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by J HepworthYoung
Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Is this taiji?
Replies: 17
Views: 17585

Re: Is this taiji?

the concept of human virtue is abstract to me
an illusion defined by opinions


i am good enough to stop some potential attackers, not all
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Motivation Ideas Wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 8576

Re: Motivation Ideas Wanted

my teacher told me once that if you feel like you are not learning, then you are right at the edge of a breakthrough and need to keep practicing. why do it at all? why practice, why study? i guess the silly but honest answer for me is that it has been helping me find my center nobody benefits from m...
by J HepworthYoung
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Is this taiji?
Replies: 17
Views: 17585

Re: Is this taiji?

A water bag sounds like it would be fun to try. but honestly in doing this kind of stuff I developed skills that I should have thought more about what am I going to do with these skills? They don't seem to be much good for anything I can't use them in push hands or free play i can't use them in figh...
by J HepworthYoung
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 46254

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

And and because the below quote caused such offence. The silly pajamas that people often wear to do taiji is a good example. You mean these ones? http://bit.ly/bDyGet Or perhaps these: http://bit.ly/dyVtex It is hard to appear legitimate with a sword in hand, while wearing jeans and a T shirt. Stil...
by J HepworthYoung
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 46254

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Jian is specific as in all jians are swords but not all swords are jians I appreciate that the term is loaded with information about what form of sword is involved. Mu is easier to say than wooden, so mujian is more mellifluous. I am not opposed to the term, it is good and specific. I find it hard t...
by J HepworthYoung
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 46254

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

I care nothing for the names of old teachers nor would I worship them, as so many do I neither set myself above or below them I agree with the observations of : call it what you want and pride and purpose relate I've called them wooden swords and wooden jian, and never knew there was a problem with ...
by J HepworthYoung
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 46254

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

And yet there comes a point where the perpetuation of terms is contrary to the spirit of the art itself, which has never been a static thing. The silly pajamas that people often wear to do taiji is a good example, while period clothing was worn by period people, now people believe that archaic perio...
by J HepworthYoung
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 46254

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

The conservation of foreign words as opposed to the translation of concepts is a fascinating practice.
What motivates this?
Pride? Secrecy? Boredom?
I wouldn't know.
by J HepworthYoung
Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Major Methods of Wudang sword
Replies: 14
Views: 15976

Re: Major Methods of Wudang sword

the jian is straight, thus the cuts must be made at an angle, requiring an arcing expression, this is like a rainbow, the motion itself involved fluid movement, coiling, curling, spinning etc, all of which flow like the dragon this type of flowing motion does not cease, has no break, the method does...
by J HepworthYoung
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 6349

Re: Where to start?

others who know better will likely disagree eh? But my advice is to find a teacher who can help you learn the feeling of the motions, something DVD's and books can't do. I did basic cuts for a long time, then studied the principals of the art through form and stance training and instruction and foun...
by J HepworthYoung
Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Is taijiquan a complete and cohesive system?
Replies: 1
Views: 2207

Re: Is taijiquan a complete and cohesive system?

What makes a complete and cohesive system? numerically the simple set of of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 0 is a complete and cohesive system, all numbers after these first ten digits employ those digits to be represented. Even values like pi utilize these numbers, which in their very order provide informa...
by J HepworthYoung
Wed May 26, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Countering Downward Cuts
Replies: 5
Views: 6146

Re: Countering Downward Cuts

Circular motion with a deflection involving a pushing rotation(peng) which continues into a falling strike itself(lu) the circular motion can be on any 3D axis, Y, X or Z, but is as an extension of the body itself and is also responsive to the attack and the opening that occurs after the deflection,...
by J HepworthYoung
Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Eight Basic Movements
Replies: 4
Views: 2908

Re: Eight Basic Movements

it is the same 13 postures, of course the Mi-chuan system uses a different way of manifesting the energies and such, than that public system does.
by J HepworthYoung
Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Need translation and what is it? See pictures
Replies: 3
Views: 2958

Re: Need translation and what is it? See pictures

I thought it says "Caution: point sharp edge away from face"
by J HepworthYoung
Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Sword Weight & Cutting Efficiency
Replies: 20
Views: 17547

Re: Sword Weight & Cutting Efficiency

I wonder how this information would relate to the average weight and cutting aspects of smaller, shorter jian?

Laoshi, have you done such test cutting with shorter swords as well?