements of that activity.
You never consider your physical condition when you bend down to pick up a dropped piece of paper or grab a suitcase from the baggage carousel at the airport. During these innocent movements you will hear the back crack, or the hip pop, and you find yourself in the doctor’s office seeking relief.
It was not the innocent movement at the office or airport that caused the pain or injury. It was the lack of motion, or the repetition of thousands of other motions that created the conditions for the innocent movement to become a life changing experience. Picking up your luggage or bending to tie your shoe is a motion that your body can perform. It is a wonderfully designed machine with levers and pulleys all cooperating to perform the most wonderful feat in the natural world—walking upright.
Vocabulary is the foundation to understanding a subject. Martial art practice is filled with words that have similar meaning or are used interchangeably. When forced to put my practice into writing I discovered that in a single paragraph I would skip between form and posture in the same description. Is the Taijiquan a sequence or a routine? Is a static position a posture or a form? The interchange of the words forms, posture, and stance creates confusion. For example, is it the Yang Style Taijiquan form, sequence, or routine? Is that the Ward Off posture or form? Are you in the Bow and Arrow posture or stance?
To avoid confusion, I promise to try and use the following the terms when presenting the physical practices in these lessons.
In my software development career, in anger was a phrase that meant you were developing a program or a process out of frustration with what was available. I share my mindfulness martial art practice out of a similar frustration.
The trend in martial art practice is to stress combat effectiveness. Publications, videos, and teachers stress the art’s brutal nature, claiming that it was born in combat and violence. For certain, martial arts are combat training, but unless you are preparing for war, there is no need for that training to be brutal, or even violent. This is not the twelfth or even the nineteenth century when personal disputes were decided with duels to the death.
So, it is in anger that I approach the definition of martial arts and the reasons to practice them.