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Farewell Post, Maybe

So, this blog started off as something to complete my Online 1 class, in my Journalism major. And everything up until this point, has been focused towards getting a good grade, nothing to actually pursue intense martial arts relating blogging or journalism. Currently, I’m at a crossroads on whether or not to continue using the site regularly with posts, elaborating and adding different posts not tailored to what I had to do weekly in class, or just letting it be and going on with my life.

Currently, I’m really on the fence with what I should do, because I have a lot of other projects I’m involved with and other activities I’m responsible for.  I really liked how Middleeasy.com grew from a small MMA blog to now encompassing a huge variety of things, reading that site in High School was actually the reason I began pursuing a career in writing. After this semester, I’ve learned through trial and error what gets hit and doesn’t, what layout works for what and overall just a better overall understanding of interweb blogging. I just don’t know where to go with this right now.

At this point, if it wasn’t for a grade I wouldn’t have been able to keep this blog up with the content I have, I just don’t have the time. I’m currently in the process of writing a 20 track mixtape entitled “Super Senior”, my second, which I have to finish and have recorded by the end of February, along with working the featured artist and making some music that I’m actually proud of, is a tedious process to get something of quality. Along with doing some shows over the next couple months DJ for and performing with the rap duo RaD CiTy. On top of that, this winter break me and a few friends are working on writing a comic series, to get published sometime in the near future, along with some of my own personal comic related projects. On top of that, I have to keep up with writing a weekly comic review for Ain’t It Cool News  since I’m one of their reviewers, while also keeping up with a comic column I write for Rowan Universities school paper The Whit . Guess what I’m not done, I’ve been recovery with a herniated disk and pinched nerve from the summer during some Randori in Judo and I’m close to a hundred percent, so I’d really like to get back into competing in Judo, Grappling Tournys, and finally get my first MMA fight, without getting seriously injured like I have been. I could probably go on, since I’m a busy bee, but I’ve said enough. Below I’m going to link what I think are my best posts and maybe I’ll keep this up, maybe I won’t only the future knows, but mostly I’ll have to get out at some point and I’ll make some posts, I really don’t know. This is either goodbye or talk to you soon, either way Namaste and  be well all, and if you’d like just keep paying attention to the other writing related work I produce, the support is always welcome.

Interview with Sifu Phu Ngo 

Interview with NextGen Head Trainer Rob Mudrak 

Interview with Sensei David Osaghae

Interview with UFC Fighter Nick Catone and Bill Scott 

26th Annual 2013 Global Leadership Conference and Black Belt Hall of Fame Ceremony 

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Tai Chi Chuan, Taiji, or most commonly referred to in the West as Tai Chi, is an internal Martial Arts
system of Kung Fu originating from China and created according to legend, by a Doaist monk in the 12 the century, named Zhang Sanfeng. Much like many Kung Fu systems, the true founder or history of Tai Chi is based on mostly around legend, with historical records being lost or destroyed over the centuries. Although unlike most martial arts, Tai Chi is closely if not completely linked to a religion, specifically the Chinese religion of Daoism or Taoism and Buddhism, closely tying religious and philosophical principles into the philosophy of the martial art itself. It is also widely regarded throughout the world, less as a combat system and more as a form a moving mediation or system of health practice, much like Yoga. Most people who practice Tai Chi only focus on the internal health aspects, while forgetting about the combat uses, which are closely entwined to why it was created.

Zhang Sefung

Zhang Sanfeng

There are currently five main branches of Tai Chi systems, each started by different founders or families and each with their own forms, philosophies, histories. The five are: Chen-Style, Yang-Style, Wu (Hao)-Style, Wu-Style, and Sun-Style. In this particular post I will be covering Yang-Style because it is the one I am most familiar with, one of the most practiced style, and the one have the most access to. I will feature a short history of the Yang system, a small audio clip from Yang Tai Chi Master Phu Ngo and the fist portion on the Yang Style form.

Yang Family Tai Chi or the Yang-Style of Tai Chi is widely recognized as the most popular form of the system and the most practiced throughout the world. It was founded by Yang Lu-Ch’an in the 19th century, who originally learned the Chen-Style of Tai Chi, before adapting the system into his own, which he passed onto his son Yang Ban-Hou and the Imperial Guard of China. The Yang Family Tree  provided in the hyper link, displays the vast amount of teachers within the family itself who have spread the system through out the world. Yang Style has two main forms that are used, the long form and the short form, along with a 16 step form commissioned by the Chinese Government and the Qi-Gong warm-ups. 

Yang Tai Chi, and really all Tai Chi, is a system that focuses on skill and sensitivity, unlike most systems which rely on strength, size, and external abilities.  The system focuses heavily on form and slow movements, making one’s techniques precise and perfect. This has however, been lost over the years with most practitioners only practicing Qi-Gong, which is more or less a Tai Chi warm-up. Literally meant to elevate chi levels in the bodies internals, warming the body, and to sharpen form practice, a pre-workout if you will. But, as you heard from the audio interview, Tai Chi is also a combat style and can elevate any martial arts system by helping the practitioner become more sensitive and to really on his skill, rather than physical abilities.

If you would like to learn more about Tai Chi or Yang Style Tai Chi you should visit these sites I have provided:

http://www.yangfamilytaichi.com

http://www.patiencetaichi.com

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/taichi

https://www.tai-chi.com/

http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/health-benefits-tai-chi-qigong

Here’s a link to the fight graphic, just click on it:

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ANDRE GALVÃO vs RYRON GRACIE

This past weekend I visited Pittsburgh, PA to take part in the  26th Annual 2013 Global Leadership Conference and Black Belt Hall of Fame ceremony for three days. I took some pictures of seminars that I had permission to photograph and when I wasn’t involved directly by participating. This was a 3 day event with martial artist coming in from all over the world including seminars from various systems, styles, and purposes. Some of the visiting countries were China, Germany, Ireland, among others with styles varying from different Kung Fu systems, Karate, Ninjitsu, Military, and many others. Here’s a photo gallery of the weekend.

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