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by josh stout
Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:16 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: sword and left hand
Replies: 3
Views: 3769

I have seen this topic come up a few times, and I agree with the general statement that exercises should be done on both sides of the body. However, I have a few reservations. If a form is designed to be used against an imaginary right handed stylist, when it is reversed it will be for use against a...
by josh stout
Fri Sep 17, 2004 9:43 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: cuts
Replies: 3
Views: 4380

Thank you, what you say makes allot of sense. Do you practice the cuts as they appear in the form or are they more isolated? For example, I practice an upward draw cut standing with my feet together with the cut aimed at an imaginary femoral artery. However, in the movement I practice, the cut seems...
by josh stout
Thu Sep 16, 2004 11:24 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: cuts
Replies: 3
Views: 4380

cuts

Scott- I have now read your book, and it is quite useful. Unfortunately as I study a different style, the actual forms don't mean much to me, but there are several things that the book has showed me. The most important is your emphasis on learning the cuts. In my practice of "plum blossom sword", (a...
by josh stout
Thu Sep 16, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: energy systems
Replies: 6
Views: 5432

I guess my thinking on this comes from an outsiders view of taijiquan. When taijiquan was being developed it must have been formed in some relation to the larger martial world in China, which in my understanding could be at least loosely described as shaolin based. So a move like repulse monkey woul...
by josh stout
Fri Jul 30, 2004 9:36 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: energy systems
Replies: 6
Views: 5432

Very interesting, that goes with the idea I have heard that taijiquan has many movements designed in response to shaolin techniques. So that the movements of taijiquan contain the same character, but use different energies, like splitting, to neutralize techniques with differing characters from the ...
by josh stout
Wed Jul 14, 2004 8:20 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: energy systems
Replies: 6
Views: 5432

Thank you for your informative reply, and for clearing up some misconceptions. I have seen taijiquan books talking about visualizing the qi moving or circulating in various parts of the body. I like your use of "mind intent" instead. My teacher often asks "where is the energy?" and what he means is ...
by josh stout
Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: energy systems
Replies: 6
Views: 5432

energy systems

Scott- I wanted to ask you a question about energy systems. In my style we talk about three major schools of energy cultivation. There are the forced energy systems characterized by loud breathing and isometric type movements. These are associated with hard Southern Chinese or Japanese styles. Then ...
by josh stout
Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:08 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Another "reality" thread...
Replies: 12
Views: 7831

I guess I should be more clear. I study a style where one of our basic tenets is that we take from nature to return to nature. But what does this mean? In a martial situation one must rely on what is most natural. Think though of a kid learning to catch. A young kid will often close their eyes and s...
by josh stout
Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:55 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Another "reality" thread...
Replies: 12
Views: 7831

The point of a martial art is to make the unnatural, natural.

Josh