First off hello friends! Let me introduce myself, my name is Robert but you all can call me Bob. I have many years of martial arts training. I have studied Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, and Tai Chi.
What drew me to Enter Shaolin you ask?
Well first off I was looking everywhere to move towards an online martial arts course. I considered Aikido, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Ninjutsu, and then I came upon Tai Chi again. I was first introduced to Tai Chi as a child by my neighbor. I never realized then that it was an actual martial art then though!
I have a physical disability that I try not let to stand in my way. I hurt my back pretty severely about 9 years ago. I was hospitalized for 3 weeks and then spent the next 2 months learning how to walk again. This is where I learned Tai Chi more from my nursing home roommate who was an Asian elderly man. He took me under his wing until the day he passed. He taught me some Yang style Tai Chi that he told me would help my back. It has been better than what conventional physicians have done for me. My back problem is that I can’t feel my middle of my back the whole way down to my right toes. But enough about my troubles this blog is about my accomplishments!
So when I was searching, I decided to narrow my search to those that taught Tai Chi and Qigong. I looked at Master Wong’s program but honestly wasn’t impressed. Then looked at that guy from Arizona he was a joke! Then just a random search on YouTube and I came across Enter Tai Chi and listening to Sifu Phu and Sifu Larry, I knew I had found my home.
Then I read the NDN ebook… That was the final straw and I knew I had to join. From day one I have been treated as an equal and I love it!
Within a month I went from a lite member to an Abbot member because I knew I was home!
These lessons are great and so well organized! The NGO Dac Na system so far seems awesome! I have had to relearn all that I knew!! Oh goodness lol! One thing that I like to do before trying things Sifu has taught is to do warm ups and cool down. Sifu Larry and Sije Jamie recommended Qigong and Tai Chi are great for this.
Trying to learn how to do piston hits has been rough! This is horrible lol! Sifu had a great thing going here I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Too many years of throwing punches boxing style, I guess! I asked Sifu for help and the family answered fast! I love the quick response. And guess what? I have learned how to do it finally!
Now is the time for practice and more practice! I am finally not leading with my shoulder!!! But I am so so so slow! I try and wrap my head around going faster but alas, can’t seem to get it, but I know I will!
To anyone having doubts about learning the NDN system, you should definitely think twice!
I can see the benefits of this system with conjunction with any style. Just as Wing Chun benefits greatly from Tai Chi, Ngo Dac Na will benefit any other style. The punches are so easily mixed in with Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo as well as Aikido. I will take the Aikido or the aikijujutsu part as I never studied the others other than jujitsu, but that was just grappling.
With Aikido most people consider it a self defense via dance but there are strikes that are placed in the “dances” so the practitioner can actually achieve the proper throw. Just imagine if you could do this with a faster and more powerful punch! Incredible!!!! I can see how NDN would greatly enhance these other styles.
Well that’s enough for today. I plan on writing as often as possible. But definitely at least once a week! I look forward to hearing any of your thoughts and or advice that you can possibly add! Until next week!!!!
Robert ‘Bob’ Taylor
Abbot Family Member
P.S. If you are not a member to Enter Shaolin yet, get your free Intro Ngo Dac Na Ebook & videos here to get started.