The Yiquan Academy, day 9

I was only a little bit late this morning, held up firstly because I needed to speak to my manager (who chose today to come in late to work), and secondly by the long, long queue for tickets to Olympic events – the last batch went on sale today – so I wanted to take a few pictures.

Nobody was there except Li Xin. He took me through some new moves, but I’d forgotten my syllabus so he couldn’t show me which ones they were. Looking at them now, I think they were three out of:

定步单横拳发力 FIXED STEP LEFT HORIZONTAL PUNCH
定步左右横拳发力 FIXED STEP LEFT-RIGHT HORIZONTAL PUNCHES ]
定步连续三横拳发力 FIXED STEP THREE CONTINUOUS PUNCHES
走步单横拳发力 LEFT HORIZONTAL PUNCH WITH STEPS
走步左右横拳发力 LEFT-RIGHT HORIZONTAL PUNCHES WITH STEPS
走一步三横拳发力 THREE HORIZONTAL PUNCHES WITH ONE STEP
走三步三横拳发力 THREE CONTINUOUS HORIZONTAL PUNCHES WITH STEPS

Not sure which ones exactly, and in any case these are all from Module 12, so how that happened I’m not sure, but anyway it was basically like throwing hooks from Western boxing, first in a static position, and then stepping. Very physical, very sweaty – great, if I’m going to lose weight, this kind of thing will help 😀

While I was doing repetitions of this the poor guy was obviously getting a bit bored, and started checking my phone to see what music I have on it – not much, I’m afraid, and lots of what there is, is Buddhist chanting! I showed him my iPod, and he started watching the videos I’ve got stored on that. He really liked the Parkour film of the Dvinsk clan! That took me up to 12, so my time was up for the morning.

I headed off to the Vineyard Cafe for lunch, and spent most of the afternoon there, doing basic preparation for next semester. Stopped off when I left at the new Passby Cafe shop, to buy the Lonely Planet Guide to China (banned in China! Only available in a couple of places! Apparently). I’ve got the first week of September free, and fancy travelling. Any suggestions?

Back to the Academy at 5, and there were a few more people there. At first there was just one other student, being coached by Li Xin in One Leg Post (and complaining vociferously that it was hurting his kua – I’ve got that to look forward to, yippee!). Li Xin and I agreed that this would be a revision session, nothing new. I started reviewing what I’ve learned so far, as other people arrived.

These were three – a guy who speaks poor Mandarin, and turns out to be Japanese. I asked if he’d come from taikiken (sp?) and he said no, he’s learned directly from Master Yao. His wife came with him, and sat watching without saying anything. Also came a very upright, grizzled fellow, with a gravelly voice plainly tuned by years of cigarettes… I can’t decide whether he’s Chinese who speaks good Japanese, or Japanese who speaks good Chinese. Either way, I couldn’t understand the conversation, but I caught some references to Sun Zi Bing Fa.

Master Yao arrived around this time as well. He got me reviewing what I’d learned in the morning, gave me good feedback and corrections, and worked a lot with the Japanese guy. The latter had set up a Handycam on a tripod, so I’m guessing that he’s just visiting and getting training while he can.

I left at 6:30; three hours today was enough. I definitely entered into new territory – it’s a big step from static or slow postures to boxing! But this is why yiquan is such a good complete system…

I stopped off at the dumpling restaraunt opposite Guloudajie station for dumplings and beer, and very good dumplings they are too, I highly recommend that place. Then back to Wudaokou, and home. I need to sleep now!

I actually felt totally fine today, even though the meeting last night went on much later, and involved more beer, that I’d anticipated or really wanted. (It was fun and interesting, though). However, my neck is aching again now, and that’s definitely a result of the zhan zhuang – it does tend to punish bad posture…

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