Strengthness with a Twist: A blog about internal martial arts, theatricality and Daoist ritual emptiness
Brand New Book: TAI CHI, BAGUAZHANG AND THE GOLDEN ELIXIR, Internal Martial Arts Before the Boxer Uprising. By Scott Park Phillips. Paper ($30.00), Digital ($9.99)
Also buy: Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion, (2016) By Scott Park Phillips. Paper ($18.95), Digital ($9.99)
Workshop Travel Schedule
Daodejing Online Open for New Members - Click for Info: Next meeting, Sunday May 19th, 8am to 10am (MT) (5/19, 6/16, 7/14, 8/18)
Portland, OR—June 1-2 PURE ANIMAL Workshop
Los Angles: 5th International Martial Arts Studies Conference (May 23rd-24th)
Los Angles: 13th International Daoist Studies Conference (June 20th-23rd)
Here are some new blogs I've discovered:
Forum for Traditional Wu Tai Chi Chuan
Hao style Tai Chi Chuan Blog
eastpaw's yeast pause
The Tai Chi Notebook
and Masters of the IMA could keep you busy for a while.
I ran across this article on Stem Cell Experiments:
As military doctors in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen more horrific injuries involving skin, nerve, vascular and bone losses from explosions, they have tried to think of what more could be done for the victims besides bandaging things up and hoping for the best.
Maybe they could regrow the tissue: Grow the cartilage, grow the blood vessels, grow the nerves and even grow the bone.
If you're in San Francisco this Saturday and you want to see some Kabuki with a lecture, check this out.
And I'm going to try to catch God Man Dog at the Taiwan Film Festival.
Meanwhile, I saw Whip It! I think Drew Barrymore is the greatest film maker alive. I pronounce her King of the Date Movie! Why did I have to come of age in a world without Roller Derby? What did I do to deserve that. God, are you listening? If we are going to win hearts and minds in the Middle East, we've got to put together an Arab/Persian Roller Derby Team (any suggestions for a name?)
I also saw Zombieland, and if you often have the feeling that you are surrounded by zombies and only occasionally meet a human, this is the movie for you. Fun stuff.
And I also saw Jennifer's Body, I don't know why people say it's full of metaphors, I think it was written by someone I went to high school with. That's exactly how I remember it.
Oh and District 9, great story, and it makes fun of protesters.
Basically they are excited about a guy who chopped his arm during a martial arts ritual. I've been blogging about this stuff all year. Here are a few back posts:
The Real History of Martial Arts and Trance
The Origins of the Boxer Uprising
What David Mamet Understands
Basically it's all performance, even if sometime in the future it might be the thing that saves your life. But even if it does save your life you won't know for sure that some other factor didn't intervene. Perhaps your attacker slipped, or better yet he had a flashback to a Flintstones Episode he saw when he was nine and forgot to keep killing you.
Here is a real video! One that demonstrates why the greatest performers are also the greatest predators! (Watch the whole thing, it keeps getting better.)