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by Dan Pasek
Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Info on Yangshi Taiji Dao
Replies: 9
Views: 9497

The current issue of “T’ai Chi” magazine (Vol. 32, No. 3) has a good article on Taiji dao, by Zhang Yun. Although a Wu stylist, his information specifically applies to both Yang and Wu styles and their version of the dao with the s-shaped guard and ring pommel. He gives the Chinese characters for 32...
by Dan Pasek
Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 7283

In the context of martial arts the study may not be relevant. As the article state: "Most researchers investigate what happens when people have to decide immediately, typically as a rapid response to an event in our environment. Here we were focusing on the more interesting decisions that are made i...
by Dan Pasek
Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 7283

Seven seconds is an extremely long time! A common method for measuring reaction time (often used at science museums in interactive children’s displays) is to have a dropping ruler that a person grabs as soon as they realize it has begun to drop (the release is usually initiated in a manner that cann...
by Dan Pasek
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: 37 Form Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 30078

Re: This Vs. That

I studied in both Zheng Manqing's lineage with his senior student T.T. Liang & with William C.C. Chen, Robert Smith & others briefly in while I was in Taiwan. I also studied with Wang Yennien who is my principle teacher. From both sides I heard students adamantly proclaim thier teacher beat the oth...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The Sworsdmanship Festival - After Action Review
Replies: 10
Views: 11240

Scott, thanks for the link. From watching the clip I would guess that the rules specify only the torso as a legal target (no leg, arm, or head strikes allowed?). Still dangerous, but with head and hand protection to guard against accidents as well as a chest protector to protect the legal target, pe...
by Dan Pasek
Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: An aspect of fangsong.
Replies: 21
Views: 22149

Hmm, It seems like people had misunderstood me. I thought that I had mentioned that I essentially agreed with what Roland posted, and that I was going to focus primarily on the physical aspects of this training, and that training is improved and progresses faster with the emphasis on fangsong and ot...
by Dan Pasek
Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: An aspect of fangsong.
Replies: 21
Views: 22149

OK Roland, this is very similar to how I was taught. The sensations of fatigue or pain in the muscles is an indication that those muscles are being used improperly for what we desire, and the muscles that continue holding up the posture (without pain or fatigue) when we focus on relaxing those muscl...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: An aspect of fangsong.
Replies: 21
Views: 22149

Trevor, Thanks for the link. That explanation seems much more authoritative and includes details that I was not aware of. I am not knowledgeable enough to be able to speculate about the contributions of tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc. Too bad the link did not address these physiological aspects of ...
by Dan Pasek
Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:00 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: An aspect of fangsong.
Replies: 21
Views: 22149

I am somewhat reluctant to post my ideas on this topic because I am not a physiologist and I essentially put the following together on my own rather that hearing them from an authoritative source, both of which may lead to inaccuracies. But I think that this topic is important for internal style mar...
by Dan Pasek
Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:57 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Executioner's sword
Replies: 9
Views: 41565

Another dao in use for beheading is shown in a "tourist photo" at this site:

http://www.teleguam.net/~ewebpro/galler ... ina-01.htm

Shanghai? ca. early 1900s?

Dan
by Dan Pasek
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:14 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Spear shaft material/dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 22684

Peter Dekker wrote: Some examples show holes where nails might have been used but these are rare.

-Peter
Peter,

The rarity of this feature may prevent an answer to my question, but do you have any idea when the hole in the socket of the spearhead began being used?

DP
by Dan Pasek
Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: "Mao" spearhead with oblique steel insert
Replies: 27
Views: 25072

Scott, Sorry for the late reply, but I have been away for three weeks. Thanks for the offer to attend your test cutting training. If it happens on a Sat. or Sun. afternoon, then it would be nice to try and attend. I could drive up in the morning and back in the evening (it takes roughly 5 hours trav...
by Dan Pasek
Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: "Mao" spearhead with oblique steel insert
Replies: 27
Views: 25072

leaf shaped qiang

You make good points, Scott, and since I have not done test cutting (and don’t even know of anyone doing test cutting with a spear), I trust your experience. Even without the precise control needed to cut with the edge of a spear point, I would think that the “gashing” with the metal edge would stil...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:46 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: "Mao" spearhead with oblique steel insert
Replies: 27
Views: 25072

While most movements that use a slashing motion in forms are probably intended as deflections with the spear shaft, I would not be too quick to rule out the possibility for slashing movements with the spear point. For one thing, the orientation of the edge of the spear point is not too difficult to ...
by Dan Pasek
Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:07 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Qi Dispersion
Replies: 5
Views: 7350

I have not posted on this forum previously (I have been a member almost from the start) because others have usually addressed subjects satisfactorily and I did not feel that I had much additional to contribute. But there are several comments that I could add to this topic. First, it is my understand...