Archives for the month of: December, 2014

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Viime kesänä kävimme Baji ry:n ja mestari Lün kanssa Kiinan matkalla. Tämä oli kolmas Kiinan matka Baji ryhmälle. Olimme sitten 2012 Kiinan matkan keränneet rahaa edesmenneen suurmestarimme Han Longchuanin hautakiveä varten. Kivi oli nyt ostettu ja odotti Luotan kylässä meidän vierailua. Kuten edellisillä matkoilla ohjelmaan kuului paljon Baji demonstraatiota sekä sitäkin enemmän ruokaa ja juomaa. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pieni kokoelma videoita mestari Lü Baochunin Bajista/
A small collection of videos of master Lü Baochuns Baji.

Mestari Lün Baji / Master Lüs Baji:

Mestari Lü opettamassa Italiassa / Master Lü teaching in Italy: Read the rest of this entry »

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master Lü

Mestari Lü Baochun aloitti harjoittelun kahdeksanvuotiaana hänen isänsä johdolla. Hänen isä esitteli hänet myöhemmin usealle kovamaineiselle mestarille. Lü päätyi lopulta teini-ikäisenä mestari Zhang Xuchun oppiin, jolta hän oppi useita tyylejä. Niiden joukossa Baji josta nuori Lü vakuuttui sen käytännöllisyyden vuoksi. Mestari Zhang oli tunnettu vapaaottelu taidoistaan ja häneltä mestari Lü oppi käytännön kamppailusta paljon. Lün ollessa yhdeksän vuotias Kiinassa alkoi kulttuurivallankumous, joka ajoi perinteiset kamppailutaidot maan alle. Julkisesti pystyttiin harjoittelemaan esteettisiä liikesarjoja, mutta kamppailuharjoittelu siirrettiin suljettujen ovien taakse. Read the rest of this entry »

An old Chinese saying in martial arts is that you only need the space of a dead cow to practice your martial art. This is good to keep in mind this time of the year when the weather might keep you inside. Forms and drills can include several steps, movement and leaps, but one should always be able to adapt the footwork and movement, otherwise the skill will not be useful for real usage. Read the rest of this entry »

I had my gong fu brother Joona from Helsinki visit me today. We trained Taiji and Baji, our teacher master Lu Baochuns two specialities. Lot’s of pushing hands and sparring practice was on the menu. Winter can also be a very nice time to practice outside.

The theme that came up in Taiji push hands frequently was the use of crossing power, expanding in all directions and keeping that energy on all the time. Activating the body but keeping it relaxed allowing the expansion to happen. When the opponent touches you he should feel the power and make him unable to get to your spine to lock you up for throws or further techniques. This creates a strong but relaxed usage of body and movement. This energy or power is the same as one of the three important energies in Baji, just used a differently. I remember a long time ago my teacher told me that when you have this then standup wrestling will become easier.

After pushing we moved to sparring, thinking about how to make Taiji principles work with more pressure. Also adding in more Baji into the mix. Same principles work in fighting as in pushing, pushing usually goes very deep into the time frame that happens between hits and techniques. That is how to keep your body always ready for the next move and being able to adapt to change without loosing your strength. Same principle of crossing power is needed when using Baji, when contact is made to the opponent he should be shook or at least not able to take out your balance while you change into the next technique, the situation should be in your control from start to finish.

Thank you Joona for bringing your Taiji ideas all the way here!

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