Alternative Marshall Arts

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Alternative Marshall Arts

Tai Chi is an ancient exercise form used by the Chinese in training. When Tai Chi began is unknown, but it could be 1500 years ago. It is popular today and is practised by millions of people all over the world daily as breathing is the primary deciding factor in Tai Chi. No longer considered a martial art, it is a way to exercise and includes breathing, as mentioned, visual training and restrained movements. All these are practised together as a unit. It is applied to natural body movements, and its relaxation and breathing lead to a healthy, durable, and long life.

The philosophy is that everything consists of opposing forces and these work together as a whole. To explain this, left has a right, and an up has an opposing down. The opposites are Yin and Yang, white and black. Exhale and inhale, release and store, expand and contract. Give and take and offence and defence. Together these form the Yin and Yang sign. There is no specific style and as long as the theories adhere to this in considered Tai Chi. For the beginner, the ancient terminology is difficult to understand, but as the learner becomes more proficient, the easier it is to grasp the meaning.

There is no written history of Tai Chi, but there are legends and fables. In the 13th century, Zhang San Feng was said to be behind the creation of Tai Chi. He is said to have witnessed a fight between a crane and a snake and from these deductions he formulated the exercises. This art was passed on from teacher to student and so on to the Chen family who still maintains the beginnings were in their village.

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo wrestling has been a favourite sport of the Imperial Japanese family through the centuries, and the first professional wrestling began in the 1600s. Because of its long history (believed to be over 2000 years), it has become Japans national sport. Sumo wrestlers must be very heavy to compete in this sport, and their diet consists of up to 20 000 calories daily. A mass of 150kgs is not uncommon among the wrestlers. They follow a strict diet to achieve and maintain these heavyweights, and they must adhere to their eating patterns. They start the day with a meal at 11:30 am. This consists of a mixed pot of stew with seaweed stock with chicken, fish and prawns etc. and with tofu and vegetables as the main ingredients. Senior wrestlers must consume several bowls of this stew combined with rice at each meal.

All wrestlers belong to the same “stables” and to be accepted into these schools’ applicants must be no smaller than 1.73 meters and at least 75kg and must have shown earlier skills at the school and in tournaments. Originally Sumo wrestling was a harvest ritual enacted about 2000 years ago and was used in conjunction with prayers. As it became more popular, it evolved into a sport.