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by Dan Fleet
Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Finding the right instructor?
Replies: 7
Views: 8144

Interesting thoughts Bruce; although I'd say calling it "American" is a loaded term. It's really just "consumer" minded thought. Consumerism isn't just an American trait -- speaking as a non-American. That being said, your core points seem valid to me. You definitely want a school that you will be c...
by Dan Fleet
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The Sworsdmanship Festival - After Action Review
Replies: 10
Views: 11761

Interesting video, thanks! My Wu style spear forms I've studied have one or two points where there is a thrust one-handed, but the majority are two handed, although at points both hands are touching one another near the butt of the spear after a thrust. Even places in the form where you are turning ...
by Dan Fleet
Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Let's Talk About Miaodao
Replies: 12
Views: 11053

Magnificently executed video, thanks for sharing!
by Dan Fleet
Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:57 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Maryland Lei Tai Clips
Replies: 5
Views: 8207

"It is a shame how 99% of contact fighters forget the form and techniques of their system when they are in the ring" This may or may not apply, but J. Christoph Amberger talks about types and degrees of combat in The Secret History of the Sword . He refers to increasing degrees of both consensual an...
by Dan Fleet
Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:33 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Learning Intelligences
Replies: 6
Views: 7190

This is so very true. I am always amazed at people who can just look at someone and notice every minor detail of a form, and do a reasonable attempt first time through. Certainly I am not naturally an athletic person, I require much practice to encode the skills of body motion and co-ordination. Mys...
by Dan Fleet
Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:46 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 8186

If he's Wu Yinghua's son, I would expect (in the absence of any direct evidence) that the taijiquan he teaches to be reasonably close to the main Wu family branch as taught by Sifu Eddie Wu. Most of the Wu style videos I can find of both newer and older generations and students show interesting vari...
by Dan Fleet
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:21 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 8186

A lot of different Wu schools out there, it seems, from different branches of the lineage. As tangential, the Wu family school last year translated & published in English the Wu family writings, as the "Gold Book". It may be interesting to give an insight into a different branch of taijiquan that de...
by Dan Fleet
Thu May 31, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 8186

Unfortunately I do not know the answer to that question, I would only be able to go with what is available about him on the Internet, which may or may not be correct. You may be able to contact someone at the Toronto HQ of Wu style to find out for certain. As for the martial applications, you'd have...
by Dan Fleet
Thu May 31, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 8186

www.wustyle.com is the Wu family style website. Wu family style springs from Yang Lu-ch'an's teachings via Wu Ch'uan-yü. I study Wu style in Canada. This style includes martial applications, free hand sparring, various forms of push hands, etc. What would you like to know? (It is worth noting that t...
by Dan Fleet
Mon May 28, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Spear shaft material/dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 23450

Thanks Peter.

My teacher was presented with his gift this weekend and was most appreciative. One of the disciples mounted (in a temporary fashion: i.e. no glue or nails as yet, simple friction fit) the spearhead on a pole taken from his back yard woodlot.

I've sent him a reference to this thread.
by Dan Fleet
Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Spear shaft material/dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 23450

If there is anything particular you're interested in, I can give that spear priority and will work on providing the "whole story" on it. Hi Peter. There's no specific spear. Students of my teacher are purchasing a spearhead as a gift, and I thought I'd see if there was any reasonable way to get a h...
by Dan Fleet
Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Spear shaft material/dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 23450

Peter, this is excellent, thank you very much for this research.
by Dan Fleet
Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Sparring video
Replies: 2
Views: 4391

I believe these are the "Realistic Sparring Weapons" folks, they're more about making mock swords that you can (presumably) safely use hit each other with than necessarily claiming to be sword fight experts, are they not?
by Dan Fleet
Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Spear shaft material/dimensions
Replies: 15
Views: 23450

Hello Peter, Apologies for not acknowledging your response sooner, thank you very kindly. I would be interested in whatever information is available (or at least pointers to decent translated-to-English resources, if you know of any). The horsehair is a good data point as well. I will have to see if...
by Dan Fleet
Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:53 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: UK Offensive Weapons Consultation
Replies: 22
Views: 24498

I'm of two minds on this. On one hand, I think the actual number of crimes using swords is likely pretty minor, just oversensationalized by the very rarity and "oddness" of such a crime. For example, you'll not see a guy who robbed a store with a gun put up on Fark.com unless he did something stupid...