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by Robert Bemoras
Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 58083

Re: Hanwei Cutting Jian?

I would also like to chime in on the dimensions of the cutting jian. First of all, I have to say that I am thoroughly satisfied with the finished product. My compliments Laoshr. I work out at a school that is dedicated to internal Chinese martial arts. Yang style, from the Dong family, and Chen styl...
by Robert Bemoras
Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics
Replies: 22
Views: 16930

Re: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics

This is very interesting to me. I have one question that to me seems important. At what point does the softness of a blade,(i.e. the ability to absorb shock)detract from its ability to withstand the abuse of heavy cutting?
by Robert Bemoras
Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 17779

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

This reply is from a middle aged perspective. Taijiquan is a martial art that I can practice as I age. For the younger people out there I know this doesn't mean much, but hear me out. I am 45 years old and through 25 years of external martial arts practice I have many injuries that I must overcome. ...
by Robert Bemoras
Fri May 01, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?
Replies: 14
Views: 9875

Re: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?

Another point not touched on is that when you look through any martial artist's learning tree, you will most likely find a history of many martial arts that were studied. In many of the villages in China there was a mixture of internal and external arts that were practiced. Many practitioners blende...
by Robert Bemoras
Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Video from the village of Zhao bao
Replies: 3
Views: 3014

Video from the village of Zhao bao

Check out this outstanding display of fajin.......Bob

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_48b6934401000bds.html
by Robert Bemoras
Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Internal/External with strength training
Replies: 12
Views: 10139

Re: Internal/External with strength training

Cardio seems like an excellent addition to overall conditioning. Personally, I would stay away from any activity that isolates a single part of the body (ie. weight training, etc.). That goes against the principles of taijiquan where the whole body either moves together or is still.
by Robert Bemoras
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Interesting push-hands video...
Replies: 7
Views: 5359

Re: Interesting push-hands video...

Just a thought from a Denver outsider.....that was not internal martial arts.
by Robert Bemoras
Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Softness and Martial Intent
Replies: 19
Views: 10654

Re: Softness and Martial Intent

It is my understanding that movements begin longer when first learning because the limbs initiate the movement of the dan tian. As we become more experienced the dan tian becomes trained and it initiates the movement. As a result, the movements become smaller. I also noticed a couple of terms that l...
by Robert Bemoras
Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Just a few general questions from a new student
Replies: 12
Views: 9142

Kenny, I am also a external convert. I do not practice with Rodell laoshi, so please forgive me if I contradict any of his teachings. I do study his works and I have a great deal of respect for him. I have found it beneficial, as a beginner, to study the form and basic movements without getting ahea...
by Robert Bemoras
Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Is there a list of cuts for the dao ?
Replies: 7
Views: 5986

Thank you sir.
by Robert Bemoras
Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Is there a list of cuts for the dao ?
Replies: 7
Views: 5986

Laoshi and Joe, Thank you and yes, this is the type of information that I am looking for. I learned and practiced the jian cuts/ movements prior to learning the jian form and I have found a better understanding of the movements through an understanding of the applications. (Some people look like the...
by Robert Bemoras
Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Is there a list of cuts for the dao ?
Replies: 7
Views: 5986

Is there a list of cuts for the dao ?

I was hoping to find a list of cuts that are common to Yang style dao. I have been pouring over information on this and other websites, and laoshi's books and tapes. The only thing that I seem to be able to find is jian cuts. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Bob Bemoras
by Robert Bemoras
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Michuan applications
Replies: 5
Views: 3987

Re: Michuan applications

I have this book in chinese and japanese, given to me by my teacher, written by Wan Yen Nien. I believe it is michuan applications and it shows left and right versions. Is this book meant to teach specific applications or show diverse reactionary applications? I don't read the languages it is writt...
by Robert Bemoras
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:55 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: 37 Form Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 22578

these two sections are from the 37 step not the 108 I stand corrected. I just completed watching Cheng Man-ching complete his whole 37 move form on U-tube. I practice the Dong family version of the form. Cheng Man-ching kept the beginning and end of his form the same as the traditional Yang Cheng F...