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by iglazer
Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: Mi Chuan Discussion
Topic: push?
Replies: 18
Views: 26508

Now, a question on the focussing and release .... Are we talking about a release of qi here, or is this still just body mechanics? One leads to the other. Or more accurately, not getting one will prevent the other. You've got to have body mechanics and structure in place before you can really focus...
by iglazer
Mon Oct 30, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Mi Chuan Discussion
Topic: push?
Replies: 18
Views: 26508

Though the following exercise isn't directly used for training push, it can help you get the right feeling. (This may be what Linda told you.) Bring your wrists up to your shoulders. Let your elbows hang down. (Palms are facing the floor.) Take all the structure you can out of the arms. Step with th...
by iglazer
Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:57 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: the good and bad of short and heavy jian
Replies: 2
Views: 3939

Why would someone go short and fat when long and light is easier to use? Exactly because it is harder to use. I found with my longer, lighter sword I fell into a pattern of just using Pi, just sniping my opponent. I simply cannot do that with my stubby (short, fat, heavy) sword. Stubby forces me to...
by iglazer
Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: empty swordhand?
Replies: 4
Views: 5414

I haven't really spent a lot of time thinking about the forms this way, but here is one idea. Consider "Shoot the goose" from the public sword form. The sword hand is down and out from the body at a 45 degree angle haven't just flung the duifang's sword away. The left hand (non-sword hand) is pointe...
by iglazer
Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Secrets...
Replies: 8
Views: 7791

The difference in my mind is perspective. The first point is from the teacher's point of you. My point is from the student's. As a beginner, we have all seen our teacher share something with senior students that seems very cryptic and strange; it becomes a secret in our mind.
by iglazer
Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Secrets...
Replies: 8
Views: 7791

A Third Kind?

I believe there is a third kind of secret: the percevied secret. Some things just don't make any sense until the student is ready to hear them. I know from personal experience that hearing things as a beginner and then again as an intermediate student can have a very different impact. There are thin...
by iglazer
Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:56 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Not exactly a chinese swordsmanship video...
Replies: 8
Views: 8226

What's with his hat?

My question is: why does he wear the basket-hat all the time?
by iglazer
Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: beginning qi development
Replies: 3
Views: 4459

As a beginner, I wouldn't focus on cultivating qi. I would focus on fang sung and mind intent. Everything else follows.
by iglazer
Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Learning the form with your spouse
Replies: 2
Views: 4008

Learning the form with your spouse

This article illustrates why if one on person in a couple knows how to use a sword, something bad will happen.
by iglazer
Tue May 16, 2006 3:26 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fang Song
Replies: 6
Views: 6271

Recognizing when you are clentching you muscles is a major first step. Most people stumble about not even realizing the amount of musclar tension that they put into their own body. This recognition has to be done, not just during your practice, but constantly. In the kitchen, when you are cutting so...
by iglazer
Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: qi
Replies: 1
Views: 3160

Swimming in air

I can't remember if it was Cheng Man Ching or T.T. Liang that likend doing the form to swimming in the air. The thought is that as you do the form you feel the air all around touching every part of your body. This helps you expand mind intent throughout the body. I am not going to comment on your sp...
by iglazer
Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Alignment, Direction in Big Chief Star
Replies: 1
Views: 3180

Good use of characters to help explain body orientation. Before I go and offer up a suggestion, which movement are you speaking of? I think you are talking about the Major Star of the Dipper from the Public form. (Pages 190 - 192 in Chinese Swordsmanship, for those of you playing along at home.) If ...
by iglazer
Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:34 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Questions on qi circulation.
Replies: 46
Views: 41396

There are a lot of aspects of the art that can be hampered by overthinking. Overthinking is essentially no different than clentching muscles. You wouldn't do a form with your shoulders all clentched and you shouldn't practice any aspect of the art with your mind racing, overthinking, being crafty, a...
by iglazer
Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:12 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: A link from swordforum
Replies: 2
Views: 4211

Not sure about that

Not sure if I see as many similarities as you do, but there were a few things that did jump out. It was curious to see the number of times the demonstrator brought the blade through his space (under his arm or right next to his shoulder). Moving the blade through the center seems like an interesting...
by iglazer
Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:39 am
Forum: Mi Chuan Discussion
Topic: Fan
Replies: 5
Views: 11510

As far as I know, Master Wang created the fan form. He took aspects of the Michuan sword form and combined them with some aspects of the empty hand form. Fan form teaches you to be soft and how to fajin. As for when it is taught, that's a bit tougher to answer. Christian has taught it to some of the...