Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Finny on Wed May 30, 2018 2:37 am

Fantastic work - many thanks Nick and Jarek, for the interview and all the other content. China from the inside was together with eF always one of the online greats..
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:45 am

Hey all - Part 4 of the interview series with Jarek is now up. In it he discusses his visits to Shaolin Temple and Wudang mountain in the early 90s, as well as thoughts on what is/was being taught there. Should be an interesting read for forum members, especially if you practice an art related to those two places!

Follow the link here: http://wulinmingshi.com/2018/06/12/interview-with-jarek-szymanski-part-4/
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Trick on Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:46 pm

Really enjoy this interview. Although I've been visiting since 88 and later living in China I've never been to either Shaolin or Wudang because much of what's said in this interview I've previously heard from many others too, but maybe some day I go for a visit, I would think in wintertime those places are less crowded and tourist focused?...... Interesting story about Shi Dejian being bested by his Dongbei friend, was his friend into GongFu/wuxing tongbeiquan? a style "big" up in the north east, or was he planely a western style boxer?
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Bao on Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:57 am

Interesting interviews. Thanks.

Trick wrote: I would think in wintertime those places are less crowded and tourist focused?.


Shaolin is completely dedicated to tourism. You would be disappointed any time of the year.
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby edededed on Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:12 pm

Great anecdotes about Shaolin and Wudang! I think that taiyiwuxingquan is legitimate, but on the other hand - Jin Zitao only spent 2 years or so learning it. Was that enough to master and preserve the style? How long did his students practice as well? (If one spent 2 years studying baguazhang really hard, would that be enough to master and preserve it for further generations?)

Perhaps it is a bit like taekkyon in Korea, which also only survived via one person, in non-ideal circumstances.
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:03 am

That whole question about how long it takes is a tricky one. With the right student (talented, physically coordinated) and the right teacher, a person could learn *a lot* of a system within 2 years, especially if they had no job and were training every day. In the case of Taiyi Wuxing Quan, I think the art we see today is probably a reduced / limited subset of the full art - but not necessarily that much worse for all that.
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby wiesiek on Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:34 am

Thank You,
very interesting , particularly for fox like me, who never been in China.
Jarek`s site directed me to the eF years ago, btw.
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby edededed on Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:12 am

nicklinjm wrote:That whole question about how long it takes is a tricky one. With the right student (talented, physically coordinated) and the right teacher, a person could learn *a lot* of a system within 2 years, especially if they had no job and were training every day. In the case of Taiyi Wuxing Quan, I think the art we see today is probably a reduced / limited subset of the full art - but not necessarily that much worse for all that.


I agree that it depends! Jin Zitao could very well have mastered the system - and he seemed to have high-level skills. I am not sure how it went after that, but it is still great that the art exists still. Wonderful to be able to see a bit of what old Wudang arts might have been like.
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