- Fox faeries are mythical beings who are said to have attained spiritual immortality while human, then transformed themselves into fox spirits. From time to time, they returned to human form as irresistibly beautiful women in order to mate with virile young men and steal their energy by draining them of their sexual fluids, as a means of boosting their own power.
- The surname"Hu" is a homonym for the word "fox."
- Wu wei, "noninterference," is a fundamental guiding principle by which Taoists live, always letting nature take its course without interfering.
- This tale was recorded by John Blofeld in the Szechuan province of China. It illustrate the Taoist belief – shared with other Traditions - that ones life energy and longevity are deeply connected to sexual fluids (Semen and eggs). This belief is at the origin of various practices aimed at the actual preservation of these fluids.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Posted by Frederic Lecut at 8:26 AM
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I had the honor and pleasure to teach a Iai Jutsu Seminar on May 4 and 5, 2012, for Yoshukai Karate Black Belts of the Oxford - Anniston area. Altogether about 20 people attended the event.
I had planned 3 parts to this event :
- Basics of Iai Jutsu : How to draw the Sword - Nukitsuke, the classic vertical cut Kirioroshi and how to put the sword back into the sheath - Noto.
- Yoshukai Iai. practice and Bunkai
- Eishin Ryu Iai. practice of a few waza wastly different from Yoshukai Iai.
But the time went so quickly Friday evening that I was not able to present what I had originally planned. We just could go through 4 of the Yoahukai Ia waza, , and the Tsuredachi and Somakuri waza of the Okuden Tachiwaza set of the Eishin Ryu school.
During Saturday morning session we reviewed some of the moves practiced Friday, and practiced a few others.
Overall, everybody was very pleased. I am very thankfull to all those who made this event possible for their help and hospitality. Being able to share what I have been taught by gifted instuctors is a rewarding and meaningful thing.
We will organize a longer lasting event after our Yoshukai Summer Camp to be held on June 15.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012
In this remarquable video, Masayaki Shimabukuro Hanshi and Carl Long Kyoshi demonstrate the details of the 2 waza Tsukikage and Suigetsuto. These kenjutsu waza are performed with a boken - a wooden sword. They are part of Tahiuchi no kurai set of the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu school of Japanese Swordsmanship.
Carl Long Sensei goes a very long way to explain all the details of these 2 techniques, how it's done, and why it's done that way. This is very important, too often, in Iaido, Karate or other Budo, you see people perform techniques in a way that may be at times elegant, but is also wrong, because they were never told (or they forgot) what these techniques really were about. When you get to that point, you don't do Martial Arts anymore, but a sort of aerobics... If you can remember the details exposed here, and try to practice keeping them in mind, you should improve your own technique.
This segment is part of a set of 3 DVD available on line.
Buy them, train with them
(don't just leave them on a shelf...)
Friday, May 4, 2012
In this amazing video, Iwata Norikasu Hanshi demonstrates the Okuden Tachiwaza and Bangai no Bu sets of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu school of Iaijutsu.
All waza are demonstrated from several angles, and bunkai are provided for each one of them, seen from different angles, even from above when necessary..
Although the comments are in Japanese, this is so well done that you pretty much understand everything.
Enjoy, train harder...
You can read a great Interview of Iwata Norikazu Sensei (also called Iwata Kenichi), who left us on January 1st, 2011. He was 97 years old.