3/25/2009 2:33pm, #1
...But...But...But...it doesn't look like kung fu
Okay, this was birthed because of the Tai Chi thread. Yes, I'm looking for the entire documentary but, this little bit will be enough to make my case.
Yes, there are forms in YiQuan:
YouTube - Yiquan master Yao Chengguang in Moscow
Yes there is qi and medatative focusing:
YouTube - Yiquan from Warriors of China Movie. Empty Mind Films
This is not the entirety of the art. It boils down to what you do with it in a live manner. No, the sparring doesn't look exactly like what is done WITHOUT an opponent. Forms are forms they do not transfer move by move by move into a sparring match, competition or a fight.
People need to divorce themselves of this notion when they argue.
No, I'm not advocating forms. I enjoy forms as a function a part of the whole. I understand people see them as unnecessary and I completely understand that argument. I think, in the proper context, they are necessary.
YouTube - Yi Quan Martial Arts Documentary Trailer : China
Still, if anything can go forms are first IMO if, you are learning Self Defense and fighting.
3/26/2009 6:02pm, #2
Same as above:
YouTube - bajiquan
YouTube - Adam Hsu (徐紀) - Bajiquan (八極拳) - Power Issuing
YouTube - Baji contest in Cangzhou 1988
YouTube - Fear the Baji
Look at the sweeps in both videos close to 15 years later!!!
3/26/2009 10:11pm, #3
Love the shoulder at 1:17 in the 4th video.
3/27/2009 12:39pm, #4
YouTube - Xing Yi Quan ( Hsing-I, 河北形意拳 ) 5 Elements and Linking form
YouTube - Xing Yi Quan: SAN TI SHI
YouTube - Taiwan Tang Shou Dao
Please pay attention to the form the Sifu is playing. Again, it is not move by move by move like the form. Yet, there are very specific kicks and blocks used in the tournaments.
3/27/2009 1:18pm, #5
Personally I always thought that vid of the 1988 Baji contest was a great example of looking like kung fu. The sweeps and especially that first throw. Beautiful, I'll always love that vid.
3/27/2009 1:29pm, #6
I agree but, there in lies the rub. The sweeps and throws are awesome and look flamboyant. Then again a ton of other stuff in that video looks like normal "boring," "sloppy," regular" fighting.
That's the bias and the problem. You have it yourself and I had it also. If it doesn't stand out and grab your attention it isn't kung fu. If ti isn't flamboyant full of low stances it isn't Kung fu.
No, I'm not saying you are that bad.
That shoulder strike Asia throws is awesome regardless of size. He even uses palm strikes and the classic kung fu sideways stance everybody hates. Yet, the rest of it looks like "regular" fighting.
3/27/2009 2:03pm, #7
I am sadly a by product of too much tv and movies growing up as I am sure most people are to one degree or another when it comes to what CMA should look like. I'm actually getting to check out a CMA school on monday so hopefully I'll get a good dose of reality on the CMA subject.
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3/27/2009 2:14pm, #9
I'll go hunting for it.
PS. This is exactly what IIF means. Kung fu is thought to be the low-percentage stuff, but if practiced correctly it's just techniques used all over.
3/27/2009 2:28pm, #10
I want to see someone do that take down from ~11 seconds into this video in a non kung fu competition some time. It's flashy as hell.
Kung fu is thought to be the low-percentage stuff, but if practiced correctly it's just techniques used all over.
Most techniques (striking/throwing only obviously) cross at some point into other disciplines. Don't use your misconceptions to make a general statement about a particular style.
Some disciplines teach things better. Yep, sorry kung fu is just above the booj in terms of perception.
I'm not going to be drawn into a "style x" is better than "style y" as, my recommendations are all over the website. Many are not for CMA in general and we will leave that for another thread.
It is just the "well Tai Chi should only be done for performance and money grubbers" comment that irritated me. I actually agree, a ton of kung fu instructors shouldn't claim they teach Self defense and Tai Chi and _ing _un are at the top of that list IMO.
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