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by J HepworthYoung
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: YMT compared to Chen Style
Replies: 17
Views: 15333

Re: YMT compared to Chen Style

I think YMT and Chen would be more ideal than many of the Yang Styles around, but I also like Yang Style lines hailing from Chén Wēimíngs actual students. i've also practiced different forms within a Taiji Club i participated in at a university, this is where i met the Chen stylist and did the Sun f...
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 23250

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

My motivation is to preserve taijiquan in it's original form as a martial art, in spirit at least. It is my cultural heritage, and would hate to see what we consider as the pinacle of Chinese physical and philosophical culture, degrade into 'that thing for old people'. Also, for my own gongfu to ad...
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: YMT compared to Chen Style
Replies: 17
Views: 15333

Re: YMT compared to Chen Style

Maybe I can elaborate a little more. BTW, I haven't studied the Chen Style. Only a couple of Yang Styles. But, from the videos YMT looks like it keeps more of the weight on one leg, more of the time. Where many Yang styles seem to work between 60-40 to 70-30 and seem to be a little more upright, Ch...
by J HepworthYoung
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 23250

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

I apologize for not having gleaned this from your posts upon the topic, but what is your motive for teaching? I am also curious about peoples motives for learning, if for example you do not have a student whose motive is to learn taiji as a martial art, then how can you teach it to them as one? And ...
by J HepworthYoung
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taoist martial arts before Chen village
Replies: 9
Views: 10059

Re: Taoist martial arts before Chen village

Thanks J, that is all very interesting. Are there any reference material for this information? Scholarly work on the subject? nope, not any that i have seen, my observations from study are not something i read in a book, but there are many primary sources of data that can be examined and correlated...
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taoist martial arts before Chen village
Replies: 9
Views: 10059

Re: Taoist martial arts before Chen village

The 8 fold path associated with the Chakram wheel and the bagua 8 trigrams appear to have a relationship. Italy seems heavily influenced by both Chinese and Indian culture during the spice trade era, and Alexander introduced Buddhism to Greece and this influenced the development of western culture. ...
by J HepworthYoung
Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taoist martial arts before Chen village
Replies: 9
Views: 10059

Re: Taoist martial arts before Chen village

For the record, Sakyamuni Gautama the Buddha was born of the Kshatria (warrior) cast, similar to the samurai of Japan, so his learning of martial arts has little relation to his spirituality. This caste was actually deeply spiritual in duty and rite.There is no issue at all with the concept that he...
by J HepworthYoung
Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Public form with Fajing
Replies: 1
Views: 4307

Re: Public form with Fajing

interesting that the form is so slow still with that jing
like slow and quick combined
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taoist martial arts before Chen village
Replies: 9
Views: 10059

Taoist martial arts before Chen village

I've been reading some interesting material regarding the martial art known as Liuhebafa, this is credited to Chen Tua, also known as Chen Hsi I. In some taoist circles it is taught that Lao Tzu (name unknown this is just a title) practiced martial arts that he was taught, and these martial arts are...
by J HepworthYoung
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 27249

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

while i agree there is a practicality to traditionalism, and even a tradition of practicality, I find them nonetheless distinct in terms of conservation and revision. When you look at some early historical figures of Taiji you find such diversity that one is led to believe that the one size fits all...
by J HepworthYoung
Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 27249

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

Taiji is ironically full of people who politely refuse to comment, but nonetheless hold beliefs, likewise many just do not question things. I appreciate the questions you are asking Michael, like your blog it is stimulating. I've trained in several martial arts and with several martial artists and f...
by J HepworthYoung
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 27249

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

I believe the 13 postures to be mathematically assembled in relation to the energies and postures of the martial art, making it specific and intrepid. The 8 energies are used together in a flowing manner using the 5 directions in a sort of paper rock scissors way to neutralize and respond to the dui...
by J HepworthYoung
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 27249

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

in my childlike ignorance, Who you are, who you know, where you were born, what languages you speak, what classes you took etc None of that has any meaning to me. I simply do not care. What matters to me is the content and meaning of your words and information. The same goes for any man, any teacher...
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 27249

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

Thank you for insulting my intelligence, reading ability, understanding and then my attitude. My teacher would probably say that you forgot to mention that I am ugly and that I smell funny. I am deeply interested in any references or examples pertaining to Taoist philosophy that support the changes ...
by J HepworthYoung
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 27249

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

I've got a copy of Yang Jwing-Mings book right here, I've had it for years. For those who are interested this book is Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, Volume One, Tai Chi Theory and Tai Chi Jing by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, YMAA 1987. do you have any evidence to support your teachers modifications othe...