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Postby GrahamB on Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:23 am

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Re: Slap Boxing

Postby zrm on Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:27 am

I like this kind of training.

It brought to mind this commentary regarding traditional Taiji sparring from "Martial Arts Discussions" by Huang Yuan Xiu (1936). ... g-yuanxiu/

2. The two-person set described above entirely has to do with prearranged postures which both partners have to drill together to complete the set. The second type of sparring is not like this. Both partners go without prearrangement, no choreography at all. They each get into a posture of readiness, then begin attacking: sometimes slow and sometimes fast, sometimes high and sometimes low, sometimes straight and sometimes round, sometimes punching and sometimes kicking, both responding to each other freely.
On the whole, there are a couple of constant fighting patterns. There is the round pattern, as in person A going through the center while person B moves away to attack from all sides, and then there is the straight pattern, in which both people go directly back and forth, as in you attack and I go back, and since I am retreating while you are advancing, this makes a duel along a straight-line. During competition, it is most of the time nothing more than these two patterns.
When two opponents cross hands, it is called “joining”. When joining in combat, there are estimations of degree, which are wholly indicative of the other person’s daily training regimen. For instance, is his energy long or short? How accurate are his fists and feet? What is the magnitude of the power he issues? Such refining comes about entirely from doing the pushing hands and large rollback exercises.
This section of the training is entirely a matter of practical skill and can be considered the final stage. For those in this stage, you will not succeed unless you are in a constant state of hard training. Beginners should be sparring with instructors, and the instructors should always allow the students to do the actual striking. For such instructors, this is called “feeding” with kicks and punches [i.e. performing restrained attacks to give the student the chance to learn how to defend against them].
If the teacher does not feed the student, the student will be unable to get the knack, although this is for teachers the most difficult and arduous form of instruction. One issue is that the opportunity is hard to come by in which sparring occurs when the spirit is as burgeoning as it should be or there is nobody around distractingly watching, and it necessary for the teacher’s body to receive strikes, inevitably entailing some pain. Another issue is that some teachers will keep students from completing their study, becoming traitors to their profession, and some will even forbid students from winning against their teacher for fear that he may lose his status and livelihood. For this reason, teachers are often not willing to teach, but really they have no choice but to bear with it. This is just the way it is in the study of boxing arts. The study of weapons is also thus, yet is even more arduous than the study of boxing.
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