Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

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Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby Bob on Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:11 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... X1SViJzSes



https://zhongguowuxue.com/2019/02/12/ma ... eld-spear/

This is from the website:

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CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS RESEARCH – ESTUDIOS MARCIALES CHINOS

Below is an excerpt from a longer piece written by the website owner (did not want to convey that I wrote this and to be perfectly clear I think what was written was excellent)

Martial Destination: Dr. James Guo, Scholar and Warrior. Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Couple weeks ago, I had the chance to travel to Toronto for a few days and as I was preparing my trip, I thought I could squeeze in some training while in the city. I have been aware of the Big Spear (Da Qiang) training for a few years now after attending a competition in 2001 in Toronto. After registration the attendees had a short intro in the use of the spear and then went on to face the other competitors who came mainly from Canada and the US. After returning to Alberta I bought two wax wood long spears for practice, but did not use them as much in the years that followed. I was gladly surprise when couple years ago I found the Facebook group IDaqiang and decided I had to contact them to see if I could get some training while in the city. I received a very quick replay with the information where and what time to meet. This brief article introduces the work of Dr. James Guo Ph.D. (Guo Xiao Bo, 郭肖波) a martial arts scholar from Taiwan who was a student of famous Bajiquan master Liu Yun Qiao. With master Liu Dr. Guo learnt Bajiquan, Baguazhang, traditional weapons etc.

NOTE: The information contained in this entry is based on the notes I took after meeting Dr. Guo and sources I have collected over the years.
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby MaartenSFS on Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:53 pm

I was with him until the squeaky toy head!

I would like to see some bouts between skilled opponents, though.. Very interesting...
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby edededed on Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:04 am

You kidding me? The squeaky head is the best part! :D (Well okay - 2nd best, since I like the idea of a short daqiang that one can carry around.)

I like the idea of this sport - there is no other major "spear sport" now anyway. Maybe this could be the next Olympic sport!
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby Trick on Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:20 am

kendo like naginata(glaive)sparring/competitions has been around for quite some time
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby greytowhite on Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:21 am

I need a place to buy those things... Where?
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby oragami_itto on Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:31 am

greytowhite wrote:I need a place to buy those things... Where?


According to the FAQ on their facebook page they only offer the spears to "members" of the organization? It's not exactly clear to me.
https://www.facebook.com/idaqiang

What is clear is that the organization is limited in reach so far. You might have better luck slumming it with the HEMA folks unless you're in China.
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby MaartenSFS on Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:29 am

I looked into Naginata-do again, but my instinct was confirmed. Totally different weapon, usage and most likely, training methods. Unfortunately has the same silly rules as Kendo as well..
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby Bob on Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:57 pm

Aside from Guo Laoshi's quest for quality control, there is a real little gem that is in that clip - he shows the da qiang thrusting and then quickly shows the open hand punching that corresponds to the da qiang. Many of the da qiang movements correspond to the open hand postures and executions of the baji forms - sort of why there is a predisposition in baji to move away from forms and more initially emphasis on single moving postures - very similar to the wu xing of the xing yi - in fact that is how xing yi was shown to me after the 5 elements - corresponding da qiang exercises - a hint of that is shown in Miller & Cartmell's Xing Yi Nei Gong book.

There may be many ways to achieve structural alignment and power for open hand forms but the da qiang practice is almost enzymatic in producing this.
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Postby taiwandeutscher on Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:01 pm

If somebody comes to the Far East:
In Taiwan, there are and have long been several groups of Daqiang people.

In Taibei there is a Baji group, with comps.
In Taidong (southeast), I just heard from another Daqiang group.
In Gaoxiong, there is a Wangbaoqiang group.
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby Trick on Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:49 pm

MaartenSFS wrote:I looked into Naginata-do again, but my instinct was confirmed. Totally different weapon, usage and most likely, training methods. Unfortunately has the same silly rules as Kendo as well..

yep, its not for you 8-)
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby MaartenSFS on Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:41 am

Bob wrote:Aside from Guo Laoshi's quest for quality control, there is a real little gem that is in that clip - he shows the da qiang thrusting and then quickly shows the open hand punching that corresponds to the da qiang. Many of the da qiang movements correspond to the open hand postures and executions of the baji forms - sort of why there is a predisposition in baji to move away from forms and more initially emphasis on single moving postures - very similar to the wu xing of the xing yi - in fact that is how xing yi was shown to me after the 5 elements - corresponding da qiang exercises - a hint of that is shown in Miller & Cartmell's Xing Yi Nei Gong book.

There may be many ways to achieve structural alignment and power for open hand forms but the da qiang practice is almost enzymatic in producing this.

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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby MaartenSFS on Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:42 am

taiwandeutscher wrote:If somebody comes to the Far East:
In Taiwan, there are and have long been several groups of Daqiang people.

In Taibei there is a Baji group, with comps.
In Taidong (southeast), I just heard from another Daqiang group.
In Gaoxiong, there is a Wangbaoqiang group.

That's really interesting.. Any videos of these competitions? Any skilled practitioners?
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby MaartenSFS on Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:56 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kauvoMgyEcU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxzdGyrKil8
Here's some more videos. I really like what I am seeing. Glad that others are taking up the mantle to preserve these weapon-arts.
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby Bob on Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:56 am

https://youtu.be/EEmt8XeL3m4



Worth watching if you interested in bajiquan
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Re: Dr. James Guo: Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Postby Bill on Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:55 am

greytowhite wrote:I need a place to buy those things... Where?


Make your own out of these pricy pieces...

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