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Why I couldn’t fight my way out of a wet paper bag…

By Marcus Santer

In his book:

Bob Monkhouse’s Complete Speakers Handbook…

Bob tells a story featuring the famous Viennese violinist Fritz Kreisler.

The story goes that after one of his concerts a gushing fan came up to him and said:

“I’d give my whole life to play as beautifully as you just did.”

To which Fritz replied:

“I did.”

Urban legend or true story?

Who knows, but it still makes an important point.

It takes time, effort and practice to get really good at anything.

Years ago when I taught Shaolin Kung Fu there were four aspects we had to focus on:

  1. Form – Various Shaolin Kung Fu sequences
  2. Force – Using Qigong to develop internal force
  3. Application – Using our forms in a progressive manner to be able to use them in a fight
  4. Theory – Strategies on how to use Shaolin skills to win a fight and at life

I was great at the form, force and theory but sucked at the application.

Because I didn’t practice it enough.

All of which meant I could talk a good fight, but couldn’t actually fight my way out of a wet paper bag.

Want more proof?

After failing the Progressive Callisthenics Certificate’s ‘The Century Test’ I asked one of the instructors what I needed to do in order to pass the The Century.

His reply?

“Practice The Century.”

I did and I passed a the test few weeks later.

More proof?

Okay, how about this then?

I was listening to Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 last week.

The host was interviewing ‘Nao’ – Hackney based singer-songwriter.

She’d just been awarded 3rd place in BBC Radio 1’s ‘Sound of 2016’ awards.

What I found interesting was when Nao said she’d got up every day before school at 5am to practice. Because she felt she needed to be at the same level as other, more experienced students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

So what’s the most important things to practice if you want to stack the odds of a longer and healthier life in your favour?

And if you’d like to learn the most advanced Qigong technique I’ve ever taught online, a technique which if you continue to practice can help you to metaphorically wash stress right out of your body…

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Bye for now