Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Jing Do

One of the biggest problems we face is to rely on what we have been shown. Of course there is a time for that as a beginner, but to continue to do so later is where the problem begins.

(The Really good stuff is at the end, hint)

I was a Sho-dan when I began training in tai chi with Ernie. Later I started to study various form with him and over time we began a friendship. His schools were teaching Pai Lum, while he had chosen to focus on Eagle Claw for his own study. He did not change what he was teaching at the schools until he became a certified eagle claw instructor (after 25 years of work). Only then did he change what his students studies.

The form I chose for all of you was the Pai Lum form Supple Dragon, which he taught at green belt. It was more than complex enough for all of you, as very different from Isshinryu. The other forms I studied were frankly beyond the time you had to spend in your own studies (they were also too complex for me over time too). Supple Dragon is a good choice with an interesting range of motions for you to master.

One day Ernie gave me a copy of his students Black Belt manuel. (but my copy was discarded when I moved). In it he described Jing Do training. He made his black belts aware of it, but didn’t push them, their choice, and I remember him telling me most of them never got it. Well I got the value and pursued it (I believe only in part). I don’t think it was totally Pai Lum, but it may have come from his original instructor Dennis Decker’s material.

I found value in Jing Do and taught it to you. The Chinese Short Range striking.

I guess I messed up filming it (and only got the first 3)


This Is a variation of No. 4 :

Chinese Jing Do 4

Similar to the last technique, is the equivalent technique taught by Ernest Rothrock, or Jing Do “Chinese Short Range Striking”.


While looking like a low block followed by a middle block, in Jing Do the low strike circles out and down striking into a leg at its bottom, but then continuing the circle to return up and strike into the abdomen with the returning strike.


When done like this, it becomes a continuously flowing circle and the circle is used for the two strikes.


John Dinger and Victor Smith


When you think about it Jing Do is related to Sutrisno Multiple Striking too.



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