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by iglazer
Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: GRTC's 25th Anniversary
Replies: 1
Views: 5888

Re: GRTC's 25th Anniversary

I thought you all might like to see some photos from the weekend. Enjoy - 25th Anniversary Training Festival
by iglazer
Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: GRTC's 25th Anniversary
Replies: 1
Views: 5888

GRTC's 25th Anniversary

On October 10th, the Great River Taoist Center turns 25. Having grown from a tiny group to an international school, GRTC has defined itself as a community of practitioners dedicated to the pursuit of an endangered art. Students of all ages and abilities have joined Great River expecting “just to lea...
by iglazer
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Wang Yen-nien video
Replies: 2
Views: 1634

Re: Wang Yen-nien video

Looks like Albert has got some very nice video clips up there!
by iglazer
Sat May 02, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: Troubles logging into the Forum?
Replies: 0
Views: 2926

Troubles logging into the Forum?

If you've been having problems lately signing into the forum, please send me a private message. Be sure to include what operating system and which browser you are using.

Thanks!
by iglazer
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: Forum and grtc.org outage starting March 5th
Replies: 1
Views: 2849

Re: Forum and grtc.org outage starting March 5th

And we are back! It took less time than I expected, which is always a good thing. If you find anything broken let me know.
by iglazer
Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Who is is this Adept taiji player?
Replies: 5
Views: 5000

Re: Who is is this Adept taiji player?

Interesting.

Well, Albert, since you posted those videos on YouTube, can you tell us who the practioner is?
by iglazer
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Interesting push-hands video...
Replies: 7
Views: 3929

Re: Interesting push-hands video...

You're not being controversial at all - asking us to look at this in a different way is by no means controversial. I took more time and watch this again... I definitely saw it in a different light. One thing I did notice this time is that this guy displayed great martial spirit - he always helped hi...
by iglazer
Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: Forum and grtc.org outage starting March 5th
Replies: 1
Views: 2849

Forum and grtc.org outage starting March 5th

All - We are half way through with our updates to the web bits of Great River. Part 1 was updating the forum, which is basically complete. Part 2 is a combination wholesale update to the Great River website as well as some back-end hosting changes. In order for us to complete our updates, both the f...
by iglazer
Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Interesting push-hands video...
Replies: 7
Views: 3929

Re: Interesting push-hands video...

On one hand, the idea of adding throwing to restricted-step push hands sounds like a lot of fun. But that being said, what ever technique this video claims to show, it certainly isn't good taiji. It isn't even bad taiji. Looks like a combination of judo and a very elaborate hand-shake. :wink:
by iglazer
Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:01 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Softness and Martial Intent
Replies: 19
Views: 7396

Re: Softness and Martial Intent

People feel like they are not learning anything if they are not getting new material. This past Monday a student was commenting on "getting to the advanced stuff, the good stuff". I laughed a little bit to myself, but in response to her I said "The basic stuff is the advanced stuff. You just need t...
by iglazer
Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:18 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Softness and Martial Intent
Replies: 19
Views: 7396

Re: Softness and Martial Intent

The first is martial intent. Taijiquan is a martial art. Don't we do everything with a martial intent? It would be great if this were the case. The reality is that practioners often lose sight of or not made aware of martial intent. In my opinion, you need to see the form once and then learn the ap...
by iglazer
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:49 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: applications link
Replies: 6
Views: 3341

Re: applications link

In the first minute you get to see Master Hu demostrate grasp sparrows tail, one of his favorites. So nice to see it from a safe distance :D
by iglazer
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Softness and Martial Intent
Replies: 19
Views: 7396

Re: Softness and Martial Intent

Uhm, no. The power is not generated by the legs, there is a difference between "initiating" and "generating". I'm not sure I understand your differentiation. Can you give us a clearer distinction? I like to fall back to the Taiji Classics on matters like this: The root is in the feet, energy issues...
by iglazer
Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Softness and Martial Intent
Replies: 19
Views: 7396

You have implied a false dichotomy in your question. Softness and intent are not mutually exclusive nor are they comparable. You can be hard and have no mind intent. Come to a beginner's class and you'll see what I mean. You can be soft and your form can have no mind intent. People who have this sor...
by iglazer
Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:23 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Suggested Gear For Chinese Swordplay
Replies: 23
Views: 19331

You are only as good as your worst. As someone who competed in the Sword Tournament and has trained at multiple sword retreats, seems like I should weigh in on some of these points. First, there is a world of difference between drills and matches. Two person drills are specifically designed to instr...