Friday, July 11, 2014

Pattern Recognition

'Looking beyond specific systems we can find there are patterns of movement and applications that cross the boundries. I offer these examples.
When trying to understand a historical work like the Bubishi, it is important to consider how many times the work has been redrawn, and in turn whether those re-drawings have varied from the original. Today each book on the Bubishi used different drawings along with different translations. Let me share several and then show applications from different systems which might resemble the theme.     
                               “Bubishi” by Roland Habsetzer translation by Victor Smith
II.  The Principal Teachings Of The Bubushi
     Commentary of the 48 Figures of Close Combat of the Bubishi

Figure 13 (page 78)

When the opponent feints a hand to mask a strike from the opposite fist, specially a blow carried from the bottom up [specially a rising strike],  you (become to) frustrate the feint, entering into the attack and trapping the blow of the fist all while seizing to the throat with the hand and ‘mouth of the snake(333: to the right, and photo 42).  Commentary page 169.



Figure 13

The drawing illustrates a suggestion of the counterattack.

This figure introduces the notion of feinting a fight, which is frustrated when [by] entering in the. The counter-attack is a blow carried from the end of fingers or of the ‘fork of the hand’ (arch constituted by the angle of ‘index and thumb opening) for crushing the larynx (33 and photo 42).

Then the scan of this drawing preserved by Mabuni Kenwa

Northern Eagle Claw Principle No.3

other scans




Leonard McCoy said...

Could you tell us the title and author of the tai chi book that you have in this article. Thanks, Len McCoy

Victor Smith said...

I believe it was a tai chi text published by YMAA, which I scanned about a decade ago, I will have to place this request on my to do list to search my library for the actual book