Eeeerh, got a youtube message asking about the music in the “Wushu Association Sarawak” clip that I uploaded few days back…..must be from outside Asia …hahahaha      🙂

That track is “Golden Armor” by Jay Chou and here’s the MV :-

散打 Sǎndǎ

November 1, 2009

From Wiki :-

Sanshou (Chinese: 散手; pinyin: sǎnshǒu; literally “free hand”) or Sanda (Chinese: 散打; pinyin: sǎndǎ; literally “free fighting”) is a Chinese hand to hand combat, self-defense system, and combat sport. Not seen as a style itself, but is rather considered as just one of the two components (taolu and sanshou) of Chinese martial arts (Kung fu) training and is often taught alongside with taolu training. It may simply be seen as the practice of martial applications in a realistic environment or simply free fighting. However at the same time the modern standard taolu curriculum was created by theChinese government. They created and formalised a standard curriculum for sanshou as well. This curriculum was developed by experimenting with the Chinese military experiences in close range and hand to hand combat with reference to traditional Chinese martial arts. Chinese martial arts masters that were still in China (prior to the abolishment of traditional martial arts during the Cultural Revolution) gathered to contribute the creation of the standard curriculum.

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Something that I hope to see rekindled in Sarawak and looking at the clip, you are going to see that Sanda is not that far away from traditional training.

During the organized “lei tai” days, the scoring system is different and in some cases, imho, pretty “disordered” often ending in disagreements …..

Well, talking to both GM Sim and James Ting, Sanda is something that is planned for induction into the Wushu Association and you are going to hear more about this and my involvement.

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Through centuries of practice, many different schools of Chinese mind and body exercises such as qigong – breathing exercises – and taichi have proven to help improve health and even possess some healing powers.

According to traditional Chinese medical theories, these exercises, which involve regulation of the mind, body and respiration, enhance the development and circulation of qi, the vital energy in the body.

However, qi has remained somewhat elusive to modern medical science, as it is yet to be measured or proven to exist. Researchers from the International Alliance for Mind/Body Signaling and Energy Research in the United States have applied the latest biomedical technologies to gain a better understanding of the physiological aspects of such effects.

At Alliance laboratories, different types of measurements were made on more than 20 high-level qigong and taichi practitioners and several control subjects. Researchers find that when the taichi practitioners are doing movements, which are co-ordinated with deep breathing cycles, there is a big increase in peripheral blood flow. While achieving the effect, practitioners must be relaxed.

In theory, human brain tissue will harden with age. However, after measuring the brain response of some qigong practitioners who have been training for many years, researchers find their minds are as responsive as people in their 20s. Researchers believe that the result is related to their breathing exercises, which allow more oxygen to reach the brain. This way, they can keep their brains as flexible and elastic as the young.

The study also reveals that when qigong practitioners enter a deep meditative state involving mind regulation, they show a pattern of high-frequency heart rate variation indicative of relaxation normally seen during deep sleep.

Researchers conclude that qigong and taichi practices lead to measurable changes in mind and body functions that can be explained in part by conscious control of the autonomic nervous system.

The positive results in the lab partly explain why there are so many taichi and qigong practitioners in China and around the world. Despite the on-going controversy over its effect in the science world, people show even greater interests in the cultural values of the practice of taichi, particularly the legends and figures related to it, which have always been a spring of source for writers, TV dramas and movie makers.

For many people, either a practitioner or not, taichi quan (or Chinese shadow boxing) means more than a system of physical exercises and a secret key to keeping fit. It helps people maintain physiological balance through circular movements.

Taichi quan was also named “chang quan (long punch)”, “shisan shi (13 postures)” and “ruan shou (soft hand)” in the past. The origin of taichi quan is still a mystery as historians of Chinese wushu are still looking for earlier sources than the commonly known possible inventors, such as Xu Xuanping of Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), Chen Wangting and Wang Zongyue of Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

The most well-known candidate is Zhang Sanfeng, whose lineage remains unclear. He is often dubbed “founder of taichi quan” especially among some enthusiasts for kungfu-themed TV drama series and movies.

(Source: China Daily)