“Qi Magazine: What are the principles of I-Liq Ch’uan?
Sifu Sam Chin: I-Liq Ch’uan is based on T’ai Chi and Zen principles. So you can say it has its roots in Taoism and Buddhism.
It is based on non-assertion, non-resistance, and an understanding of yin and yang. The training is being mindful, which means neutral, formless and in the present, to become fully aware. Action and reaction are based on mindfulness. If not, then they are based on mental habitual reflex, which is the mental expressions accumulated from past experience. In this case you are not in the moment and not with the condition as it is. When you are in the moment you can flow. Flowing is to be with the conditions, not backing off, or resisting, just sensing and merging.
From flowing you can observe the condition as it is, and then merge, to be as one, harmonizing with the environment and the opponent. When you harmonize then you can take control. Mindfulness is the cause, and awareness is the effect of being mindful. We need to understand the learning process, which is merely to recognize and realize; it is not to accumulate or imitate as that is just building another habit.
From Zen we need to empty ourselves so that the nature of all things can reveal itself to us.”
Qi Magazine Issue 41, 1999
“There are many styles of Chinese martial arts. After the Sui (589-618 AD) and the Tang (618-907) dynasties, they were divided into two schools: shaolin and wutang. Within these schools, there are further divisions. We speak of shaolin as external style and wutang as internal style. Others say shaolin is hard style (wai kung), and wutang is soft style (nei kung). In any case, because they are arts of combat, Chinese martial arts must contain both soft and hard techniques so that they can encompass both defense and offence. The only difference between shaolin and wutang os the method of training students…(in) my own experience, younger or stronger people are better suited to practice shaolin … wutang takes longer. … practice … using large circular movements; but combat conditions require small, curved movement. The more you practice … the smaller your curve of movement should become”
Chen Pang Ling’s Original Tai Chi Chuan Textbook
“Meditation develops your innate energies. With practice, you can take charge of your mind and body, preventing disease before it arises. Shouldn’t everyone make an effort to learn something like this? Superficially, meditation looks easy, but if you practice without patience, determination, and a long-term sense of devotion you will never realize its benefits. To give readers a guide to meditation, I have therefore summarized my many decades of experience.”
Yin Shi Zi, October, 1954
“To meditate means to realize the imperturbability of one’s original nature. Meditation means to be free from all phenomena, and calmness means to be internally unperturbed. There will be calmness when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.”
Another great and very clear book on meditation is Yin Shi Zhi’s Tranquil Sitting: A Taoist Journal on Meditation and Chinese Medial Qigong. It sounds imposing but it isn’t. It contains very clear and practical instruction on how to meditate.