Why is TCC form put together a certain way

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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Trick on Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:11 pm

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I've heard it said a Chinese person can be a Buddhist in the morning, a Confucianist or folk religionist at lunchtime and a Taoist at teatime. None of them are mutually exclusive.

Sound as the mentality of some people involved in CMA 8-) Actually it sounds as the mentality of most people in general
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Trick on Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:22 pm

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Therefore, the Chen's maintain that their art is based on the usage of the Guandao.


Interesting. Care to explain or point to examples?

Unlike the spear's poking action, a Guandao use "rounded" action its heaviness combined with "swing momentum" does the work
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby GrahamB on Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:00 am

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Where animal possession would comes into the picture concerning Chinese Martial arts I have a very hard time to understand. Never read or heard anything else that would suggest such a connection.


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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Bao on Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:08 am

If you cannot come up with some serious research, why don't you just put in a link to "garbage" instead? :P
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby RobP3 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:13 am

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Where animal possession would comes into the picture concerning Chinese Martial arts I have a very hard time to understand. Never read or heard anything else that would suggest such a connection. Schamanism, or wujiao, in China was performed by certain magicians said to have certain powers, not by common people. They could be possessed by ghosts or gods, but I've never heard anything about animals. This Wu tradition has no rituals or dances where common people became possessed by anything. The communication with the spirits was something only for the gifted sorcerer.


I've been present at rituals/events conducted by some very well known CMA teachers, one centred around the "monkey king". Judging from this and other aspects of training in certain areas, the shamanism connection seems quite likely to me, in some schools at least
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby GrahamB on Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:22 am

Bao wrote:If you cannot come up with some serious research, why don't you just put in a link to "garbage" instead? :P


The first article listed in that simple Google search is by a noted academic. I think that qualifies as serious research. You can lead a horse to water but I can't make it drink!
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby GrahamB on Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:23 am

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Where animal possession would comes into the picture concerning Chinese Martial arts I have a very hard time to understand. Never read or heard anything else that would suggest such a connection. Schamanism, or wujiao, in China was performed by certain magicians said to have certain powers, not by common people. They could be possessed by ghosts or gods, but I've never heard anything about animals. This Wu tradition has no rituals or dances where common people became possessed by anything. The communication with the spirits was something only for the gifted sorcerer.


I've been present at rituals/events conducted by some very well known CMA teachers, one centred around the "monkey king". Judging from this and other aspects of training in certain areas, the shamanism connection seems quite likely to me, in some schools at least


That's can't possibly have happened Rob - Bao says it's not possible. He's never heard of such a thing. Why are you lying to the forum???!!!!!
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Trick on Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:25 am

In my so far very little research for an ide/project I just came up with a couple of days ago in which the concept of the "Huli jing"/Chinese fox-spirit plays a central part, there are in Chinese mythology animal-spirits/demons but in stead of humans being possessed the belief is rather that the spirit/demon itself create a human form(if so wish)......Related to the same project are the Viking Berserkers who according to some sources dressed themselves in Bear or Wolfe skins as a means to get into that special warriors fury......Sorry to get of topic, just find these things quite interesting....carry on:)
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Bao on Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:53 am

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Bao wrote:If you cannot come up with some serious research, why don't you just put in a link to "garbage" instead? :P


The first article listed in that simple Google search is by a noted academic. I think that qualifies as serious research


This is the first article that pops up: https://chinesemartialstudies.com/2015/ ... tial-arts/

I don’t doubt that the time of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion was a very superstitious and strange period. But this is another subject. The subject here was about the development of Chinese martial arts and the connection between long forms, dance and of course the “animal possession” that you brought up. It’s an interesting idea, but there’s nothing in Chinese history that suggest this link. You are obviously still welcome to prove me wrong.
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby GrahamB on Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:52 am

Bao "prove you wrong" - I think you are arguing from a strange position of ignorance. It's not up to me to prove you wrong. I'd suggest that you do a little more research, that's all. There are countless books on the subject if you are really interested (they tend to be of the academic study variety so hard going for the lay reader). Well, at least you can't say you haven't heard of the idea ever before now. ;)

Here's is a link to a thread I posted recently on the forum showing video of the Tiger Stick Society from the 1920s and the growing number of modern day people who are reigniting these Chinese cultural practices on pilgrimages to sacred sites:

viewtopic.php?f=3&p=454103

Or try my interview with author Scott P. Phillips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2Go0b8ggrg&t=813s



He talks about this exact subject around 14.00
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby cloudz on Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:24 am

I actually enjoyed Scotts book possible origins a lot more than I had expected to, there is good research in it and a lot that makes sense. But I think Scott and anyone else has to be careful about how far one draws conclusions from it. We're after all talking about a huge land, a long period of history and a large and diverse magnitude of people involved. To be honest I don't think there are any reliable conclusions. Lot's happened, and some of it sheds light on what remains, I think that in itself is enough.

The ritual dance/ spiritual aspect being the origin of form itself, it might be the forerunner in some senses or the inspiration in some cases. And it might have been kept going. It seems to me though that dance, ritualistic or otherwise has always had it's place in human experience and expression and that place is multi faceted not one dimensional. At some point people realized a form or a dance could be a container for whatever they happened to preserve or practice at a given time or place. It probably was not a single point of origin in time but many spread across space and time. Cross culturally too probably.
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby GrahamB on Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:33 am

George,

Yes I agree - I think we all always run into our own confirmation bias. If we have a theory then we tend to see it everywhere in everything. It’s just human nature, but as Freud famously said (maybe) “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”.

Either way it’s a very entertaining read, like you say. And at the very least opens us up to a world we know very little about in the West.
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Steve James on Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:37 am

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Therefore, the Chen's maintain that their art is based on the usage of the Guandao.


Interesting. Care to explain or point to examples?

Unlike the spear's poking action, a Guandao use "rounded" action its heaviness combined with "swing momentum" does the work


Well, that's an observation, but not close to an answer or explanation of how that weapon relates to tcc --of any style. They all have "pointing" and "swinging."

The relationship I've traditionally heard of is that xingyi was related to spear, bagua to dao, and tcc to jian. The Yang family, for some reason, focused a bit more on staff.

Afa the guandao, the issue is its relation to a form. It's easy to see its relation to a traditional Shaolin or longfist form. In fact, I think some would argue that Longfist would be the place to start looking anyway --from the perspective of hand or weapon forms.
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby RobP3 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:53 am

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The relationship I've traditionally heard of is that xingyi was related to spear, bagua to dao, and tcc to jian. The Yang family, for some reason, focused a bit more on staff.

Afa the guandao, the issue is its relation to a form. It's easy to see its relation to a traditional Shaolin or longfist form. In fact, I think some would argue that Longfist would be the place to start looking anyway --from the perspective of hand or weapon forms.


I was told that YLC's main weapon was the spear, though maybe the spear blade was removed after that accident. There's at least one Yang line that still has the halberd
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Re: Why is TCC form put together a certain way

Postby Steve James on Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:15 am

I was told that YLC's main weapon was the spear, though maybe the spear blade was removed after that accident. There's at least one Yang line that still has the halberd


That's the story. But, the pole exercises --ime-- are about body method and aren't connected to the organization of the form.

It's possible to incorporate almost any weapon into a hand form; and weapons can be created to optimize hand techniques. It's like which came first, the deerhorn knife or bagua?

I think the question centers around the use of weapons in military formations aopt any other usage. I'm not convinced that the way we do tcc forms now has anything to do with military function or formation.
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