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Conversations on achieving greater health and fitness and natural ways to manage pain, along with training tips for "staying in the game".

Staying in the Game, A Plum Dragon Herbs Podcast Plum Dragon Herbs

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

Conversations on achieving greater health and fitness and natural ways to manage pain, along with training tips for "staying in the game".

    EP34 What Iron Palm Training Is and Is Not, According to Rodney Morgan

    EP34 What Iron Palm Training Is and Is Not, According to Rodney Morgan

    In this interview, the original Plum Dragon founder, Josh Walker, is speaking with Rodney Morgan, a long time practitioner of Iron Palm and a closed-door student of Ricky Pickens from the "John" Winglok Ng kung fu lineage. Rodney is also well-versed in Chinese herbs and their application in martial arts.


    Josh Walker currently works as a software engineer manager and runs the central U.S. chapter for the Tabimina Balintawak Group, a combative style of martial arts that originated in the Philippines. He is also the author of Materia Medica For Martial Artists, a comprehensive reference on Chinese herbs for Dit Da Jow.



     

    Show Notes: 


    1:40 Rodney introduces himself.


    3:00 Thoughts about teas and internal tonics.


    7:30 Contrary to popular belief, iron palm is not just “hand conditioning."


    12:00 Are there really secret training techniques?


    15:30 A true iron palmist knows how to combine herbs to create a good training formula.


    19:00 Perspectives on "secret" dit da jow formulas.


    23:00 A lot of people don't know some of the key components to true iron palm training involve strengthening the tendons, the ligaments and the body torque. 


    29:00 Rodney shows his personal gym set up.


    31:20 Breaking bricks is a skill that requires consistent training.


    33:00 Rodney demonstrates how to smash through a brick hanging from cords.


    40:00 Why many iron palm instructors are more reluctant than ever to share their knowledge.


    42:00 Thoughts on where iron palm is headed.


    48:00 Rodney’s current training, compared to when he was younger.


    52:00 Keeping your hands properly conditioned can take as little as 5 minutes daily.


     


    Connect with Rodney Morgan:
    Facebook


    Connect with Josh Walker:
    Find out more about Josh Walker and connect with him on Facebook,  LinkedIn, or Youtube


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    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 


    Try Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow:
    Ku Yu Cheong Iron Palm Dit Da Jow

    Dit Da Jow Collection


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    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    EP33 Master Redmond's Life-Long Love of Wing Chun Martial Arts

    EP33 Master Redmond's Life-Long Love of Wing Chun Martial Arts

    In this interview, we are speaking with Master Phillip Redmond, who has been training in the martial arts for over 40 years and is one of only two closed-door students of Grandmaster William Cheung in the U.S.  In addition to Wing Chun, he has studied Hung Ga, Baat Gua, Bak Mei, Seven-Star Praying Mantis, Juk Lum, Vee-Jitsu te and Aiki-Jujitsu.


    Master Redmond became a sifu in Grandmaster Cheung's Traditional Wing Chun system in 1991 and earned his provisional Master rank in 1994. He is currently teaching classes at the Wing Chun Kwoon Traditional Wing Chun Academy in Hermosa Beach, California.


     

     

    Show Notes: 


    1:00 How Master Phillip Redmond started his martial arts career. Four of his eight different Wing Chun Sifus were direct students of Grandmaster Yip Man.


    7:30 Master Redmond made Grandmaster William Cheung's Honor List and is one of only two of his closed-door students in the U.S.


    13:00 How Dit Da Jow has played a role in Master Redmond’s martial arts school.


    15:00 Just because you are a martial artist doesn’t make you a great fighter. And some people want to do martial arts for other reasons besides fighting.


    18:00 Failures and successes over the years.


    20:50 Pawning his trumpet in order to do kung fu lessons and the connection between music rhythm and martial arts.


    22:00 You have to trust your partner to do Chi Sao—it shouldn’t be mistaken for actual combat.


    23:30 Getting in touch with Master Redmond.


     


    Connect with Sifu Phillip Redmond:
    https://www.wingchunkwoon.com

    Instagram

    Facebook


     
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    Podcast Music Credit:


    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 24 min
    EP32 Dr. Jaquish Explains How to Get the Body You Want

    EP32 Dr. Jaquish Explains How to Get the Body You Want

    Dr. John Jaquish who has a Ph.D in biomedical engineering, invented several products including Osteostrong, the x3 system for weightlifting and wrote the book “Weightlifting is a Waste of Time. So is cardio and there is a better way to have the body you want.”


    Show Notes: 


    1:00 How trying to find a solution for his mother’s osteoporosis condition led Dr. Jaquish to researching bone density and eventually invent the Osteostrong device.


    What his research found is that gymnasts stand out way above the rest of athletes for their strength, because of the high impact force they are accustomed to.


    3:45 His belief is that low-impact training isn’t going to do anything to help bone density.


    5:00 Creating a medical device that provided high impact force without the risk of standard high impact training was the result of his findings.


    9:00 Believes that wall sits and other isometric exercises are not helpful.


    11:00 Osteostrong clinics were created to provide a way to strengthen bones in a safe and efficient way.


    12:00 Dr. Jaquish invented the X3 Bar to allow people to get stronger at home, with only 10 minutes a day, six days a week of training. Top athletes including the Miami Heat basketball team and top NFL players are training with it.


    15:00 Dr. Jaquish is eating a carnivorous diet which he believes is necessary to build muscle.


    20:00 Instead of eating solely meat, as he used to, he also developed a vegan, amino-acid based protein made from bacterial fermentation.


    23:00 In summary, a mix of visiting Osteostrong clinics, X3 bars, and protein-based diet is his main fitness protocol.


    25:00 For martial artists who aren’t near his clinics, but want stronger fists and elbows, what they do to create stronger bones is typically hit mediums like bamboo which essentially creates microfractures in the bone that then heal like a callous, but only in that specific area.


    27:20 The show host mentions that Dit Da Jow products can help with conditioning and strengthening. Dr. Jaquish said he would be happy to try them.


    28:00 Dr. Jaquish believes carbohydrates and fiber are useless to the body. If using carbohydrates before or after a workout, he’ll use it to replace glycogen, and pairs it with a vasodilator like epimedium.


    31:00 The host brings up that vegans might take issue with what Dr. Jaquish says about some of his carbohydrate comments.  She also mentions a book “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan, an omnivore who believes in a mostly-plant based diet, and wonders how he and Dr. Jaquish would battle it out.


    35:00 Dr. Jaquish shares his beliefs on nutrient needs and U.S. government recommendations being obsolete. The research he believes in is cited in his book Weightlifting is a Waste of Time.


    37:45 What Dr. Jaquish believes we need to do still in the wellness world is to find substitutes for snacking habits and cocktail party traditions.


    42:00 Dr. Jaquish’s advice for those only willing to make just one small step toward better fitness is to start eating one meal a day.


     


    Connect with Dr. John Jaquish:
    https://www.doctorj.com

    Instagram

    Facebook


     
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    Podcast Music Credit:


    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 45 min
    EP 31 How Barefoot Footwear Could Change Your Game

    EP 31 How Barefoot Footwear Could Change Your Game

    “If you let your feet and ankles and hips and legs start working more naturally and build up strength and agility and mobility, then that’s something that should last you for the rest of your life....it's about use it or lose it.”—Steven Sashen
    In our latest podcast episode, we're talking with Steven Sashen of XeroShoes. Steven is one of the fastest male runners over the age of 50 and has earned the distinction of being a Masters All-American sprinter. He also taught Tai Chi and Zen Archery for several years and is a former All-American gymnast. Although he prides himself on never getting a real job, he has been a stand-up comedian and a cognitive psychology researcher. He is the creator of Scriptware, a word processor for film and TV writers.


    Show Notes:


    0:45 Introduction to Steven Sashen and the Xero Shoes company he founded.


    5:00 Plum Dragon and Xero Shoes are similar in that they are both founded on products that have been used for thousands of years.


    5:50 The oldest footwear is 10,000 years old and looks a lot like Xero Shoes.


    7:25 The biggest mistake the shoe industry ever made. 


    9:15  Why cushioning does not reduce impact forces and can cause foot problems.


    12:00  Benefits of wearing Xero Shoes and how to transition into them gradually.


    14:00 What research shows happens when we wear cushioned shoes or those with arch supports.


    19:00  An athlete using barefoot footwear is likely to have stronger, more responsive, more resilient feet compared to an athlete using more traditional cushioned footwear.


    24:20  How Steven Sashen became a Masters All American Sprinter.


    26:30 Why martial artists could benefit from Xero Shoes.


    32:00  Tips for walking in minimalist footwear. 


    34:00  Keeping running fun and enjoyable with minimal footwear.


    43:15  Realize that your brain doesn't know how old your body is and make adjustments over time.


    Connect with Steven Sashen of XeroShoes:
    https://xeroshoes.com

    Instagram

    Facebook


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    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 46 min
    EP30 Fighting Principles of Wing Tsun

    EP30 Fighting Principles of Wing Tsun

    In our latest podcast episode, we’re speaking with Jason Malik, the Chief Instructor at Texas Wing Tsun. As a former boxer and wrestler and someone who cross trains with other styles of martial arts, Jason is able to effectively apply his Wing Tsun in any given situation against any kind of attack.


    Aside from being certified to teach Wing Tsun under the WTA, Jason is also certified to teach Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Paul Johnson of Real JKD, who is a certified Sifu under Sifu Jerry Poteet, a direct student of Si-Jo Bruce Lee.  


    Jason is also a bladesmith, specializing in custom knives and edged weapons for combat and self defense. 


    He has also done stunt coordination and fight scene choreography for independent action films and is a recording artist, producer, and audio engineer signed with Mo Thugs Records.


    Show Notes:


    0:00 Introduction


    2:55 How Jason Malik got involved with Wing Tsun starting with his Bruce Lee phase in his early teens


    5:00 Training to deal with an attacker


    6:18 Principles of Wing Tsun that have helped Jason through life adversity


    6:50 You have to maintain forward intent even when life isn’t pleasant


    8:20 Sticking is about control


    9:20 Wing Tsun is like a switch -- it’s either “on” or “off.”


    13:00 Learn to relax and develop sensitive to read your opponent


    14:10 You’ll never lose the fear of getting hit until you’ve been hit a few times.


    15:00 Don’t get two steps behind and stay in control of the exchange


    16:20 The initial attack is the most dangerous part. You have to be comfortable charging into somebody who takes a swing at you. It’s the experience that teaches you.


    22:00 Myths about Wing Tsun.  What it is and what it isn’t.


    23:00 Using Dit Da Jow in Wing Tsun--Believing in the science of the formulas.


    25:00 The bar fight that led him to explore Chinese medicine 


    27:00 Discusses the use of knives in self-defense and his bladesmith business


    31:00 Bruise Juice is one of his favorite jows.


    Connect with Jason Malik:
    Instagram: @texaswingstun, @btg.custom.blades, @bino5150

    https://www.facebook.com/TexasWingTsun

    https://www.facebook.com/BTGBlades/

    https://www.facebook.com/BinoTheGreat/


    Find out more about Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection

    Ancestor’s Advanced Conditioning Formula

    Ho Family Dit Da Jow

    Bruise Juice


    Special Offer From Jason for Our Listeners:
    By mentioning Plum Dragon Herbs to Jason, you will receive 10% off your first order on his custom knives.  You can send him a message at his BTG Blades Instagram or Facebook accounts listed above to place an order.


    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 


    Thank You For Listening!
    How did you like this episode? We’d love to continue the discussion with you.  Share your comments and takeaways below.  


    And if you liked this episode, please subscribe to our iTunes and YouTube channels and be sure to follow, like and comment!




    Podcast Music Credit:


    Motherlode Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 33 min
    Buffalo Bills Team Acupuncturist Amps Up Sports Medicine

    Buffalo Bills Team Acupuncturist Amps Up Sports Medicine

    “I think too many people wait until they are injured or wait until they're sick, and they get reactive instead of proactive with their health."–Dan Dominguez
    In our latest podcast episode, we’re speaking with special guest Dan Dominguez, M.S. L.Ac, the team acupuncturist for the NFL team, the Buffalo Bills, and the clinic director of BOSA Acupuncture and Wellness.

    At BOSA, Dan calls on his expertise in neurofunctional acupuncture, trigger point therapy, dry needling and distal acupuncture to treat the Buffalo Bills players, as well as many local and visiting athletes. When he is not in clinic, you can find Dan educating other sports acupuncturists, both in the U.S. and internationally, on injury healing and prevention treatments.


    Show Notes:


    0:40 Introduction on Dan Dominguez, M.S. L.Ac, Clinical Director at BOSA Acupuncture and team acupuncturist for the Buffalo Bills.


    2:00 Dealing with a severe leg injury that took him out of college football, and how this was a blessing in disguise that started him on a journey of health and wellness.


    4:00 Significant swelling decreased when he received acupuncture treatments from his uncle, which inspired him to become an acupuncturist himself.


    5:30 His profound healing surprised his doctor, who didn’t believe he recovered that quickly from Chinese Medicine. His doctor laughed him out of the room, convinced he was taking HGH (Human Growth Hormone).


    7:35 Ironically he was later approached by his college sports medicine department to help them integrate acupuncture into their injury treatment protocol.


    12:47 His success in clinic and excitement for his future in acupuncture helped him to overcome the repercussions of his injury and lengthy recovery.


    13:35 Early on his practice, Dan handled a myriad of general pain problems.


    15:25 Motor-point acupuncture opened a whole new world of treatment, especially in orthopedic treatment.


    17:55 Neurofunctional acupuncture involves the use of electrical stimulation in motor nerves to elicit a twitch or response and to stimulate activation of that muscle.


    21:00 Once you get a muscle to fire on the table with electric stem acupuncture, it’s much easier to see rehabilitation in real life.


    24:00 Heat, liniment and epsom salt can help stimulate blood flow and push out stagnation.


    25:00 Using warming herbs for wind and cold conditions and how Dit Da Jow liniments are very potent in addressing injuries. 


    27:00 In treating the Buffalo Bills, his Friday protocol for players involves activation of muscles and treating acute injuries so they are ready to play on Sunday.


    30:49 Overall advice: “Don’t start digging the well until you’re already thirsty.” Be proactive.  You’re either going to pay for it now, or pay for it later, and it’s a lot cheaper now in the prevention stage.


    31:40 In martial arts, he sees a lot of chronic injuries from overuse.


    32:00 It’s important to address lingering chronic pain and find the source of it. Lifestyle habits should include daily stretching, doing some meditation, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water, among other things.


    35:00 Too often athletes push themselves relentlessly without any time to recover fully, which leads to overtraining injuries.


    37:00 Conducts workshops to help other acupuncturists learn the techniques of neurofunctional acupuncture and invites others to contact him about their questions.


    Connect with Dan Dominguez:
    Instagram 

    Facebook 


    Find out more about Dit Da Jow:
    Dit Da Jow Collection

    Ancestor’s Advanced Conditioning Formula

    Ho Family Dit Da Jow

    Bruise Juice


    Connect with Plum Dragon Herbs:
    YouTube |  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter  | LinkedIn 


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