Dong Ui Bo Gam (동의보감) Korean Classic “Mirror of Eastern Medicine” Heo Jun (1539-1615 A.D.)

Dong Ui Bo Gam (동의보감) , Korean commentaries on the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor Classic on Internal Medicine) and many other Chinese Medicine Classics. I will site within this Korean classic on Chinese medicine. The importance of this is Korea’s unhindered history in study of the traditional medicine since Han dynasty without interruption of wars, dynastic changes, and political upheavals. The book has several main topics with many chapters for each main topic. From what my professor said, Heo Jun uses around 189 Chinese Medicine classics and about 11 Korean medicine books when he wrote it.

Selections from the Dong Ui Bo Gam read in class: 1/23/2015, I will add some notes from class on discussion in regards to topic of:
Misc. causes of disease*
Constitution: Parents age, health, and pregnancy affects constitution of baby.
Overwork:
1. Excessive physical work:
-Excessive reading injures the blood and heart
-Excessive lying down injures the qi of the lungs.
-Excessive sitting injures the muscles and spleen.
-Excessive standing injures the bones and kidneys.
-Excessive exercise injures the tendons and liver.

2. Insufficient exercise: Qi stagnation, and dampness: feeling sore and achy. Try Tai Chi or Yoga.

3. Excessive sex: causes fatigue, back pain, weak knees.

4. Insufficient sex: cause qi interal heat issues, loneliness, craving for sex, depression, heart and mind issues.

5. Diet:
-Modern changes in food: be aware of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, fortified, preservatives and other chemicals.
-Insufficient eating: malnutrition in 3rd world, elderly, vegetarians, and other strict diets.
-Blood tonic: meat is a blood tonic.
-Cold energy eating: salads and cheese, raw veggies cause a cold damp, cheese causes phlegm, blood and qi stagnation in the spleen. Spleen likes warm and dry, not cold and ice which makes the spleen yang weaken.
-Overeating: spleen and stomach dampness. Sweet/Sugar causes spleen dampness as well.
-Hot/Spicy: heat symptoms of stomach and liver.
-Greasy: phlegm and dampness of stomach and spleen.
-State of body/mind: eating under distress, hurry, and rushed mentally causes Stomach Yin deficiency.

6. Trauma: injury to a body area causes a local Qi stagnation.

7. Parasites and poison: the high sugar diet of children causes a dampness which is attractive to worms.

8. Wrong treatment: a wrong acupuncture treatment is much less harmful to someone, than a wrong herbal formula.

9. Prescription/Medicinal drugs: Beta blockers and tranquilizers alter the pulse, antibiotics and steroids cause changes in patient tongue.

10. Recreational drugs- Long term usage:
-Marijuana: causes kidney deficiency, affects heart, blood, and spleen (munchies). Long term affect on memory and will.
-Cocaine: creates a phlegm-fire in the heart, affects psychological and mental functions.
-LSD: causes a type of Heart-fire, causing “flashbacks” and psychosis.
-Ecstasy: Causes brain damage and suppresses immune system, obstructs the kidney and heart orifices.
*The Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia, Chapter 22 Misc. causes of Disease.

We used the Dong Ui Bo Gam to touch on some of these topics and more:


On the Body:

Prologue last paragraph. p.13
“The shape of a man is better to be short than long, to be small than big, and to be skinny than fat. The color of a man’s skin is better to be black than white, to be dark than pale, to be thick than thin. Furthermore, a fat man is rich in dampness, a thin person is rich in fire, a pale white person is deficient in Lung qi, and a dark person is rich in kidney qi. Everyman is different in his complexion and shapes, and therefore has differences in his viscera and bowels compared to others. This shows that different patients must be treated differently even if they show the same symptoms.”- Zhu Zhenheng.

Chapter 7- The Life span is dependent on the shape and qi

first paragraph p.19
It is said in the Divine Pivot: “A person lives long if shape and qi match each other and dies young if they don’t”.

Professor commentary in class: If a large man has a lot of Qi will live much longer than a large man with little bit of Qi. A thin man with a lot Qi will live long than a thin man with a little bit of Qi”.

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Paragraph 2 p.19
There is a saying in the “Classified Compilation on Nurturing Life” : “If the Qi from food gets stronger than the original qi, the person gets fat and cannot live long; if the original qi gets stronger than the qi from food, the person gets thin and can live long.”

Paragraph 3 p.19
Yutuan once said, “The pulse is fast in those who have impetuous personality; the pulse is slow in those who are relaxed. Generally, those who have a slow pulse live long, and those who have a fast pulse usually die young.”

Professor commentary- there was a study done on mice, and that via observation, the mice that moved fastest, ate fast, and were more busy, dies younger. Autopsy on these mice revealed they had a heart condition.

Chapter 6- Differences in Lifespan
Paragraph 1 p.17
In the Basic Questions: “Huangdi asked, “The people of ancient times are said not to get old even at the age of 100. The people nowadays, however get old in their movement even at the age of 50. Is this because time has changed or because the people have lost the way of Tao?” Qibo answered, “The people at that time knew the way of the Tao. They practiced the way of yin-yang, adapted to changes well, had discipline to moderate diet, had rules in their daily lives, and did not use up their energy thoughtlessly. Therefore they could preserve their shape and spirit in whole and live one’s allotted life, and eventually died at the age of 100.”

Second paragraph p. 18
“This is why the wise man in the ancient times tasted all kinds of herbs, made all kinds of medicines, and took care of people to let them live the allotted life fully.”

and

“It is the role of the doctor to understand such order of the universe and work with this knowledge as the base to lead people who should die young to die old, and who should die old to be an immortal.”

Chapter 15- Damage due to Fatigue

Paragraph 3 p.2036
“When a person becomes to happy or too angry or does not have any moderation in life or becomes too tired, it damages qi. When qi is damaged, the fire gets to active, and when the fire gets too active it suppresses Earth of the spleen.”

Chapter 17 Treatment methods for damage due to fatigue

p. 2040 paragraph 1

It is said in the Inner Classic, “When one is tired, one must be raised (warmed), when one’s body is lacking, it must be added”. Fatigue is the spirit at an uneasy state due to too much work. therefore, it must be raised. The meaning of warming in treatment is raising. Raising means controlling what one eats, living an orderly life, clearing one’s mind and not worrying, and silently waiting for qi to restore to its normal state.

Professor commentary- herbal warming formula for this is “Bu zhong yi qi tang.”

On Deficiency Vexation:

Chapter 1- Causes of Consumptive Diseases

p. 2093 2nd and 3rd paragraphs

“When the heart and the lungs undergo deficient detriments, one’s complexion loses color. When the liver and the kidneys undergo deficient detriments, one figure becomes thin, and the inability to digest food well indicates that the spleen has undergone deficient detriments.”

“Many diseases or aggregations result from deficiencies. Deficiency leads to all kinds of diseases.”

Professor commentary: Spleen deficiency mentioned results in anorexia in extreme cases.


Chapter 2- Consumptive Diseases

p.2094 paragraph 1-
That one is deficient means that one’s skin, hair, flesh, muscles, pulses, bones, marrow, qi, blood, and fluid are deficient.

Paragraph 2-
Decreased intake of food, unclear mind, seminal emissions, dream emissions, tightness and pain in the muscles and bones of the waist, back, chest, and flank, a tidal fever, spontaneous sweating, phlegm, and coughs are all general symptoms of consumptive diseases.

13- Idleness causes Qi stagnation

p. 97 paragraph 1

“Idle people do not use their strength by moving their bodies, but they only sit or lie down after eating heartily. This blocks the meridians and blood vessels, triggering damage caused by overexertion and fatigue. Thus, even though a noble person (upper class) seems to be happy outwardly, his or her mind suffers; and even though a peasant is complacent in his or her mind, he or she appears to suffer outwardly. A noble person tries to satisfy one’s desires at all times, does not know abstinence, and lies down straight after eating heartily. Therefore, one should always use one’s strength, but not to the point of where one feels to tired. Working to the point where nutrient Qi and defense qi flow well and blood vessels spread out evenly is the adequate level. It is the same as the following: running water does not get stale, and hinges do not get eaten by moths.

Professor commentary: In the olden times, moths used to build nest in the hollows of a door hinge and this could interrupt its free movement.

On Essence:
Chapter 1 Essence is the Basis of the Human body

p. 62
In the Divine Pivot, it is said that: “The spirit of two people join to form a new shape. What is always made before the body is formed is called essence. “Essence is a fundamental substance of the body. It is also said that: “The fluid and humor from the five grains are combined to make oil which seeps into the holes of the bones, fills up the the bone marrow and the brain, and flows to the groins. When the imbalance of yin and yang is broken, semen leaks out of the genitals. Too much leaking out causes a deficiency, which leads to pain in the thoracic and lumbar regions, and a sore feeling in the shins. “Also, it is said; “Bone marrow is what fills the insides of the bones and the brain is the sea of marrow. when the sea of marrow is deficient, there is dizziness, ringing in the ears, soreness of the shins, and blurred vision.”

p. 63 chapter 2- Essence is the ultimate treasure
paragraph 2

It is said in the Immortal Writings, “Essence is considered a treasure in the Tao of yin-yang. When protected carefully, one will age slowly.”

Song of the classics it says: “Essence is treasured in the Tao, and one should be covert when protecting his treasure”
further paragraph p. 63 of the Song of the Classics:
“It is destiny that it should be kept a treasure, the body that must be saved, the essence must be kept important. One’s eyes get dizzy and lose sparkle when liver essence is not enough. The flesh gets thinner when lung essence is not enough. Kidney Qi decreases when kidney essence is not enough. One’s teeth become bare and hair falls out when spleen essence is not enough. Diseases occur and eventually death follows if the true essence is all used up.”

Paragraph 3 p.63
Scripture of the Yellow court:
“One is able to live long only when the essence is not let out for leakage. One must treasure and value it.”

Chapter 5- Essence should be secured thoroughly.
p. 65 paragraph 1
Inner classic: The keypoint of yin-yang is that yin is strong only when yang is well protected. This is why yin qi is said to have collapsed when yang is active. When yin is harmonized and yang is secured, essence-spirit is in control; when yin and yang are separated the essence-qi collapse.”

Chapter 6- Control desire to store essence.
p.76 3rd paragraph
Immortal writings: “The essence is wasted if desire overflows; one must truly save essence to live long.
Kidney water increases itself if one sits calmly; desire disappears of itself if one lives by oneself.”

Chapter 38- Diseases of Buddhist nuns and widows are different from those of a woman with a husband.
p. 3058 paragraph 1-
Zhu cheng of the Song dynasty used different prescriptions for the treatment of widows and Buddhist nuns. There is a reason for this. These people lived alone. Therefore, there is only yin and no yang. There is desire that cannot be met. Therefore, yin and yang always fight each other, resulting in cold and heat like warm intestinal convulsion. It becomes a consumptive disease when overlooked for a long time.

p. 3058 continued-
Essence is main for man, blood is main for women. When essence is exuberant in a man, a man thinks about a woman. when blood is exuberant in a woman, she tries to have a baby.

paragraph 2-
Diseases of a widow or Buddhist nun form due to loneliness. The symptoms of loathing wind, tiredness, cold and heat, redness in the face, stuffiness in chest, spontaneous sweating, and a string-like and long pulse on the liver pulse that is shown in the wrist pulses.

Professor- explains the location of pulses. see diagram.
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On Internal Damage:

Chapter 1 Treating the diseases with food and medicine.
paragraph 1, p.2008
The key point of a comfortable physical state lies in food, and the key point of treating the disease lies solely with medicine. If one does not know how to eat properly, one can’t live long. If one does not know the qualities of medicine, one can’t treat the disease. Food gets rid of pathogens and comforts the viscera and bowels.

paragraph 3 p. 2011
Wangandao once said, “One must not confuse fatigue and food sickness and see them as one. The origin of fatigue lies in a real deficiency. food sickness is also a kind of deficiency, but it is divided into two kinds: excess and deficiency. Because although both eating nothing and eating too much are a loss of moderation, they are two different diseases.”

Professor commentary Herb- ‘Yi-zhi-ren’ hot/warm/heating sensation herb used for spleen and kidney, warms kidney to preserve jing and leakages of jing.

Chapter 10- Damage due to alcohol
Paragraph 3 p.2027
When one drinks too much, qi flows upward. It is said in Annotations, “When a person drinks too much, the lung sac is flipped and the qi flows upward and fast. Liquor is the fluid of the five grains and the essence of yeast. Although it might help people, it can also harm people since it has a lot of heat and is very toxic.”

p.2028
When a person is damaged due to alcohol, the treatment must only be dispersion; when the person sweats, it is a sign of healing. Next treatment is to induce urination.

Chapter 11- Contraindications of drinking
p.2028
paragraphs 1,2, 10.
Sweet foods must be banned. One must not eat noodles with course liquor as it blocks the pores. Also one must not drink water or tea when one is thirsty before becoming sober. This is because liquid entering the body at this state enters the kidneys following the alcohol, becomes toxic, and makes the person’s waist and legs painful and makes the bladder cold and painful.

On Blood:
Chapter 10- Blood Amassment syndrome
p. 195 paragraph 1
Blood amassment is accumulated blood stasis. If the patient has a heat disease caused by cold damage, yellowing body, black feces, madness and poor memory, one has blood amassment.

commentary on Triple burner issues:
p.196
If blood is accumulated in the upper burner, it causes poor memory.
If blood is accumulated in the middle burner, the patient has chest fullness, yellow body, and a preference for gargling water without swallowing it, use a Plum pit disorder decoction.
If blood is accumulated in the lower burner, the patient becomes mad, with black feces, and a solid and painful abdomen.

On How to use Medicinals:
Chapter 3 doctrines for using medicinals
p. 1584 last paragraph
When the disease becomes exuberant in the upper body and is not cured, use emetic medicine to get rid of pathogenic qi. When the disease becomes exuberant in the lower body and is not cured, induce diarrhea to remove pathogenic qi.

Chapter 11 paragraph 1, p.1589
The fundamental principles for using medicine are inducing vomiting in the spring, promoting sweat in the summer, inducing diarrhea in autumn, and warming or applying moxibustion in the winter.

Chapter 25- Simple prescriptions are better.
paragraph 1, p.1599
In ancient times doctors had used only one medicine to treat one disease. It was not until Han dynasty’s Zhang Zhongjing when used various medicines to treat one disease.

Professor commentary: Zhang Zhongjing used 3 to 5 herbs in his medicine successfully.

Chapter 28 There is no pain when it is freed

p.1601 paragraph 1
When there is pain it means something is stagnant. It is also said that, “All pain is reduced when stagnancy is removed.”

chapter 33- How to use prescriptions depending on the weight of a patient
p.1603 paragraph 1
Fat people have lots of phlegm due to deficient Qi. Therefore remove phlegm and tonify qi. Lean people have fire due to deficient blood. Purge fire and nourish yin.

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Kwoon Alliance: 2015 Winter Edition

We’re gonna make this Quarterly when I can get time to be creative between school semesters, this Winter we covered:

Sifu Alex Shpigel:
We had Chinese medicine Doctor and full contact Champion from San Diego Alex Shpigel:

We tried a podomatic version instead of using Soundcloud:

more on Alex here:
http://polariswushu.net/blog/2011/08/13/interview-with-alex-shpgiel-full-contact-champion-and-acupuncture-doctor/

for acupuncture in San Diego: http://shpigelacupuncture.com/
San diego hsing-i: http://www.sandiegohsing-i.com/

Sifu Greg Pritchett
We tested the recording software with fighter and fight coach in Delaware Sifu Greg Pritchett: TURN UP the Volume our initial launches have sound quality issues.
http://www.mvjathletics.com/

Sifu Arnaldo Ty Nunez
We had special consultant of everything Kung fu with Kung fu writer and practitioner Sifu Arnaldo Ty Nunez

Sifu Michael Pekor
came aboard and gave us some insights into competition training, teaching kids, and tai chi kung fu.

more with Michael and other push hand competitors:
http://polariswushu.net/blog/2013/12/30/interview-with-various-competitiors-of-taiji-tui-shou-aka-push-hands/

Michael’s website: Tai Chi Long Island NY

Sifu Troy Roy gave us an interview on Tai Chi “empty body skills” and some of his fight experience that was published here:
http://polariswushu.net/blog/2015/01/03/kwoon-alliance-interview-troy-roy-on-empty-body-skills-in-tai-chi-chuan/

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Winter meditation: Zhine “Calm Abiding”

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*If you have a color printer just print out the “Ah” and put it on a stick and go to meditation. It should be at the level of your neck when sitting so you are gazing slightly downward.

Zhine is a fundamental and beginning practice in the Bon’s Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It is as simple as sitting in front of the “Ah Stick” and remain unmoving and gazing at the center “Ah” unblinkingly.

Zhine Short Method:
1. 9 breathings of purification.
2. Zhine sitting- gazing at AH syllable for typically 20 minutes.
3. Sound Zhine using “Ah-Om-Hung” or “Hung Hri”.
4. Dedication of practice: to those suffering in the universe.

One typically starts with the 9 breathing’s of purification, which is the Tibetan version of Pranayama to clear out the 3 psychic channels:

From my meditation page I wrote:

Buddhist Nine breathing’s of purification- is also known as pranayama in yoga circles, many of its uses are to balance the humors (phlems, biles,and winds) of the body in India’s Aryvedic medicine. Brings benefits of balancing both hemispheres of the brain, yin (lunar) and yang(solar) energies of the body, helps to develop a sense of centering and grounding.

To balance the channels- the method of alternate nostril breathing is applied. You inhale through left nostril, close left nostril and exhale out the right nostril. Then reverse: inhale through the right nostril, close the right nostril and then exhale out the left. This should be done 3 times for each nostril. It will clear out negative energies in the channels, stale air and toxins from the lungs. The central channel is cleanse by breathing through both nostril and bending forward in a bowing motion and forcefully exhaling at the last 3rd section of the breath. Do this 3 times. You can add the visualization of dark colored smoke leaving the Brahma’s aperture at the top of the skull making the central channel a pure blue color.

Sound zhine:
1.One typically uses “Ah- Om- Hum” (pronounced Hung), for the 3rd eye, throat, and heart chakras- “body, speech, mind” in the Bon tradition. Classic Buddhist use “Om-Ah-Hum” (Hung) in other traditions.
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2.Another sound practice is using “Hum (Hung)-Hri” which is a powerful energy moving sound exercise.

Dedication:
It is important to dedicate your practice to others and not for selfish means. The ancient yogis ask that you send positive compassion to all beings suffering in the universe and that those suffering quickly attain the 3 doors/bodies of body-speech-and mind: Dharmakaya, Sambogakaya, and Nirmanakaya (truth, completion, and manifestation).

More about Zhine from my Teacher Tenzin Rinpoche: click Here

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Kwoon Alliance interview: Troy Roy- on “Empty body skills” in Tai chi chuan

Snake and Crane in the Rat’s Den

Troy Roy began training in the Chinese Martial Arts in Europe in 1989 and was a member of the Tang
Shou Tao Association in California from 2002 til 2007, then again from 2010 through 2012 and is a
veteran of their annual full-contact Hsing-I tournaments. He fought in the 2008 USKSF International
Lei Tai Championships and was ranked 4th in the Men’s Heavyweight C weight division. Also more
recently, at the age of 40 years, being just under 5′ 11″, weighing 170 lbs, he defeated a strong,
aggressive challenger in his 20′s who was over 6′ tall and weighed over 200 lbs at the East Bay Rats
Motorcycle Club Full-Contact Fight Club event in Oakland, California. He trained in Chinese Internal
Kung Fu, including empty-body skills and free fighting, with Sifu Scott Jensen who was a longtime
student of both Peter Ralston and Grandmaster Wong Jackman.

Troy is also known for having written the first biography of the infamous “Count Dante” (a.k.a. John
Keehan) titled Deadliest Man Alive! The Strange Saga of Count Dante and the Black Dragon Fighting
Society, which can be purchased at Amazon.com.

(The Chinese art of Tai Chi Chuan, which legend says is based on the movements of the snake and
crane in combat, is often touted as a method of self-defense, and teachers often recount tales of the
great masters of the past using their art to win challenge matches against formidable opponents. Seldom
however are modern practitioners of the art able to replicate these feats. It is Mr. Roy’s contention that
this is due, not to the ineffectiveness of Tai Chi as a martial art, but due to the lack of proper training
methods and unrealistic means of testing one’s training. Toward that end, he decided to test his art
against an opponent in open competition. This is the result of his training.)

Kwoon Alliance- I always wanted people to know your story, because I think it’s a good example of
what someone can accomplish with proper training. In July of 2008 you flew out here to Maryland
from California, met up with Kung Fu instructor Ashe Higgs, and I helped corner you two for your lei
tai fights. That weekend, things did not go as planned with Hsing-I on the platform, however, you went
back to the lab, changed up your training, changed up your philosophy, tell the readers what you did
and what the results were afterwards.

Troy: I had started my training with Northern Shaolin and Praying Mantis Kung Fu while living in
Italy and had done some full contact fights in Europe. When I got back to the States I trained
intensively in Hsing-I Chuan, fighting in closed-door full contact tournaments, and wanted to test it out
in a more open venue, like the Lei Tai Championships. The results weren’t what I had hoped for, so I
went back and watched the videos of the fights and saw that I was too tense and too aggressive. I
wasn’t relaxed and using my mobility, I was just trying to knock my opponents out. When I reviewed
the videos and saw what I was doing, I could tell that everything I really NEEDED to do was part of
the Tai Chi I had learned. So I went back to one of my teachers, Scott Jensen, and what his teacher
Peter Ralston (who had won the World Full Contact Fighting Championships in Taiwan in 1978, and
had trained under Wong Jackman and William C.C. Chen) referred to as “empty body skills”. So I
worked on Tai Chi with Scott, primarily these “empty body skills”, which are basically dodging,
evading and footwork drills, and trying to build a “connection” with your opponent, training until you
can read or “feel” your opponent’s intent, what is sometimes called “ting jin” in Tai Chi – the ability to
listen to and interpret the energy of another person . From what I undertsand, Ralston trained so
fanatically that he developed a high level of ting jin, he could tell what his opponent was going do
before he even attacked. So we did a whole lot of training in “empty body drills”. I also did a lot of
yoga, stretching and relaxation postures, to try to develop as much relaxation as possible. One thing
that Ralston emphasizes in his writings is that as long as you are upright, you cannot be TOO relaxed.

Kwoon Alliance- So you used Hatha yoga to release the tension within the muscles and connective
tissues?

Troy: Yes, basically any tension you find in the body you need to release it and sink your energy down
into the legs and feet. The power is coming entirely from the feet and legs, so that whenever your
opponent attacks, you sense what his attack is, you’re able to not be in the spot where he is attacking,
and when you counter-attack it will be much more powerful. Anytime you are moving with tension it is
like driving a car with one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake. You are using up a lot of
energy and you are not going as fast as you could. Once you release that tension it is like taking that
foot off the brake and you do not have to use so much gas. And so I worked for 2 years on doing just
that. No kind of strength training at all, I did not want to rely on strength to any degree, and just wanted
to be relaxed. So after 2 years of that I decided to test it out. I was not able to go to the Kuoshu
nationals that year due to to financial reasons, so I looked around at what was going on in Oakland
California. There was biker gang in the area called the “East Bay Rats” that has a boxing ring behind
their clubhouse and each year they have an open full-contact fight night.
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Kwoon Alliance- “It’s the biker smoker!! Put on some gloves and go at it!!

Troy: Yup. You don’t know who you are going to get, you can get in the ring with Joe nobody,or you
can unknowingly get in the ring with a Golden Gloves boxing champion. You don’t know until after
the fight.

Kwoon Alliance- So you fought there two years in a row?

Troy: I did it in 2010 and in 2012.

Kwoon Alliance- Please tell us what happened and what were the results-

Troy: First year I did it, it was 2010 and I had just turned 40 years old. I told my instructor about it, he
said ok, and got a group of guys together and we all went as a team. I was the first person to get up and
go into the ring. The announcer asked me how much I weighed. I told him 170. The ref yelled to the
crowd “Is there anybody here 170 pounds that wants to fight this guy?” Nobody answered, so he
yelled “Is there anybody here180 pounds that wants to fight this guy?” No answer again. Frustrated, he
yelled “Is there ANYBODY out there who wants to fight this guy?!” A young guy finally comes up,
about 25 years old, 6’5” looks like he weighted about 240 or so, and climbs into the ring. He looks like
a monster like King Kong. The ref looks at him, then the ref looks at me, and asked me “Do you want
to fight this guy??!” So I say “Yeah, I’ll fight him!”

fight1
Troy, on the right, vs monster brawler on the left.
fight2

Hooking the opponent’s punching arm & landing a punch.

Basically I could not have done as well if it were not for the two years of training to release the tension
I had in my body. If I stood up and went toe to toe and banged with him, he would have mauled me. He
was so big and so strong that the training that I did was perfect for him. Every time he attacked, I
shifted out of the way and he would lose his balance, and I would follow-up on him.

fight3
A would-be knockout punch on the way…

fight4… which fails to land where intended!

He LOOKED like he’d be slow because he was so big, but he was actually fast as hell, like the
Tasmanian Devil in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons. He was definitely trying to put me into the hospital!

fight5

fight6
One application of the Tai Chi technique “Brush Knee & Twist Step”, and the opponent’s reaction to it.

Near the end of the fight I was taking it to him, I drove him back into a corner, he was frustrated and
came chrging out of the corner trying to slam into me with his whole body. The ring mat was loose and
I tripped on it while dodging out of the way and went to the mat. The ref was trying to get between us
to allow me up, but my opponent grabbed the ref and shoved him out of the way, then tried to knock
me out by throwing a punch when I was down. The ref disqualified him and threw him out. I think the
ref was more angry about being shoved out of the way than anything. It was their fighting ring, their
club house, and their rules.

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fight8
Empty-body skills in action…

fight9

fight10
Body shot lands clean… and looks painful!

fight11

fight12

fight13

The training I received in Tai Chi and the extreme levels of relaxation, coupled with the empty-body
training drills, worked even better than I had thought they would. I was a little nervous before the fight,
but as soon as I dialed in to my opponent, I felt very comfortable the whole fight.

Kwoon Alliance- How did the second fight go?

Troy: The second fight I did at the Rat’s fight event 2 years later was actually kind of anti-climatic. At
the time I was 42, and even though my opponent was in his mid 20s, he was the same weight as me and
about the same size, so it didn’t really seem like much of a fight for me (even though he was young,
athletic and definitely trying to knock me out) after having seen what my training could do against a
much larger, stronger fighter. I had been working on my skills for 2 more years at this point, he was not
able to hit me at all, and I was hitting him at will. In the second round he ran in to punch me and
missed, I hit him in the solar plexus, he dropped his hands, waved off to the ref that he was done.

Kwoon Alliance- congrats, we are going to be doing more interviews later.

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Gallery: Chinese Acupuncture points

Last update 2-27-2015.new additions.

Drawings to understand the acupuncture point groups better and relationships with other acupuncture point groups. These include internal pathways, external pathways, 12 regular meridians, 12 luo collateral points, 8 extraordinary channels, and extra points.

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