Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Red Maples

If you click on the title of this post, you will be directed to EmptyFlower, the premier website about the martial art of XingYiQuan. The following has been copied from that site.

Red Maples have fotgotten the six alignments ...
Tranquility will reveal the five elements

Two verses from Dai Fengzhong, Grandmaster Dai Longbang's ancestor. by Bernard Goh

These two verses are found on a pagoda/tower in grandmaster Dai's home town, overseeing a maple forest.

On the surface it would seem that Dai Fengzhong is using a tranquil autumn scenery and words from the old form of Xingyi (Xinyi Liuhe Quan) to form two poetic verses to decorate their property.

However, I believe that he is only being modest. A forest of red maples in the autumn will look like a huge blazing forest fire. I believe he has attained a extremely high level in the cultivation of 'qi'. I have heard my master say "qi and blood bubbling boiling" to describe this level. But being modest, he borrowed the scenery to describe this state.

He wants to share his understanding of martial arts: if you reach to this level, there is almost no need to pay attention to the forms you adopt. [This reminds one of Wang Xiangzhai]

For the second verse: the five element fist corresponds with the five main internal organs. He is saying that training calmly, you can feel and achieve this state.

In terms of research, I have found it interesting to view Xingyi using an revloutionary' standpoint. From Xinyi Liuhe to Xingyi to Dacheng Quan (Wang Xiangzhai), this evolutionary road of the art is molded by some very accomplished and colourful masters.

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