Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts all share a common root. The applications might be different, but they come back a grounding in Yin/Yang and Five Phases. 

In this episode we speak with a martial artist and teacher who helps us to bridge some of the fundamental perspectives with yin and yang, the ba gua and five phases with modern Jungian psychology. 

Listen in and find out why it is important for anyone studying the martial arts to know something about empathy.

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • The spark created by the Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • How we learn from our teachers
  • The power of empathy, the difference between imagining yourself in someone’s shoes and being able to feel what someone else feels and how empathy can be used for manipulation
  • The Tai Ji, Ba Gua and Jung’s personality theory
  • The difference between introverted and extroverted feeling
  • The Shen and the eight cognitive functions
  • The five spirits in Chinese medicine
  • The purpose of martial arts
  • Jonathan Bluestein

I am a veteran teacher and practitioner of the martial arts, and a notable author about them. I practice and teach the traditional Chinese martial arts of Xing Yi Quan (形意拳), Pigua Zhang (劈掛掌) and Jook Lum Southern Mantis (江西竹林寺南螳螂派).

My three published works in the English language are:  Research of Martial Arts (an international best-seller), The Martial Arts Teacher and Spikey: Your Edge in Self-Defense (the latter, I co-authored with one of my teachers, sifu Sapir Tal). I hold degrees in Law (LLB) and Government Studies, and have an extensive background in Jungian Personality Psychology. 

The study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Philosophy allows me to interface and correlate the many disciplines I am versed in, and in so doing tremendously benefit my quality of living, as well as the lives of the people around me. 

Links and Resources:

Visit Jonathan’s website or contact him by email.

You can find his books Research of Martial Arts and The Martial Arts Teacher on Amazon.
A recommended book on Jungian psychology is Please Understand Me II, by David Keirsey
And there is also The Neuroscience of Personality by Prof. Dario Nardi

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