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This last week I had the experience that we all sometimes have, where I believed I understood a concept well but when the idea came up in conversation, I had a moment of epiphany. A new level of understanding. It’s a funny thing that doesn’t happen that often, but are the moments that define moments…

Our brain has two major ways of thinking and recalling information. They go by many different names. The first type is conscious thought. That basically covers everything that you hear your brain saying to you. The voice that you have of yourself in your mind is conscious. The second kind  of thought is instinct/muscle memory/long…

Last month I focused on some ancient philosophy so I thought today I would talk about something more modern. The Triune brain is a model for the evolution of the brain and behavior. It has the idea of the following three minds, each one a step in the evolution of the brain. (Below is from…

Want to see and get photos from the ceremony? Here are instructions. 1. Go to http://www.harveybranman.com/ 2. At the bottom of the page, click on “Preview Gallery” 3. Enter in WorldPaKua at the prompt on the next page. 4. Enter the lite (button to the right) and search the gallery for any photo’s you want…

VoyageLA just reliesed an article about Burbank Pa Kua and Master Kyle. Check it out here.

One of the topics that has come up in my classes, both that I attend and that I teach, the past month has be the idea of space or emptiness. The American culture is built around the idea of doing things to achieve more, to make more, or grow more. We often think of ourselves…

Around the time that we announce evaluations, I always start seeing and noticing that everyone gets nervous. They start to ask if they are ready, and what do they need to know, and many other questions. So I thought I would write about what evaluations are and why we do them. First off, what they…

I’ve noticed in my time teaching & studying pa kua that the biggest motivator is when things aren’t going the way we want, or when some kind of health problem or life situation makes our life worse. In pa kua we study a lot of techniques that work great to heal a person, including massage,…

As you have probably heard in Pa Kua classes we don’t spend a lot of time using or memorizing the names of strikes, stances, movements, or techniques. I always like the saying, “A name is not a thing.” Names can be descriptive, but can also be limiting or worse; misleading. A killer whale is actually…

You have probably heard that the study of Pa Kua is mostly preventative. We do regular exercises, stretches, and meditation in order to prevent or minimize any future problems or injuries that might come up. Of course, the problem with this is always motivation. It’s easy when something is wrong, hurts, or is a problem…

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