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Check out the latest info and research from Coach Chris' explorations in the Subject of Internal Power.

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All the Principles of Heaven and Earth are living inside you"

Ueshiba Morihei - Founder of Aikido.

‘Heaven, Earth, Man’ is a concept we find in many of the internal arts. Although the model can relate to many things, from Taoist mystical concepts to the nature of our place in reality.

I like to use the model to describe a practical part of internal power training and movement. The training of the balance of opposites within the body and how letting one win over the other can create movement or action.

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