the full quote from John Lennon starts with “life is what happens to you …”
I was somewhat preoccupied with (1) specifying what are called long rulers – a normal tai chi ruler is 10.5 to 12 inches long. A normal tai chi bang is about 15 to 18 inches long. The long ruler is mostly designed for two person use, is really a long bang in terms of shape and is 34 inches long (2) filming and documenting the so-called bent bang exercises from the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou (3) dealing with how to customize weapons and tools for some of my super-sized (6’5″ 270 pounds) students. Not much point in having hand guards on a butterfly wing or horse-blocking knife or chicken sickle sabers if the student cannot fit his hands inside the guards. Likewise, if the student uses too short a ruler it will cause his shoulders to slump inward and at least partially collapse the tops of the lungs. There are also hand placement problems relative to the centerline. (4) Lurking in the background was an ongoing multi-person thread about homework exercises for a young boy with arthrogryposis. There are, alas, 35 genes already implicated in the various syndromes in the arthrogryposis spectrum. I would expect the number of genes to increase. Worse, what that means for the number of distinct syndromes is hard to say.
So an email from a long-time martial arts comrade in arms came in: “Do you know anything about Niemann-Pick disease?”