I am back.

January 10, 2010

Aha I am back; some of you must be thinking:-

  • I have forsaken this blog to become like tumbleweed sweeping across the deserts of cyber world.
  • Taking a hiatus, lying on the beach somewhere soaking in the sun and checking out the 2-piece ……hahahaha…

Actually ….. Nope……I was moving and if that  wasn’t enough, I got to sprain my back moving all those big boxes etc etc etc and there were lots of etcs……

Then it took them more than a week to re-hook my internet and it was raining and arrrrrgggh it is all Murphy’s fault!!!!

Him and his “every that could go wrong will go wrong” truism!!!

Annnyway, I ended up going to the grandson of the late Huang Xin Xien for some TCM treatment and now at least the pain is bearable.

Got to remember that I am 25 no more, maybe that is the real problem; I am losing my memory…..

Okay okay enough complaining and back to “business” and I want to talk a little about this big dichotomy of “internal” and “external” TCKF.

A little googling and you won’t believe the number of sites opining about this and we are concentrating on  English sites only, I have yet to search in Mandarin.

Here is something from one of the sites that I skimmed:-

There is a lot out there on the subject of internal and external martial arts. A lot of it is very good information, some is pitched as a marketing approach; other information could be attributed in either ignorance, or arrogance. There may be more then one truth here. I think that the meaning of internal and external martial arts has changed over many years.

The original distinction between external and internal martial arts comes from Huang Zongxi’s 1669 Epitaph for Wang Zhengnan. The identification of the internal martial arts with the Taoism indigenous to China, and its identification of the external martial arts with the foreign Buddhism of Shaolin, and the Manchu Qing Dynasty to which Huang Zongxi was opposed. This may have been an act of political defiance rather than one of technical classification.

What people speak of today as differences in internal and external, tend to refer to principles, and interpretation of such principles. I think this line of thinking may have started being promoted around the mid 1800’s with Yang Lu Chan, and became widely accepted in the 1920’s-1930’s.

I think the reason that the three sisters (Hsing-I, Bagua, and Tai Chi) are generally thought of as the only internal systems, is due to Sun Lu Tang who practiced and taught, these three systems. Sun Lu Tang lived from 1860 yo 1933, and taught until 1928. He was a very prominent practitioner of his day.

Regardless of the origin of this classification scheme, Chinese martial art styles have external and internal components. Classification is only where the initial emphasis of a particular style is, and should not be considered an absolute division.

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Really, more than enough have been published on this subject and all you got to do is look.

Here’s a nice Hsing Yi form; a style considered by many scholars to be the “original and oldest internal” style and we are not talking wannabes hypothesizing after reading a few books,

Well, it’s good to be back ….. enjoy……