Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

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Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:08 am

Hey all,

Pretty sure anyone who has been around on these boards long enough will have heard of Jarek Szymanski - his website, China from Inside is (IMHO) one of the best resources on the web for the history and practice of TCMA, especially for the northern internal arts like Xinyi and Bagua.

I have been working together with Jarek over the last few months on recording some of his experiences in China back in the 90s - how he came to end up living in China, his experiences investigating the history of various CMA, etc.

I have posted the first part of the interviews on my website: http://wulinmingshi.com/2018/04/30/interview-with-jarek-szymanski-part-1/

It is a work in progress, and obviously any and all errors in the text are mine, would welcome feedback from fellow RSFers!
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Trick on Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:28 am

Enjoyed it. Since I myself also born in mid 60's I recognize the similar development of East Asian MA availability in Sweden...Interesting that one of the early guys teaching(jujutsu) in my hometown was from Poland, among things he taught was throwing razor blades.....
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby littlepanda on Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:22 am

nicklinjm,

I found both yours and jarek's websites excellent source of infomartion for cma's. thanks a lot
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Tom on Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:06 am

Nice work, Jon! How did you get that old Daoist recluse to talk about himself?







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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Greg J on Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:23 am

Great interview. Loved the part where he said 170 people showed up on his first day teaching. :o

Can't wait to read the rest.

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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Tue May 01, 2018 12:11 am

@Tom, Jarek and I get on quite well, have always said to him he should put out a book about his experiences as he met a lot of the older generation of masters, both famous and not so famous. The interviews are basically just a formalised version of some of the chats we have been having, hope people get something out of them!
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby retreats108 on Tue May 01, 2018 9:39 am

Well done Jon, this is long awaited and no doubt full of fascinating anecdotes!

Thanks for the time and effort to document Jarek's experiences.
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby Tom on Wed May 02, 2018 5:49 pm

Jon I was just teasing. I’ve been working on Jarek to get a book out for 10 years now. Seems he’s more interested in continuing to explore China as much as he can while he still lives there (e.g., Tiantaishan).
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby middleway on Fri May 04, 2018 3:18 am

Awesome! His site was a go too resource many moons ago.

Thank you for getting the interview and look forward to the next instalment
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Fri May 11, 2018 3:35 am

Hey guys, part 2 is now up here: http://wulinmingshi.com/2018/05/11/interview-with-jarek-szymanski-part-2/.

If there are any burning questions you'd like me to ask Jarek, feel free to drop me a PM :)
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby edededed on Sat May 12, 2018 6:16 pm

Awesome series, keep them coming!

Reminders of a more simple time, years ago!
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby edededed on Sun May 13, 2018 9:06 pm

Also, I'd love to hear more details/anecdotes about those guys that Jarek trained with back then (Xin Litian, etc.). ;)
Would also be interesting to know more about their systems that they taught.
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Tue May 15, 2018 8:47 pm

Sure, will definitely try and draw him out on the actual material he trained with his teachers!
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby nicklinjm on Tue May 29, 2018 8:01 pm

Hey all - part 3 of the interview series with Jarek is up!

See link below: http://wulinmingshi.com/2018/05/29/interview-with-jarek-szymanski-part-3/
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Re: Interview series with Jarek Szymanski

Postby edededed on Wed May 30, 2018 1:35 am

Yay! Another great part.

Reminds me of my first visit to Beijing in 1997 - I was only there for the summer, but still - I kind of wish I had tried to meet more people, etc. when I was there!
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