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jimbo salvatore
10/29/2017 1:58am,
https://nysanda.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/the-people-should-be-very-ashamed/


(Chinese martial arts) … are in a chaotic state, thus the people cannot know what course to take. Summed up, they have abandoned the quintessence and kept only the scum, nothing more. Although the martial arts of Japan and the boxing of Western Europe are one-sided, they all have their original points. In comparison to an ordinary boxer of our nation, they are countless miles ahead. The people should be very ashamed of this.

Criticism of Chinese martial arts is nothing new. I’d actually say it has become even more prevalent in recent years. Usually, the most common response to these criticisms is to state that the critic has never seen “real” Chinese martial arts. If the critic were to meet a “real master” and experience their skills, they’d realize just how wrong they are! However, the above quote comes from none other than Wang Xiangzhai (王薌齋)

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Wang Xiangzhai (王薌齋) was a Chinese xingyiquan master, responsible for founding the martial art of Yiquan. He he went all around China, studying martial arts with many famous masters including monk Heng Lin, Xinyiquan master Xie Tiefu, southern white crane style masters Fang Yizhuang and Jin Shaofeng, Liuhebafa master Wu Yi Hui, etc. He was also quite famous as a fighter and actually claimed “I have traveled across the country in research, engaging over a thousand people in martial combat, there have been only 2 people I could not defeat”.

According to our research during the past few years, many techniques in the traditional systems are not practical. It is important not to be preoccupied with arguments of traditional versus modern techniques. It is also not a good idea to ‘protect’ traditional systems by tailoring the rules to exclude, for example, foreign styles.

Another “ignorant critic”? Another “mixed martial arts muscle head” perhaps? This quote is from Professor Xia Bai-hua, who was president of the Chinese Wushu Association at the time. Professor Xia was also head of the Technical Institute in Beijing, and was sanshou chief referee at the 1993 Second world Wushu Championship in Malaysia.

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In recent years, the central government has begun to promote traditional martial arts, and every province has established martial arts training halls. Besides Chinese wrestling, the most popular arts are the Shaolin and Wudang styles of kung fu, both of which have methods of solo practice. Yet the practical applications of these arts is a subject that is never breached. Those who have practiced these arts twenty or thirty years have never defeated anyone who has practiced Western boxing or judo. Why is this? It is because the practitioners of Shaolin and Wudang styles only pay attention to the beauty of their forms — they lack practical methods and spirit and have lost the true transmissions of their ancestors.

By now, I suspect you realize that these quotes are NOT from those who are “ignorant” or lack exposure to real Chinese martial arts. This third quote is from Liu Jinsheng, the author of the 1935 “Chin Na Fa” manual. If you have been very observant, you might also have noticed that all three quotes compared Chinese martial arts to “foreign methods” such as Japanese Judo and western boxing. Despite the fact these foreign methods are supposed to be “primitive”, less effective and beneath the “developed” Chinese martial arts, these concerns seemed rather important to these three men. Were these three masters less informed than the “internet expert” such as the one below?

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I suppose for some, ignorance is bliss. Much better to isolate yourself from the rest of the world and pretend that doing your method makes you “special” and better than the whole rest of the world. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to know that Wang Xiangzhai said;

Combat science cannot be divided into schools, and the boxing theory does not have the distinction of Chinese or foreign, and new or old.

But mostly, I confess, I just put that up that facebook quote just for fun. Returning to Liu Jinsheng’s quote, note how he criticizes the misapplication forms and the absence of other practical training methods. In a recent blog, “practical approaches to Chinese martial arts training” I outlined the traditional training curriculum for Chinese martial arts and noted that forms training is only a part, perhaps even a small part, of a proper training program. But compared to Wang Xiangzhai, I almost feel as if I am an apologist;

Studying boxing routines, forms of movements, fixed techniques, and training hits and beats, all fall into the category of superficial, and although the boxing routines and forms of movements have been popular already for a long time, they are, indeed, extremely harmful to the people…. At large, the numerous schools of our society, generally take the approach of forms and techniques to learn boxing. One must know that this kind practice is just forgery conducted by the later generations, it is not the original essence of combat science.

Shihfu Wang didn’t feel the need to mince his words apparently. Perhaps this was because anyone who has spent time in the Chinese martial arts community becomes aware of the dangers of believing in secrets, training only in forms and avoiding the hard work (sweat, and blood) of application drills and training. Perhaps because something (I am not sure what) makes Chinese martial arts prone to these deficiencies, more so than the “foreign methods”. In 1928, Zhao Daoxin was only 20 years old and at the beginning of his martial arts career, yet managed to achieve 13th place in the Lei Tai tournament. Zhao was a disciple of Zhang Zhaodong, and would become famous in Tianjin’s martial arts community. Of the Lei Tai tournament, Zhao noted;

“Those ‘orthodox inheritors’ of traditional martial arts, regardless of whether they were lofty monks or local grandmasters, were either knocked out or scared out of the competition”

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Liu Jinsheng establishes in his comments just how pervasive and long standing these issues were in teh Chinese martial arts community;

In the Ming dynasty, men such as Qi Jiguang and Yu Dayou advocated this type of realistic practice and opposed any empty practice done for the sake of appearance. This is why these men have proud reputations in history.

General Qi Jiguang (1528-1587) was the author of two books, “New Book of Effective Discipline” (1561) and “Actual Record of Training” (1571). While the modern martial arts student probably has never heard of General Qi or either of these books, they are pretty important because they reveal that even well before Qi’s time, the martial arts practiced in the villages as part of militia training had gradually evolved into a form of recreation as well, and had become characterized by the “flowery” movements.

殺人的勾當,豈是好看的?” “除此複有所謂單舞者,皆是花法,不可學也””凡比較武藝,務要俱照示學習實敵本事,直可對搏打者,不許仍 學習花槍等法,徒支虛架,以圖人前美觀”

“practical is not pretty, pretty is not practical”

Clearly, there are tendencies within Chinese martial arts that lead to inordinate concentration on forms practice and the loss of practical training. Clearly, those who warn against this are not “ignorant” nor failed to have seen the “real stuff”. Quite the contrary, some of the most esteemed men in the Wu Lin saw the dangers. Now ponder that for a bit 🙂

jimbo salvatore
10/29/2017 1:59am,
This is interesting I must say.

ermghoti
10/29/2017 8:38am,
I know we have representatives of that gym that are/were members.

big maclol
10/31/2017 2:12pm,
What styles were Ancient Chinese people using in the military? or what about the styles of guardsmen?

Are Chinese TMA simply watered down? I'm trying ro visualize the TMA people fighting each other with flashy and weak movements...

jimbo salvatore
11/02/2017 12:57pm,
What styles were Ancient Chinese people using in the military? or what about the styles of guardsmen?

Are Chinese TMA simply watered down? I'm trying ro visualize the TMA people fighting each other with flashy and weak movements...

I wonder too, I guess we will have to dig into history books to find out. Maybe that was so unusual that it scared people.

jimbo salvatore
11/02/2017 1:06pm,
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/martial_arts/kungfu-history.htm

halfcut
11/02/2017 3:52pm,
What styles were Ancient Chinese people using in the military? or what about the styles of guardsmen?

Are Chinese TMA simply watered down? I'm trying ro visualize the TMA people fighting each other with flashy and weak movements...

Shuai Jiao had a long relationship with the military and the imperial guards. Other than that it was probably a lot of spear and short sword work in formation

Sri Hanuman
11/02/2017 4:26pm,
What styles were Ancient Chinese people using in the military? or what about the styles of guardsmen?

Are Chinese TMA simply watered down? I'm trying ro visualize the TMA people fighting each other with flashy and weak movements...

Archery, swordsmanship, horseback riding, and whatever Qi Jiguang decided were good military drills.
Depending on what time period you examine.

Muskets and bayonets only post Republican Era.

Circa 1980s and beyond, they used Sammo Hung and Chow Yung Fat exclusively to end all conflicts.

Diesel_tke
11/03/2017 8:08am,
My understanding was that Xingyi was developed originally for military use of spears and staff fighting in close order drill. So you would have someone on the left and right of you and the enemy in front of you. Which is why the style is so linear with the footwork. Then the empty hand techniques were adapted to compliment the style. I've studied it as well as a few other weapons arts and it is very similar in footwork to fencing and some FMA footworks. But it would only contain a small portion of FMA footwork which is way more circular.

What I do know, is that as far as the empty hand techniques go, it is not difficult to take Xingyi and apply it to combat sports. The group I trained with regularly competed in San Da matches and kickboxing matches. They trained exclusive in Xinyi, then sparred more frequently leading up to competitions. I can tell you that I trained a lot of kickboxing prior to training there, and once the forms were trained less and sparring more, in preparation for the competitions, it was the same as my kickboxing training. Not to say that they switched to kickboxing, because none of them had trained anything other than Xingyi.

frenchie88
11/03/2017 11:35am,
I'm pretty sure this is on the CMA board already.

http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=58040

W. Rabbit
11/12/2017 4:27am,
True story, I once supported David Ross on Bullshido, and then reached out to him friendly-like for some Sanda/Lei Tai training.

He never returned my emails. I think he's a dickhead.

Some Bullies believe he stole charity money.

Sri Hanuman
11/12/2017 10:27pm,
True story, I once supported David Ross on Bullshido, and then reached out to him friendly-like for some Sanda/Lei Tai training.

He never returned my emails. I think he's a dickhead.

Some Bullies believe he stole charity money.

Only a plucky team comprised of yourself, Sammo Hung, and Jack Ma can get the money back and save the village from being demolished.
I will call it, Kung Fu Investment.

W. Rabbit
11/12/2017 11:18pm,
Only a plucky team comprised of yourself, Sammo Hung, and Jack Ma can get the money back and save the village from being demolished.
I will call it, Kung Fu Investment.

Consider the source...Singles Day and Jack Ma == $25B (USD) in a 24 hours?

Yeah, Fake news. I don't need any communists on my team, thanks.

https://www.rt.com/business/409569-alibaba-singles-day-record-sales/

PDA
11/13/2017 6:41am,
I find it difficult to condemn said people who through their reverse evolution of traditional martial arts created a platform for some of the greatest movies past present and I am sure future.

MMA movies suck balls hard.

Anything with a character named Wong Fei Hung on the other hand is usually spectacular.

Nearly if not all of the great even professional martial artists I know where lead into the martial arts through kung fu movies so if nothing else the traditional martial arts in all their visual glory are the guide that leads many onto the path of martial enlightenment.

Who knows this could have been the master plan of very smart and ancient Shaolin monk " before something can be repaired it must first be broken"

I feel some hidden meanings coming along!!

Sri Hanuman
11/13/2017 12:38pm,
Who knows this could have been the master plan of very smart and ancient Shaolin monk " before something can be repaired it must first be broken"

I feel some hidden meanings coming along!!

THE BOXERS WERE RIGHT... WE HAVE TO DESTROY SHAOLIN AND RESTORE THE MING TO THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE DISGUISED AS EVIL WESTERN INVADERS USING MONETARY INFLUENCE TO SHAPE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE!!! Also somehow opium and oil.

BackFistMonkey
11/13/2017 12:40pm,
... but Ming just got a black belt in Judo and I am pretty sure is a westerner.