Taken from Sifu Kisu's facebook page and used with kind permission.

Cee said:
Hey Sifu, just had a quick question which might have already been asked, but my friend and I (both huge fans of the avatar series) were discussing how the forms of bending have changed. With people becoming more and more articulate, i.e. able to make a water needle ad cut a hole into a window, has the need for the forms becoming less and less relevant, or is it simply just what the creators of the show chose to do? Best way to word that: has bending evolved, or has form become less prominent?

First let me say that I truly enjoy your diplomatic choice of words::))

This is simply my opinion mind you;
The creators and directors of the show became enamored with MMA and Tricking and less interested in the complexities of traditional movement. They began to focus of action elements that they felt were important to them?

After all there’s a big difference between “attempting to make a name for yourself and your intellectual property” and/ or being fat, comfortable and successful?

Animation is a very work intensive environment so when you get into the detailed focus of animating traditional martial arts forms everything becomes that much more “work intensive”.

It’s probably cheaper to take the path of least resistance so what you see is kinda what you get?

It’s different but still entertaining…..

sifu-kisu:

on-cloud-eight:

The Airbending moves that Korra teaches Opal are the same ones that Aang and Katara did in “The Headband”

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To be technical the sequence with Aang and Katara is single palm change from the swimming dragon Bagua. The sequence with Opal and Katara is the Double Palm change from the same practice set. I just think it’s so cool to see these movements taken from reference that I had generated in animation!

Thanks for the additional information sifu-kisu

(Reblogged from sifu-kisu)

Thank you Sifu Kisu for allowing me to use your Baguazhang pictures.

For a while I’ve been thinking about writing a blog covering the basics of Baguazhang as taught to me by a former work colleague. What struck me most about Baguazhang was that unlike most martial arts I have tried where the first things you learn are how to form a fist and punch, Baguazhang training begins with footwork (walking). In Baguazhang  maneuverability and mobility are seen as the key to success in combat. My friend used to tell me that a skilled practitioner of Baguazhang can defeat their opponent with footwork alone. While surfing the net I found these articles on Baguazhang that do a much better job than I could do.

Circle walking

SIngle palm change

sifu-kisu:

Bagua Jurng A graphic tool for training the circle walk.

(Reblogged from sifu-kisu)

on-cloud-eight:

The Airbending moves that Korra teaches Opal are the same ones that Aang and Katara did in “The Headband”

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(Reblogged from on-cloud-eight)

The fight within the dance!

Aang and Katara’s dance begins with Baguazhang’s circle walking with a couple of palm changes and then goes on to include movements very similar to those found in capoeira.

(Reblogged from avatarparallels)

angrytaichiguy:

Let’s face it - weapons and martial arts go together like Godzilla and demolition.

Swords are the movie stars of the weapons world. People inherently find swords of all kinds awesome. And they are. But there are so many other equally awesome weapons out there that get little love.

Way down at the bottom of the cool list is the fan. The poor, lonely fan. Most people picture fans as a novelty, something that has no purpose in the land of air conditioning. But did you know the fan has a history of bad-assery?

Take for instance the legend of the flying guillotine. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, haven’t I heard of a movie with that name?” You would be correct (and possibly crazy, stop talking to yourself in public!) You see, back in the day fans weren’t always made of light materials. Instead of the ribs you see in modern kung fu fans, they used to be sections of overlapping sharpened metal (a la Mortal Kombat fame.) Assassin’s used to tie ropes around the bottom of a fan, hide the fan in their sleeves, and fling out the metal fan at their target’s neck. Thus, the legend of the flying guillotine was born.

Not that this is the only way a fan is useful. Can think of a fan as a stick weapon. Great for pressure points and striking the more sensitive areas of the body. In the video you can see how the fan is used as an extension of the hands, generating better leverage for striking and redirecting incoming blows.

So give the fan some love. Besides, know what a sword can’t do? Cool you off after a workout! Best. Application. Ever.

(Reblogged from angrytaichiguy)
In a previous blog I described the concept of the centerline and I thought I would post a picture to clarify what I mean.
I also include a quote from an article discussing the fighting stance of Baguazhang
'However, when training specifically for fighting, one must learn to “Close the Door” by modifying the body posture and stance to shut off an opponent’s access to one’s centerline, both above and below the waist.  “Closing the Door” protects the body’s "Center Gate" (Chung Men), and covers all possible paths through which an opponent can attack.’
The non-Avatar pictures can be found here, here and here.

In a previous blog I described the concept of the centerline and I thought I would post a picture to clarify what I mean.

I also include a quote from an article discussing the fighting stance of Baguazhang

'However, when training specifically for fighting, one must learn to “Close the Door” by modifying the body posture and stance to shut off an opponent’s access to one’s centerline, both above and below the waist.  “Closing the Door” protects the body’s "Center Gate" (Chung Men), and covers all possible paths through which an opponent can attack.’

The non-Avatar pictures can be found here, here and here.

the-weapons-of-atla-lok:

With all these new airbenders coming into play, I wonder if any new styles of bending are going to arise. I want to see the boundaries pushed as what is possible with airbending. I mean, not everyone can learn from Tenzin; some will learn on their own and develop new forms and fighting styles

(Reblogged from the-weapons-of-atla-lok)