Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bubishi Graphics preserved by Habersetzer

Once again I wish to return to ‘BUBISHI’ published by Roland Habsetzer, to look at a few unique paintings he shows. I will let my translation of his text describe them.

 He wrote:

The following pages reproduced in the murals the more representatives that can pick up in the fresco of the "Building of the White Robe" (Bai Yu) from "First monastery under the Heaven" (Shaolin), the holy place of Chinese martial arts.


They date back to the Ming Emperors (it dates the fresco restored, 1828) and have survived in part to the terrible tests experienced by the monastery.


This surviving fresco from the last destruction of the monastery at the beginning of the century, during the Chinese civil war, and is again being restored, without concern that there is change and uncertainty with respect to the original graphics


It is not only a certain artistic treasure, but also a unique and exceptional source for all martial arts practitioners, regardless of today their directions of study.


It is evident that these arhats (saints of Buddhism) in combat have been painted by an artist perfectly aware of the art of the old Kung Fu techniques.


There are indeed easily seen, this true "B.D." of observations specified on blocks, guards, kicks, clearances, positions...


It should be noted, in particular, page 39, two "kicking ghosts ‘phantom kicks’ " simultaneous and a rear kick, or, page 37. A deadlock ‘lock’ with seizure of the wrist.


Then Habsetzer contrasted these with various drawings from the Bubishi
Then Habsetzer notes “Figures of the Bubishi, reviewed graphic and  precise, as they are taken up by Sensei Tadahiko Ohtsuka in a publication of his Gojukensha in Tokyo (also overleaf). These 16 figures of close combat are part of the 48 techniques presented in the second part of this

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