visible spears

Can a spear teach us how to punch?

In the Choy Li Fut kung fu system, spear training is an essential exercise in the transference of energy through the body and weapon to the intended target. In one of the most basic movements, cheong (spear/ pierce), the spear is thrust forward. Power, like the rest of Choy Li Fut, is generated from the stance and waist rotation. It is then transferred through the arms as the spear is thrust forward. The front hand (Southern styles usually use right hand forward, Northern styles usually use left hand forward) is used to guided the spear and the rear hand is what drives it forward.

There is a simple maxim when it comes to using the spear “Front hand loop, back hand lock.” This means the front hand does not grip tightly in aid of the spear thrust, but works as a guide and support for thrusts and as a fulcrum that allows leverage and rotation of the spear in swinging movements. This method should not to be seen as loose or relaxed as such would be easily broken and the spear disarmed, simply the front hand allows more movement and extension.

So what does it all have to do with punching? Simple, if the body is connected when the hips initiate movement, the arms will continue the energy through the spear until fully extended. At this point the spear itself will let the wielder know how much power transferred as it will vibrate. Just as sound waves travel through a medium, the wielder’s power will travel through the spear and more important, produce visible and tangible results. More power means more vibration. It is important to note that most kung fu spears are made of waxwood or bamboo and maintain a flexibility not found in hardwoods that allow it to absorb oncoming attacks without breaking as well as creates a whipping effect when properly used, not to say woods like beech or ash don’t vibrate as any baseball player would tell you, it is just more visible with flexible woods.

The spear is simply and indicator of connection and alignment, and although the basic movement requires two hands this thrust can be done with a single hand a the bottom end of the spear which makes it more difficult to properly execute. The mechanics are the same whether you have a spear in hand or are just throwing a straight punch, however with a spear we can feel it when it all works right, not to mention an added weight which helps in building power.

The Diary of Sebastian Van Der Sloot

We were the first civilized men to reach the island. The natives greeted us at the beach, carrying garlands of flowers and fresh fruit. The men, who had been at sea for two months, thought it a kind of paradise. I suppose they were right in a way.

These simple people were living in naive cooperation. They helped us build a group of huts at the edge of their village, and we explored and charted the region while our linguists studied their barbaric tongue. Once it was possible, we explained, via translation, that our faith demands competition, winners, losers. They seemed, at first, to understand, showing us the games they play at festivals — wrestling, putting stones, something like the caber toss.

At the next festival, we gave the winner of each competition a reward of tobacco, the natives’ most esteemed trade good. The losers expected us to share with them as well, but we made it clear that smokes are for winners. The next festival featured more fearsome competition, including eye gouges during the wrestling. We increased the prize.

Within a year they were charging each other tobacco for food, shelter and assistance. We had brought the faith and discipline of the market to these savages, demonstrating once more that it is eternal, immutable — God’s law.

At the beginning of the summer of our second year on the island, the chief and his sons came to our huts dressed as if for hunting, bare-loined with spears in hand. He told us they had learnt a great deal from us, and that they were thankful for our visit, and then asked:

“Your ship, is it whole?”

“Of course.”

“Can it carry you back to your homeland?”

“Yes, with luck and God’s will.”

“Will you leave now and never return?”

Their faces and spears told us that though he phrased it as a question, they weren’t asking. Ungrateful savages.

PHOTO: Men of Bathurst Island, C L A Abbott, 1939.

Village in the Stars Pt. 1

Summary: Getting lost in the woods is the least of their worries when Natsu and Lucy blunder their way into a cursed village and a prophecy that leads them to understand something about themselves.

Big thanks to snogfairy for taking a look at this and giving me the shove I needed to actually fix a bunch of stuff I was waffling on!

Though this is part of the Nalu Lovefest, it doesn’t go with any of the prompts.  I’ll be releasing this in chunks throughout the rest of the week.  Most of the story is pretty safe, and I’ve separated out the majority of the NSFW scene into it’s own part in case people want to skip that and just read the plot.  I’ll tag that one appropriately in case you’re filtering out the ‘naughty bits’ of Tumblr.


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