Archive for June 2014

Vector Energy in Taiji Chuan

June 30, 2014

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It’s been quite some time, but now I have a visual aid for what I’ve been working on. From my visualization centers to the net. I worked this up via a program and uploaded it. It’s not like the Chinese translations of Taiji instruction manuals or silk reeling, but it’s the Western engineering for the same topic or result.

This is two dimensional, to keep it simple. Movements are in 3 dimensions, and fighting is in 4 dimensions, time is the 4th.

Since it’s been some time since I’ve done vector math, let’s all refresh ourselves on the knowledge. Read this first unless you know this topic like the back of your hand (Cloud hand in Taiji). Try to absorb as much as you can, until you get to the trig calculations, that’s not necessary.

Any sufficiently advanced technology will seem indistinguishable from magick, as one person was quoted saying or writing. So if this looks like sorcery symbols and pentagrams, it is because we are getting to some very advanced logick, which seems like magick. Or magick is advanced logick. Either way, let’s continue.

First we have the human stick figure, a perfectly vertical line with a bubble head at the top. Then the arms and limbs are the X superimposed. The center in which everything meets is the dantien or center of gravity or central hip joint. Doesn’t matter what people call it, it’s the center where all the vectors converge on the human body.

What has stumped people on this matter is that real physics forces aren’t in perfectly straight lines. Yet a Taiji movement must mold it so that the body makes things into a straight line, that is the “root” where the vertical pressure of your weight on the ground, gravity pulling you into the ground, and the muscular push of your legs creates a stability. 5N Down plus 5N Up equals 0 or “no movement”. Nothing moves, yet the forces are active and working. Gravity cannot be seen, but it can be felt. So physically, a person converts this horizontal force bar and uses it for vertical movements such as punches and etc. The dantien links the incoming force from the hands to the feet, via the joints and fascia and proper structure of spine and bones. Since the human body has a number of complicated forces working in and around it, the diagram is a mathematical or magickal representation of simplified concepts.

It shows how pushing on the left leg of the diagram, can cause force opposing the right hand. If you’ve ever pushed on a wall before, you may know that you are using your back leg, not the front leg. If you geometrically charted the human body in the push, it wouldn’t look like those two sticks. Because the force vectors are being transformed, added, and subtracted from each other INSIDE the human body, where it cannot be seen, only felt. And there’s a vector (at least one) for every joint segmentation of the skeleton, which I won’t draw for obvious reasons.

The second picture, drawn in red, is what happens when you receive a vector on your hands and using the axial alignment axis of the vertical on moving door hinge, you transform the vector down, into the ground. This is vector addition. You then take the bounce or excess energy of that vertical line, via your legs, and reflect it back into your hands. This then adds or doubles the power of the incoming vector, back into the source. It’s like you pushed a wall, and all that happened was that you pushed yourself. That’s reflection. Then imagine if the wall could move, and it pushed you just as your energy reflected back into you. The end result vector would be your energy plus the wall’s energy, plus a number of vector angles. Since we’re using the dantien for conversion, not merely adding or subtracting, and because we’re harnessing the vertical vector of gravity and using it to perform horizontal work, this counts as mechanical leverage. It multiplies the force humans can normally exert via muscles. That is thus internal power.

The axial line doesn’t have to be your spine. In the example given, it would be a line from your hand down to your knee. Or from your shoulder down to your hip joint. So long as that line doesn’t move, is rooted, you can use it as a door hinge, for mechanical leverage. That’s why in Taiji movements, if your hand moves beyond the circle of your knee… it has lost power. The vector energies disconnect, they are too far away, and can no longer be added because physically nothing connects them. Vertical lines become vertical. Horizontal lines become horizontal, you can no longer use the human body to convert one energy to another.

The funny Leonardo Da Vinci human X on a circle diagram, is my symbol for rotation. It’s difficult to imagine how the human body can rotate or why that is better for generating force or power (work). So instead of trying to do the impossible, making ourselves into a spinning ball of death like some manga, I chose to interpret it as the tangent. The hypotenuse of a 90 degree triangle. The conversion of gravity vector with a horizontal vector of a different angle, creates a hypotenuse. This can then be seen as the tangent of a circle. Thus you can make a circle by continually shooting out these rays of energy at a tangent to an imaginary circle. Thus you can cause rotation in other objects, even if you can’t cause rotation in yourself because your joints won’t go past their angle limits or else they break.

While I find this interpretation of mine to be useful, other people’s mileage will vary. However, using the geometric circles and triangles as diagrams to help a person think of energy, should be generally useful for those studying internal martial arts like Taiji Chuan, where a lot of “stuff” is really invisible like EM (electro magickal) fields.

Addendum, for the red line, the down arrow signifies the force of gravity. After you convert this line to an up line, you can then shoot it from your legs to your dantien (even though that’s a 45 degree line, we’re simplifying it to a vertical). The dantien then compresses the force, closes the doors, so that the only way the energy can shoot out is back where the initial force came in on, your arm or your legs. Since your legs are closed off by the ground, it shoots out your hand. Force obeys the path of least resistance. This is why Zhongua says “poping” is not good. If you “pop” as in your height increases, then the energy vector went into making you taller. It didn’t go into the target at your hands. If your hips popped out or your spine misaligned, that’s where the energy goes, path of least resistance. Thus internal arts requires the body to become like a funnel, to shoot out explosions inside. If the internal chamber, such as of a gun, is weak, then it explodes and harms the user. If the internal chamber is strong and can take the charge, then the explosion sends the bullet down the right path.

What I’ve done is combine 2 or more fields together, using my own Will and imagination. It’s not something generally taught in public education or universities, where the focus is on over specialization, like ants. Believe it or not, almost all the great individual scientists that nobody believed in, did something similar when pioneering fields. Scientific breakthroughs, as opposed to scientific and engineering applications, were not made by committees or huge government funding. It also helps if you can think in two languages, like for example Zhonghua’s ability to think in Western English physics but also think in Chinese Taiji ying/yang concepts. English as the language, Chinese as the language. Two concepts as one, the differences of either, demonstrating the reality of the universe. Grind them together, spin the wheel of yin and yang, use torsion and twist, to see what comes out.

Finally, the last image of two equilateral triangles superimposed over each other, one inverted, represents the arms and center of gravity. The other one represents the base of the two legs and the brain spine. Generally, to develop power via using energy for work, one must keep one of those triangles still and move the other one. Moving both, is what Zhonghua calls “movement” that looks right. It looks right because it’s not doing anything useful. When the energy moves your body, it doesn’t move the target. So when the arms are moving, the legs are not. When the legs are moving, the arms cannot move. Or to put it another way, the vectors of the upper triangle must maintain stability and structure, if the bottom triangle is changing the force vectors around by addition. Chen Zhonghua also talks about triangles and 2 lines at 45 degree angles. I get a sense that the application or concept is very similar to this one.

Yea, math, what is it good for. Nothing much beyond counting change, the way most people teach and use it.

New Weapons Series from TFT

June 29, 2014

Some very well done information on time sensitive training for the big leagues.

Second link has the webinar After Action analysis of several past incidents.

EDIT: LInk fixed.

Learning Taiji/Taichi Chuan via videos

June 29, 2014

From the 1980s onwards, most people couldn’t learn much martial arts from videos or VHS because most of it was merely the forms or kata. Rigid, prescribed and patterned movements designed for the experienced practitioner to stretch, build up athletic abilities, and to remember techniques and movements required for applications. The beginner or ignorant user, had no idea of the power mechanics behind the moves or even what techniques the kata, from say karate or the forms of Chinese kung fu, were supposed to be used with.

Now in the 21st century, something else is going on with video format. People are beginning to explain the principles involved. Which is just as effective a learning process as being at a lecture hall or solving mathematical equations online. Math doesn’t change whether the equation is written down in front of you or on a computer screen. Same for the physics involved in physical force generation and fighting.

Here’s the review I left at the trailer link.

Really good training setup for people that can already pool yin and yang in the dantien, center hip joint from both legs, and releasing it. The 5 point pin helps me pinpoint where the energy is going, as well as using the knowledge of where force vectors go in my own body, to set things up in advance for the enemy’s body, since those bodies function on the same principles. I was vaguely aware this was possible, but had yet to develop workable applications or theory for it.

The middle section reminds me of Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. Know yourself and know your enemy. Thinking ahead, planning traps.

The shearing force demo reminds me of the no inch punch. A shock type impulse hit using gravity vectors, no matter what is being touched. Chen Zhonghua’s English and probably Chinese explanations have improved dramatically over the 2 or 4 years I’ve seen of the seminar vids. My original instructors over at Target Focus Training, prioritized a lot of this vector force mechanics using gravity, with no great emphasis on specific techniques except as examples. Studying Newton’s Laws, vectors, impulse force, has helped me visualize a lot of this energy, that would otherwise be called magick, mystical forces, chi, or EM (electro magickal) fields.

Torment: Tides of Numenera interview IGN

June 28, 2014

A very comprehensive set of questions and answers to brief someone on the topic.

The Leftist alliance cracking down on domestic problems

June 28, 2014

This is what happens when you don’t listen to crazy people like me.

You become the crazy person the Left puts a boot to the back of the head on.

This is called connecting the dots, at least if you did it before 2008 or 2012. The difference between the various crazy stuff people say about the Leftist alliance and the various crazy stuff people said about Bush:

1. The stuff they said about Bush, if true, would have meant the Democrats would end up disappeared with their heads on pikes. None happened and we looked hard.

2. The stuff they said about Hussein and the Leftist alliance’s evil, if true, would have meant certain things would have been apparent in other data locations. Like…. this

EDIT: Since Daily Mail and Telegraph in the UK seem to have some solid resources to parallax and triangulate off of (better than all Leftist US media put together I would say), here’s their link.

Another thing that came to mind is that whenever the Leftist alliance creates a Fast and Furious type event, they use it as an excuse for why law abiding patriots should Obey Authority and do as they are told, whether that is Constitutional or not. So Democrats and their demon spawn shoots up some people? Patriots must give up guns now, or else. The Left’s problems are thus the justification and pretext for them taking power and forcing obedience. Ft. Hood, a result of the US Regime’s “success” with military affairs, is thus a reason to force all patriots under DHS and FBI and IRS and ATF attention. Sounds more and more like engineered catastrophe and less like coincidences or PR going on.

Something strange in the works

June 27, 2014

Reading a story about Japanese samurai customs of testing new swords on peasants.
Courtesy of David Foster.

I feel quite a bit of blade instability and harmonics when cutting through dense objects, using differentially hardened blades.

I wouldn’t be surprised that the brittle construction and steel (ancient) Japan had to use for katanas, would break or chip the blade, if an inexperienced samurai used his blade on wood or bamboo. Thus humans were much more “squishy” even with the bones.

Personally, I prefer thorough hardened blades, relying on the overall heat treatment and steel quality (Spring steel 1060 is reasonable) rather than on the back of the katana to “absorb” shock. The hamon from the differential hardening is nice, though, visually speaking.

The thorough hardened 1045 I use for practice feels much more stable when cutting, although technically it has no edge and thus isn’t “strumming the violin string”.

I’m sure technique perfection would eliminate the harmonics from any cut, using any tool. That is a bit trickier to figure out. It helps if one has supremely strong hand grips though. More on the pinky and ring finger than the index. Not so good for shooters or mouse users, since their strongest finger is the index or middle.

I’m also combining Taiji gut or dantien movements and energy concentration, in order to power horizontal sword strikes and they feel much more “smooth” that way. The energy feedback is a lot less when both of my legs are rooted to the ground, so that when the energy from the sword connects to the object, the object pushes back via one of Newton’s Laws. That energy travels back through my arms and has to go somewhere. If I route it through my stomach and to my two legs (the stomach area connects to the hips, thus can channel open a route to the legs) it hits the ground and goes back to where it came from.

I don’t think I’ve ever read about this issue, since it’s not something people generally talk/write about unless they have actually used a sword to cut targets and that sword was a differentially hardened katana. It’s like the whole sheathing movement. If you don’t use swords, it’s easy to neglect mentioning it and how it isn’t as simple as just pushing the sword back in. Japanese katanas have a bare back with no edge to it, so one normally uses the thumb or fingers to “guide it back in” via touch contact alone. Why is this better than the two edged jian or longsword’s sheathing method? Because you don’t have to get your eyes on target, you can watch around in case the threat is not over. It would be pretty stupid if someone stabbed you in the back while your eyes were looking around to see where to sheathe your sword.

So, that is just one advantage or difference between a one edged saber like sword (the katana) and a double edged longsword. Each tool has pluses and minuses depending on what job you want to do.

I will see if I can produce more testing on this subject. I need a thorough hardened 1060 to test with, since the 1045 is thorough hardened but has a different HRC rating and doesn’t have an edge to begin with (although it cuts through the same things except really light objects).

Warrior type songs from Japan

June 26, 2014

This is a continuation off of the above.

The theme is essentially about why a person might be motivated to fight. The video is spliced in from the Touhou series, shrine maidens in battle from another genre or trademark.

未来への咆哮 Roar Toward Tomorrow
Muv-Luv Alternative Opening Theme

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny.
千の覚悟 身にまとい 君よ 雄おしく 羽ばたけ
sen no kakugo mi ni matoi, kimi yo, ooshiku habatake
Wrap yourselves with infinite resolve, and spread your wings valiantly.

闇の時代を告げる 鐘が遠く鳴り響く 戦う友よ 今 君は 死も恐れず
yami no jidai wo tsugeru, kane ga tooku narihibiku, tatakau tomo yo, ima kimi wa, shi mo osorezu
A far-off bell tells of an age of darkness. Oh comrade-in-arms, you no longer fear death.

瓦礫の街を染めて 沈む夕日は紅 愛する地球(ほし)の未来を守るため
gareki no machi wo somete, shizumu yuuhi wa kurenai, ai suru hoshi no mirai wo mamoru tame
The town of rubble is dyed crimson by the evening sun. To protect the future of the planet I love…

おお 神の刃は 人類(ひと)の愛 祈りを 込めて つらぬけ
oooo, kami no yaiba wa, hito no ai inori wo komete, tsuranuke
Oooh, the blade of god holds the prayers of humanity as it cuts the enemy.

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny.

明日の平和への 礎となれ
ashita no heiwa e no ishizue to nare
Become the cornerstones for tomorrow’s peace.

熱くなれ 大きく咲け 天に捧げし命よ 弱き者の盾となれ そして 世界を 導け
atsuku nare, ookiku sake, ten ni sasageshi inochi yo, yowaki mono no tate to nare, soshite sekai wo michibike
Burn with fury, bloom profusely, oh lives offered up to the heavens, shield the weak and guide the world.

きらめく星の海に 浮かぶ おまえの面影 二度と逢えない愛ゆえに なお いとしい
kirameku hoshi no umi ni ukabu omae no omokage, nido to aenai ai yue ni, nao itoshii
Your face appears within the sea of shining stars, all the more lovely because I’ll never see you again.

背中合わせの世界 重ね合えない現実 涙とともに捨て去れ なにもかも
senaka awase no sekai, kasaneaenai genjitsu, namida to tomo ni sutesare, nanimokamo
The world at your back, the conflicting reality, throw it all away along with your tears.

さぁ 振り返らずに 風になれ 痛みを越えて 駆け出せ!
saa, furikaerazu ni, kaze ni nare, itami wo koete, kakedase!
Now, don’t turn back, be as the wind, overcome pain and rush onward!

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny,

たとえ傷ついて 力尽きても
tatoe kizutsuite, chikara tsukitemo
even if you’re in pain and your strength is spent.

赤く燃え 見事に散って 星になった命よ
akaku moe, migoto ni chitte, hoshi ni natta inochi yo
Oh the lives of those who died in glory, burning bright red as stars.

時を越え その名前を 胸に刻もう Just Forever
toki wo koe, sono namae wo, mune ni kizamou Just Forever
Overcome time and carve their names into your heart forever.

立ち上がれ 気高く舞え 天命(さだめ)を受けた戦士よ
tachiagare, kedakaku mae, sadame wo uketa senshi yo
Stand tall, dance with pride, oh warriors who’ve accepted your destiny,

たとえ傷ついて 力尽きても
tatoe kizutsuite, chikara tsukitemo
even if you’re in pain and your strength is spent.

熱くなれ 大きく咲け 天に捧げし命よ 明日の平和への 礎となれ
atsuku nare, ookiku sake, ten ni sasageshi inochi yo, asu no heiwa e no ishizue to nare
Burn with fury, bloom profusely, oh lives offered up to the heavens, become the cornerstones for tomorrow’s peace.

赤く燃え 見事に散って 星になった命よ
akaku moe, migoto ni chitte, hoshi ni natta inochi yo
Oh the lives of those who died in glory, burning bright red as stars.

時を越え その名前を 胸に刻もう Just Forever

toki wo koe, sono namae wo, mune ni kizamou Just Forever
Overcome time and carve their names into your heart forever.

(Translation courtesy of Amaterasu; internet group)
toki wo koe, sono namae wo, mune ni kizamou Just Forever
Overcome time and carve their names into your heart forever.