I believe I have done my best to make it clear, let me look....
Yep, I stated clearly that I do not drink to excess. Ever. I have a two drink maximum, that's it. I have stuck by this personal rule for nearly twenty years, longer than I have practiced TCC.
I also believe I said, let me look....
Yep, there it is. I have said, repeatedly I have to add, that drinking or otherwise inpairing your senses is not a good idea.
What I am doing here is being H-O-N-E-S-T about my life and practices.
Does anyone here have trouble understanding this concept? Do I need to explain to anyone the difference between a "best practice" and "what really happens"?
I sincerely hope not.
Where have I ever made a case that getting blotto'd on alcohol, or anything else, and starting bar fights is a good idea? I'm looking...
Nope, I have never, ever, said that. I have not even implied it.
Again, this form of practice was suggested to me by an instructor, I did not come up with it on my own. I don't know which Academy Polaris attends, but I will say this: at the Academy I attended, I am not alone in this practice.
As I have stated before, this is NOT a best practice. What it is, is a relation of what I have done in the past. Nothing more, nothing less.
I am not putting it forward as a practice method for all to try. I am saying I have done this, and sometimes still do.
For the record:
I drink two drinks, about once every couple of weeks. I usually drink at home with friends, but occasionally hit a local watering hole very close to my home.
Sometimes, not every time, not even most times, I do some form practice after these two drinks.
Yes, I notice a slight decrease in the amount of available chi and jing expression is impaired. Not badly, but then I don't drink much.
Let me make clear, I could legally drive or operate heavy machinery at this point. The local watering hole has one of those breathalizer machines and I have never even come close to the legal limit for driving when I use it. Most times, I barely register anything.
I am not at these times "drunk", or even under the influence by a legal meter of these things.
I have never tried to practice "drunk". I haven't been legally "drunk" in twenty some years. I've certainly not had the opportunity as I don't ever drink more than my personal limit.
I respect your disagreement. If someone came on here and said: "I get drunk as a Lord and go out and beat people up in bar fights I start for fun and giggles", I too would say some harsh things.
Nowhere have I said these things. I'll look, just to be sure...
Nope, I never said that.
What I have said, and I'll paraphrase here, is:
I occasionally drink small amounts of alcohol. I occasionally do form practice afterwards.
I have found it helps ME, personally, myself, only me, no one else needs to try this, in my personal practice methods.
That's all I've said.
I have said I do NOT use marijuana and I don't. Back in what I call "the before time", when I was young and stupid (now I'm just stupid) I did try the stuff. Didn't like it much. Would I tell someone to go get high and practice TCC. Nope.
Would I tell someone to go have two drinks and practice TCC? Nope. I do it, I never said I trained a single student this way. Let me look.....
Nope never said that.
What would I tell a student who asked me? The exact same thing I told them when they DID ask me back when I trained students: "You'll be sorry".
You see, P, I went to the same school as you do, had the same master. I know the answers he expects us to use, maybe not as well as you do, but I do know them.
I also know quite a few of his disciples who answer these questions the same way I did and you do, who also drink and smoke both pot and tobacco.
I do NOT smoke or chew tobacco or pot. To me, this is the nastiest stuff around.
One word: YUCK!
I did, however, have a Sifu who smokes cigarettes like a chimney. Still does.
He drinks, too. Let's just say that he drinks more than me and much more regularly.
As this guy has more chi in his little finger than I have in my entire body, I have to wonder about the efficacy of Polaris' sweeping statements regarding thier debilitating effects.
Oh, and to be clear, P, this same Sifu does teach, currently, at a WTCCA.
I drink caffeine, both in tea and in coffee. I use sugar in both of those things, though considerably less than most people. I also eat the occaisonal sugary snack.
What does alcohol turn into in your bloodstream?
What does caffeine do to your body?
I'm sure you'll all be telling me in short order and grand detail, so let's just say "too many bad things to list here".
It is just about as bad physically for you as alcohol, and nearly as addictive.
How many of you drink coffee or tea and do a form? Isn't that, GASP!, bad for you?
Caffeine is a drug. Just like alcohol. It lowers your available chi which impairs your fa-jing. Just like... go ahead, you know... come on, it won't hurt to say it...
So now are we going to lecture everyone who does caffeine too?
I know you won't, but it would be fair if you did.
I will be the first to stand up and volunteer to be vilified for my belief in drinking tea and coffee, with sugar too, and then practicing TCC.
I do it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I've seen the disciples doing the same thing at my old school. I've done it with them. Tea and coffee both are available there.
This is not good.
Because, I can tell you from the firsthand experiences that apparently NONE of you have, that caffeine also depletes the chi and hampers jing emmission, just like alcohol.
Worse, because no one seems to think twice about drinking a gallon or two of coffee and practicing their forms. Even the worst drunken sot in the world thinks twice about doing martial arts on alcohol. They do it, but they know it's wrong.
The more caffeine the less chi in your body, the more impaired your fa-jing. If you don't believe me, try it for yourself. Go for a few days without tea or coffee and see how much more chi you feel, how much smoother your jing will transfer. Now, drink a few cups of coffee.
How do you feel?
I have tried these things. Have any of you?
I didn't think so. Since you're all so quick to jump on me for practicing my form after a couple of belts of booze, I just can't believe any of you would drink the demon COFFEE either. I know you're all too deep in your TCC morality for that.
The silence is deafening me here...
Do any of you people smoke or chew tobacco, or anything else for that matter, then do forms?
Don't you know, that's BAD for you? It depletes the chi and hampers fa-jing!
All of these "poisons" have the same effect, they lower your available chi, which in turn hampers fa-jing. They ALL do. I imagine some are worse than others, but they all have this effect.
Are you all going to stop drinking caffeine, eating sugar and smoking now?
I thought not.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
[This message has been edited by Wushuer (edited 12-30-2003).]