Its been busy times this 1 week plus. As such, though I have topics to write about I simply can’t find the time to do it.
Anyway, what’s new?
Well, for one I think my student’s playing of the straight sword is still too xingyi-ish. Too many start / stop sluggish movements, heavy stepping, imprecise sword movements. I find myself repeating again and again to go slow, lighter on the cuts, relax and whip rather than heavy chop like a butcher hacking bones; need to be nimble on the feet, footwork to flow like a river rather than the stomp, stomp stepping flavor of an elephant.
I find that his intention and awareness keeps breaking. When he should keep strong awareness he doesn’t, not enough anyway. I showed him that with a sword if your awareness is not there you run the risk of walking into a thrust or a cut. He really needs to slow down, examine the details of where and when to move.
Without careful study he still moved too much when stepping to neutralize. As a result, he either typically loses the range or still remain within the danger range without realizing it. And without a heightened sense of the range he can only respond with an obvious technique which can be detrimental if faced with someone more skillful. The lack of refined control also means that he cannot access less obvious, hidden techniques one of which I showed him can cause the opponent to walk right into the tip of the sword.
Yeah, man, busy times. Got to get up now and go do the cooking. Renaissance man, blah…..