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  1. I just watched it. Be forewarned: This lecture...

    I just watched it. Be forewarned: This lecture won't be of interest to anyone looking for a long discussion on martial arts. I liked it, though, as someone interested in history and religion. The...
  2. I sadly just learned of these. One was posted on...

    I sadly just learned of these. One was posted on a blog review of a recent book on Martial arts history. Mr. Klimas' work is breathtaking. I'd love to get high quality prints of these.
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    Idea for Wuxia story

    I have an idea for a Wuxia story based around something I read several years ago. Some ancient Chinese emperors referred to themselves as the "lonely man" or "lonely one" (guaren, 寡人; sometimes...
  4. Ok, thank you

    Ok, thank you
  5. A comparison of Sun Wukong and Wu Song

    A few weeks ago I wrote this article exploring the surprising parallels between the literary warriors Sun Wukong from Journey to the West and Wu Song from the Water Margin.
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  6. I just posted this article to my research blog....

    I just posted this article to my research blog. It explores the association between primates and martial arts in Chinese history.
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  7. That is super interesting! I'm sure the poem from...

    That is super interesting! I'm sure the poem from Journey to the West has techniques lifted from such military treatises too. The main focus of my article will be on that poem. However, I do plan to...
  8. Serpent Turning Around appears to be a Bagua...

    Serpent Turning Around appears to be a Bagua technique (or at least one that was later enveloped by the style).

    https://read01.com/ePkQ6K2.html#.Wnrdcq6WaR0
  9. Thank you for your insight. Amazing work!...

    Thank you for your insight.



    Amazing work! Is it possible that the heavenly sack move is a groin attack? That's the first thing to comes to my twisted mind. If not that, the imagery of the sack...
  10. It looks like the author/compiler of Journey to...

    It looks like the author/compiler of Journey to the West took some of the poem from the Water Margin.

    拽開大四平,踢起雙飛腳。
    仙人指路,老子騎鶴。
    拗鸞肘出近前心,當頭砲勢侵額角。
    翹跟淬地龍,扭腕擎天橐。
    這邊女子,使個蓋頂撒花;
    這裏男兒,耍個遶腰貫索。...
  11. Thank you for both of your informative replies....

    Thank you for both of your informative replies. Here are the Chinese characters for the poem:
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  12. Thank you for the reply. Very interesting. Since...

    Thank you for the reply. Very interesting. Since the fight is unarmed, it's possible "The Immortal pointing the way" is a finger attack aimed at the eyes. What do you think?



    These are Shahar's...
  13. Does your style have any of these moves?

    In his book The Shaolin Monastery (2008), Meir Shahar presents a poem from Journey to the West (1592) in which describes unarmed combat between Sun Wukong and a rhinoceros demon. Shahar notes that it...
  14. Religious Art Connected to Chinese Rebels

    This is an 18th-century Chinese hell scroll that I recently purchased. The visible area of the painting is 22.75 x 52.5-inches, not including the frame, which has been cropped out. It depicts the...
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    Opinions needed

    I took a creative writing class back in 2009 for a college English credit. My final project was heavily influenced by the 1976 John Wayne film The Shootist. What I really loved about the film was: 1)...
  16. Thread: Logan

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    You need to look up the "Old Man Logan" storyline

    You need to look up the "Old Man Logan" storyline
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    Many of the members here may not be aware that...

    Many of the members here may not be aware that Monkey appears in a literary precursor of Journey to the West printed in the 13th-century. The linked article summarizes the 17 chapter novelette and...
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    Sun Wukong Photomanipulation

    I did a photomanipulation some time ago of Sun Wukong doing a flying kick. I wanted to make an image that was more in line with his literary description. Tell me what you guys think.
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  19. Sorry for the very slow reply. I've been super...

    Sorry for the very slow reply. I've been super busy with my job. Wells notes that Sha was most likely a Muslim. As you know, Chinese Muslims do have a strong martial arts tradition. There are...
  20. Wow, I was unaware of those references. Xiang...

    Wow, I was unaware of those references. Xiang Yu's feat is indeed a common martial trope. I don't have access to a Chinese version of the Shiji, but I know there is a brief reference to the event in...
  21. I might in the future.

    I might in the future.
  22. Extended paper on the Yijin Jing history

    I expanded a short paper I wrote a while ago on the history of the Yijin Jing. The first section shows how the purported author published it during a time of great political and economic turmoil when...
  23. I'm really looking forward to this. The 80s show...

    I'm really looking forward to this. The 80s show was amazing, but the graphics were crap. The same actor with updated graphics will (hopefully) make this reboot an instant classic.
  24. I just saw a picture that reminded me of the...

    I just saw a picture that reminded me of the fight scene between the Beast and Chow's character. It's when he crouches into his Kunlun Toad style stance and starts croaking. The release of qi causes...
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    The book The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (1988)...

    The book The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (1988) discusses the Golden Bell technique. This is just one section:
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