Saturday, February 29, 2020

POST 437 29FEB2020 Exercise 22-23 Jade Mountain continued - PUEBLA adventure

 Post 437 29Feb.2020

In this Post you will find
-NATURE ART. ‘Quiet Winter’ 
-LEARNING. (continued) Critical Thinking of Ngoc Dinh
-EXERCISE. No 22-23 Jade Mountain
-SHARING. Understand FAST English Conversations
-REVISION. Luyen Thao 
-COLLECTION. Folk Painting No 5

  POST  437                            28 February 2020
In this Post 437 you will find the Exercises 22-23 of the form NGOC DINH / The Jade Mountain.


22   A long, sleepless night
23   The secret of the Milky Way

22   Đêm dài không ngủ
23   Ngân hà muôn sao

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Step 3. Analysis.
For example: Movements 27 and 28 are the closing part of Ngoc Dinh. So first we can put them back to the whole set of 28 movements  which starts with a wide scope (exploring Sky, Ocean, Earth) to better understand why in the end the quyen  finished  with something rather mystic or  introverted, turning to oneself.    
Then after the group can analyze the different aspects of the affirmation We are always ourselves .    

Step 4.  Reasoning. 
For example: Is this young man stupid? He explored the Jade Mountain to discover many things and after he did not say a word. Is his attitude acceptable?

Step 5. Discussion and conclusion.           
For example: After discussion the group can arrive at a conclusion which will be the answer to the question in step 1.

NOTE. In this example, the group could also better focus their investigation on the physical and technical development of movements 27 and 28, rather than on the mental aspect.    
The group could start with the question How hard is it to manage to go back exactly at the starting point. Then they will discover that the key, the solution, lays at the Movement 27 (at the end of Movement 26: raise the left leg then put it close to the starting line, then the right leg down next to the starting point, Movement 27: left leg put to the other side of the starting point.)

Ngoc-Dinh is an exceptional quyen which offers several levels of learning from beginner to advanced Black-Belts.       
One important aspect of Ngoc Dinh teaching and training is it does not dictate the way to follow; rather it presents a variety of options to choose by each learner. However it does point-out the Cause-and-Effect theory: the out-put you get is related to the in-put you had introduced. /.


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POST 437

Understand FAST English Conversations [Advanced Listening Lesson]

 POST  420                                 02 NOVEMBER 2019
The Concept of

From this week (Post 420 and the next Post 421) we will practice our daily exercise with the method of LUYEN-THAO (Performing Training).
 LUYEN THAO EXERCISES use small forms which often are some sequences extracted from a form (quyen in Vietchidao, kata in Karate) aiming at developing high skills to perform a quyen:
-consistency over all,
-precision of movements,
-solidity of stances,
-beauty of postures,
-power of gesture,
-spirit of the form
Moreover, this training will develop the specific skill of learning a form (quyen) from a document that contains only pictures and pictures. It’s up to the learner to guess the links between these pictures to make them a logical sequence of movements. It is quite a challenge aiming to educate a good learner!
In this Post 420 we will use the Exercise THINH-SU “Asking the Master” as our basic training, please see the following document.
  POST  437                                   29  February 2020

 Charles Phan Hoang  

I said to myself, today it will be a nice day, nothing to do, no plan for any kind of research to prepare. My next teaching will take place only in ten days so I have plenty of time to do whatever I like in this quiet place called Villas de la Hacienda. My apartment was at 206A Paseo del Aquaducto, in one of the two high buildings uphill, just close to the university “El TEC”, the popular name for the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Estado de Mexico.

It was Sunday January 07, 2007 and I was enormously enjoying the warm weather of Mexico while in Ottawa, my home town, the temperature must have been down below minus 20 degree Celsius, heavy snow everywhere! At eleven o’clock I went out just for a walk and thought that I will be back after taking lunch at Mondo-e, a modern shopping center in the city of Atizapan. Then I did not go back that day; not the next day; not the day after... I disappeared for a whole week!
What happened to me in this unsafe country? No one among my colleagues could really know about my story, I just told them I went to Puebla, a picturesque town, two hours south of Mexico City. In fact, an unexpected adventure happened to me around noon of that day.

For now I just want to share with you some pictures of Pueblo seen through the lenses of my small camera. For the rest of my adventure, maybe you will learn it in my next Post 438, or perhaps never.
 Charles Phan Hoang  February 29, 2020  



Friday, February 21, 2020


 Post 436 22Feb.2020

In this Post you will find
-ART. ‘The Ocean And A Little Boy’ by Ailoan
-LEARNING. Critical Thinking of Ngoc Dinh
-EXERCISE. No 20-21 Jade Mountain
-PICTURES. The Baltic Sea
-SHARING. The Battle of Waterloo 1815
-REVISION. Study of Stance Trung Binh Tan  
-COLLECTION. Folk Painting No 4

  POST  436                            22 February 2020
In this Post 436 you will find the Critical Thinking of NGOC DINH, and Exercises 20-21 of the form The Jade Mountain.


20        The road to the summit is difficult
21        The peaceful moon above the swirling rapids

20   Đường lên lên mãi
21   Trăng chếch đầu ghềnh
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   Post 436  The Jade Mountain


Beyond the physical exercises Ngoc Dinh offers a great opportunity to learner and teacher for exploring new ideas, and training under the critical thinking spirit.        
This means in the role of a teacher you can guide your black-belts and advanced students to learn by discovering themselves different aspects of a same fact or concept.       
Critical Thinking is a good method for this purpose.

For the scope of this chapter, in a practical and simplest way we see this method as a method using observation, analysis, reason and logic to come to a conclusion about a subject under investigation. In order to engage in critical thinking the student of Ngoc Dinh must have an open mind for discussion, value new ideas, accept evidence rather than beliefs.
Through 28 Movements of Ngoc Dinh teacher and students can select one or several movements to be a subject of investigation. That could be in the field of body training, physical logic, mental training, meditation, life experience, virtue, philosophical concept, and so on.  Then in the end the group could arrive to an accepted conclusion, unanimously or by consensus. So under the guidance of the teacher each group could build a method to follow according to the nature of the subject. 
As an example, here are some steps that could be followed.

Step 1. Choosing a subject and ask question(s).
For example: Movements 27 and 28. What does it mean We are always ourselves; why the young man who has reached the top of the Jade Mountain stayed silent when he came back to his village?           
Step 2 . Critical observation to find out interesting facts; collect new ideas through discussion.
For example: How would the group interpret the gesture of Movement 27? What is the meaning of Movement 28? Maybe there is nothing to say, is it just a movement for closing the quyen Ngoc Dinh?

Step 3 (to be continued in the next post, Post 437)

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POST 436

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Waterloo 1815

POST  419                        26 October 2019
TRUNG BINH TAN – Rainbow Stance

- Popular name: TRUNG BINH TAN,  
- Code name: Rainbow, Horse, Stance
- Other name: Duong Minh Tan
- Moto: Be Strong

-Thiệu Teaching Poem
Trung Bình Tấn
Trung bình, đứng tấn vững vàng
Giữ cho muôn sự mọi đàng bình yên
Nội công: tâm tĩnh, đoạn phiền
Ngoại công:thân pháp  chuyển quyền vô biên
(Phan Hoàng)

Be solid, such an arch,
All pressures are transmitted elsewhere
Keeping thousand things in harmony
For the Inner: quietness
For the Outer: make surprising move.
(Phan Hoàng)

As the Vietchidao is not a martial-art but an Educational Martial-Art, the aim of Stance Study will not be focused on the fighting efficiency but concentrated on the improvement of your health and the elevation of your mind; the physical balance of the body and the artistic dimension of the posture; the meaning in social behavior and strategy; the concern for personal development and life philosophy. In the program of Black-Belt 18 stances make the foundation of Stance Study. Most of these stances are connected to a poem. The poem gives new dimensions that enrich the Stance Study and carry the thoughts of the founder.

Render Vietnamese poems into English with all their subtlety is a task that goes beyond our efforts. So please consider the English version coupled with the Vietnamese poem in our text is not a translation, only a guiding material.  


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