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by josh stout
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji as Spiritual Practice
Replies: 9
Views: 8517

From an empirical point of view, taiji is an excellent spiritual practice, in the sense that spirit means psyche, which equals the mind. The practice of using ones mind to put energy and intent into movements strengthens the mind's abilities. This begins with increased awareness of ones own body, th...
by josh stout
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Whatever Happened To Those Aussie Kids?
Replies: 11
Views: 8207

It's great to hear about the kids. It sounds like the program has some serious momentum. I am looking foreword to the pictures.
Josh
by josh stout
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming Jian
Replies: 21
Views: 20260

I get confused sometimes between the kirttimukha, kala, yaizi, and makara. The makara with the upturned nose and water diety aspects seems very close to Yaizi, while the kirttimukha and the kala seem to be the same thing. For purposes of dating and placing swords, the big eyed, big nosed kirttimukha...
by josh stout
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: My moment of fame
Replies: 1
Views: 2913

My moment of fame

Due to completely random circumstances, a Japanese film crew came to my class and broadcast a short segment on the morning news in Japan. It was a very strange experience and gave me a huge insight into how martial lore becomes so full of misinformation. The clip includes a chart of the "twelve anim...
by josh stout
Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Brush Knee
Replies: 1
Views: 2715

Sweeping the arm in, he absorbs the kick. This helps in catching the leg, but if he moved the arm outward, he wouldn't get kicked.
Josh
by josh stout
Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:22 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Indonesian Chinese jian
Replies: 1
Views: 3264

I would like to add the comment that the unusual bulbous handle makes sense from the point of view of CMAs from Indonesia of the type I have studied. The techniques tend to be done with shorter weapons held very close to the body. Keeping a blade that close to the body necessitates loosening the gri...
by josh stout
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Indonesian Chinese jian
Replies: 1
Views: 3264

Indonesian Chinese jian

I have thought for quite a while that there must be nice Chinese antiques in Indonesia, but due the political climate there that made Chinese culture essentially illegal for many years Chinese swords from Indonesia are never seen on the market. Here is the first example I have seen. It is a typical ...
by josh stout
Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A bit of information
Replies: 19
Views: 14555

In an ironic twist, my students and I were standing on the street in NYC talking about where to go to dinner with two Indonesians. After about 15 minutes of the conversation showing no signs of resolution one Indonesian looked at me and asked if we always took this long deciding where to eat. When I...
by josh stout
Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Chinese (mogolian) horseriding
Replies: 17
Views: 20051

That would be a hunting cheetah, perhaps obtained from Persia or India. Good eye. Cheetahs were not uncommonly used as hunting animals. I have seen Egyptian, Indian, and Persian depictions. They could not breed in captivity, so this practice undoubtedly helped wipe out the Asian population. There ar...
by josh stout
Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A bit of information
Replies: 19
Views: 14555

The battle array post completely amazed me. I had read about the tactics this preserves, but had no idea you could go and see a direct descendant of the Ming coastal battle formations. These were designed so that the strengths of a variety of weapons were used together by a team of soldiers to defea...
by josh stout
Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Chinese (mogolian) horseriding
Replies: 17
Views: 20051

That is why I commented that it was a whistling arrow. At first glance I assumed the bowman was aiming at a bird, but the arrow is all wrong for birds. I think it must be as a signal. Regarding the shooting posture, I find it strangely counter intuitive. Leaning forward while shooting back and up se...
by josh stout
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fear
Replies: 14
Views: 11044

Yes that is a nice and direct way of saying what I was trying to convey. Breathing is effected by full strength emotions, for example laughter and sobbing. As you say, it can go the other way too. By controlling the breathing the emotion is controlled. This is not to say one should stop an emotion a...
by josh stout
Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Chinese (mogolian) horseriding
Replies: 17
Views: 20051

It looks like he is shooting a whistling arrow.
Nice.
Josh
by josh stout
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Sparrow take down reply
Replies: 5
Views: 4991

Thanks, that is an interesting comment. The size of the circle in the pictures was so large it made me think of my teacher's remarks. When the circle is small, does it act as an axis in the manner of the small circle of aikidao? I understand that the question might be difficult to give a single answ...
by josh stout
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fear
Replies: 14
Views: 11044

I think part of doing martial arts is learning how to deal with fear in small doses, so that we don't drown in it in a real situation. I find that focusing on the connection between fear and breathing helps. Fear is natural and a little adrenalin can be helpful, but when you stop breathing in a regu...