Many students ask me “What is the Secret?” My answer is always the same. “There is No Secret. The Secret is In You”.
If you have learned from me personally, I openly teach you everything according to your own level of progression. And as I mentioned…once you start understanding your body & mind by practicing I Liq Chuan correctly, over time it no longer remains a secret. If you don’t understand, it will always remain a MYSTERY (laughs).
So the key is to unlock & discover the secret yourself. I can only guide you.
50-100 years ago, there is no technology like today. Don’t mention video recording, even photos are hard to come by. How do these past masters achieve high level of skills and martial acuity if there’s no reference materials easily available like today? In the old days, the master (Sifu) will teach you. And you need to diligently remember what you learn. There’s no dvd for you to replay and watch.
The best way to remember better? You keep practicing & practicing. Master will give pointers once in a while. So the more you practice, the more pointers (in the right direction) you get. And that’s part of the learning process. If you forget, that’s your problem. You progress slower. It’s simple logic.
Also, why does your strength diminish as you train harder or grow older? Shouldn’t you improve better and get more powerful as you train more?
Have you ponder carefully about it?
That’s because you are naturally conformed to building physical strength without being aware. Over time, this type of strength create ‘blockages’ in your body physiology.
Let’s take for example:- imagine a brand new pipe installation in your house. Initially, the water flows strong and smooth (when you’re young). How about 10 years, 20 years later (when you’re older)? You would agree that the amount of water flow will decrease and slow down due to dirt/residue piling up, or sometimes even get stuck.
Similar hindrance is happening to your body which prevents you from achieving real power advancement – regardless of how old you are. Remember, age should not become your primary limiting factor.
The ‘external’ strength which is commonly developed using gym weights, machines are containing/constricting…therefore locking your own energy inwards. Sure you can become strong, but it will fade away over the years. Whereas the type of ‘internal’ strength we aim to train in ILC is expanding/amplify with its ability to project outwards onto others.
Know the difference, then practice with intention!
To Your Martial Success,
GM Jimmy Heow
Sifu Jimmy Talks Series
Co-founder of I Liq Chuan & Founder of Wu Ji I Liq Chuan Academy
(translated by Ben Yeoh as close as possible and faithful to original intended message)