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  1. Thread: in defense of gus

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    Gus v Dave would be much more evenly matched.

    Gus v Dave would be much more evenly matched.
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    An interesting and well written article. I didn't...

    An interesting and well written article. I didn't know much about this so thank you for raising it. I imagine this will be difficult to police - I'm afraid DNA does not remain in stasis throughout...
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    This all depends on what you intended the imagery...

    This all depends on what you intended the imagery to represent. I was thinking there in terms of martial arts, where the idea of 'many ways up the mountain' tends to imply that any one training...
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    Unless of course, one parachutes down onto it....

    Unless of course, one parachutes down onto it. And don't forget, some paths may just go round and round for ever - the very existence of a path does not imply eventual ascent. However:

    It is...
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    It's better to avoid sweeping generalisations...

    It's better to avoid sweeping generalisations about how whole cultures think. 'Culture' is itself a deeply contested term - and it is impossible to squash a society the size of China into the idea of...
  6. A review of the many original sources that...

    A review of the many original sources that support IMI is no doubt in order at some point - but in the meantime, I found this today, attributed to Yang Ban Hou, which made me, and the other...
  7. Formlessness A further mystery solved by...

    Formlessness

    A further mystery solved by IMI’s dialectic single system approach is that of ‘formlessness’. Occasionally, arguments will flare up on internet forums over this issue. Usually, the...
  8. The Negation of ‘Style’ as a Metaphysic, and its...

    The Negation of ‘Style’ as a Metaphysic, and its Re-establishment as ‘Data’

    In the past, many people have made the critical error of equating the data passed on via the external method (forms,...
  9. The Single System – Explanation Consequently,...

    The Single System – Explanation

    Consequently, there will be no major detour here as to why we should reject the idea that different schools can be meaningfully divided into ‘internal’ and...
  10. IMI and the Dialectic Single System: Further...

    IMI and the Dialectic Single System: Further Implications of the Intuitive Method Interpretation, and why it is Important to Think, and not just Train

    Preface
    This article continues on from the...
  11. ‘External’, by contrast, means utilising the...

    ‘External’, by contrast, means utilising the skills of others; exploiting (in a positive way) their knowledge, technical coaching, transferable skills and particular techniques.

    Wang Xiang Zhai,...
  12. Further examples include: public boasting...

    Further examples include: public boasting followed by an appeal that ‘I have nothing to prove’; public boasting followed by claims that what they do cannot be filmed; public boasting followed by...
  13. Assuming that there is an interpretation of I/E...

    Assuming that there is an interpretation of I/E that leads to skill development, we would then be able to comfortably dismiss two common interpretations: 1. that internal and external means Chinese...
  14. Reclaiming ‘internal’: The Intuitive Method Interpretation

    Reclaiming ‘internal’; The Intuitive Method Interpretation

    Article Summary:

    1. Most previous interpretations of ‘internal’ and ‘external’ are not true, and evolved only as a series of deceits...
  15. Saying that one undefined term equals another...

    Saying that one undefined term equals another undefined term doesn't explain anything - much like saying "qi equals energy" or "whole body power equals mind, body, energy". In no way does that define...
  16. The opoosite, in fact, is true: as Wang Xiang...

    The opoosite, in fact, is true: as Wang Xiang Zhai said "bound foot grows the least".

    In fact, whole body power is nothing to do with internal and external. In the way that you use all three of...
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    Leaving aside the primary content of the article,...

    Leaving aside the primary content of the article, there is a problem with arguing - or implying - that because documents talk about weapons, then martial arts was really only about weapons training....
  18. "If a challenger comes along with a simple...

    "If a challenger comes along with a simple alternative to the theory on which they have built their careers, most scientists are not likely to be receptive, since their status will be undermined and...
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    I would have thought that quite the contrary is...

    I would have thought that quite the contrary is true: i.e. that groundfighting is one of the essential 'trades' that people have to fake being experts at these days. In the 'CMA' world, it seems to...
  20. The 'internal external divide', in this sense,...

    The 'internal external divide', in this sense, just means the swindle of pretending that there is an easy way that comes through slow movement and standing, and some kind of magical way of issuing...
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    "Master of none, teach all for a price" seems to...

    "Master of none, teach all for a price" seems to be an equally important problem.
  22. If pat experiences are anything to go by, what I...

    If pat experiences are anything to go by, what I would 'do' is end up in a ball on the floor getting a good kicking. Sometimes that's all you can do.
  23. Actually, all I've said is that we should rely a...

    Actually, all I've said is that we should rely a bit more on thinking about what we do, because with a bit of thought and intuition, we can make a lot of adjustments to our practice, and thus progess...
  24. It's not easy being an embarrassment. But there...

    It's not easy being an embarrassment. But there again, an embarrassment is not the worst thing that I could possibly be in this martial arts world.

    Regardless of which, what really matters is...
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    Bodies toughen up natrually through training. I...

    Bodies toughen up natrually through training. I would recommend that you avoid snakeoil salesmen with potions and magic qi practices - simply holding pads for people and doing sparring and basic...
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