Ray Donald Pratt
Registered: May 2004
Back when I was 20 young years old, I had the privilege of meeting and briefly studying under Sifu Cheuk Fung, one of two living masters of a virtually unknown "internal" martial art called Southern Shaolin Mok Ga Gung Fu. The art is an amalgam of the Southern Shaolin Animal Styles superimposed on the Tai Chi Chaun frame with the internal side of the art perfected by Tibetan monks.
Sifu Cheuk Fung can break bones with a mere touch as a martial artist, and he can set broken bones without a cast as a doctor. No, he cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound, but I personally tried to bend his relaxed arm with all my weight and strength -- and I was not weak. As I tried a second time, he told me to reach over and feel his arm with one hand as I was trying to bend his arm with all my weight and strength.
Soft, sallow, baby fat -- not the slightest muscular tension whatsoever. Experiencing is believing.
Sifu Cheuk Fung, with his limited English eloquence, but obvious passion, once berated a popular, artsy translation of the I Ching as "extremely irresponsible." Make no mistake about it -- Sifu Cheuk Fung is a master of an internal martial art with skills that border on the miraculous, and he believes that the I Ching is a serious repository of at least part of the knowledge behind his skill.
I do not have his skill, so I would not presume to judge whether the I Ching actually does or does not contain knowledge that could lead to or aid such skill -- no more than I would judge whether Calculus can solve a certain problem when I have no knowledge of Calculus.
Please be careful in judgement.
My personal perspective as a Christian is that Taoism is an internal science regarding the creation that misses the point of the Creator -- but that doesn't make the science any less useful in regard to the creation.
Ray Donald Pratt
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