Poagao's Journal

Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Aug 31 2006

First of all

I’ve been studying martial arts on and off since I was in high school in the US, where I studied Shotokan Karate. Upon my arrival in Taiwan I immediately began studying Shaolin-style Kung Fu, and when I moved to Taipei after graduation I studied Changhong Style forms and stick forms up until I injured my knee pretty badly. I had to have two operations in Hong Kong and was in the hospital for months. As a result, my knee has never been quite the same.

For this reason, plus in my advancing age not being able to jump around like a monkey on coke any more, I began studying softer arts, including Taijiquan, the empty-handed forms, sword forms, Taiji Daoying, and Tui-shou, or pushing hands. I attend class every Wednesday night at the No. 4 park in Yonghe, and my teacher’s name is Xu Wu-long of XYZ Tai-chi/Pushhands. Teacher Xu a short, bald man in his mid 60’s, very friendly with a predilection for “Gilligan” style hats. Not only is he very good at Taijiquan and Tuishou, he seems to be able to explain the art in a way I can readily understand.

The reason I’ve started this journal is not only to keep a tab on what I’m learning and maybe even introduce a little of it to others, but mainly so that the only record of what I’ve learned isn’t in the form of incoherent scribblings in my pocket notebook.

posted by Poagao at 3:32 pm  

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  1. […] might be the best idea to relate everything we talk about on here. In fact, I started this account almost two years ago as more of an open notebook for recording my progress and stuff I’d learned, so not writing […]

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