Hitting rock bottom

Posted: 21st April 2008 by Chuck Flysh in Tim-Dô

Thirdly: Welcome back, disciples. Have you been training your moves and honing your skills? Of course you have. Now come closer for your next lesson… *cough* … really hard to keep that voice up. Anyway, yes, been an awfully long time since the last ‘supdate. Let’s get right on to the very history of Tim-dô. That’s what I promised, right?

Since the dawn of time humanity has been competing for the most minor things. Mostly by means of brute force. So I’ll skip that part. But humanity also deveolped the fine arts of painting, music and… Tim-dô!

Stone Age Tim-dô

Posing has been an alternative for inefficient fighting even before we could walk upright. Simply by looking stronger we could avoid losing a limb or other extremities. It didn’t take long for it to become organized, like so many of humanity’s important assets. Soon leaders would hold tournaments to find the best combattants and grant them their honorifics.

Old Egyptian Tim-Dô Carvings

But then, for a reason yet unknown to historians, Tim-Dô died out. Wars were waged, blood shed for minor things like borders, religious beliefs and apparently quite attractive ladies. Or major things like resources, freedom and apparently quite attractive ladies. Can’t argue about that one.
Tim-Dô as a weapon became merely part of children’s stories, mostly transformed into wizards hurling fireballs, men healing with the power of their hands or cursing their foes by a mere touch. Or it was kept alive through dances, linking people together by synchronizing their movements.

Even today, remnants of the ancient art run through many parts of our lives. With the power of pointing we get attention, elaborate but also humiliate; with the power of shielding we greet, we beckon, but we also tell others to stop. And sometimes the most primal of moves surface again, to fulfil their actual and only purpose.

I am now going to introduce…

The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a recovery pointing move. Facing your opponent, move your whole body at a 45 degree angle to the left while keeping your eyes fixed onto your foe. While doing so, swiftly lift your right arm, extend it straight forward completely and point only your index finger at your opponent. Doing so will leave only a little part of your body open and ideally force your adversary to move from his position and strike from a different angle, leaving you time to plan your next move.
Incidentally there is no lefty version of the Phoenix.

You may now be thinking “But what does the letter ‘A’ stand for if not for an optional lefty version titled ‘B’?” Well, let’s keep this for our next lesson. Patience is the key to mastery, young grasshoppers.