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What inspired Sifu Waller to study taijiquan?

Sifu Waller watched David Carradine in the TV series Kung Fu in the early 1970's and this prompted him to commence martial arts practice.
It also inspired an interest in the philosophical/spiritual side of training.
He later saw The Silent Flute and eventually the BBC documentary The Way of the Warrior.


Films can affect you

Watching films can affect you in a positive way or a negative way. Just like reading a book. Your brain experiences the emotions of the film and records the memory of what you have seen.
e.g. composure and courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f81_F16rDlI
 

I have crossed the horizon to find you
I know your name
They have stolen the heart from inside you
But this does not define you
This is not who you are
You know who you are

(Moana)

Martial arts movies?

People ask Sifu Waller what he thinks about martial arts movies. This is a pointless question. He is an instructor. He can do internal martial arts himself...
Why would Sifu Waller want to watch an actor?


Examples

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGblsNXkJog&list=PLkhk5zAkm5jfajha2XFw72VheIYDKTGMR 


Must see

We think that a teaching assistant/indoor student with our school should make an effort to watch these movies:

  1. 300

  2. The 13th Warrior

  3. Blade

  4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  5. The Forbidden Kingdom

  6. The Fountain

  7. Highlander (1986)

  8. Holy Man

  9. I Love Huckabees

  10. The Illusionist

  11. The Karate Kid, the (part 1)

  12. The Karate Kid, the (part 2)

  13. Kubo and the Two Strings

  14. Kung Fu TV series (pilot episode)

  15. The Legend of Bagger Vance

  16. Lost In Translation

  17. The Matrix

  18. Ramen Girl

  19. Remo: unarmed and dangerous

  20. The Silent Flute

  21. Solaris (remake)

If you watch the films/clips they will help to create a richer sense of context for what you are exploring...


Movement art


Taijiquan is a movement art. As such it is essential to seek out examples of superlative body use.

  1. Bad

  2. Band Wagon

  3. Flashdance

  4. Hello Dolly!

  5. The Pyjama Game

  6. Silk stockings

  7. Singing in the Rain, clip 2, clip 3, clip 4, clip 5  

  8. Smooth Criminal

  9. Strictly Ballroom

It doesn't matter whether you like the artists or even the movies. Just watch how Cyd Charisse uses her legs. Astonishing...


Broadcast TV

Sifu Waller and Rachel do not watch any broadcast TV. They do not even have an aerial. They only purchase DVD films and occasionally box sets of TV series that appeal to them.
The TV/DVD player is only switched on for a few hours a week...


Discriminating

When it comes to DVDs, we switch off anything that does not meet their entertainment criteria. We like to watch films that inspire, educate and unlift.
There are no depressing, sad, unpleasant movies on the list. Torture and tragedy are not our forte.



Example DVDs

This sample of DVDs should provide some idea of what Sifu Waller and Rachel find entertaining:

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You

  2. 12 Angry Men (1957)

  3. 27 Dresses

  4. 4400 (TV series)

  5. 10000 BC

  6. Abraham Lincoln: vampire hunter

  7. Adaptation

  8. The Adjustment Bureau

  9. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

  10. Aeon Flux (TV series)

  11. The African Queen

  12. Afro Samurai

  13. Agatha Christie's Crooked House

  14. The Age of Adaline

  15. The Age of Innocence

  16. Agent Carter (TV series) (season 1)

  17. Airplane

  18. Alita Battle Angel

  19. Almost Famous

  20. Always

  21. Amelie

  22. The American

  23. America's Sweethearts

  24. Anchors Aweigh

  25. Animal House

  26. Annie get your gun

  27. Ant-Man

  28. Apocalypse Now (original)

  29. Aquaman

  30. Arabian Nights (full version) (2000)

  31. Arrival

  32. Arthur and the Invisibles

  33. As Good As It Gets

  34. Atlantis (TV series) (season 1)

  35. Atlantis The Lost Empire

  36. Austenland

  37. Avatar (Extended Collector's Edition)

  38. Avengers Assemble

  39. Avengers Infinity War

  40. Avengers Endgame

  41. The Awful Truth

  42. Babylon 5 (TV series) (seasons 1-4)

  43. Bad Santa

  44. Batman Begins

  45. Batman Versus Superman (Extended version)

  46. Beat the devil

  47. Before Sunrise

  48. Before Sunset

  49. Being John Malkovich

  50. Being Julia

  51. Ben-Hur

  52. Best In Show

  53. BFG

  54. The Big Lebowski

  55. The Big Sleep (1946)

  56. Black Narcissus

  57. Black Panther

  58. Blade Runner (US theatrical release)

  59. Blades of Glory

  60. Blazing Saddles

  61. Bleak House (TV series) (2005)

  62. Blithe Spirit

  63. The Blues Brothers

  64. Bobby

  65. Bolt

  66. The Book of Eli

  67. The Book of Life

  68. Bored To Death (seasons 1 & 2)

  69. The Boxtrolls

  70. The Brass Teapot

  71. Breakfast At Tiffany's

  72. The Breakfast Club

  73. Brother Bear

  74. Bruce Almighty

  75. Buffalo Soldiers

  76. The Burb's (uncut)

  77. Burlesque

  78. Burn After Reading

  79. Calamity Jane

  80. The Campaign

  81. Captain America

  82. Captain America: Civil War

  83. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

  84. Captain Marvel

  85. Carnage

  86. Carry On Nurse

  87. Carry On Sergeant

  88. Carry On Teacher

  89. Casa de mi Padre

  90. Casablanca

  91. Cashback

  92. The Cat Returns

  93. Central Intelligence

  94. Charade

  95. Chasing Amy

  96. Childhood's End (TV series)

  97. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  98. Chocolat

  99. Chronicle

  100. The Chronicles of Riddick

  101. Christopher Robin

  102. Cinderella

  103. City of Ember

  104. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  105. Cloud Atlas

  106. Clueless

  107. Coach Carter

  108. Collateral

  109. Coming to America

  110. Conan the Barbarian (original)

  111. Contact

  112. Continuum (TV series)

  113. Cousin Bette

  114. Cowboy Bebop (TV series)

  115. The Crow

  116. Cry Baby

  117. Dark City (Director's Cut)

  118. The Dark Knight

  119. Dark Shadows

  120. Dave

  121. The Day After Tomorrow

  122. The Day The Earth Stood Still

  123. The Day The Earth Stood Still (remake)

  124. Deadpool

  125. Defiance (TV series) (seasons 1 & 2)

  126. The Descendants

  127. Detroit Rock City

  128. Dial M For Murder

  129. Dirty Dancing

  130. Dirty Grandpa

  131. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  132. District 9

  133. Doctor Strangelove

  134. Dr Strange

  135. Dracula (TV series) (2013)

  136. Dune (1984)

  137. Earth: Final Conflict (TV series) (season 1)

  138. Easy Virtue

  139. Edge of Tomorrow

  140. El Cid

  141. Election

  142. Elektra

  143. Elizabethtown

  144. Elmer Gantry

  145. Emma

  146. Empire Records

  147. The Empire Strikes Back

  148. Enemy of the State

  149. The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain

  150. Enterprise (TV series) (seasons 1, 2, 4)

  151. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  152. Euology

  153. Evan Almighty

  154. Evolution

  155. The Family Man

  156. Fantastic Mr Fox

  157. Father Brown

  158. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  159. The Fifth Element

  160. Fight Club

  161. Finding Forrester

  162. The Fisher King

  163. A Fistful of Dollars

  164. The Flash (TV series) (season 1)

  165. Flash Gordon

  166. Folly to be Wise

  167. For A Few Dollars More

  168. For Love Or Money

  169. Forbidden Planet

  170. Frequency

  171. The Frighteners

  172. From the files of Police Squad (TV series)

  173. Frozen

  174. Fur

  175. Futurama (TV series) (seasons 1 & 2)

  176. Galaxy Quest

  177. The Game

  178. Garden State

  179. Gattaca

  180. Gentlemen prefer blondes

  181. Geordie

  182. Get Over It

  183. Ghostbusters

  184. Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past

  185. The Girl Next Door

  186. Gladiator (3 disk Extended Special Edition)

  187. Gods of Egypt

  188. The Golden Compass

  189. The Good Catholic

  190. The Good German

  191. Good Night, And Good Luck

  192. A Good Year

  193. Gorky Park

  194. The Grand Budapest Hotel

  195. Grease

  196. Great Expectations

  197. The Green Man

  198. Groundhog Day

  199. Guardians of the Galaxy

  200. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

  201. A Guy Thing

  202. The Guns of Navarone

  203. The Guru

  204. Hail, Ceasar

  205. Hamlet

  206. The Handmaiden

  207. The Hangover (parts 1 & 2)

  208. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

  209. The Happiest days of Your Life

  210. Harvey

  211. Heartbreak Ridge

  212. Hellboy (re-make)

  213. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

  214. Her

  215. Hercules (Dwayne Johnson)

  216. He's Just Not That Into You

  217. High Fidelity

  218. High Plains Drifter

  219. High-rise

  220. The Hitcher

  221. The Hobbit Trilogy (Special Extended Edition)

  222. Holiday (original)

  223. Hook

  224. Hot Shots (parts 1 & 2)

  225. Hotel Transylvania

  226. The House with a Clock in its Walls

  227. Housesitter

  228. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

  229. How to marry a millionaire

  230. How to murder your wife

  231. How to Train Your Dragon (parts 1 & 2)

  232. Howl's Moving Castle

  233. Hulk

  234. Human Nature

  235. The Hundred foot journey

  236. The Hunt for Red October

  237. The Huntsman: Winter's War

  238. I Robot

  239. An Ideal Husband (remake)

  240. The Importance of Being Earnest (original)

  241. In the Heat of the Night

  242. In Time

  243. The Incredibles

  244. Incredibles 2

  245. An Inspector Calls

  246. Into the woods

  247. Intolerable Cruelty

  248. The Iron Giant

  249. Iron Man

  250. Iron Sky (dictator's cut)

  251. The Island

  252. The Italian Job

  253. It's A Wonderful Life

  254. Jack the giant slayer

  255. The Jane Austin Book Club

  256. Jesus of Nazareth (TV series) (full version) (1977)

  257. Joe Dirt

  258. John Carter

  259. Julie & Julia

  260. The Jungle book, the

  261. Jurassic World

  262. Just go with it

  263. Just Visiting

  264. Kelly's Heroes

  265. Kick-Ass

  266. Kiki's Delivery Service

  267. Kind hearts and coronets

  268. The King's Speech

  269. Kingsman

  270. Kingsman 2 - The Golden Circle

  271. A Knight's Tale

  272. Kubo and the Two Strings

  273. L A Confidential

  274. The Ladykillers (remake)

  275. Land of the lost

  276. Laputa Castle In The Sky

  277. The Last Castle

  278. Last holiday

  279. The Last Samurai

  280. The Last station

  281. The Last supper

  282. The Last witch hunter

  283. Laughter in paradise

  284. Lawrence of Arabia

  285. Laws of Attraction

  286. Leap Year

  287. Leatherheads

  288. Left right and centre

  289. Leon

  290. The Life and death of Colonel Blimp

  291. The Life Aquatic

  292. Life of pi

  293. Lincoln

  294. Little Italy

  295. The Little Prince

  296. Little Shop of Horrors

  297. Logan's Run

  298. Lois & Clark (TV series) (season 1)

  299. The Lorax

  300. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Special Extended Edition)

  301. The Lost Boys

  302. Love and Friendship

  303. Love's Labour's Lost

  304. Lucky Number Slevin

  305. Luis and the Aliens

  306. Made of honour

  307. The Magnificent Seven

  308. Maid In Manhattan

  309. Maleficent

  310. Malice

  311. The Maltese Falcon

  312. The Man from Uncle  (remake)

  313. The Man in the white suit

  314. Man of Steel

  315. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

  316. The Manchurian candidate (original)

  317. Mannequin

  318. Marnie

  319. Mars Attacks

  320. The Martian

  321. Mary Poppins

  322. The Mask of Zorro

  323. The Mask

  324. Mathilda

  325. A Matter of life and death

  326. Me, myself & irene

  327. Mean girls

  328. Meet Joe Black

  329. Megamind

  330. Memoirs of a Geisha

  331. Men In Black

  332. A Midsummer Night's Dream

  333. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

  334. A Mighty Wind

  335. Minority Report

  336. Miss Minoes

  337. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

  338. Miss Potter

  339. Missing Link

  340. Monkey Business

  341. Monster in Law

  342. Monsters

  343. Monsters versus Aliens

  344. Moon

  345. Morituri

  346. Mortal Engines

  347. Mr Deeds goes to town (original)

  348. Mr Holmes

  349. Much Ado About Nothing

  350. The Mummy Returns

  351. The Mummy

  352. Murder ahoy

  353. Murder at the gallop

  354. Murder most foul

  355. Murder, she said

  356. Mushi-shi (TV series)

  357. The Musketeers (TV series) (season 1)

  358. My Best Friend's Girl

  359. My Fair Lady

  360. My Neighbour Totoro

  361. The Naked Gun

  362. The Name of the Rose

  363. Napoleon Dynamite

  364. A New York Winter's Tale

  365. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

  366. North By North West

  367. Not another teen movie

  368. The Nutty Professor (remake)

  369. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  370. Oblivion

  371. Odyssey 5 (TV series)

  372. Office Christmas Party

  373. Office space

  374. Old School

  375. On the town

  376. Orlando

  377. Othello

  378. Our idiot brother

  379. Out of Sight

  380. The Outlaw Josey Wales

  381. Paint Your Wagon

  382. Pale Rider

  383. Pan

  384. Pan Am TV Series

  385. Parks & Recreation (TV series) (seasons 1-6)

  386. A Passage To India

  387. Passengers

  388. Payback

  389. Pecker

  390. Perfume

  391. Pete's Dragon (remake)

  392. The Piano

  393. The Picture of dorian gray

  394. The Pink Panther (original)

  395. Planet of the Apes (original)

  396. Pleasantville

  397. Populaire

  398. Porco Rosso

  399. Powder

  400. Predator

  401. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

  402. The Princess and the Frog

  403. The Producers (original)

  404. The Quick and the Dead

  405. Raiders of the Lost Ark

  406. Rear Window (original)

  407. Red riding hood

  408. The Red Violin

  409. Rise of the Guardians

  410. Rising Sun

  411. Road Trip

  412. Robocop (original)

  413. Roman Holiday

  414. Rome (TV series) (season 1)

  415. Ronin

  416. A Room With A View

  417. Roxanne

  418. A Royal Night Out

  419. The Royal Tenenbaum's

  420. Rushmore

  421. Salmon fishing in the Yemen

  422. School for scoundrels

  423. The Secret Life of Pets

  424. The Secret life of Walter Mitty (remake)

  425. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

  426. Sense and Sensibility

  427. Serendipity

  428. Serial Mom

  429. Seven brides for seven brothers

  430. The seven year itch

  431. The Seventh Seal

  432. Sex drive

  433. Sex, Lies and Videotape

  434. The Shadow

  435. Shazam!

  436. She's Having A Baby

  437. Sherlock Holmes TV series (Jeremy Brett)

  438. Shoot 'Em Up

  439. A Shot in The Dark

  440. Sideways

  441. Silk Stockings

  442. Sin City

  443. Sin City 2

  444. Singin in the rain

  445. Sirens

  446. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

  447. Sky High

  448. Sleepy Hollow

  449. Sleuth (original)

  450. Smart People

  451. The Social Network

  452. Some Kind of Wonderful

  453. Son of Rambow

  454. The Sound of Music

  455. Spartacus

  456. Spider-man Homecoming

  457. The Spirit

  458. Spirited Away

  459. Stage fright

  460. Stand By Me

  461. Star Trek (TV series) (seasons 1 & 2)

  462. Star Trek - Deep Space Nine (TV series)

  463. Star Trek - Voyager (TV series)

  464. Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Khan

  465. Star Trek 3 The Search for Spock

  466. Star Trek 4 The Voyage Home

  467. Star Wars

  468. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series) (2003)

  469. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV series) (2008)

  470. Star Wars: Rebels (TV series)

  471. Stargate SG-1 (TV series)

  472. Starman

  473. Starship Troopers

  474. The Stepford Wives (remake)

  475. Stoker

  476. The Storyteller TV Series

  477. Strangers On A Train

  478. Submarine

  479. Suburgatory TV Series

  480. Supergirl TV series (season 1)

  481. Surrogates

  482. Sweet Home Alabama

  483. Tales From Earthsea

  484. Tarzan (Disney)

  485. Teacher's Pet

  486. Ted

  487. The Ten Commandments

  488. The Terminal

  489. They Live

  490. The Thomas Crown Affair (remake)

  491. Thor

  492. Thor: Dark World

  493. Thor: Ragnarok

  494. To Catch A Thief

  495. To Die For

  496. To Kill a Mockingbird

  497. Tombstone

  498. Tomorrowland

  499. Total Recall (original)

  500. Trading Places

  501. The Trouble With Harry

  502. Troy (Director's Cut)

  503. True Grit (original)

  504. The Truman Show

  505. Trumbo

  506. Two Mules for Sister Sarah

  507. The Ugly Truth

  508. Unbreakable

  509. Unforgiven

  510. The Usual Suspects

  511. Van Helsing

  512. Vertigo

  513. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

  514. Viva Las Vegas

  515. Wag the Dog

  516. Warm bodies

  517. Watchmen (Ultimate Cut)

  518. The Waterboy

  519. The Wedding Planner

  520. Weird science

  521. We're No Angels (original)

  522. Westworld (movie)

  523. Where Eagles Dare

  524. Wild Wild West

  525. Wimbledon

  526. The Wisdom of Crocodiles

  527. The Witches of Eastwick

  528. The Witches

  529. Without A Clue

  530. Wonder Woman

  531. Wonderboys

  532. The X-Files (TV series) (seasons 1-8)

  533. X-Men: First Class

  534. You can't take it with you

  535. You Don't Mess With The Zohan

  536. The Young Messiah

  537. The Young Victoria

  538. Your highness

  539. Youth

  540. Zombieland

  541. Zootropolis

You will notice the lack of martial arts movies?


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