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Translation: Xuán Gōng Quán Yī Lù (Part 1)
Thanks! So it should be more toward the back/bottom of the foot, not striking with the ball? I have been doing the side kick training from the online videos and that seems to be more of a bottom heel strike with some of the outside of the foot.
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Qing Gong
Thank you both. I have read/heard some drills before: walking on bricks, then baskets filled with rocks; running up a plank of ever increasing angles, jumping with more and more weight attached to the body. It connects with my parkour training, so I am always interested in more, especially if it connects with other internal training methods.
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Translation: Xuán Gōng Quán Yī Lù (Part 1)
I tried matching it up earlier, but wasn't sure which one exactly fit (using my phone, would probably be easier on a computer). It is at 0:45 in this demo: 
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Translation: Xuán Gōng Quán Yī Lù (Part 1)
For the spinning kick  (xuan power leg, maybe?) in xuan gong quan yi lu and er lu (haven't learned san lu yet, maybe it is there too) what part of the foot would be connecting if the kick were used in combat? It feels like it would be the inner side of the foot, but I could see twisting the leg to strike with the ball of the foot as well. 
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The Traditional Han Sword
Thank you. I plan to submit some video's for critique in the not too distant future. I am sure you can correct any issues from that. I have had to make subtle adjustments for some of the slashing strikes to avoid hitting the pommel on my forearm, and I definitely feel that building strength in my wrists/forearms. The cylindrical grip is slightly different from my more modern training jians, but by gripping high enough to feel the guard I am able to keep the cutting edge controlled and know which way it is going. Thanks again.
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The Traditional Han Sword
Are there any differences you would recommend for training with the Han Style jian compared with the type used in the academy videos?
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Qing Gong
Does anyone have any advice on Qing Gong (Light Body) training?
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Jian training Re: online academy
Will there, by chance, be any academy lessons done on two person drills? I can see how many of the techniques would work, but some drills to do with a partner would be great too.
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Yin-yang hand position question for 5 Animal Qigong
Master Ziji wrote:
Seems like a misinterpretation - an American student wrote this text - both ring fingers touch - infinity - continuing the circle.
The posture differs for men and women - for men the left-hand touches with the ring finger the ring finger of the right hand. while the thumb connects to the ring finger on the right hand. - Do you need more information on this? I think it already is explained in the online classes.

Most information out there which is not from our website is often poor quality - mostly student translate or explain some texts or information but most of them have no practical knowledge or maybe learned something wrong.


Thank you. I figured it was a mistake, but wanted to make sure. I definitely see the difference in quality you are talking about. 

 Yes, the technique is clearly explained in the classes. I am always happy to learn more too though. Like, if there is a specific meaning or reason to the finger placement (like connecting the Large Intestine and San Jiao meridians, TCM comes to mind most readily for me due to being an acupuncturist). The history of trainings and techniques is always fascinating. Thanks!
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Yin-yang hand position question for 5 Animal Qigong
Hi,

  Is there any distinction or reason (or perhaps just a typo on their part) that the article below from another academy perporting to represent Master Yuan Xiu Gang advises using the middle finger, instead of the ring finger, between qigong sets for wu xing? The pericardium and san jiao are, of course, both unique as far as meridians go from a TCM perspective. Do the two ways have different purposes? Just curious.

http://www.wudanggongfu.com/kungfu/article02.htm
The yin yang hand position is done by interlocking the two hands together. With the left hand, touch the tip of the middle finger to the outside knuckle of the ring finger on the right hand. With the tip of the left thumb, touch the inside knuckle of the ring finger on the right hand. Finally, interlock the two hands by touching the tips of the middle finger and thumb of the right hand. The hands should resemble two rings linked together." (emphasis added)


Thanks!
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Jian training Re: online academy
Thank you! The new drills are great. 
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A practical (non-technique) sword question
Master Ziji wrote:
Well, you cant have everything for 119$ - you get what you pay for basically - but the blade itself is good excellent. The materials of the fittings are alloy instead of brass - therefore the price. So the rest of the sword is much lighter compared to the blade - this is why is throwing your gravity center a little off and won't stay in your sheath. Besides, that its a good value for the price. There is no real fix for your issue since this kind of sword is supposed to be carried in a sword bag.


Thank you for the response. I actually managed, it seems, to fix it. In the end it was really easy and now stays in when upside down as it should. If anyone else runs into a similar problem I would be happy to share.
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A practical (non-technique) sword question
The "Octahedral Han Dynasty Sugar Brown Tai Chi Jian | High Carbon Steel". Is there a way to correct it?
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A practical (non-technique) sword question
Through the online store here. It only stays in if I turn it to 45 or so degrees. Definitely not upside down.
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A practical (non-technique) sword question
Does anyone have any tips on how to tighten the sheath of a han style jian? Mine fits well, but if I were to actually wear it and, say, run or jump with it, it slips from the scabbard very easily. Maybe just some electrical tape to make it tighter?
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