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stan baker
12-23-2006, 09:03 AM
stan baker

started aikido in 79 with paul sylvain, presently practice mostly in the northeast.
study chen taiji with wang hai jun. met dan harden this year at a taiji
seminar looking forward to working with him more.

Janet Rosen
12-23-2006, 02:18 PM
welcome to aikiweb, stan
i never met paul sylvain but started training in a usaf-wr dojo on west coast just in time to read his obits/peoples' remembrances; he sounded like a great teacher.

akiy
12-23-2006, 03:39 PM
Hi Stan,

Welcome to AikiWeb.

-- Jun

clockworkmechanicalman
12-24-2006, 06:52 PM
welcome. nice to meet a tai ji pupil. i knew a guy named jonathon shear who taught wu style tai ji quan. he and his wife taught out of their house in richmond, va

Nick Pagnucco
12-25-2006, 03:21 PM
Instructors in my dojo speak highly of Sylvain's aggressive & powerful technique. Its always interesting when someone can use the word "monster" as a compliment. :cool:

Based on the small bio you offered, I'm sure you have an interesting perspective on some of the discussions aikiweb has been having the last few years, particularly the 'kokyu wars', and discussions of 'effectiveness' (often in regards to the streets or the need for sparring/ non-cooperative ukes).

stan baker
12-25-2006, 04:59 PM
Hi Nick,
Paul sensei was definitely a force in aikido. The problem with kokyu or peng in the taiji world is that our level is low compared to the old teachers. I think Dan Harden has a good understanding of this and the issue of effectiveness.

take care
stan






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stan baker
12-25-2006, 05:02 PM
Hi Nick,
Paul sensei was definitely a force in aikido. The problem with kokyu or peng in the taiji world is that our level is low compared to the old teachers. I think Dan Harden has a good understanding of this and the issue of effectiveness.

take care
stan

Thomas Campbell
12-25-2006, 09:53 PM
hello Stan,

Nice to meet another taiji guy--and newcomer to aikiweb. It sounds like you've had the good fortune to meet some skilled MA teachers to work with. I look forward to whatever insights or experience you can share in discussions here.

best,

Thomas