Author Archives: yosaku

About yosaku

Xingyiquan enthusiast

New Website Up and Running

My new website, is now up and running. The content from this blog will be moved over to the new website over the next couple of weeks. Any and all new content will appear on the website, so go over … Continue reading

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This Blog is Moving!

Thanks to all the readers who have stuck with this blog over the years – I know it can be frustrating when there are no updates for several months. I am now in the process of moving the content of … Continue reading

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Teacher Profile – Yu Chunhai

The next stop on my Song style fact-finding trip was to another teacher in Tianjin called Yu Chunhai. Although both Che Qiang laoshi and Yu Chunhai laoshi are both from Tianjin, they come from slightly different branches of Song style, … Continue reading

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Teacher Profile – Che Qiang

 One of the benefits of having quit my job is that I can travel and visit masters in other parts of China. One of the teachers I had been wanting to visit for a long time is Che Qiang (车强), … Continue reading

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Gordon Tso and Song style xingyiquan

Alex Kozma, the distinguished martial arts teacher and author, has produced a great interview with Gordon Tso, a Hong Kong-based teacher of Song style xingyiquan, in which Gordon talks about the history and practice of the style, how he came … Continue reading

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The Plateau Effect (or the Value of Aimless Practice)

I realize I have not updated my blog in a while – as usual, it has been a case of life getting in the way, and also not having many new insights to share! As I will be leaving China … Continue reading

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The Hollowing Out of CMA

The longer one stays involved in martial arts, the more obvious it becomes that certain arts / lines / groups have a serious case of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. The phenomenon I’m referring to is where a comprehensive, usable fighting … Continue reading

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