Jan 17

What Now…? That is the Question Part 2


What Now…? Hmmmm…

Part 2

By

Adrian Dorsey

I pushed the boundary of my comfort zone last summer with a few blog stories about my own strange experiences with strange beings during spring of 1991 until the summer of 1992. I went so far as to post on a UFO forum just to see if I could draw a few readers. Well, I know for a fact now that the “powers that be” were definitely watching. Within a few days my emails were hacked and someone or perhaps more than one were going out of their way to try and fabricate some kind of alleged correspondence that was designed to appear to have taken place between myself and some other person, presumably female. Now it never happened. I was not even in the house at the time the correspondence took place apparently from my own IP address. I even have alibis to prove that I was not here. In fact no one was here at all. The ruse was obviously an attempt to cause tension between my wife and I because it was designed to create the illusion that I was doing something not very good. I immediately shut down all my existing emails. I had a lot of writing stored online in my emails including the years of correspondence between my wife and I. Obviously whoever was behind it was a trained profiler so they knew how I wrote in every little detail making me look highly questionable in the eyes of my wife who also was very familiar with the style of my penmanship. I have absolutely no doubt this was the proverbial shot across the bow; a warning to shut up and to keep my story quiet. Why not just send in a black helicopter to hover over our house so that I could wave at them or give them the bird at my own discretion? Perhaps even a black SUV to sit outside our house so that I could take them some java at the end of the day for making themselves stupidly obvious? Or a house call form an Man in Black so that I could kick his ass all over the front lawn and send him back to his superiors all banged up with the message of, “leave this guy alone he knows kung fu.” No.. instead they have to hijack my IP address and profile me via the emails exchanged over the years between my wife and I. I know damn well, this stupid son of a bitch is sitting at a desk in an undisclosed location such as Langley or beneath the Denver Airport; both of which have reportedly been connected to CIA headquarters, sending harassing emails not to me, but to my wife to this very day. A weekly or sometimes bi-weekly reminder that I tried to go public. Stupid thing is, my story is not that great. It is small and I think quite trivial in comparison to such names as Whitley Strieber, Budd Hopkins, or even Travis Walton. So anyway, I am still recovering from that fiasco as well. Are they going to attack anything I try to write now?

Jan 17

What Now? That is the Question


What Now…? Hmmmm…

Part 1

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

Not sure what to do. I have absolutely no marketing strategy which is why my first book, The Paradigm Formula; Your 2012 Survival Guide, went absolutely no-where. I published it through lulu and from there to Amazon but between the two companies the price was higher than anyone would pay. Even on the lowest price possible which meant less than a dollar from each sale for myself it was still insane. So that was a bomb. Now I am considering a second book but struggle with the issue of why should I go through the painstaking process of writing if no one is going to read the damn thing. There is also the people issue. I really want nothing to do with human beings. I believe in a live let live philosophy. You do your thing while I quietly do mine and I won’t impose the fact that I exist upon you if you don’t impose the fact that you are even alive in my direction. Yet at the same time I want to write words that will have an impact upon millions of readers who just think that what I have to say might just be interesting without any negative feedback. I mean if you do not like what I contribute then I can respect that, just don’t let me know about it. Quietly go your way like an unobtrusive window shopper until you do find something that you like. As far as I am concerned I rather like how Stephen King puts it and I will paraphrase on this note. If I manage to distract you for two minutes out of the boring hum drum of your daily existence than it could not be that bad. His remark was in reference to movies I think. A movie does not have to be a blockbuster, if it manages to captivate you for two measly minutes than it was worth it.

Dec 28

Faces of History Emotionless Golems


Faces of History

Emotionless Golems

By Adrian Dorsey

 

 

There is a characteristic of history that I have always found profoundly disappointing. It is the same element rather you are reading about ancient Mesopotamia, the rulers of Egypt, the knights of the round table, the invasion of the Huns, or modern stories of the Great Wars. Whatever time period you choose or whoever the subject matter may concern we are left with a trivial spattering overview of events that they were responsible for accomplishing. The one thing that is often absent is the emotional state of being that was behind the reason they did anything at all. Where is the moral or ethical understanding to explain why someone did a particular something? This is an important element to consider. It matters because even in the face of great peril sometimes good can be accomplished by evil means and in the most unfortunate of circumstances the reverse has sometimes been the case as well. All too often we see the judgment of history fall upon men and women that I have felt were unjustly accused or entirely misunderstood for no other reason than that you and I were not there! We do not know why they did this or that or what perpetuated the thing to begin with. All we know is that so and so lived and died and are remembered for a handful of events if they had a high enough social status that demanded some scribe to record their name somewhere on a tablet or in a scroll.

The next book I am going to write is going to attempt to fill in the gap of a few particular individuals that have left their remarkable impact upon the most ancient of days. I will write from an emotional perspective in the effort to capture some form of essence that I hope will allow for some development to the characters that can appeal to anyone’s humanity at a level of empathy. The subject will cover a series of articles about the Anunnaki Gods. I have felt a compelling to do this for many years. The subject matter is enormous and the depth of it is so vast that I have been somewhat intimidated by the magnitude of dedication that will be required to do this. I feel that it needs to be done. The story of Enki, the Lord of the Waters, son of Anu of the Anunnaki Royal House of the Serpent/Dragon has to be told from the perspective of sole emotion. As a weeping emotionaly god he has to be understood in the realm of all the complexities of emotion.  I believe that he was driven by powerful passion whether he was in joy or sorrow and the tides of his development have left their mark on his greatest accomplishment here on our planet; humanity.

The challenge is that we know so little about these beings “who from the heavens came down”, but no one has attempted to write about them from the perspective of seeing through their eyes and feeling with their hearts. Zechariah Sitchin did a wonderfully amazing job in his “Lost Book of Enki”. I will try to emulate that work by taking it a step further. I believe there is enough anectdotal  evidence to profile not just a series of events but the emotions which inspired the decisions this god made that had circumstances impacting the creation of the human species right to this day.

One can argue that this cannot be done. We have no way of knowing how Enki would have felt or any other person for that matter. That is not necessarily true. In more than one place Enki is described as the weeping god. When he was informed that his brother Enlil would be given command over our planet, Enki wept. He felt betrayed. There was tension between him and his brother. Disappointment between son and father is obvious. Are these not things that many of us can relate to? I believe they were more human than we give them credit for. Perhaps we are the people we have turned out to be with our full display of being able to laugh, cry, dance, grieve, anger, ambition, loyalty, lust, hatred, love, compassion because we inherited these things from those who created us. I cannot prove that may be the case, but neither can it be disproven.  By that fact alone I believe that this attempt deserves a chance to flourish. The gods seemed capable of all the emotional displays of mortal men therefore I will write as though they were but mortals. Although they appeared to be longer lived as a species making our lives appear minute in comparison I believe that they too feared death and felt the tightening grip of time on them as we do, perhaps even moreso because they may have taken for granted that they would live forever. Some of them, such as Osiris and Dumuzi, did die so they were not as immortal as they wanted humans to believe.

These faces of history deserve to be remembered as something more than emotionless golems judged for their success or failures. In order to attempt to understand them we have to put ourselves in their shoes and try to feel the reason behind these beings who from the heavens came down and left their mark upon our people.

 

Oct 22

It is the Journey That Matters


It is the Journey That Matters

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

 

 

Ten years ago I was headed for a wheel chair and a whole world of misery. I was sick all the time. I had no idea that I was allergic to the kind of food that I was eating. A lower spinal injury, scar tissue from torn ligaments in my hips, a left leg that has very little nerve response, fallen arches in my feet to worsen the structure of my bones, and a right knee that had developed a fluid sack the size of an egg that felt like a fire was burning in it continually. How did I get that way? I could tell you that it all started from a specific accident that happened at a precise location in a single moment. The reality of the fact is that before your body becomes damaged it is usually already compromised and the injury is the end result of a weakened vessel that was just waiting to break. By vessel I am talking about your body. Injury is the surest outcome as a result of stress. What is stress? Anything that fills you with worry, doubt, anger, grief and all those negative emotions that lower your confidence in yourself as well as your ability to function. The image in your mind to which you get emotionally connected effects the results that you are capable of accomplishing until it eventually becomes your reality. During that time period I was depressed. That is putting it mildly. I was literally addicted to my depression.

There is more to DDP Yoga then just a series of movements and postures. There is a formula here which starts to change you from the inside outward as you start to get into the program. I recognize the process because you become initiated to an equation that guarantees success if you are willing to do the work. Diamond Dallas inspires you to become motivated. This creates either a subtle or perhaps a dramatic change that starts to altar the image in your mind of how you see yourself. Accompanying this is a food guide which demonstrates how to put proper fuel into your body while you are going through this transformation process. I have embraced this diet for a decade now. When I started my gung fu training of tai chi chuan and baguazhang the main staples of my diet was fast food, gluten, processed, soda pop. Through a lot of hard work and some trial and error accompanied by a whole lot of sheer determination I have eliminated gluten, lactose, and processed food from my diet altogether. I have gone so far as to look into a diet engineered for my blood type. There are blood type diets out there and you will be surprised that many of the foods you cannot tolerate are actually on the avoid list because you literally are not designed to consume them. Different blood types mean different fuel. I am just saying that a good part of this program I have been following in my own life for ten long years now.

The reason DDP was able to overcome his injuries was because he changed the broken beaten up image of himself being washed out of the ring into the idea that represented a greater expression of life that would bring success to his career. Certainly yoga played a significant role but the initial change had to happen in the mind and that is what affected the physical outcome of his efforts which manifested into the reality that changed his life. Arthur followed the same formula. He knew where he was headed. The doctors had negatively reinforced the fact that he was a one way trip down hill. Then something happened which flipped the switch of how he saw himself. The formula is simple and it works both ways. It will work for you as well as against you depending on how you see yourself. The image in your mind to which you get emotionally connected affects the outcome of your success.

All of you that are on this program including myself are also following this formula. Our results are dependent on the picture we see in our minds to which we connect our feelings. Once we plug those emotions in to whatever that image may be… whether it is success or failure… we begin to radiate that frequency outward into the universe. All of creation both animate and inanimate responds to bring about the very thing which we constantly hold in our mind. If you hang on to it long enough and do something every day you will eventually see it become reality. You will get out of it what you put into it. I see so many are achieving tremendous results and the individual stories are incredibly inspiring.

There is an adage by William Arthur Ward that goes something like this, “Any good teacher and teach but it takes a great teacher to inspire.” I once said this of my gung fu teacher because it was the inspiration I felt from him that made me want to stick with the training and the nutritional transformation as well as the spinal therapy and rehabilitation program which rebuilt my legs a decade ago. Now I am inspired to take my progress further with DDP Yoga as the image in my mind is to once again reach a place that can only be described as a greater expression of life which will make me thinner, improve my flexibility and core strength and improve my tai chi chuan and baguazhang to a place I have always wanted to take it. Maximum ability at its finest. However, it is not so much the goal that is important as it is the journey on how you get there. That is what matters.

Be strengthened. Be inspired. Anything that encourages a greater expression of life is worth turning into a lifestyle. I like the words of Napoleon Hill who once said, “I see only the objective, it is the obstacles that have to get out of the way.”

Oct 17

My Introduction to DDP Yoga in 2012


My Introduction To DDP Yoga in 2012

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

 

 

It came as a random foot note sort of deal when Amy said to me about two months ago that my gung fu instructor had posted something on facebook. It was a video. Now I know that he does not post anything unless it has some form of significance so I started to watch it.

The short program was about this over weight veteran named Arthur who had sustained incredible injuries to his body from too many parachute drops while in the military. He could barely walk without the support of modernized crutches. He started to do this yoga which was having an incredible impact on his condition.

Arthur Boorman

Arthur was almost three hundred pounds when he started and his body was a wreck. The progress he made was phenomenal and reminded me of my struggle ten years ago with my lower back and legs… and now with my own weight which had been approaching three hundred.

I really started paying attention when I realized that this yoga was promoted by Diamond Dallas Page. I blinked in disbelief and turned the volume up. I used to watch DDP wrestle in WCW from the time he entered wrestling up to being rewarded the heavyweight championship title. I turned the volume up at this point and started the video over again really paying attention to it.

diamond-dallas-page-3

What was this yoga stuff about? After I watched Arthur’s story I quickly located the video about Diamond Dallas Page’s own story “What DDP did to overcome his ALL his injuries”. I remember seeing him all banged up with bandages around his ribs coming down to the ring time and again and at one point I said to my friend, “Christ, how much more punishment can this guy take?”

I wrote my teacher back and asked him about this yoga stuff. I remembered him mentioning yoga occasionally but it was a gung fu class and we were there to learn self defense not yoga so it did not become the focus at that time ten years ago. He responded that gung fu is great for combat but it does not open up the joints and the spine the way that yoga could. He assured me that yoga could improve my gung fu training immensely with added core strength and flexibility that I could not begin to imagine.

I was sold on the idea.

My wife Amy went to a few yoga classes and showed me what she learned when she came home. So I have been working on twenty five postures or asanas for over a month now. About a week and a half ago I suggested to her that I really wanted to get DDP Yoga. She surprised me by ordering it the next day. Last Thursday October 11th, 2012, the package arrived. I have been doing the Diamond Dozen daily since then as a part of my morning warm up before my gung fu forms and combat training.

DDP is right about it being a lifestyle. This will help me take what I already have and make it even better.

Oct 16

My Journey to Here and Now Part 2


My Journey to Here and Now

Part 2

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

 

 

Even with the gung fu, the cardio, and eating right, the only thing that has remained over time is the weight. See sawing back and forth from about 235 lbs to 250 lbs. The weight was still a yoke around my body that just refused to let go. My wife, Amy, put us on all kinds of diets. We learned how to count calories and carbs and adopt the paleolithic or pre agricultural caveman menu. I would experience moderate success dropping ten pounds or so over a period of months and then we would go back to eating normal again. When I say eating normal I still mean a gluten/dairy free diet but even then a lot of these good foods are packed with carbohydrates. I was a carboholic and it was a constant war with my body. Then January of 2012 I peaked out at 270 lbs and I snapped. I had never weighed that much in my life. I felt panicky. I had to do something. I was angry that everything I was doing to maintain my health still did not seem to effectively have an impact on my weight. I train 5 to 6 days a week… two to three hours a day… taking one day off to allow my body to recuperate. What the hell was going on?

I came across a program called the Gabriel Method. John Gabriel was a fellow who weighed 410+ lbs which he gained over a process of eleven years. Every diet and form of exercise he tried failed and he just kept gaining weight. I could relate to this concept with a great deal of frustration. He began to study the university materials on why people become obese. He discovered that scientists have realized that we have a primal mind hard wired into our bodies just beneath our conscious awareness. This primordial understanding contains the same thought paradigms that drove our neanderthal ancestors back in their day which kept them alive. This part of our programming understands only three things when it come to stress. Either you are starving to death in the face of famine. Your are freezing to death due to temperature. Or you are in mortal danger by an external threat like a saber tooth tiger wanting to have you for lunch. The primal aspect of our internal nature does not understand the subtle nuances of modern stress which relate to finances, relationships, personal welfare, etc. It only understands the three basic forms of stress.

So the reasons for weight gain according to your primal mind are really quite simple. If you are facing a famine crisis it would make sense that your body would want to gain weight to keep you alive. That famine may have nothing to do with food. You could have cupboards full of sustenance and a stable paycheck every month but if you are emotionally or even spiritually lacking in your personal life or having trouble paying the bills on time then this primal instinct can only interpret this stress as a form of starvation in spite of the nutritional resources you have available. So in an effort to keep you safe it begins to pack on the pounds of excess weight.

Worrying or anxiety or any form of nature is interpreted by this primitive instinct deep within our genes as being related to freezing to death. So the only natural way to ensure that you will not freeze to death is to pack on the excess weight to keep you warm.

For most of us the mortal danger of life and death is not something we have to face but the previous two dangers are reason enough for those “fat” switched to be accidentally turned on which would explain why some of us gain the weight that we do in spite of all of our efforts to avoid it. The word FAT is in and of itself an acronym that stands for “Famine And Temperature”…

Once he understood this John Gabriel lost 210+ lbs in less than a year. I was inspired by his story.

I know this is what has been my problem. Somewhere inside of me this primal instinct has been trying to keep me safe by interpreting my everyday stress as either starving to death or freezing to death. So I have been slowly identifying the underlying roots of the anxiety I have been carrying around with me that has manifested in literal excess baggage for my body. This is why diets haven’t worked for me. Every time I would start counting calories and carbs I would go to war with myself which would instantly place me into famine mode. I was miserable. So I knew there had to be a way to do this that did not include this inner struggle which was turning the fat switches on instead of off.

It is the paradigm formula of the image in the mind to which you become emotionally connected to effect the results that you produce which ultimately becomes your reality. This simple equation works both for you or against you depending on where your frame of mind is. Bottom line is as John Gabriel puts it, “A body that wants to be thin will be thin no matter what kind of fuel you put in it.” The trick is to turn the “FAT” switches off. Eating the right amount of calories and carbs and exercising smart should come as a natural process of weight loss without the internal struggle which makes all the effort futile.

Oct 16

My Journey to Here and Now Part 1


 

 

 

My Journey to Here and Now

Part 1

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

 

 

Ten years ago I began my journey to consciously start living healthy while trying to become a better person. It was the evening of my thirtieth birthday when I took my first official tai chi class. I had some idea about what I was doing as I had followed an instructional video for a few years trying to grasp the concept of the movements and postures but I finally came the conclusion that I needed professional hands on instruction. I would spend the next two and a half years studying under Sifu Muri Parsons at the Dragon’s Den in Calgary, Alberta, Canada learning the Cheng Man Ching short Yang style tai chi form along with martial applications for self defense. I would also begin training in baguazhang; eight trigram palms. An elite style of counter fighting which was reserved only for the Emperor of China’s elite palace house guard a century ago. I was going into this a complete mess. A lower back injury from years earlier had left me in pretty bad shape with the inner upper and lower ligaments of my hips lacerated. My left leg with nerve damage that won’t even respond to a reflex test with the hammer to the soft part just below the knee. To make matters worse everything I was shoveling into my body in the form of food was making me sick and I didn’t know why. Within the first six months of my gung fu training my teacher introduced me to one of his black sashes from the old school who was a professional spinal therapist as well as his personal nutritionist. Sifu Muri also put me on a special rehabilitation program over and above what I was learning in class to strengthen my legs. He told me that if I gave him two years he would see me rebuild my legs from the feet up. Let me tell you that those two years were hell.

The first thing the nutritionist told me to do was eliminate gluten and dairy products from my diet. I thought I was going to die! I did not know what my alternatives were. I lived on fast food and restaurant burgers, not to mention soda pop as the staple of my diet. Overshadowing all of this was a crushing weight of depression.

There is no way I would have been able to do any of it had I not come to the place where I was just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I knew I had to make changes in my life. I was becoming desperate. So I started the program and I stuck with it.

The diet changes, the spinal therapy, the gung fu of tai chi and baguazhang. All of it became a daily effort which I would adopt as a lifestyle. Eighteen months almost to the day that I started I realized that I did not need to wrap my knees anymore. My legs were not quivering as much. In fact I could train for hours and I felt strong with no lower back pain for the first time in years. I knew opened palmed combat. I was familiar with the sword. It felt absolutely amazing. I had begun a new lease on life and it was great. The last thing my teacher told me just before he moved away from Calgary was to start teaching and passing my skills on to others. I cannot begin to express how good that felt to know that my instructor had the confidence in me to do just that.

Oct 04

Baguazhang It’s a Lifestyle


 

 

 

Baguazhang

It’s a Lifestyle

 

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

 

For ten years I have been training gung fu. During that long decade was a journey of learning how to eat, think, and just feel better. Really that is what gung fu is about. It has little to do with being the greatest fighter, or the strongest and fastest compared to anybody else. It is really just about becoming a better person. The physical and emotional side effects of training are obvious if one is willing to put in the hard work and effort that I have. The rewards are an incredible feeling of accomplishment that boosts your confidence into orbit. Just knowing that you can handle yourself in any situation is just an amazing sensation. Whatever stressful situation arises before you whether it is psychological, emotional, or even physical, you just know that you can take care of it.

One of the styles which I study is baguazhang. The literal translation equates to eight trigram palms. The concept is the ability to change direction quickly in difficult circumstances. Now that is usually understood in the physical concept of someone being attacked or assaulted by one or more cowards. This is an accurate analogy. However, the foundation of understanding which baguazhang brings to the practitioner is also the ability to use the same analogy to handle every day situations which may occur professionally or personally in one’s life.

The basic idea which I understand about this martial art is that it is a form of counter fighting designed to allow you to confront multiple attackers from many directions. The odds of that being literal are possible but consider the incredible amount of daily stress that we deal with. Every day we are under assault from all sides from a multitude of situations in our private lives. You have to be able to decompress somehow or at least weather the storm in the midst of the crisis. That is what baguazhang can enable you to do. It allows you to keep your edge when the unmentionable hits the fan. You cannot control what is going to happen to you. The only thing you can control is how you will either react or respond. Now, if you are like me I sometimes have a tendency to go wrong when something does not go right. I am not as bad as a I used to be though. I have a much better coping mechanism now which allows me to deal with whatever it is without blowing a heart valve. I will often put myself into the role of the observer, detaching myself from the situation long enough to get a handle on what needs to be done. That does not mean that it does not move me emotionally but it means that I do not allow my emotions to rule my judgment. Flying off the handle like a ding-a-ling or wing-nut only prolongs the problem instead of just doing what needs to be done so that you can put it behind you. So what started out as a simple self defense course has turned out to be a resourceful tool in handling a lot of everyday stuff that would normally be difficult. That is why I often say that baguazhang is not something you train; it’s a lifestyle.

Sep 24

The Three Stresses


The Three Stresses

By

Adrian Dorsey

 

 

 

I know that I have written about a lot of things. From the Paradigm Formula for achieving success all the way to the paranormal activity on the farm to the deliverance ministry in Northern Alberta, Canada which led into the encounters with what I called the silicoid or grey beings from 1991 to 1992. I can probably say that I have seen things that would blow the minds of the normal average person. I have probably witnessed phenomenon that many will never see in the span of their entire lifetime. However, over and above all of that the story of my life is really centered around the journey of my health. You see everything that you experience or go through in some way effects the internal functioning of your body.

The spinal therapist that worked on my back for the two years I has learning gung fu in Calgary, Alberta, explained it to me this way. There are three stresses that cause damage to our body. The first is emotional or psychological stress which can manifest in the organs causing all kinds of problems. Negative emotions such as worry, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness can lead to depression if you cling to the cause and effect which generate or promote them. Over time the body becomes addicted to the chemicals that these dark side feelings create which ultimately lead to toxins being naturally produced by your very own body which slowly begins to poison you from the inside out. This can lead to organ problems or in my case I believe it was largely responsible for the digestive issues which have plagued me over the years such as irritable bowel syndrome. Feelings generate chemicals in your body which are produced by the hypothalamus. Positive expressions from within create a greater expression of life throughout your overall system which is what you want. This is the reason it is so important to maintain the way you react or respond to situations that confront you on a daily basis. Emotional stress is a major contributing factor to illness.

The second is nutritional stress. Most of our food today is genetically modified and processed to the point that there is little nutritional value in it at all. Your body requires nutrition that can benefit the function of all of your internal systems. That is why it is so important to try to eat food that is alive and fresh which has not been altered with pesticides or other dangerous chemicals and byproducts which than carry over into your body when you eat them. Your vehicle requires a certain kind of gasoline in order to run properly. What would happen if you put the wrong fuel in it? You would not get very far. Your body by far is more complicated than a combustion engine. For years my diet was wheat, yeast, and processed engineered food. I only drank cola of some kind and never water. Finally my entire digestive system crashed about ten years ago. I was sick all the time. I did not realize that it was the food that I was eating that was killing me. Until my gung fu teacher suggested that I see his nutritionist. Then I began my journey of learning how to eat properly. That was not easy. The first thing I had to do was eliminate wheat and all gluten from my diet as well as lactose. For the first year I thought I was going to die. However, my system began to clear up. The IB began to subside. I was able to do things without worrying where a damn washroom was before hand and that felt pretty good. Nutrition or the lack thereof does determine the state of your overall well being.

The third stress is, what I believe, to be as a result of the body already compromised emotionally as well as nutritionally and that is physical stress. We have all done some pretty stupid things to our bodies over the years which have left us in a lot of discomfort now and again. Such as slipping on the stairs, picking something up the wrong way, vehicle accident, falling.. the list is endless. The point is that a body that is already compromised and weak is going to break easily. The Chinese know that it is not natural for the body to get weak and frail with the bones susceptible to fracture as age sets in. This is not natural. A body that is emotionally and nutritionally healthy with a good physical regimen to maintain optimal functioning should always be strong and capable of withstanding injury when the circumstances occur. I train gung fu. This includes the iron shirt program which targets the internal organs with supreme health as well as reinforcing the bones so that they remain strong with healthy marrow producing the precious red and white blood cells that the body needs right into old age. The body should not break down with age but we are not taught that over here in America. When it comes to our health we are basically programmed that that which is good for us is bad and that which is bad is good. Hence, all the processed genetically engineered produce that is exempt of nutrition guarantees nothing except a weak body with a compromised immune system that leaves a person totally vulnerable to sickness and disease and easily susceptible to physical injury.

My story more than anything has been a journey of the maintenance of my health. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. That is the only way I was able to make the necessary changes which have made a difference in my life. I had to face the fact that if I remained on the road I was on that I was going to live a miserable life and probably die young. The Taoists have a saying; that if someone dies before the age of 150 years then they have died too young. I know that it is being said that people are living longer in America and that may be the case. Perhaps people are living longer but I do not believe they are living longer because they are healthier.

Just consider these words. Don’t take my word for it. Do your own homework and you will come to a similar conclusion.

 

Jun 08

A Personal Treatise on Baguazhang


A Personal Treatise on Baguazhang

By
Adrian Dorsey

I was first introduced to baguazhang the night of January 17th, 2003, at a location known as the Dragon’s Den in Calgary, Alberta. I had no idea what this style of martial art was about. I originally went for the Yang tai chi which at the conclusion of that the instructor, Sifu Muri Parsons, invited me to hang around for the next class immediately following which was baguazhang. The other students, all of whom had done the tai chi the previous hour, encouraged me to stay. It would be an introduction class which was free of charge so I agreed to do so completely fascinated by the energy and enthusiasm that permeated the atmosphere of the Den. I remember the first moments of walking the circle and learning how to hold the cover hands while keeping the waist turned inward toward the center. After a moment I would learn the first change step as Sifu instructed us to stop with the right foot forward, which was our outside foot on the circle, and then pivot both feet so that we were facing the opposite direction on the circumference. For several long moments we walked around this large circle doing these inside change steps and shifting the cover hands.
I was intrigued but I was not entirely sold on the idea of baguazhang yet.
Sifu directed us to pick partners. We would continue these same movements of walking the circle with with the cover hands and doing this inside change step in a kind of cat and mouse game. The person opposite me was much taller with a lean frame that exuded athletic ability. I could imagine that he could be quite imposing but with a patient grin he maintained this exercise at a pace that I could follow, change stepping slow enough that I could mimic his steps on the circle. Both Sifu Muri and this gentleman encouraged me that I was doing well which was a relief since I had no clue what was going on. Although I had played with a tai chi form from a video for several years I had no previous martial arts training. I was about as green as anyone could be when it came to kung fu.
About half an hour into this class I was officially introduced to three of the eight striking palms that make up the core of baguazhang. Patiently Sifu walked us through the following application. It was a left angle step with a connecting thunder palm. Stepping forward in a circular pattern with what I would come to know as a right hook step planted directly between the feet of the opponent immediately compromising the center line accompanied by a striking fire palm. That hook step would then be directed over or around the opponent’s leg in behind in what I would come to know as the post step while that fire palm transformed into a right extended heaven palm over the adversary’s left shoulder while turning our waist to the left taking the opponent over. With the right leg behind the assailant’s along with that heaven palm powered by the waist turn the results were astounding and most obviously plain to see as the attacking partners landed on the floor everywhere… including me.
For the first few moments I was on the receiving end of this application as I directed the right hook punch at my companion. Then we switched so that I could see first hand what it felt like to take that first angle step and connect with my first thunder palm to his deltoid. Hook stepping through the center line while placing the upraised fingers of the fire palm on the upper strernum of my partner. Stepping over his leg while extending the heaven palm over his left shoulder and even though I turned my waist with awkward effort and in spite of the fact that he was a good head and shoulders taller than I was, I will never forget the ease with which he went over. Of course I thought I did something wrong as I helped him up apologizing quickly. He just laughed and told me that I had done well. Sifu Muri Parsons watched me carefully throughout my first introduction class and told me that it was obvious that baguazhang agreed with me.
I remember the final demonstration which was what I can only describe as a gauntlet routine where one person was surrounded by multiple opponents. I watched in fascination as one individual stood against many. The tight circle stepping reminded me of the Tazmanian devil from looney toons. It was like a dance of fluidity and grace with these opened palm strikes and post steps sending opponents to the ground like scattered leaves.
By the end of that class I was sold. I knew that I would be coming back. I would go home that winter’s night and spend hours walking the circle.
It has been nearly ten years since that first introduction class and I am still walking the circle making baguazhang a part of my daily life.