It got me thinking and felt I wanted to share some developments of a Sifu I had the honor of studying w/ off and on for the last few years.
Healing Tao Sacred Geometry Reference Link:
The link explores various relationships of geometry and harmonics and makes some interesting notes oriented around the Fibonacci sequence essentially translating into the Golden Mean or Golden Proportion.
While I was visiting Hawaii on a training trip a few years ago I met Sifu Rob Moses. Rob has a background in Shaolin styles, being an accomplished practitioner under Sifu Kam Yuen (who's now WAY into energy work), his primary system of movement was the Praying Mantis system, but honestly he's a true lover of movement, very eclectic and coached David Caradine for many years (was onsite for KillBill) after Kam Yuen retired from the martial arts / movie scene.
Regardless of the endless tagents on history and style, my travel companion and I had the honor of both sitting down and visiting w/ Rob on a few occasions and training w/ him while on big island visiting our Sei Gung.
Sifu Rob had some things to share w/ us about Sacred Geometry and what he feels is the future of evolutionary movement, namely the Golden Mean; humanities relationship to form and function, the nature of stillness, gravity and relaxation, among other things. He was very gracious and let us take some video of him demonstrating various aspects of Proportionally "harmonic" (inserted by me) Movement using one of his Golden Mean sticks called "Sphere Knot".
Sphere Knot Example: (looks like from boyant sphere to squiggily line... )
Sifu Rob is the first to say that he is not a proponent of what he calls "bloodshed imagery" in the martial arts, instead he's telling everyone around him about the endless possibilities contained in the spirals of the Golden Proportion.
When I first met him in 2000 he had constructed a rather large spiral staff that was a perfect fibonacci spiral to the 5th sequence. It was about 40in in length. I've never seen anything like it. He's experimental to the extreme in the true spirit of seeking. He demonstrated to us a number of inventions oriented around "martial physics" in which he explained, exclaimed and expounded to us that Sacred Geometry was the single guiding connective thread between all the various principles and movements of all forms of human movement and expression. During one of our evening visits between Allan Holdsworth guitar rifts Rob talked to us about human movement, it's relationship to the double tetrahedron ala icosahedron and the likes of natural "exaust points" within the "ma".
Of particular interest to myself (as I live near the coast) was one of his inventions called the "quiller bee" which is basically a wing with a handle to fly in the wind. At first glance it seems simple, on second, the geometry of note is the geometry of a feather, phi , on the third... it flies.... and GOOD. I've never held anything like it before. I've taken one out in 25 knot winds and am most impressed with it's qualities. It's great for rounding off the edges of any sword work, and seriously tests your follow-through. The wind propels every movement you make w/ it. I've never felt a "weapon" float in my hand like this, and honestly I think it's due to the proportion used to make it.
Quiller Bee Experimental Demo:
Since then he's sent me a number of smaller versions to experiement with and reflect on, always with a sense of humor that he egged us on, c'mon, experiment, it's not just about punching, there's so much more! It was hard not to move around him, he's got a great sense of humor cracking us up all the while telling us how all the Classical styles are connected by the Golden Proportion by default of the human form. Think "asthetics of art".
Regardless of the theoretical opinions surrounding the Golden Proportion and it's mystical or mathematical significance, Sifu Rob sticks in my mind as a man w/ passion to share something. Something that he says is bigger then him....
Of particular note was a conversation we had about "forms". He response was "After all these years, I don't feel like moving the same way twice..." I have to agree. I think I got some of this on video, I will have to look around. It was fascinating conversation. At one point during a practice session we observed Rob moving for upwards of 45 min straight, not moving the same way twice... ? Impossible? Rob swears it's not when you moving w/ Phi. While at first struggling w/ the opitical illusion effect of Rob moving like the bent pencil trick in school.... surprisingly enough this bent pencil effect is with a solid; curved to the Golden Proportion.
Anyways I think it's a wonderful way to introduce someone to free forms of movement, sacred geometry, or otherwise.... my wife is experimenting with a version for use during yoga, she says "it's got just the right curve...." I agree. There is something to Phi.
Just sharing the Aloha; I feel there's no wrong way here, movement is beautifully expressive. Keep breathing w/ the ebb and flow of the endless cycles and spirals. I miss this guy, he's hilarious and potentially enlightening.
Edited by Spectrum, 26 January 2007 - 01:34 PM.