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Old 05-12-2008, 01:16 PM   #12
Erick Mead
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Do symbol Re: Taiji Motion study

Mike Sigman wrote: View Post
Hmmmm.... you're sort of like Charlie Brown kicking the football with your "angular momentum", Erick. You keep kicking it and you keep winding up on your back.
Looking, at my feet at this moment ... Yep, firmly planted on terra firma. C'mon, when's a tweak not in good fun ?

Mike Sigman wrote: View Post
If you take a look at what they're referring to in the "angular momentum" discussion, it's functionally no different than talking about a "hip twist" (to simplify) in a karate punch. All motion can be described, from some perspective, in terms of angular momentum.
A gold star to the guy in the front row... And all potential motion can be described, from some perspective, in terms of moment...

Aaah. ... Does realization truly dawn ?

Mike Sigman wrote: View Post
Or at the very least, there is no distinction by saying "angular momentum" in terms of "ki" or in terms of football.
Are you saying either a football, or, say, a noseguard -- has no Ki?? A good quarterback has a keen, (if highly specific) appreciation of the manipulation of the Ki of a football.

Next thing, I suppose you're going to scandalize the Japanese by saying that Hideo Nomo's fastball has no Ki ...

Or that in the one case the football has its Ki manipulated, whereas the noseguard can learn (in theory, at least ) to manipulate Ki. Some of them even manipulate the Ki of others as well as their own, rather intuitively, if haphazardly. (N.B. - I'd love to be in the lockerroom for THAT half-time lecture ... )

Which image should illustrate the point -- having a neutral, western reference does away with needless esotericism. The odd noseguard may be just as intellectually clueless, depending. But if it is in empirical terms he has at least heard tell of, he cannot then so cluelessly wave serious points into mumbo-jumbo territory. They get physics, if not math, generally speaking -- hitting somebody with a heavy chain is a concept the average noseguard might relate to with surprising ease ... . Pinning 'em down or snatchin' 'em off their feet with related principles is not nearly so mysterious after that ...

Mike Sigman wrote: View Post
To say something is "angular momentum" is to say nothing.
Or, perhaps .. everything.

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