We’ve just it 1000 subscribers on YouTube, in time for Xmas and the New Year! I hope that we keep this growth going into 2017 and see a good few people check out our online course once it’s ready.
But as a little thank you to everyone for watching and following us over the past 2 years now we filmed some bits and pieces on Tai Xing (The Asian Paradise Flycatcher) from Xing Yi’s 12 Animals. It’s not one you see much of on video and less so being explained or demonstrated. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen another youTube video with Tai Xing being applied with a partner and I’ve seen very few solo linking sequences too. So there you go, Xing Yi Academy are trying to push things forward by presenting more and more information on Xing Yi Quan in public and not holding back the secret moves!
Our plan is to keep posting demonstrations and occasionally short instructional material on YouTube to compliment our future online courses. So don’t worry we’ll continue to keep posting things like the Tai Xing video but I’m aware we’ve talked a lot and shown a lot of more intermediate to advanced level material lately so we’ll also look at providing some basics, 5 elements and so on early in 2017.
I have talked about Tai Xing before, maybe on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/xingyiacademy). The Tai Bird is based on the Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), a small bird which is known throughout Eastern Asia and was the 9th Level (lowest) Rank of the Qing Civil Official ranks. Rank badges with the Tai (Flycatcher) can still be found today that have survived from the Qing Dynasty though many were lost, discarded or destroyed after the fall of the Qing in 1911.
The bird is a small passarine (perching) bird which the male is usually white with a black head and a long tail flared into two points. The female and young males also have long tails and black heads but often have rufous (orange) wings and tail feathers. They hunt by hawking (catching prey in flight) and often take prey (bugs and other invetrebrates) which are resting on branches or flying near to foliage. As such the bird often flies in quick arcs launching from a perch, rolling around branches and picking off prey.
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