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About taiwandeutscher

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  1. The I Ching

    He, who uses the Yijing for devination, missed the point. Xunzi, somewhere!
  2. Do You Train Martial Arts?

    Well, after 26 years of training CMA, 16 here in Taiwan, some stuff I read above seem... They just turn my off. Still, here my styles: very little shotokan lots of swimming and skiing (competetive) before 18 Taijiquan: Yang style (37 ZMQ, 64 Song Zhijian, 108 Wang Zihe, all Taiwan) Chen style (combi form old frame, mainland new frame, Huleijia and He style Taiwan) Baguazhang: basic Cheng just started Yin Fu style (still in the Luohans, more or less Neigong) Xingyiquan: Hebei 5 elements, linking Qigong: long old 5 animal frolic, neigong of above styles EMA: Miaodao: short form and applications southern Taizu: basic mother form 8 direktion stuff 2-headed monkey stuff partner forms and free play weapons: sword, sabre, stuff, fan in forms, partnersets and test cutting with the blades What I learned: There are no secrets nor short cuts, there is only training! Be well and train hard!
  3. How edumacated are you?

    Well, German high school with 9 years was really fun, Latin, English, German, but I hated math, physics and chemistry, so I didn't want to study first. After 14 months in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka and lots of yoga, I met Taiwanese mountaineers in Nepal, and they showed me Taijiquan. Back in Germany I started sinology, enthnology, comparative religious studies, switched the later for Chinese archeology, later to German as a Foreign Language. In the first 2 and the last, I did a MA, then a PhD, and it provided me with a nice job at a Taiwanese state university. My classical and modern Chinese training make living and studying here a lot more effective, and my understanding of CMA is based on a good foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese philosophy. Often, my teachers and me know more about the theories than most Taiwanese students, so I can follow easily at the intellectual level. But that does not mean it is easier to practice the Dao and to live it. So many of my training partners cannot talk about it, even are totally unconcious what they do, but they still are way ahead of my mostly "mind knowledge". After more than 25 years of practice, I find that I slowly can drop my mind or put it down to the Dantian, and things start to clear up.......
  4. What is the Average Age of a Tao Bum

    Probably at the high end at the scale, with 50 and some 26 years of CMAs and academic training in Chinese philosophy. But then, I'm still a learning beginner....
  5. at the source of the Dao

    Here is my intro: Turned 50 last month, originally from Germany, living in Taiwan (daoist and buddhist, hence my title) for 16 years. I studied Sinology, Ethnology, Science of Religions, Chinese Archeology and German as A Foreign Language. Got MA and PhD in 3 of the above. Work here in Taiwan for more than 10 years at a university, teaching German. Specialized in early Daoist studies (up to Han) and the Neo Daoism of the Song Dyn., also Yijing studies. Train mostly ICMA since 26 years, Chen and Yang styles of Taijiquan, but also some Baguazhang, Xingyiquan and lots of Neigong (5 Animal Frolics etc). A bit external, I also do, for the fun of it. In sparetime I write on my hobby, mostly in German. Or I work in the garden which I cleared from the southern Taiwan jungle, growing organic veggies and some fruits, like mango, maracuja, papaya, guava and pittahaya. I love my little German white mini Schnauzer which I took in from the street. And I love my Chinese wife of 26 years as well!