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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post
    Furthermore I like the poem. Good translation job.
    Yue Fei did not write the poem. Scholars believe it was written around 1500. See:

    James T. C. Liu. "Yueh Fei (1103-41) and China's Heritage of Loyalty." The Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 31, No. 2 (Feb., 1972), pp. 291-297

    Those girls from the Mantis article were hot! They had to be models.

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    My only issue with the models / students / whatever for the mantis article aside from the ones directly related to technique were in the pictures where the woman was demonstrating aggressor positions on the much larger man. And this also came back to technique as the structure she was using to take down a much-larger (and more importantly much taller) man were not sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post
    1)Yiquan.

    On page 20 the author asserts that Zhang Zhuang has direct benefits to fighting skill. This is an often-made assertation of Yiquan practitioners. And yet I have never seen a photograph, a video or even an article actually showing or describing a Yiquan practitioner actually sparring. I have seen many photographs of people doing standing meditation... and really nothing else.

    Now I'm not going to suggest that meditation is useless. I meditate daily.

    I don't do so to become a better fighter. It's just not what meditation is for. So my challenge to the yiquan folks is to provide some sort of doccumented proof that their standing meditation practice really does improve ability as a fighter. It's not difficult to explain. You can do so with pictures.
    My bagua teacher has videos of dudes doing Yi Quan in Japan and they are doing much more than just post standing. Even some sparring, and I was impressed.

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    I'm just saying I've never seen anything in any source about Yiquan showing anything other than standing meditation.

    If there is footage of Yiquan practitioners doing something martial perhaps the problem is just bad PR rather than phoney-baloney martial arts.

    Or perhaps it's not.
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    Talking online respect.

    in the newest issue of the mag here, someone writes that the forums are full of rude people who lack respect... but just what is online respect? this person also makes an assumption that these rude people probably do not bow and that they need to train more, rather than type on the internet forums... how does showing respect, bowing, and training rather than typing make one a better martial artist? do you think damo(we'll use the shortened version here) bowed to the emperor? i personally do not bow to anyone, i respect those who respect back, those with lack of respect will be shown a lack of respect... respect is a two way deal. this site is not a kwoon, you cannot take your shoes off and bow to the screen(i mean you could) before entering the forums, and it certainly is a bit ludicrous that one show a genuine respect to people who hide behind internet anonymonity, simply because their profile lists them as a master or something... eh? i have seen a fair share of masters and teachers on here that are way contradictory to the way they carry themselves at their own schools... i respect these forums in the sense that they show all the true colors of the martial artist typing on them, it'd be somewhat difficult to engage in this type on communication with people who in the outside world are up to their eyeballs in a false ego do to a percieved martial status hierarchy... comments please.

    p.s. i realize we all clicked the i agree to the terms of use which clearly indicates one to be respectful, but alas, as anyone can see, it is clearly a hoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uki View Post
    how does showing respect, bowing, and training rather than typing make one a better martial artist?
    Well.... that third part... training is how one does become a better martial artist. If I could do gongfu at work without my coworkers complaining I probably wouldn't spend any time here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Jamieson View Post
    "Be the change in the world you want to see" -Ghandi
    i am being the change i want to see in the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by SimonM View Post
    Well.... that third part... training is how one does become a better martial artist. If I could do gongfu at work without my coworkers complaining I probably wouldn't spend any time here.
    i was waiting for a response from you on this... it wasn't really what i was attempting to convey, yet i have a pet peeve against having a last edited by uki under my posts, especcially a thread i started. so to clairify a tad, i was implying that just because people spend time on the internet forums as opposed to spending the same time in practice does not mean someone is lacking as a martial artist, it simply means that perhaps they have a well balanced lifestyle which allows ample time for all of ones chosen activities... besides i am an adamant believer that quality trumps quantity.

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    Well, clearly this person was not talking about me. I either respect you or I ignore you.

    I refrain from name calling, and insults in general. I only like to do that stuff to peoples face, its no fun if you cant see the reaction.

    I'm the kind of guy that respects people outright, unless I have for warned knowledge that they are un deserving.

    Until someone proves that they do not deserve my respect, they reserve it.
    For whoso comes amongst many shall one day find that no one man is by so far the mightiest of all.

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    reflecting on the aspects of respect, i have also come to the conclusion that some individuals naturally command more respect than others... wether they are conscious of it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    I merged this thread with the previous print problems thread of mad4dos. I'm an editor and a little compulsive that way.

    As for the 'martial arts magazine silliness', I feel ya. At the heart of the issue is that martial arts are dynamic and print is static. It has created a tradition of attempting to represent something dynamic via static snapshots, something that goes back to our ancient texts. That has grown into what I call the 'errors in time' which is exemplified by excessive counters to a straight punch that just hangs there. In real time, the straight punch doesn't hang there so. No one does that. It's always retracted. Such techniques require the master to get off two or three counter techniques in one tempo of the adversary. Now, a skilled master can actually do this sometimes, especially against an adversary of lesser skill. Of course, it looks funny when shown in photos. But therein lies one of the great misconceptions of kung fu vs. MMA and other such ring sports. Fight sports assume both fighters are skilled and equally matched. Kung Fu does not. Many kung fu tactics are based on trickery - on catching the adversary by surprise on the street. That just doesn't happen the when you step in the ring or the cage. When you step in the ring, both fighters are ready.
    glad to see more xing yi articles in the mag gene, as everyone knows xing yi is my drug of choice, and it has been for five years. i know your studing it also gene, is that why we're seeing more xing yi? its getting more and more popular in the states

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    I have been quite interested in Xingyi within the sphere of my limited contact with it. It's a lot of fun to play and, linearity of attack aside has a few very effective footwork patterns that I was happy to learn. I also fully support the inclusion of more Xingyi articles in future editions.
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    why we're seeing more xing yi

    The special issues come about totally organically. I seldom ask freelancers to produce articles on a particular topic. This is because if a freelancer fails to deliver, I'm left holding the bag, so to speak. It's not like I can penalize them for not fulfilling their promise.

    What really happens is that I'll look at the articles I have in our queue for possible publication and the theme just emerges. With this issue, most of the pieces were in place. I only requested one and that was the one from Jake Burroughs. Jake and I had discussed the possibility of doing a xingyi special before, so I knew I could tap him. I knew his expertise and I felt he was trustworthy to deliver by deadline.

    I do believe that our organically-grown specials are a barometer of the state of the art in America. It's not hard stats, but the very phenomenon of me receiving more articles on the same subject is a symptom of some kind of trend. What's more, I get a second validation with issue sales. However, I don't get a sense of how well an issue does for months after it comes off the newsstand. That's just a weird inefficiency of the magazine industry. An issue doesn't close for a year. So we'll see how this issue does. I'm hopeful, but I'm always hopeful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    This is because if a freelancer fails to deliver, I'm left holding the bag, so to speak. It's not like I can penalize them for not fulfilling their promise.
    Yeah, sorry about that... I got sidetracked writing a novel.
    emphasis mine

    I am happy to see Xingyi getting attention though. It's actually one of the most logical and straightforward martial arts I have come across. Even the most common deficiencies of the style trace back from it's functionality within the sphere it was developed for.
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    The opportunities to hide in the shadows and grab somebody from behind are rather infrequent in the modern world. To make it more organic start the sequence from a clinch or at least from a frontal face-off position and demonstrate how to pass to a flank. If mantis does not include this information than I'd suggest cross-training to develop it. Starting close to home Wing Chun has literally whole books devoted to flanking techniques. Most forms of wrestling include techniques to flank an opponent too.

    Ambush arts do not make for good self-defense and in this day and age the two bread-and-butter foci of martial arts are self-defense and training for sport.
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