Saturday, 29 August 2015
Saturday, 22 August 2015
What do you take home with you?
I'd love to see your comments here or on G+ or on Facebook.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Hi, everyone! I am especially glad to log in and see my blog has gone beyond the 7000 views mark.
So far the prospects of Wenhsiuquan's survival beyond my own lifespan seem a bit better now that people are interested in learning. Seeing how far these people still have to go, however, brings my expectations down towards minor improvements. So- we'll take this on one improvement at a time, I guess...
I have finally started with the fourth book. This book is on how I train and gives the actual exercises that make up my personal work-out and which are of course done in each class.
Today's post is about an attitude that has started a couple of decades ago, probably when Bruce Lee said: "Boards don't hit back" (Enter the Dragon).
My first karate teacher told me once that he does not teach breaking simply because it has no use in combat. He deemed it far more useful to be able to hit a moving target than a stationary board.
Sunday, 9 August 2015
My karate teachers never taught me this. This was something I have learnt through my own research and experimentation. So- I shall not be amazed to find a large number of dojos and martial arts gyms that do not teach any of this either. I find evidence of this fact in a number of comments to martial arts posts on social media. (I'm on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and QQ).
Before I proceed to tell you my theory for discussion I want to refer us back to my post about the elephant. In that story the elephant was combat and each style that currently exists is a blind man that got his hold of
the part of the gigantic animal that was within his reach.
So- my theory is this:
If you start your study of combat with the techniques of any given style you are bound to find gaps that need filling or weaknesses that require remedying. Should the purity of Zen or the eternal truth of the Tao be your standard you may find obstacles in your art that stand in your way to attaining perfection. So- you will want to remove these.
After all adjustments and all the required dilligent practice and study your art will have attained the status of what I call "The One Absolute Martial Art". Maybe you want to call it "Original Zen Fist" or "Primal Taoist Palm". Hey! I'm not stopping you...
Maybe an art like that already exists. Maybe we have yet to see it.
To me- Wenhsiuquan is the only art I can fully rely on. It may sound funny coming from its creator, but I have not yet achieved ultimate mastery thereof, but know the way thereto.
Tell me now-
What are your requirements for the perfect martial art?
Is that the art which you are currently practicing?
What do you regard as signs of mastery?
Get the tea and let's chat!
Saturday, 8 August 2015
My second day of teaching lies ahead.
While I wait here at this park I thought it a good idea to show you what it looks like.
This reminds me a lot of a park I saw in Jiangkou, China.
Our governments and local authorities have given us these areas to use, but often we see them falling into disuse.
This particular park used to have an obstacle course. I just came back here after a year of not seeing this place and found it all gone.
Nevertheless- it has ground for us to stand on. What else do we need? :)
Time to sign off now. Class is going to start. Today's progress will depend on how quickly they can learn to walk properly. ;)
Train well and have fun!
Saturday, 1 August 2015
It has finally happened.
My first student has gone through his first lesson with me today. I am so sorry about not having taken photos, but hang on- I will soon post pics of how we practice.
This young man is also currently studying Haedong Kumdo, Krav Maga and Tang Soo Do. He decided to take up Chinese Martial Arts as well just to make sure that 6 out of his 7 days of the week are covered.
Now- anyone else in the Nelspruit area who wants to see how my classes are can join us at the Trim Park (That means the Nelspruit Private Nature Reserve near Sonpark Centre.) on Saturdays from 14h00-16h00.
Today's class was about the horse stance and all the other stances that can flow forth out of it. We started at 14h00 with a warm-up that included qigong and stretching. Then we moved on to two kinds of basic punches- as many as it took to get at least 10 good ones of each. Then we went on to the kicks.
I don't know who can remember the on-the-bike-off-the-bike exercise that have posted about last year (I have searched for it in my blog and it seems to have disappeared all of a sudden.) .
This warm-up helps with those roundhouse and reverse roundhouse kicks. It was part of our warm-up routine and helped us to get the feeling of these kicks when they are performed correctly.
Class ended at 16h00 with stretching, qigong and meditation.
:D That is one milestone for this year. Just had to post it.
Next post shall be about... well you know me. :D
Train well and have fun.