Archive for the ‘Traditional Martial Arts’ category

Close range brawling

July 12, 2015

A lot of very good precepts, which I had to work out on my own, is in there explained as a lecture or rhetoric.

Things like this are much akin to horse riding or other martial skills like marksmanship or swordmanship. Hearing it theoretically is very different from understanding it physically. There’s a lot of details in horse riding that even a book cannot fully capture. For swordmanship, they don’t usually talk about the methods used to sheathe a sword. But that’s one of the more immediate and fundamental problems one faces when wielding a sword or wearing one. The ancients didn’t talk much about this because it was easy and everyone knew that it was an issue. Everyone except us, that is, in the modern world.

So for this video, it is speaking of the very basics, using reason rather than form or rigid rules. Even still, without personal experience, it is difficult to grasp fully enough for one to apply it in training or battle.

If a military had the choice of spending 500,000 dollars and 50 man hours of work, would they use it on H2H combat training or marksmanship and weapons training? People tend to prioritize the more effective route, given limited resources. That’s because that is the route with the shortest distance to the target. Martial arts or ancient traditions are often curves or quantum mechanical shapes, used to get to a destination .What is the shortest travel distance between A and B on a globe, a straight line or a curve? It’s a curve, because the situation is not ideal. It would only be a straight line if you could burrow through that much crust. Martial arts is often times a detour, or a curve. And for others, it is a straight line. The straight line express we no longer have, since it requires experience of a particular kind of fighting range that is rare. Miyamoto Musashi could directly learn the art of the sword, by fighting duels to the death. For the rest of us, we might have to do a Columbus detour or a Magellan detour.

Chi gong in Zhan Zhuang

July 12, 2015

Courtesy of G6.

The Cost of an Individual Conscience

February 27, 2015

(A comment I left, which produced a lot of interesting links from my archives)

The Sword of the Stranger movie as well as Akira’s biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kurosawa taught me several things.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_the_Rain_(film) and Sword of the Stranger were interesting modern Japanese lookbacks at the warrior culture of their nation.

After the Rain, for the sword that gives life, at the highest level of excellence.

Miyamoto Musashi’s life during the decisive battle of the civil West vs East war gave me interesting questions. How Ronins appeared differently than samurai to businessmen and aristocratic zaibatsu clans in modern Japan was another piece of the puzzle.

A knight errant would be much closer to a ronin, a mercenary, or one of Akira’s Seven Samurai. It depends on if a person obeys Authority for the sake of loyalty and obedience, or whether that person obeys his own integral code and beliefs.

I did not truly understand the core message in Sword of the Stranger until later, when I learned lethal force level outputs. The moral message I didn’t even comprehend much of, until I read and reflected on the novel On Killing. The payment exacted on a person’s conscience for Obeying Authority merely because of fear of Authority.

“Cause pain before you injure. Injure before you maim. Maim before you kill. And if you must kill, make it a clean kill. Squeeze every drop of life from the opponent. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”

“Let him cut your skin, and you cut his flesh. Let him cut your flesh, and you cut his bones. Let him cut your bones, and you cut off his life.”

Exerting enough will and self discipline to take a mutual cut or death scenario, was an obvious first goal but not the last. Modern civilians complain of being hungry for 30 minutes. Interesting contrast, is it not.

Recently, the youth of Japan are receiving a slightly different message.

“Achieve your mission with all your might.
Despair not until your last breath.
Make your death count!” – Motto of

“To be honest I do not think whether they live or die is the matter at hand. Life is not always better than death. It is not that simple. Living and being made to live are very different things. What matters is what the person chooses of their own free will: whether or not it can be achieved nor how difficult it is.

I want you to consider this: imagine if what matters most to you was taken away against your will. If that is indeed worth less than your life”-

I cannot help but wonder if Japan knows that rearming is the only secure way into the future, given current strategic global affairs.

What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last hear of a clerk giving his life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas. As to you of CHOAM, what nonsense you believe! Men must want to do things out of their own innermost drives. People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness — they cannot work and their civilization collapses.
-A letter to CHOAM, Attributed to The Preacher

I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.-Socrates before the Athenian death panel

Authorities, that is what they do when they have the power, but what gives them the right except for people’s willingness to kneel down and obey? For they fear Death above all else.

” Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Serenity”

Making the body into a machine of gears

December 23, 2014

http://practicalmethod.com/2014/12/gears-and-connection/#more-40614

Internal power seminar info

October 2, 2014

http://swordandcircle.blogspot.com/

October 1st: Wednesday 7 pm – 10 pm Hsing-I Chuan – Five Elements $65
& Two Man Five Element Drill
October 2nd: Thursday 7 pm – 10 pm Hsing-I Chuan – 5 Tigers Form $65
Double Hand Methods of the 5 Elements
October 3rd: Friday 7 pm – 10 pm Hsing-I Chuan – 8 Powers $ 65
Whole Body Power Method
October 4th – 5th: Saturday 12 noon – 7:30 pm San Shou Sticky Hands
Sunday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm Weekend Seminar $235
October 6th: Monday 7 pm – 10 pm Tai Chi Push Hands $65
4 Main Energies
Double Roll Back & Double Press
Eight Skills to aid in finding Fa Jing Point
October 7th: Tuesday 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Hsing-I Chuan $65
12 Phoenix Fist

I came across this from an indirect reference.

But if you want to see for yourself what internal power (gravity acceleration) is about, this might be a good opportunity. Especially if you like direct training, rather than do it yourself kits. (If you live in that area of California, although I discovered there’s no address for it, so going to find it now.)

Updated. http://rumsoakedfist.org/viewtopic.php?t=593

That was for August, but it might still be good. If not and the registrations are already closed, there’s always China.

http://practicalmethod.com/category/full-time-courses/

Be back either either after Ebola US is over or just as quarantine is over.

Western relationship with Japan in WWI

September 25, 2014

A connection between Britain and Japan, which probably influenced Japan’s colonial policies later. But before the bad news, there is a lot of good news concerning Britain’s focus on Eastern martial arts, especially when women got involved.

I knew of some American connection to the export of Japanese jujutsu around WWI, but this video gives a better and fuller picture of Western relations.

Internal Power list

August 1, 2014

[A person asked me to list some of what I knew, in the most basic format that is easy to understand for a Westerner, here is what I sent them]

Yes I practice Chinese style boxing and internal arts like Taiji Chuan. Although I am still discovering things as I go along.

The recent post (Taiji Chuan Force Vectors) is my recent work, so it is based on my current level. Previous early work blog posts from years ago, keeps things simpler.

For the simple list of internal power principles

1. Gravity 100% conversion. Falling directly in line with the acceleration of gravity 9.8 m/s/s such as dropping a knee on a fallen target, directly down and below your center of gravity.

2. Gravity partial conversion. Example, falling on/across someone and breaking their arm/leg, like in football injuries.

3. Force reflection is where energy projected into the target does not affect the target, instead it chooses the path of least resistance which is going back into the attacker’s body. Examples are when you push or punch a wall. You get a lot more energy back than if you punched water. The proof of which substance takes most energy, can also be seen in the displacement value of how much distance the target object has moved. Thus if a fat kid runs into a small kid, and the small kid gets ejected across the hallway while the fat kid is just standing there, then we can say the energy mostly went into the small kid. If the fat kid ran into a wall and got bounced off, then the energy went back into the fat kid. If the fat kid ran into a judo ka and got hip thrown, then this is a combination of various energies. The judoka uses the incoming energy, makes it go into a circle, and then feeds it back into the target, using gravity as an assist.

The judoka uses the incoming energy, makes it go into a circle, and then feeds it back into the target, using gravity to assist. This is an example of a technique that fuses together multiple principles into one technique.

4. Muscle acceleration: Just like in bench press where your triceps do a lot of the work, punches use the muscles to accelerate the arm and thus acceleration times mass equals force. The higher the mass, the lower the acceleration for the same effort, but the more force the mass hits with. Number 1 above is merely using one’s entire body mass, with gravity accelerating it. Muscle acceleration is limited by the limitations of the skeleton and tendon structure.

5. Intent. Desire, emotion, state of mind, all is included. This is either the strongest or the weakest force, as it is behind the use of all other forces. Intent controls the human body, so a weak intent produces weak results. In order to apply maximum power, one must look right at a target and then go through the target. Thus people who tend to look away when slamming a bat unto a target, can’t apply 100%. In H2H fighting, people flinch a lot, protecting their eyes or face. When attacking, it’s important to see the target. When moving, it’s important to use peripheral vision.

If there is no Will, there is no Way. So long as there is a Will, there is a Way to solve a problem.


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