Fluid display of some unusual combinations
This is such a great interview. Brendan Tunks seems to me to have truly bridged the gap between the depths to be found in traditional martial arts and the harsh realities of learning to fight: “You need to find a decent teacher with a good reputation and train as often and as hard as possible. You also need to be in optimal condition. Some CMA people say you don’t need strength or physical conditioning, but should be ‘soft as a feather, yielding as a reed in the wind’ etc. – they are the ones who can’t teach you to fight, so avoid them. Most importantly you need to practice agonistically – i.e. with a non-compliant partner that is attempting to beat you. You need to do this regularly and at a high enough intensity that some risk of injury is present each time…”
Proof that Cheng Man Ching Taiji is not just for the old folks in the village hall! This great clip reminds me strongly of the highlight reel of the Czech sumo wrestler throwing all the Japanese behemoths. This time it’s a diminutive Italian, Mario Napoli, a CMC guy, chucking a succession of much bigger Chen village stylists off the platform. The judges faces are a picture!
Very enjoyable trailer for Hans Menck’s online capoeira course.
I like it partly because of the film quality and setting (woodland in South Africa), but perhaps also because the teacher Hans Menck has a background in Bagua Zhang, and I think that adds even more fluid circularity into his movements
This clip is meant to prove the superiority of traditional Chinese martial arts: yet the so-called MMA guy’s only claim to competence is having KO’d a deluded old man…while the Mantis guy’s only skill is waving his hands in the air while wearing silk pyjamas.
“…all creative people do things in their own way. Painters, mathematicians, composers, and everybody else who has every done anything worthwhile, always had to learn to paint, think, and compose—but not in the way they were taught. They had to learn and work until they knew themselves sufficiently to bring themselves to the state of spontaneity in which their deepest inner self could be brought up and out. Such people are not free of compulsion—much to the contrary. The difference is that what they produce out of the state of compulsion has some value because of the true spontaneous nature of the production.” Moshe Feldenkrais, The Potent Self, Introduction