Blog entries by Xue Sheng

  1. And like that... it's gone. Update Finished the Wu style competition form, apparently it was something I had to do again. I learned it from my first shifu about 25 years ago, but I had to stop training it since it seemed to bleed into every other taiji style I was learning at the time. But for...
  2. I have been reading a lot lately about Taijiquan and Taoism and I read something today that had an immediate effect on me and has made a big difference for the entire day, so far, as well. I was rereading [IMG] and at the bottom of page 26 it was talking about Lieh-Tzu (Liezi) and there was a...
  3. [IMG] 新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè Happy New Year 恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái Happiness and prosperity
  4. and just about everything else too... Centering, with respect to your root, is important, and without it you cannot know substantial and insubstantial (more on those later). You also need to understand your own center, and where it is, to be able move freely, sense the center in others and...
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  6. I have this hanging in my basement guǎn (Mandarin for training hall, aka kwoon in Cantonese) If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you...
  7. Or you simply may not want to accept it….. but there can come a time to stop what you are training I have been doing Taijiquan for a little over 27 years, and 24 years of that has been in Traditional Yang. But in those first 3 years, with my first Shifu, I learned the Beijing 24 form, Wu...
  8. I have wanted to train Bajiquan for a very long time and I have looked for a legitimate teacher for many years. And in all that time I only located one person that was legitimate (he was a student of one of Shan Kai Shek's Body guards) and he was 4 hours away form me, but he would not teach...
  9. Why the WWII Dadao was so heavy - from Chinese Long Sword [MEDIA] From Here
  10. Or at least different that what I have been taught. I have been taught over the years that basically what you need to do is stand in Santi shi for as long as possible per side. Example: first stand with left leg forward for 20 minutes and then switch and stand with right leg forward for 20...
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  12. Wing Chun is a style I only dabbled in, and if I had not found Taijiquan and Xingyiquan I likely would have trained it much more. I came across this video of Ip Chun, at 94 years old, doing Chi Sau. [MEDIA] Ip Chun - Born (1924-07-10)
  13. September 14, 1991 I took my first Taijiquan class. After 19 years in Japanese and Korean marital arts, and a back injury.. I went to taijiquan This is not me, but this is the form I first learned. [MEDIA]
  14. Since I have had the time (again) due to my knees (again)…and now my right wrist (a victim of Hindu pushups I think)…I’ve been doing some thinking about martial arts, training, exercise, diet, health. I realized my injury prone time started about 10 years ago… broke my ankle and then blew out a...
  15. I have had to stop JKD class...again. Basically the overall feeling at this point is..... "Dang I'm old" I probably should not have gone back in the first place, due to the thinning retina issue. But then this class was not focused on striking as much as the first and focuses more on...