finally a thread for me!
i've studied martial arts for about 13 years. I'm a 3rd degree black sash, and i've studied Wah Lum Praying Mantis, Meihua Taiji Mantis, Fu Style Baguazhang, and Combined Style Tai Chi chuan. I've also learned various staff forms, dao broadsword forms, a couple jian straight sword forms, a chainwhip form, three section staff, and jian bian iron whips.
i guess for my video sharing, i'll share a vid from my 4 styles
Taiji Meihua Mantishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi3jitZvc_c
Fu Style Baguazhanghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUwOEHAHTjI
Combined Tai Chi Chuanhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6rsRp0-tUc
for the movies, I like alot of them. of course Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are very important to me, but i would also say i love Donnie Yen films because he is the son of my Sigong (which is a sifu's sifu) Bow Sim Mark, so i have a bias towards him. His Ip Man fights are all amazing, but one fight scene that i think doesn't get enough credit is from Kill Zone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUpiQ-kTNPg
what's awesome about this particular fight scene is that this wasn't choreographed. The two of them trained with eachother and sparred a lot IRL, so they knew eachother well enough to just fight and make it look good. They did add some stuff in later to make it more intense and violent looking, but for the most part it is as authentic as movie fighting can be
as for non live action movies, the Kung Fu Panda movies are all wonderful, even the third one is good despite being the weakest of the three. They used the different animal styles well with the furious five, and the philosophy through the movies was fantastic and portrayed in a way that are easy to understand
and to this day, Kung Fu Panda 2 is still in my top 10 films of all time. as somebody who suffered a lot of trauma in my life, struggling to find inner peace is hard and continues to be hard, but it is worth it. I feel that Kung Fu Panda 2 does the best job of showcasing that of all movies ive ever seen. plus his "inner peace" is basically using Tai Chi which i think is awesomehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNzJ9ukezD4
i also love that i learned a shaolin system, tai chi, and bagua when Avatar the Last Airbender was showing, and as somebody who was 3/4ths the way to becoming the avatar, it was always amazing to watch the show! i mean the show is nearly flawless, and Korra also gave me more than my heart could ever desire <3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkEjDWhQqj4
as for practice, i got my forms, weapons, and other things that i do. i really should do more than i do but i have other focuses right now that prevent me from really expanding at this time
still, i practice circle walking and take time to practice when available. it's great to keep my skills up, and to keep me from becoming a couch potato :PP