December 17, 2014 at 6:24 am #43445
I thought this was a pretty clever way for someone to record a Tai Chi sword form:December 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm #43446
The various lightsaber training methods were largely devised by the Jedi Order, with other organizations borrowing elements for their own use. Most of the Jedi training elements were established by the Shii-Cho, which would continue to find a niche as a tutorial form. In order to teach students to draw upon the Force rather than rely on their senses, early level Shii-Cho blast-deflect training was conducted with a blindfold, forcing the initiate to rely upon his instincts. Later training was conducted through the use of sequences and velocities, the continuous repetition, making the moves instinctive reflexes. These training regimens were carried over to all following lightsaber combat forms, which used similar methods.
One might not immediately have really clear conception why tai chi practice have been earlier so different compared for example to presently popular Yang style slow easy Chinese ballet style.
So there have been really seemingly serious need to have skills to defend one’s village or some well paying merchant.
Anyway I personally would try to retain or maybe regain all essential aspects of movement and displacement without necessarily trying to attach those into core sequences.
Ps. Sorry for my broken English.December 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm #43448
I mainly posted the video because I like Tai Chi and I like Star Wars, and I found the video clip quite amusing.
A brief footnote on your video of top 10 Sith lords . . .
These must be from all the Star Wars novels . . .
I didn’t see Darth Maul or Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku).
I thought Count Dooku was pretty awesome in the Star Wars episode 2 & 3, btw.
For one, he had the force lightning skill that Emperor Palpatine had, he won most of the direct combat battles against the Jedi, and it features the actor Christopher Lee . . . who is awesome not only for his portrayal of Count Dooku, but also Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the fact that he is 92(!) years old and is still releasing heavy metal music. I think Christopher Lee has more qi in his pinky fingernail than most people have in their whole bodies.December 18, 2014 at 1:56 am #43450
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More than a few neijia enthusiasts believe that it is entirely possible to develop chansi-jin to such a degree that one need only touch the opponent to send him flying several yards. I call this the Star Wars approach to internal kung fu. Let me be perfectly frank about this claim. It is myth. While it is possible to generate uncanny power through the proper application of coiling power, it does not beget superhuman might. Moreover, the claim made by some perfidious individuals that it is possible to knock someone off their feet or even render them unconscious without making physical contact is utter horse pucky. These charlatans often pass themselves off as internal stylists but possess no genuine martial skill at all. Their antics do all authentic neijia practitioners a terrible disservice.
-PHILLIP STARR ,Developing Jin: Silk-Reeling Power in Tai Chi and the Internal Martial Arts
Sorry for my broken English.
I have almost totally stopped watching full movies, but of course gangster movies (like Richard Berry’s 22 Bullets, Bad Boys II, Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog, Michael Mann’s Heat etc.) are, when good enough, always very nice.
When few years ago there game out that Green Lanter movie I actually watched it several times already in the movie theatre. But for example first time I had 5 bottles (0,75 litre) strong South African white wine as company, so not to get bored.
But I don’t thing that using certain amount of time to follow popular culture is necessarily waste of time, because it’s possible to play Kim’s game also with Star Wars movies and comics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOLANti8UCY (starwarsoldrepublicdeceivedtrailer)December 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm #43452
Every Daoist needs to watch the Star Wars movies, all 6 of them (to soon be 7), repeatedly. There is a lot of Daoist mysticism embedded in them, and they are fantastically fun to watch.
SDecember 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm #43454December 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm #43456
Link to video: watch out for dangerous older guys with sticksDecember 23, 2014 at 4:10 am #43458
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Those Star Wars movies aren’t immediately anything else than reality escape.
But it’s realistic to use certain amount of time in this kind of conditions also for such things.
I would suggest to try to replace most of the entertainment intake with Tom Brown, Jr. type of pursuits.
HOWDYDecember 23, 2014 at 6:27 am #43460
Way Cool Star Wars photo.
I mostly don’t watch TV or videos of any kind. If I have free time, I prefer to put that into doing practice. I only watch a DVD if either my physical body or energetic body can not support doing more practice. Then in those cases, watching an instructional video (even if for some kind of entertainment) is pretty far from my mind; I prefer to just shift into beta and not think too much. Although if they can blend fun and mysticism, like Star Wars, all the better. Here are some good Yoda scenes:
P.S. As to your movie trailer, it’s been done many times in other venues.
In that genre, I would probably have to say I like “Kill Bill” vols. 1&2 best. Same idea as your trailer but has Chinese martial arts training backdrop.
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