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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).

https://brennantranslation.wordpress.co ... g-yuanxiu/

(二)上列散手對打,皆係預定方式,雙方編練成套。第二種則不然,雙方均無預定,亦無式樣,各方一作準備姿勢,卽開始攻擊。或緩或急;或高或低;或方或圓;用拳用腿;各聽自由。大致歷來相鬭方式,一為圓形方式,如甲在中心,乙游擊四週。其次縱形方式,直來直往,二人中你來我往。我退你進,成一縱形决鬭式,與比試,大半不外此二式,二人一交手,謂之一合。戰鬭合數之多少,全在平日練架氣分之長短?拳足之準否?發勁之大小?全在推手大捋之精粗。此段工夫,完全實用功夫,亦可謂最後一步功夫,習此者,非常練苦練不可,初期與師傅對打,為師者,常要讓生徒撲擊。此道中人,所謂喂腿喂拳是也。為師者,若不喂之,生徒無從得其三昧,是為師者,最難最苦之敎授。一則難得機會,旣要精神充足,又要無人偸視,且須身授撲擊,不免痛苦。二則防生徒學成,而有欺師叛道行為,或者忌其優勝於師,而師自失其地位與生計。故為師者,往往不肯教授,實有不得已之苦衷存矣。學拳如是,學器械亦如是,其困難更甚於學拳。
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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