Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Tale Of Two Masters

All Along The Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix

Bruce Lee

This is a tale of two masters; both from Seattle and both living there at about the same time. I'm guessing Hendrix was in Paratrooper school when Lee was at college in Seattle. * These Masters share a birthday today *, and these guys were two of the most powerful performers in my lifetime at least!
Hendrick's music shaped part of my young life, and Lee just plain blew me away. Listen to what Bruce Lee is saying, and he uses the Tai Chi Chuan form to demonstrate-- A true classic


Sa Bum Nim Pieschala said...

So no more occult discussion? Damn ..
First you end the conspiracy theories then the political conversation.


At least there is still taxes to talk about .. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

Hand2Hand said...

What can I say? I dig Bruce Lee. When I was a teenager, I had a whole wall of my bedroom as a shrine to him.

And I dig Hendrix, too. My favorite Christmas gift from last year was a four CD box set of Hendrix.

That's one thing I like about this blog. We can go from heavy stuff like the Kennedy assassination and the occult to a celebration of two great artists who, like James Dean, were "Too fast to live and too young to die."

They say the brightest flame burns out the fastest.

Reeling said...

In the same interview Bruce also describes tai chi as an excercise for old people!

Dojo Rat said...

Well, I guess I am old!

Hand2Hand said...

Regarding reeling's comment - Remember the post about "Why Tae Kwon Do Sucks"?

I think it's almost time to do one on why Yang Tai Chi sucks. I'm a Yang instructor, but I have to say that that art has gotten so watered down for the sake of a low-impact exercise it isn't funny.

Most of what I know about the martial applications of YTC I got through my own research. It's not that my teachers didn't know - all three of them trained with Cheng Man-Ching. It's that YTC has been so taken over by senior citizens looking for a gentle exercise and sensitive new age types who think push hands is too violent.

At least Chen Tai Chi has been able to preserve it's martial applications and flavor. I'm hoping to get more into that sometime.

uchi deshi said...

Both of those guys were so far ahead of their time! Amazing!

Dojo Rat said...

You have a very good point about Tai Chi. My instructor Michael Gilman is very insistant about the martial roots, and it is Yang (Tai Chi CHUAN)style. Chuan being FIST. I am not so familiar with Chen, so I will reserve comments.
I have in the past and will continue to criticize lame and non-practical Tai Chi, and I thank you for reminding me to start working on a new post on Tai Chi Chuan-- give me a week and Let's give it a post!

Reeling said...

"I have in the past and will continue to criticize lame and non-practical Tai Chi"

DR I salute you Sir. Keep up the good work.