Too old for dynamic tension?

Discussion in 'Chinese Internal Arts : Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qi' started by yak sao, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. yak sao

    yak sao Master of Arts

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    This first form is very similar to the form I had learned.
    I assume Hakka origins as it has the characteristic triangular footwork etc.
    Also, a stick form I had learned was known as the Northern Beggar's stick. There were many other indicators from the research I had done but that was 25+ years ago and is all water under the bridge.
  2. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

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    North American Tectonic Plate
    Interesting footwork
  3. VPT

    VPT Green Belt

    May 11, 2017
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    There is a website dedicted to Hakka Kungfu: HAKKA KUNG FU 客家功夫 If you look at the teachers there, they are mostly all Hong Kong and Guangdong based. Also my friend does not consider Fujian arts as being Hakka. He's met up with Lee Kong of Hong Kong White Crane fame and did not explicitly mention White Crane as being Hakka.

    The majority of Hakka people inhabit the East River area of Guangdong. This is at least where Bak Mei, Lung Ying, Lei Gaa and Lam Gaa come from. Also Meixian, titled the "Hakka Capital of the World", is in this area. The main homeland of the Hakka people in Fujian is Longyan. Yongchun county, the "home of White Crane" is actually in Quanzhou, a different city and linguistic area (Southern Min and its dialects). Even Yongtai county, a mountainous area famous for its many different styles of kungfu is in the eastern part of the province (nowadays administratively under Fuzhou), and they are "Sanzhan based" as well and express similar body language.

    This is merely a hunch, but the claimed Northern origins of Hakka kungfu seems like a rhetorical tool of establishing cultural prestige. It is known that the Guoshu movement looked down on the "primitive" Southern styles of fighting, trying to push the privilege of Northern styles.

    It has to be admitted, though, that some of the family-based Hakka styles do have similarities in the postures as with some Fujian styles. But then again, same can be seen in some Zhejiang and even Jiangxi styles.
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