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by yowie_steve
Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji as Spiritual Practice
Replies: 9
Views: 8273

Taiji and Christianity

As a Christian myself also, taiji isn't an end in itself for my spirituality - the principles and disciplines of the art make it a practical tool for my spiritual life. It is beneficial (some say essential) to be spiritual with all things you do; as the saying goes: make your natural life spiritual ...
by yowie_steve
Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Brush Knee
Replies: 1
Views: 2620

Brush Knee

I've just been perusing youtube for fight clips. As you do. I came across Cung Le teaching his method against low kicks (in three parts) that look to me similar to Taiji's brush knee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7xbDZfZvSo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD6qHIa_-bo&feature=related http://www.you...
by yowie_steve
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The back foot
Replies: 3
Views: 3699

The back foot

Hi. During our Brissy meet-up and sword practice we discussed briefly how much the position of the back foot affects our swordplay. Laoshi made sure with me that with the thrust in the Miao Dao routine that my back foot is placed perpendicular to my direction of travel. The "L" shaped feet position....
by yowie_steve
Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:56 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Mugged at knife-point
Replies: 11
Views: 7793

True Tashi. It's smart and more honourable to take the "peaceful" alternative. There's much risk of serious (and permanent) injury or loss of life. But the other night I could have prevented someone getting hurt. What if he landed on a rock causing injury to his spine. Although it usually is proper ...
by yowie_steve
Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Mugged at knife-point
Replies: 11
Views: 7793

to hurt or not to hurt

Last night I was witness to a violent altercation between a young and angry young man who threatened to "smash" his stepfather. I felt at a bit of a dilemma myself. I had to pull him away from strangling his stepfather (using turn and punch from 24 public yang form) hooking his arm behind his back. ...
by yowie_steve
Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on a knockout
Replies: 6
Views: 4885

being knocked out

Ive come close to being knocked out in the ring a few times, and at times my hands are up - but I was just unlucky in those cases where the punch went through the guard. That small bit of bad luck over time is all the other guy needs however. I think my mistake in almost all the times I've copped re...
by yowie_steve
Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Zhan Zhuang at work
Replies: 0
Views: 3534

Zhan Zhuang at work

My fiancee and I practise zhan zhuang every now and then when we do abit of exercise together. It seems though she gets more practise in than I do. She is a registered nurse working in operating theatres which involves standing up all day handing instruments to doctors. She has found that standing i...
by yowie_steve
Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Martial Spirit..
Replies: 12
Views: 6951

I wonder if that was just dumb luck or a masterfully directed tiao.



I was anticipating the home defender being faced with a lawsuit also. I've heard of martial artists defending themselves before and being sued. Depends on the situation and the home invader I suppose.
by yowie_steve
Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:06 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Winning without throwing a punch
Replies: 10
Views: 8124

Would lu be similar to slipping back? (Leaning slightly back to put your head just out of reach.) I've been using that on occasion. Although one of the coaches doesn't like me doing it. He'd rather me slide back and popping out a lead jab. I don't know why I'm being discouraged to do it, it's natura...
by yowie_steve
Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Winning without throwing a punch
Replies: 10
Views: 8124

I notice myself that I only get hit when punching or just finishing a punch. By not throwing anything out, you're uncommitted and can move with more ease and clearer sight. I enjoy moving ever so slightly watching the gloves whizz by and seeing the other guy heaving for breath. I'm finding it hard t...
by yowie_steve
Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:02 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Saber and Shield
Replies: 42
Views: 61112

Shaolin sword/shield

I don't know if any has seen this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sL0XzShJRY



Or if they think it's no good. It's modern wu shu.



But I like modern wu shu.



I can imagine an army looking something like this.
by yowie_steve
Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:47 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Protective equipment
Replies: 5
Views: 4209

Is it possible to wear a helm AND a fencing mask? Or at least make a helm with a bit more face protection than a metal strip down the nose. A helm is protective enough, but that clanging sound can almost knock me out. I do miss sword sparring!! Do you guys in the Blue Mountains still train with swor...
by yowie_steve
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:11 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Saving Brain Cells
Replies: 7
Views: 5201

Hey Tashi. It's not unreasonable at all. I did receive one heavy blow once and stood around a little punch drunk and managed to have a breather. It's a little tricky knowing when to stop with the lighter hits. Cumulative hits that don't really bother you that much start making you feel light headed ...
by yowie_steve
Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Saving Brain Cells
Replies: 7
Views: 5201

I'll be able to spar slowly with the martial arts guys. As for the boxers I think it would be difficult to break the tradition of "ring time" being full speed. We discourage full power hits, and the both of us never hit hard out of respect for each other's brains, however moving the head ever so sli...
by yowie_steve
Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:35 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Saving Brain Cells
Replies: 7
Views: 5201

Saving Brain Cells

Hi. This question is directed mainly at Laoshi and his experience with san shou, but I'd love to have some advice from other people also. My regular boxing sparring partner and I have decided to "tag" the shoulder to count as head shots since both of us have been coming home fairly foggy headed and ...