For a change of pace from poring over VCDs documenting the many fine arts one can spend a lot of time watching, we recommend “Masters of Heaven and Earth – The Secrets of Tai Chi Chuan” and “The Chen Village”. Both are from Empty Mind films. Their website has quite a collection of films dealing with both Japanese and Chinese martial arts.
If we provided lockable lockers, clean towels, and divided showers would you take a shower after a two hour tai chi class?
for a training area 50 (fifty) feet by 20 (twenty) feet in terms of the video cameras recording the students doing the sets is there an overhead lighting to be preferred? Incandescent lights have often been criticized as making everyone look too yellow – as if jaundice was rampant. That might point the dots toward fluorescent lights. Any cinematographers or victims of bad lighting out there with an opinion?
We are debating using something like a beige or neutral carpet – perhaps with some patterns – OR synthetic grass.
1. wear and tear on the surface? and wear and tear on shoes?
2. can icky spills be easily cleaned up
3. footing (does your foot do what you wanted)
4. abrasion if you fall?
5. effect of the color on the cameras
I was mildly surprised to see what is certainly a cavalry trooper bearing what looks a lot like a three-point two-edge, albeit with extended edges. There was a fair amount of warfare at the end of the Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms period around 900-950 CE. The Song or Sung Dynasty was powerful but not preeminent from 960 to 1279. I am not sure yet if these troops were contemporaries from the Jin Dynasty, Southern Song or Northern Song.