I guess he desired to live a long life

A great story from Ellis Amdur:
A friend of mine was teaching Shindo Muso-ryu jo (staff) in Hong Kong. There is a technique with a very forceful push with the stick under the person's floating ribs. One of his Chinese students, pushed very hard, broke off training and said that he had to return home and take some medicine, because he had been pushed in a vital point and needed to rebalance himself. (The validitiy of his assertion is not the issue here). I told this to my instructor who looked completely bewhildered. He thought hard, puzzling it out, and speaking slowly about an alien concept, said, 'Oh. I guess he desired to live a long life.'


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