Monday, March 24, 2008

Noise Level

Sifu always tells us to express ourselves when training. Some people do it more audibly that others, but we all definitely have times when our grunts and pants manifest into something a little louder and more distinct of not totally intelligible. I started training in total silence, but as I've opened up more, and especially since Level 2, I've really come to appreciate the extra chi from combining an explosive noise with an explosive move, and have come to notice everyone else's unique noises. This said, I try to reign it in a little, and so have been looking forward to learning the end of xiaohongquan in Level 2 and my first "official" noises.

(Ok, that's not true, there are noises in luohan duanda which I learned in Austria, but I'm still too wimpy to do that one in class.....)

The last few L2 classes I've felt I finally found the chi for xiaohongquan, that is to say, that I've been able to alternate the times I did it slowly, trying to master the details, with doing it faster and explosive. Today, cruising on the 15 hours of sleep carrying over from Sunday, I was really pumped through the whole class, and when Hwalan told us to come over to work on xiaohongquan I was ready to make some noise. The thing was, we didn't learn the noises. We learned the movements, but Hwalan didn't mention the "mmmm -YI!" that goes with them. I figured it was probably more important to learn the move properly than get distracted by making noises. Or maybe you just don't get "taught them" per se. Turns out, after class, she told Mo she just forgot to get to that part, (clearly I'm focused on the less important though more overt parts of the form); still, it means I can go ahead and make the noises without feeling surreptitious about it. :P so everyone get ready.....

mmmmmmmmm - YI!


  1. Does anyone know why those sounds are made? Or if they stand for a specific Chinese character?

  2. they are actually french...

    haw haw haw!!!

    oui oui!!!

  3. We just like to make noise when Training. It makes us sound tougher. :)

  4. Fu Yu, the first abbot of our lineage (Fu is the first word in the poem), got all of the martial artists in China together 3 times for periods of 3 years each to fight and discuss and combine and refine whatever whatever all their kung fu. there was one school who greeted each other by going "hmm" like a small grunt. Another greeted each other by going "yi". So they got their stuff put in the form.

  5. Awww! What a great story for bedtime! What about the "Hui" at the end of xiao hong quan? Was that how another school greeted each other? :D