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1C The Mountain Messenger, December 2, 1995 THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER e kl "Part I of a three-part The first "~ecord of meditative practice in China is traced back to 2500 B.C. In the 5th century B.C., the Yellow Emperor's Clas- sic of Internal Medicine (Huang DI Net Jing) was found. This was the earliest detailed account of Chinese medicine which con- tained descriptions of medita- tion exercises known as QI Gong (Chl Kung) - used for health and longevity. These exercises are the basis of the Internal meth- ods of training described below. Because this text was an ac- count of natural healing prin- ciples, It is still the master text of traditional Chinese healing. Moving meditation ls a more powerful form of BodyMindSplrit training. Because the practitio- ner moves while also meditat- Ing, he is training the physical body which Is neglected in seated meditation. Furthermore, If learned within the context of a martial art, one also learns self- defense and becomes more con- fident and more humble. As a great T'aI Chi Ch'uan master once said, seated meditation is good, but "what do you do when somebody knocks you off your cushion?" The most popular of the internal methods of training is T'ai Chi Ch'uan (tie-jee-shwan). The other less-known systems in the internal family are Hsing- I Ch'uan (shing-ee-shwan) and Pa-Kua Ch'ang (ba-gwa-chang). The main differences among these arts lie in the quality of ae movements. T'al Chl moves very slowly and combines circular and lin- ear movements. Hsing-I forms are linear and move at natural speed. Pa-Kua forms are circu- lar and move at natural speed. Typically, a lifetime Chinese martial artist would study exter- nal styles, such as Shaolin and the animals (Dragon, Tiger, Eagle and Bear to name a few), as a youth and begin the inter- nal styles as a teen. Their inter- nal training generally begins with Hsing-I and then moves on to Pa-Kua and finally to l'al Chi. Most importantly, the internal styles are a way of life and not a sport. Hence, they are studied throughout one's llfe. The track record of internal martial arts has no peer. Bar- ring any abnormal genetic pre- dispositions or severe accidents, the serious student can expect to live to be 80 and often well over 100. The history of the in- ternal martial artists and their students has shown this to be the case over the course of 4,500 years In which this wis- dom has been recorded and passed on. Is this not sufficient validation? To an inexperienced observer, it Is often difficult to see the benefits of the internal arts. While practicing, the experi- enced student does not perspire much, raise his heart rate or breath heavily. Furthermore, the practitioner does not seem to strain in his movement but in- stead glides through the air while being rooted to the earth. As a result, one gradually learns to "stand like a mountain and move like a river". This training does not fit the modern concept of cardiovascular training. Yet, can any other form of training boast these results. Not at the moment! The Office of Alternative Medicine (OAIVI), a branch of the National Institute of Health, has offered research grants on sub- jects such as Tat Chi Ch'uan and Relaxation. Qi Gong and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and Hypnosis and Pain to name a few. The OAM recognizes that if something works it should be studied and implemented, even if we don't know how it works. Nevertheless. a discussion of the physiologic response to moving mgditaiion will be provided for the skeptics in Parts II and III of this series. There is an internal arts group In Lewlsburg. Classes are held on the 3rd floor of the Dance Studio from 8:15-9:30 p.m. on Monday. 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday. For more information call Eric or Karen Snlder at 647-3202 or Kourosh Kashanl at 645-5599. Bud Shappard also teaches Qi Gong (Flying Crane & Yee Trang) at the Pil Sung Martial Arts School. For more information call him at 445-7709 or the school at 645-3757. (See Part II: The Benefits of Meditation, next week) By Kourosh Kashani, Lewisburg GoodSports Are Winners! Ducks Unlimited Dinner Raises west Virginia men's soccer coach John C. McGrath has resigned MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia men's soccer coach John C. McGrath has resigned and has been replaced by assistant Paul Marco. Open for Ice Skatin over $12,000 Over $12.000 was raised at the Seventh Annual Ducks Unlimited (DU) dinner/fundraiser sponsored 8. by the Greenbrier Valley Chapter on November I0, according to Tony Public Ice skating will be held Senn, chapter treasurer. This was at the Roanoke Civic Center this the most successful fundraiser yet Sunday, December 3. Admission for the chapter, Senn reports. The for the two-hour period--from 1 proceeds were sent to DU National "'I believe the timing was right p.m. to 3 p.m. Is $4. Skates are Headquarters and will benefit wet- for me to step aside and spendavailable to rent for $3 a pair. land projects throughout the more time with my family," The skating entrance is at theUnited States, Canada and Mexico. McGrath said Tuesday. back of the coliseum. The Greenbrier Valley Chapter of West Virginia was 203-18i-44 Additional skating dates are: DU sincerely appreciates all those in McGrath's27seasonsbutjust December I0, January 14 and who contributed raffle items and 5-9-41ast season. His best record 28, February 18, and March I0 other products for the fundralsing was 12-5-1 in 1990. and 24. effort and extends a special "thank McGrath led the Mountaineers This schedule is subject to you" to the loyal supporters who at- to the NCAA tournament five change pending other events tended the dinner. times, most recently in 1992. He and cancellations. For more in- Ducks Unlimited is the world's coached six All-Americans. formation; contact the Civic largest private sector waterfowl McGrath, 53, previously Center Box Office at 540-981- conservation organization, with over half a million members. No Payments Or Interest Until April I, 1996 t 1201. coached at Keystone Junior Col- lege in New Jersey, where he was 17-1-1. Marco, 27, a native of Schenectady, N.Y., has been a WVU assistant since 1994 and was a graduate assistant from 1992 through 1994. He lettered as a Mountaineer player in 1988 and 1990. Local resident Peggy Slater's luck held out for a second year. She got a 10-point buck on the Burnette Farm on Tuckahoe Road outside of White Sulphur Springs on November 21. Th~ 20- year old Concord College student was hunting with her fiance, Por- ter Burnette and his brother, Carl, early that morning. Slater is the granddaughter of Kurt and Mar- garet Hofer of Big Draft Road in White Sulphur Springs. WV ski report Here are the latest conditions at West ~Irginia ski resorts: Snowshoe-Silver Creek: 4 new, packed powder, 40-50 base, 24 trails, 5 lifts, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Timberline: Plans to open Dec. 1. Canaan Valley: Plans to open Dec. 8. Winterplace: Plans to open Dec. The WV rifle team has been ranked No. 1 in the collegiate MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Antlerless West Virginia rifle team has been ranked No. 1 In the Collegiate Rifle theCaches Association's first1995_96 season, poll of Announced The defending NCAA chmnplon was followed by Alaska-Fairbanks, Xavier, Kentucky and Air Force in the top 10. WVU has won 10 NCAA titles and finished as runner-up six times. Bluefield St. 97, Lincoln Memorial 90 BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - Jay Gray scored 29 points as Bluefleld State beat Lincoln Memorial 97-90 on Wednesday. David Clark added 24 points and five assists for Bluefleld (3-2), which led 48-41 at halftime. Bill Cain scored 19 and Mark Mattson and Johnny Baird scored 12 each for Lincoln Memorial (1-1) of Harrogate, Tenn: Fairmont St. 116, Point Park 65 FAIRMONT, W.Va. - Shewn Winfree scored 24 points as Fairmont State routed Point Park 116-65 on Wednesday. Robert Moore added 17 points for Fairmont (4-0), which led the en- tire game, including 56-21 at half- time. Point Park (2-3) of Pittsburgh got no closer than 2-0 the whole game. It was led by Chris Palumbo with 18 points and Ty Rozier with 15. Mark Ford, Wildlife Biologist, Appalachian Woodlands, an- nounced that the company will conduct a special antlerless deer hunt December 7-9. Deer hunters with required state licenses will be allowed to hunt on Westvaco's Hosea tract. Vehicle access to the tract is from the River Road between Romney and Moorefteld in Hardy County. A valid Westvaco hunting permit is required. Permits will be available at the gate for $5. 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