Posts Tagged ‘Martial Art’

Martial Art Week?

In Martial Art on 2 October, 2006 at 3:00 pm

One of my colleague ask me whether I saw a documentary on National Geographic last night.  It is actually the so called martial art week for National Geographic, starting yesterday (I think).  And they are going to run a series of documentary on martial art; Chinese, Japanese, Korean or whatever culture that develop a way to use your body or simple weapon to fight.

According to my colleague the documentary yesterday said that the ultimate fighting weapon (other than modern day guns, of course) is the samurai sword.  I seriously doubt so.  A simple “stick” in the hand of a Chinese martial art master can be very deadly.  It is said that in Chinese martial arts, the staff (棍) is the hardest to master.  It will take 10 years just to learn all the fundamental techniques.  The staff is so flexible in the hand of a master that I don’t think the samurai sword can easily cut it into pieces.  You don’t need to go head on with a person or another weapon to be deadly.



In Martial Art on 5 February, 2006 at 2:00 am

武: The Chinese word that roughly translate to martial art or art of fighting (normally 2 words are use to describe martial art, but the single word is also used).  If you separate the top from the bottom, the top look like 戈 and the bottom look like 止.  The top part in Chinese means fight and the bottom means stop.  So the single word actually give the meaning of how to stop a fight.  This also goes well with the teaching of WuShu, you learn to stop a fight not to start one.

Martial Art Anyone?

In Martial Art on 2 February, 2006 at 6:10 am

I have decided…  that I will resume my martial art practice (which has stopped for about a year).  I’ve failed today to wake up early to practice, but I hope I will be able to do it eventually.

Currently what I am practicing is called Xing Yi Quan (this is the Chinese pronunciation, the first word means shape, the second thoughts and the third punch or boxing style).  This martial art style is a branch off from Yi Quan (roughly means thought boxing style) and developed based on the movement of animals.  It is a style that can help to build up your whole body.