Hans Menck’s Bagua flavoured Capoeira

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

Unconvincing Mantis

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.

Moshe Feldenkrais on creativity and spontaneity

“…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