|Photo of Soke Hausel taking full force kick at |
half time (University of Wyoming photo).
The first time (and second, third, forth, and so on) martial arts students and instructors sees this, they are in denial as well as in complete awe. We all try to figure out how a person can take a full-force kick to the groin and not flinch, let alone not collapse in a heap singing soprano. But all of the ki masters I've communicated with, all sing in a normal voice.
|Another form of body hardening - weight training.|
Soke Hausel squatting 400 pounds at a body
weight of 165 pounds. He use to squat as much as
600 lbs at this body weight and one of his students
witnessed him squatting 800 lbs while at UW.
Believe me, this art is many magnitudes beyond any other. And so how do you learn this? The only way to learn it is to join Juko Kai International. However, a great majority of applicants are refused entrance because of lack of proof of lineage in martial arts. This organization includes the best traditional martial artists in North America. And in the case of body hardening, there is no second best.
|Dr. Jesse Bergkamp from the Arizona School of Karate trains with vases|
filled with sand while on vacation in Okinawa in 2013.
|Andy Finley of Casper, Wyoming accepts kick from Kyle Gewecke from|
In traditional martial arts you only compete with one person - yourself.
|Training on 1.4 billion year old granite - circa 1992.|
|A makiwara in Gilbert Arizona. This is used for striking |
with the hand, elbows and feet.