On day 47 I experienced something really strange during qigong; it felt like there were waves of water flushing over my arms while I was doing the qigong. The sensation was getting stronger as I went on, but eventually my 6 minutes were up so I stopped. I kind of wanted to extend that session and see what was going to happen. I wonder how powerful it would have gotten.
Other than that, nothing really eventful happened during these 10 days. Beginning tomorrow I’m going to increase the sets to 30.
I’m one of those people who are naturally skeptical. I don’t really believe that qi has fighting applications. I think all of those guys who do the “qigong” demos where they break stuff or break spears on their throats are just showmen and stage magicians. All of the stuff they do can be done by people who are trained but who haven’t ever studied qigong. In other words, I don’t believe that qi is protecting their throat from the spear. It’s a stage trick. And yes, I believe they are deliberately misleading the audience.
That being said, the sensation I felt in my arms was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think my arms were immune to spear strikes or anything like that at that point, but there was definitely something going on.
So you might ask if I’m a skeptic why am I even including the qigong portion in the training at all then? Blood flow is important in healing injuries and I think qigong increases blood flow in the hands, so it’s probably beneficial to my training. Same with the jow and the massage.
I have increased to 25 sets with each hand. At the end of the first day of doing this I could tell that I had done a little more work than usually (25% more, to be exact!) but that’s about it.
I am enjoying training. Like when I am actually hitting the bags (remember, I’m just letting my hand drop on them, I’m not really hitting them), it is peaceful and enjoyable experience. Does that make sense? On one hand you would think that it would be boring because you’re basically doing the same thing over and over again, but it’s not boring. It’s almost exciting.
That could also just be because it’s still new to me, though.
I’ve noticed that every few sets I have to reposition the bag. Maybe I’m not hitting it exactly straight or something.
I’ve also noticed that I’m starting to feel more sensation in my hands during the qigong portion of the training. This is new. It doesn’t hurt so I assume it’s not a bad thing, but I am definitely feeling something. It’s sort of like a tingle but not really. Maybe it could be described as “energy”? I don’t know. I you’re either thinking “wow, that’s weird” or “I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about!”
Oh, I forgot to mention. Because of the increase in sets, I also increased the qigong and massage to 6 minutes each session. More work = more recovery, right?
Nothing really new to report. It seems like I am feeling a bit more energy in my hands but I don’t know if that’s because of any of the following:
1) additional impact
Or it could just be that I’m more aware of my hands now and there isn’t really anything different other than my perception of stuff.
I’ve noticed that I am looking forward to training each day. I assume that can only be a good thing.