REVERSE RIDING OF DONKEY
called "Reverse Riding of Donkey"?
Sifu Simon Rodriguez
Shaolin Wahnam Costa Rica
22nd March 2011
I would like to join Peter in his comment. We also had so much fun in the last Wing Choon course at The Blue Mountain with Sigung. The first time when he showed us "Reverse Riding of Donkey" we were shocked, as it looked quite difficult to release form it.
My shock was even worst as I was doing the practice at that moment with Piti Sisook. Those of you who know him could tell that he is probably twice my size, plus a big amount of internal force.
When he sat down on top of me and sank his chi, it was even hard to breath, and my first thought was "this is going to be difficult". But as soon as I tried "Iron Bull Ploughs Earth" I was amazed at how easy Piti flew away. We tried it several times and every time it worked perfectly fine. Even the mechanics of the movement without internal force was enough.
I found some pictures of the practice wich I would like to share with you. You can see how Piti Sisook ends up in a position of disadvantage, as his balance and center of gravity is absolutely lost. You can also see some pictures of Miriam, a thin, small and gentle Mexican lady. She could throw Sean (form Canada) quite easily too. I don't have pictures of Piti Sisook throwing me, but I can tell you that I flew meters away. It actually felt so nice, it was nicer than jumping on a trampoline.
It is amazing to see and enjoy the several benefits of the 18- Lohan Art, not only for developing internal force and all the Chi Kung benefits, but also it is a wonderful way to deepen in the essence of body movement and explosive force. I am practicing it every day and it's been great for my Tai Chi Chuan and for my body.
Thank you Sigung!!!!
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