Has anyone out there ever heard of an internet or other poll that gathered martial art, style and perhaps lineage by respondent country state/province and city. As long as one has the respondent’s attention it is probably useful to ask years of experience and whether they are teaching. The poll would have to allow the respondent to enter multiple arts so one could study or teach Chen and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan as well as Tong Bei, for example.
A reader asked if “laser lion” costumes actually include the ability to shoot laser beams from the lion’s eyes (or anywhere else).
Sorry to disappoint, but the answer is no. First of all, it would not be very safe for members of the audience whose own eyes might be at the end of the laser beam. Second, the lion’s head is pretty heavy already and the laser and the batteries would scarcely make it lighter. Third, the lion’s head gets shaken around a lot – that’s not the best situation for precision electronics. Fourth, in the more complicated lions there is already a lot for the head-holder to control – eyes can blink; mouth can open and shut; ears can wiggle. Recall that the head-holder has to balance the head as well.
What a laser lion or a laser dragon really is mylar sequins sewn into the fabric usually of the lion’s body, but possibly also the pants and shoes.
We did not want to get tape adhesive all over the sword so the various individual lights had some ability to move as can be seen here during a lunge. There are at least two small but noticeable waves that flow through the lights from hilt to tip.
We were curious what things would look like in dim light. The sword is not moving
Maybe white silks would be interesting here to lend a ghostly appearance
Steve Silberman’s book on the history of autism will be available August 25
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Silberman goes a long way toward correcting the early (well, 1930s) history of autism – especially the contributions of Leo Kanner (who dominated, but who was mostly wrong) and Hans Asperger (who was marginalized, but was mostly correct).
I cannot find a website for the Chinese Health Qigong Association or for the International Health Qigong Federation. There is a US website registered as http://www.USAHQF.org for The United States of America Health Qigong Federation but no pages yet (as of 8/15/2015). There is also the US Health Qigong Association in New Jersey (http://www.ushqa.com/index.html). The Canadian affiliate is http://www.cchealthqigong.ca/ (Toronto area).
I recently discovered that while the first four English language books by the Chinese Health Qigong Association (Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, Liu Zi Jue and Wu Qin Xi) had accompanying DVDs, the other five volumes (12-Step Daoyin, Da Wu, Shi Er Duan Jin, Taiji Yangsheng Zhang and Mawangdui Daoyin Shu) have DVDs AND also have CDs with tracks that have music only or music and spoken directions.
Has anyone out there ever seen blades like those above
The picture was set by someone in France. Twin hook swords I have heard of (and I
own several pairs). These were described as crochets jumeaux which is more or less “twin hooks”. He also said “le style de l’arbre” = the style of the tree or probably just “tree style”. I don’t recall ever hearing of such a style