I woke up. I did not remember the dream. But at the moment of waking I had a new understanding of how to move with my arms completely empty of intent. It was an accurate refinement of a longterm movement project. I was able to put it into practice right away. Did Zhang Sanfeng just visit me?Read More
UNBOXING: A blog about FLIPPING THINGS UPSIDE DOWN, internal martial arts, theatricality, Chinese religion, and The Golden Elixir.
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)
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This news from Matthew Polly's new book Bruce Lee: A Life, cannot wait. Polly is a master writer and marketer. His book on Shaolin Monastery infused with the Burger King was genius. This one looks like it is going to be even better.
Please head over to Ben Judkins' blog and read his piece "Judo and the Chinese Martial Arts: the View from 1928." In it he points out that the discourse around the history of Chinese martial arts was largely established by the 1930s and has not changed much (at least until Ben, and I, and a few others, started studying it). People often claim to be having a conversation about history when in fact they are arguing about the right way to practice today.
Ben's piece is centered around this free translation by Brennan: BOXING ARTS FUNDAMENTALS – ILLUSTRATED HANDBOOK FOR TANTUI, from May, 1917. It is a fantastic document, but could use some contextualization. Rather than write my own piece, I'm just going to add some comments below.Read More
Wind Fire Wheels get an in depth discussion in my next book. They are almost exclusively a Baguazhang weapon. Here is a quick summary of the problem, feedback welcome, all weapons are pictured bellow:
The Angry Baby God Nezha's windfire wheels go on his feet
The wind fire wheels of Baguazhang go in the hands.
Two Baguazhang deer horn knives stuck together look like a wind fire wheel.
Nezha's Qiankun Yuan (hoop) is both a punching weapon and a boomerang (so he never throws it away).
These are all most likely theatrical-ritual weapons.
How are they all related? What is their real purpose?
I have been practicing standing meditation and martial arts in the cold wearing only light clothing. I credit Wim Hof, the Ice Man, for getting me started on this experiment. It may be an effective strategy for managing looseness in the joints. Spread the word.Read More
There are good definitions of science, but none that are used across numerous different sciences. Each science defines its own boundaries. The Karl Popper slogan is one of the more popular attempts to universalize science: "A theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments." But how often do scientists live up to that ideal?
China has had a lot of difficulty with science. It did not develop organically in China, it was imported with a political agenda. More importantly it has been twisted together with Nationalism. Authoritarianism, Modernism, and Religion. That is true in other places too, to some extent, but in China it is a bit extreme. I am certain that there are superb scientists working in China. But I'm also certain that Chinese culture has a data falsification problem that holds it back. And then there is the massive problem of science as the religion of the state. To get a picture of this, read the short article linked below from Supchina (which is itself a weird site worth digging around in a bit):
"...The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country’s most established scientific institution, apologized (in Chinese) on Monday, April 30, for hosting a Taoist ritual at the foundation ceremony for a nuclear power station in Wuwei, Gansu Province. CAS also announced the suspension of two employees who were in attendance but failed to terminate the religious ceremony..."
There are so many good moments in this Joe Rogen Interview with Matthew Walker about Sleep, listen to the whole thing. It is long, I listened to it over three days while I was preparing dinner. He uses the language construction of my Daoist teacher Liu Ming at one point, 'sleep is an appetite.' Liu Ming talked a lot about appetites, the four primary appetites are: sleep, rest, exercise, and food. Then there are things like sex, adventure, killing, and intellect.Read More
After a wonderful weekend in Portland teaching, I am too tired to write a blog.
Here are some of my notes for the classes I taught. I also added some interesting links at the bottom.
Four elements of Pure Internal Martial Arts
empty of intent
golden elixir egg
neigong (inward training)
Video of Yujia Wang playing the piano, and an article about it, and some other articles I've been reading lately on Daoism, and a few upcoming lectures for those of you who are in Boulder! Come check it out.Read More
MMA is about getting the audience to watch you dominate and be dominated. Get them to feel your rage and pain.
WWE is about WINNING! The goal is to please your opponent and to respond spontaneously to make the audience love you or hate you more. It is about feeling the audience!Read More