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by Bede Bidlack
Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji toes
Replies: 3
Views: 4239

Taiji toes

For years the unofficial GRTC training shoe was the Reebok classic (black, of course). The newest thing in athletic shoes is the "barefoot shoe" http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-girl/Do-I-need-barefoot-running-shoes.html which might actually work pretty well for taiji training since is...
by Bede Bidlack
Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:02 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: To Fa jin a Flame
Replies: 10
Views: 5550

Inches

For those of you using the metric system or for my classmates from Great River, 18", is 18 inches, not 18 feet. Its about a half a meter.
by Bede Bidlack
Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: To Fa jin a Flame
Replies: 10
Views: 5550

To Fa jin a Flame

I have read that Yang Luchan and, more recently, Yang Jwingming can blow out candles from a distance with a fajin. I gave this a try myself and found: 1) I could extinguish a lit candle from about 18" away using a palm strike 2) exhaling from my mouth made it easier to extinguish the candle than exh...
by Bede Bidlack
Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: Mi Chuan Discussion
Topic: "unoffical" applications
Replies: 4
Views: 7359

Unofficial

I like to practice kicks against a chain-link fence.
by Bede Bidlack
Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Wrist Resiliancy
Replies: 6
Views: 6890

Wrist Resiliancy

Recently I strained my wrist pushing. This incident along with seeing some of the pictures of Rodell Laoshi cutting bamboo made me think that my wrists need strengthening. Naturally, I thought of sword cutting, but I do not have a cutting sword. I do have a wooden sword for swordplay. I thought of g...
by Bede Bidlack
Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:06 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Before Whipping after the Clouds
Replies: 6
Views: 4536

Before Whipping after the Clouds

What is the application for the transition from cloud hands into single whip in the short form?



I don't think it is to drop seeds into your left palm.
by Bede Bidlack
Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:01 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Stage left?
Replies: 9
Views: 5542

The only person I've ever met who has gone through the trouble of learning an entire form on the opposite side is Bob Neville, the Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University. He studied Wu style with Sophia Delza. It seems to me to be a curiosity and not worth the time it would take to practice a for...
by Bede Bidlack
Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:48 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Diet and Nutrition
Replies: 7
Views: 5157

Nutrition

As Rodell Laoshi wrote, meat is considered a good thing for most people as far as the Chinese are concerned. One wants a balance of yin and yang. One can get yang energy (found in meat) from a variety of non-meat sources e.g. ginger. There are many good cookbooks on diets from the Chinese Medicine p...