Down through the ages various warrior cultures have venerated this type of esoteric training. One example is seen in Shingon Buddhism, which traveled from Tibet to India to Japan. We have in Tibet; Acala Vidya. This is translated directly to Japanese as Fudo Myo-o. Acala (immovable) Vidya (esoteric training) Fudo (immovable) Myo-o (esoteric training) The idea of training the body to be immovable was never meant to simply stand still. Rather it is the qualities achieved by training the immovable body that give it connection. Thus moving the connected body as a unit afforded it rapid speed, non-telegraphed actions, incredible stability and the pronounced ability to absorb and redirect.
What would have attracted the attention of warrior and civilian alike? What were the results of such powerful methods on both the health and the martial pursuits to have retained that attention across thousands of years? What is more important to consider is that these practices have not died out. They are still here for those who will take the time to seek them out. The problem facing us how to find it in these watered down modern systems. We are faced with thousands of teachers, who simply do not know what was once contained in their own arts.
Dan Harden has an extensive experience in martial arts and fighting sports. He has spent over two decades on a personal mission to "rediscover" these "lost" skill sets and find the most effective and efficient methods to teach them, while being able to demonstrate the effectiveness of these skills in both unarmed and armed fighting conditions. Dan Harden is widely regarded as not only one of the best internal power teachers in the world today, but one of the most effective fighters around today. Dan Harden has had "hands-on" experience with literally thousands of people from around the world from a variety of fighting arts, sports and traditions ranging from master instructors to MMA champions. His unique skill sets make him one of the most sought out seminar teachers. Dan Harden began to openly teach in 2009. He currently teaches seminars throughout the world and is now beginning to focus on developing regional training centers like ours in Napa.
What do we seek in power, stability and motion? What do we mean by power? We do not develop or concern ourselves with power in the sense of how much weight we can lift, or most other conventional measurements of power. Our concept of power first begins as a pronounced sense of supported and dynamic balance in our own bodies. This support has direct health benefits in supporting the skeletal frame and strengthening the connective tissues as well as building a peculiar retained balance in movement that to anyone on the outside feels like, power. Once attained, this new sense of balance becomes a dynamic platform we can build from in all movement; sports, dance, pakour, to martial arts. Balance, or stated more accurately retained balance is a peculiar thing to encounter in a martial setting. It becomes very difficult to move someone who trains this way by pushing in or pulling them out of any shape they adapt or direction they choose to move in. The process of which usually has the person applying forces losing their balance or having to re-position. On contact this typically leaves them open. The movement of this type of supported body in any action produces disruptive forces-on contact. It is the hara (dantian in Chinese systems) support behind the outer parts of our bodies that people make contact with that allows us to absorb and redirect any force from impacting us, compared to the conventionally trained person.