Category: Xing Yi

#71 Xing Yi (part 13) The Water Chestnut Mirror

This episode explores the connection between the martial arts of the great Song generals’ tradition and Chinese theatre, which was emerged during the height of the Yuan Dynasty.

A modern reconstruction of a mural depicting the Yuan zaju stage c. 1324. The original was found in the Guangsheng Temple of Shanxi province.

#70 Xing Yi (part 12) Rocks and Bamboo

We pick up our series on Xing Yi with a new dynasty, the Yuan, examining the social changes that Mongol rule brought to China and their implications for the martial arts through the lens of the artwork of the period.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/9404101/70-xing-yi-part-12-rocks-and-bamboo

Gong Kai (1222-1307?), Emaciated Horse, in [Yuan shidai no huihua]. Tokyo (Nara?): Yamato Bunkakan, 1998. pl. 1, p. 26. Collection of the [Daban shili meishuguan]. ink on paper, 29.9 x 56.9 cm.

#66 Yiquan

This time we look at Yiquan, a derivative of Xing Yi, putting it in the context of the Miasma of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. Podcast link:

https://www.spreaker.com/user/9404101/66-yiquan

Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yi Quan.

Here’s a link to an interview in which he criticises other arts, like Xing Yi: https://www.internalartsinternational.com/free/essence-boxing-science-interview-mr-wang-xiang-zhai-part-1/

#37 XingYi Part 9

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General Zhang Jun (left). From The “Four Generals of Zhongxing” painted by Liu Songnian during the Southern Song Dynasty.

In this episode we discuss the role of General Zhang Jun in the survival of Yue Fei’s tradition, as well as in the survival of members of Yue Fei’s extended family. We also discuss how Zhang Jun managed to protect himself from the purges carried out by Qin Hui.

 

#30 Xing Yi (part 8) – short version

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Here’s part 8 of the series, which looks at armour in the Song Dynasty, but also talks about XingYi fighting tactics in relation to armour and how the armour influences the way the art works – stepping, continuous movement, minimal movement, twisting the fist in Tzuann, etc…

There are two versions of part 8, the first is for public consumption, available here:

Listen to “#30 Xing Yi (part 8) – short version” on Spreaker.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/9404101/30-xing-yi-part-8-short-version

We got into some controversial topics at the end of the episode, so the full version is reserved for our Heretics/Woven Energy Patreons ($5 and up):

https://www.patreon.com/wovenenergy/posts

Here’s some nice Song Dynasty-style armour a Google search turned up

Image Credit: Dragons Armory
http://dragonsarmory.blogspot.com/2017/07/heavy-song-dynasty-armor.html

Like Damon says, you could show that to a ‘normal’ person and tell them it’s Samurai armour and they would probably believe you 🙂

#29 Xing Yi (part 7)

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Song cavalry

As a background to our upcoming discussion of late Song Dynasty armour and weapons, in this episode we give a brief overview of a few animal strategies applied on the battlefield at strategic and tactical levels, as well as in individual combat.

Link https://www.spreaker.com/user/9404101/29-xing-yi-part-7

Listen to “#29 Xing Yi (part 7)” on Spreaker.

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Shamanic Dance [Real vs. Fake] – The Spirit Dance Part 2

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Yaohnanen tribesmen show pictures of 2007 visit with Prince Philip
By Christopher Hogue Thompson – Personal Picture, CC BY-SA 3.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19303439

Our sister podcast, Woven Energy, has just released a new episode that I think Heretics listeners would enjoy because it has lots of fascinating insights into religions and spirit dance. In this episode you’ll learn about:

  1. Yan Yi – a spirit dance tradition from Malaysia which is taught alongside the martial art of Xing Yi.
  2. What the terms Qi, Shen, Xin and Yi mean in Damon’s martial teaching and how they are expressed in Yan Yi.
  3. How to tell real from fake spirit dance.
  4. The Tanna island in the Pacific and the strange John Frum religious tradition that evolved there.
  5. What Cargo Cults are and what the Prince Philip Movement is.
Listen to “Episode 35 – Shamanic Dance [Real vs. Fake] – The Spirit Dance Part 2” on Spreaker.

Podcast link.