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Monday, October 14, 2019

Xingyi Five Elements by Hong Yixiang 洪懿祥


Xingyi Five Elements by Hong Yixiang 洪懿祥



"Master Hong Yixiang (1925-1993), founder of the Tang Shou Tao school, demonstrating Xingyi five elements linked form (Wuxing Lianhuan). According to Mr. Kenneth Fish he filmed it in 1975 or 1976, at the opening of Liao Wuchang's 廖五常 son Kungfu school, Yonghe, Taiwan."

Learn Hong's Xingyi 5 Elements at Boulder Internal Martial Arts



Thursday, October 3, 2019

Great warriors are not militaristic. Trans. Scott M. Rodell

Dao de Jing Chapter 68, Great warriors are not...
善為士者不武.

善戰者不怒.
善勝敵者不與.

善用人者為之下.
是謂不爭之德.
是謂用人之力.
是謂配天古之極.

Shànzhàn zhě bù nù.
Shànshèng dí zhě bù yǔ.
Shàn yòngrén zhě wéi zhī xià.
Shì wèi bùzhēng zhī dé.
Shì wèi yòngrén zhī lì.
Shì wèi pèi tiān gǔ zhī jí.
Great soldiers do not get angry.
Great conquers do not gloat.
Those good at managing men are humble.
This is called the virtue of non-contention.
This is called the strength of using men.
This is called the highest manifestation of accord with heaven.
Shàn wéi shì zhě bù wǔ.
Great warriors are not militaristic.
Trans. Scott M. Rodell

Found HERE 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guards - Mandarin Mansion



For long, "nanban tsuba" literally "Southern barbarian sword-guards" have been a catch-all classification for sword guards for Japanese swords (tsuba), that show foreign influence. 
I became interested in the subject some years ago when I noticed how some of these were not just Chinese in style, but of Chinese manufacture with later adjustments to accommodate their use on Japanese swords. A most fruitful exchange of ideas followed with James McElhinney through his Nanban Tsuba facebook page. He made me aware of the fact that many such guards made it to Japan through gift exchanges related to maritime trade with the Dutch and Chinese.
James McElhinney wrote a much anticipated book about the subject and is in the process of getting it published. Some of the guards that feature in the book are for sale on this page.
READ THE REST HERE


Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guards - Mandarin Mansion