I made this practice only after hearing of the idea from one of my Sifu's. I did not come up with it on my own.
The idea, as expressed to me, is that if you are going to drink, as unhealthy as that is, then you should learn to at least have as much control of your body as you can after you have done so.
As most "fights" I have ever been in happen after both parties have been drinking, then this made perfect sense to me.
As I have stated, I practice TCC first and foremost for the martial abilities. I find it logical to then practice in the state under which I am most likely going to need it, after a couple of drinks in a bar type setting.
Is this not where most people are the most likely to encounter an attacker?
I happen to know it is, at least for me.
To NOT practice after having a couple of drinks, then, would be foolish.
Is this a best practice for health and longevity?
You take into account the fact that if you've had a couple of drinks, then can't defend yourself from an attacker, you're NOT going to be healthy, if even alive, after the encounter.
Fact of life.
Sorry you don't see the logic. Again, I grew up in a very hostile environment and only removed myself from it a few years ago.
I tend to think in terms of survival. This is a survival mechanism.
Yang Cheng Fu won't be there to extricate my rear end from the sling it would be in if I was attacked after having a couple of belts, will he.
Reality is a much greater "master" than high falutin' ideals when the punches start to fly.
The "masters" can speachify to the hight heavens about "best" practices for health and longevity, I must live in reality.
Best idea? Don't drink at all.
Reality, I do. Therefore, I must be able to handle it.
I do not drink to excess. I've had those days, I didn't particularly enjoy them and that's why I don't anymore. I have two drinks, tops, when I do. Never more than that as I don't enjoy that feeling.
As this was suggested to me, heavily, by a very highly respected Sifu within Wu's T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy, it is a practice I follow.
No one else has to, by any means. It is simply what I was taught, it is how I practice. That's all.
Would I practice after a large meal? I have. It's very uncomfortable.
Combat situations can occur at any time. After a meal is a time when it could happen. So I practice this way.
Because if I walk out of a restaurant, full up, and some nutjob attacks me for my wallet, I must be able and ready to defend myself.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Yang Cheng Fu's "ten essentials" and all his writings are not carved in stone for other styles of TCC. The style I am most familiar with is Wu Chien Chuan style. As much as they revere YCF, his essentials are not considered "essential". So I have not practiced according to his dictums in the past.
Would anyone here follow Wu Chien Chuan's "essentials" to the letter if they were Yang Cheng Fu stylists?
I thought not.
I'm relating what I do, how I've practiced in the past. Should I do otherwise?
I don't believe so.
This is who I am and what I believe. It has worked for me. I have had to defend myself after drinking. I know the reality of it.
Have any of you?
If not, you just can't appreciate the reality.
Tommorow, Xmas day, when you are sipping your wine or having a beer, think about what I've said.
Could you defend yourself if you were attacked in that condition?
If not, you will have neither longevity nor good health if you are attacked.
Think about that.
[This message has been edited by Wushuer (edited 12-24-2003).]