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    Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

    Sad news. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang passed away on Saturday 5th of May 2012. He was 85 years old.

    http://www.hunyuantaiji.com.cn/

    I had the great honour of meeting him several times at the...
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    I forgot to mention. Anyone interested in further...

    I forgot to mention. Anyone interested in further information can look at the author's website and blog:

    http://www.pammachon.gr/

    http://blog.pammachon.gr/
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    Pammachon: Martial Art of the West

    Please enjoy and also pass on the word. I had the great pleasure of reading through the drafts and offering some small pointers. It is, I feel, an excellent book. Having had the opportunity to try...
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    Hello Mat, I was airing my personal feelings....

    Hello Mat,

    I was airing my personal feelings. Apologies if I did not make that clear. I wouldn't agree that the UK has a totally different doctrine, more that things have changed substantially in...
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    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don't...

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I don't think I should be restricted by the irrational fears of hoplophobes, (I refer to the controlling inclinations of the police and politicians, not...
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    The police come to your house with their armed...

    The police come to your house with their armed response unit and you fail to comply, that is exactly what will happen.
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    Living where I am in China, I can go out and...

    Living where I am in China, I can go out and purchase switchblades, telescopic battons, stun guns, shuriken, knuckle dusters, etc. in the street. Numerous small market stall holders sell them right...
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    A little further clarification...

    Just in case it seems I am glorifying the idea of combat and death, I'd like to mention a true story of personal experience.

    One night myself and a fellow student were practicing alone in the...
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    Another 'Chinese' perspective

    My friend Kostas Dervenis made, for me, a very interesting observation regarding tradition and preservation in the martial arts:



    See:

    http://www.pammachon.gr/absurdity.htm

    For the full...
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    One of Mr Tanemura's teachers-Mr Sato Kinbei I...

    One of Mr Tanemura's teachers-Mr Sato Kinbei I think-sponsored Wang Shu Jin to come over and teach in Japan. There are a few video clips floating around on the internet that show Wang demonstrating...
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    Kostas is my friend, and while I am not authorised to speak on his part, I will make a few comments regarding my own opinions.

    Regarding your initial question, since you have the website details,...
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    Funny how history repeats itself...

    In the years I've been visiting Ebudo there have been several threads regarding the Buj, its history, gradings, etc. It's old ground, well raked. The opinions of the protagonists have all been well...
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    You might find some of the people on the knife...

    You might find some of the people on the knife forums able to help with this enquiry:

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/index.php

    http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/fusionbb.php?

    I know there...
  14. Book Review: The Legend of W.E. Fairbairn, Gentleman and Warrior

    I know a lot of people are interested in WW2 combatives and so I thought this book might be of some interest to forum members. I do book reviews every once in a blue moon, so I hope this isnít too...
  15. Victor Wooten is a friend of mine, but since I...

    Victor Wooten is a friend of mine, but since I havent listened to any of his music, I cant vote for him. A really nice guy though.

    John McVie is that bloke from Fleetwood Mac. Jack Bruce deserves...
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    I dont recall the details but a group of 'martial artists' from a cross section of the Japanese schools and methods participated in these 'experiments'. Fujita was asked after WW2 to document these...
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    I've found a better source with 6 clips including...

    I've found a better source with 6 clips including the one above:

    http://taichi-chuan.com/heb/images/video/wsj1.wmv
    http://taichi-chuan.com/heb/images/video/wsj2.wmv
    ...
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    A video clip of Wang Shujin demonstrating Hsing...

    A video clip of Wang Shujin demonstrating Hsing I:

    http://www.moneynets.net/WUSHU/video/wangshujing-jp1.htm

    If you want to save it, once the download is complete got to:

    'Control...
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    I'd like to echo the sentiments of Joseph...

    I'd like to echo the sentiments of Joseph Svinth's post.

    I remember a tai chi 'brother' commenting to me during one class that he thought that most westerners took up martial arts because they...
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    RE: CMA

    I never could quite understand R.W. Smith's devotion to Cheng Manching. In an interview with Nigel Sutton some years back, a senior disciple of Cheng's, Tan Ching Ngee, stated Cheng never taught the...
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    I had the great pleasure of corresponding with...

    I had the great pleasure of corresponding with Peter on and off over the last few years, though I never had the privledge of meeting him. It was a great shock to see this very sad news.

    The last...
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    I've had a few people contact me recently again...

    I've had a few people contact me recently again regarding this program, ( old threads never die...). Unfortunately I cannot send out any further copies as I have moved house recently and the tape is...
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    Eddie Wu, the lineage head of the Wu family...

    Eddie Wu, the lineage head of the Wu family school of Tai Chi Chuan said once in an interview, 'family first, job second, martial art third'.

    Life is about choices and establishing your...
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    Poll: I dont know and hope I never find out.

    I dont know and hope I never find out.
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    Yep, Ruiari is right-the exercises are even...

    Yep, Ruiari is right-the exercises are even mentioned in 'Asian Fighting Arts' by Draeger and Smith. I also know of judo clubs that use these exercises.

    That said, you dont have to search around...
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