Observation, Tune In


physical, energetic & esoteric

I first discovered the philosophical 'idea' of taiji from a old San Fransiscan (forty odd years ago) who introduced me to the yarrow sticks, I-Ching and the Dao De DIng, Upon returning to South Africa introduced to a South African (Sifu Eddie Jardine) who over the next twenty odd years taught me taiji, qigong karate-jutsu and kobujutsu all in a soft flowing, loving and gentle manner, (this was fortunate as many other karate 'hard styles' were more in vogue). Eddie's Tai Chi Master was Duan You-Zhang Shifu who we trained with whenever he was in town. Eddie accompanied me to Japan to escape SA and to train with the late Grandmaster Inoue Gansho O Sensei in Shimizu -Shi, Shizuoka Ken, Japan. After two years I made my way to Australia and became a citizen on Compassionate and Humanitarian Grounds.

I later trained in Australia with Master Kobudo practioner Hanshii Patrick McCarthy an expert in all styles of martial arts and Sensei Marc Mathews and was graded first dan in Kodudo and weapons.

To Eddie I owe a huge debt of gratitude for encouraging me over many years, finally culminating in my living in at Grandmaster Motokatsu Inoue's Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu Dojo in Shimizu Japan where I proceeded to train in the 'way' of The Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai style of karate and kobudo.

I acknowledge and deeply appreciate the ongoing and continuous efforts of Patrick Kelly (one of the foremest authorities in the world of taiji) in his ceaseless efforts to spread Master Huang Sheng Shyan's system of taiji around the world.

To Master Veeresh and Osho a deep gratitude and love for the continued inspiration I get from my ongoing commitment to self discovery and meditation.

other Stories on the way

“A Sufi mystic who had always remained happy was asked…. For seventy years people had watched him, he had never been found sad. One day they asked him, ‘What is the secret of your happiness?’ He said, ‘There is no secret. Every morning when I wake up, I meditate for five minutes and I say to myself, “Listen, now there are two possibilities: you can be miserable, or you can be blissful. Choose.” And I always choose to be blissful.’"

"Everything is mysterious: It is better to enjoy it rather than trying to understand it. Ultimately the man who goes on trying to understand life proves to be a fool, and the man who enjoys life becomes wise and goes on enjoying life, because he becomes more and more aware of the mysterious that surrounds us."

Cheng Man Ching's Two Hats Cure

A Good Advice

Once the Doctor Cheng Man Ching
said: "Forget just anything
which the western doctors told
how to fight a lousy cold.

Just sit down beside your bed,
on the bed-post place your hat,
drink some Scotch, that’s my advice,
til your hat appears there twice.

Go to sleep then in your bed,
have sweet dreams and one good sweat.
If the cold beats the advice,
just repeat this treatment thrice!"*


*The punch line was Sneaky's idea.

Cheng man Ching

"J. Krishnamurti’s The First and Last Freedom. I love this man, and I hate this man. I love him because he speaks the truth, but I hate him for his intellectuality. He is only reason, rationality. His logic is what I hate, his love is what I respect – but his book is beautiful.
This was his first book after his enlightenment, and the last too. Although many other books have appeared they are only poor repetitions of the same. He has not been able to create anything better than The First and Last Freedom. It is a strange phenomenon: Kahlil Gibran wrote his masterpiece The Prophet when he was only eighteen years old, and struggled his whole life to create something better but could not. Ouspensky could not go beyond Tertium Organum even though he met Gurdjieff, lived and worked with him for many years.

And such is the case with J. Krishnamurti: his book The First and Last Freedom is really the first and the last."


Books I Have Loved

"The stillness of standing meditation is particularly conducive to beginning the
practice of reverse breathing.

On the exhalation, one expands the sphere equally from the abdominal center to the six directions: down and up, forward and backward and sideways left and right.

The forward expansion of the dantian in the belly is balanced with the backward expansion of the mingmen in the back.

Half the energy can be felt sinking down into the feet for grounding stability and movement
agility, while the other half extends out to the arms or other point of contact for yielding and possible discharge.

On the inhalation, the procedure is reversed and the energy is drawn from the six directions into the dantian."

Jan Diepersloot
Masters Of Perception
Cheng Man Ching

Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Improves Memory, Combats Alzheimer's

In a randomized controlled trial, researchers have shown that regular practice of Tai Chi in seniors increases brain volume and augments memory and thinking scores. Scientists collaborating from University of South Florida and Fudan University in China showed that Tai Chi that appears to actually increase brain volume. In this study, some participants practiced the ancient Chinese martial art three times weekly over an 8-month period while the control group received no intervention. Previous studies have demonstrated that aerobic exercise can increase brain volume but this is the first to study Tai Chi specifically. In fact, the researchers' experiment even showed improvements on memory and thinking skills tests. These types of results show the treatment, Tai Chi, to be highly efficacious in combating dementia illnesses like Alzheimer's. According to lead author Dr. James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, "epidemiologic studies have shown repeatedly that individuals who engage in more physical exercise or are more socially active have a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease."

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