Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

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Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby shifu » 03 Nov 2011, 09:32

Can someone please share with me the significance of the number 3 (and 5) in Chinese Culture?

How (if at all) does it relate to the Chinese martial arts?
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Re: Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby Homey » 14 Nov 2011, 02:02

You got me with the 3, never heard it was significant. Maybe the san ti stance.

The five as far as I know, applies to hsing-i chuan and Chinese medicine with the 5 elements.
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Re: Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby Dr Spock » 14 Nov 2011, 06:50

Homey wrote:You got me with the 3, never heard it was significant. Maybe the san ti stance.

The five as far as I know, applies to hsing-i chuan and Chinese medicine with the 5 elements.


Mastermind looks like he comes from the 5th element.
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Re: Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby Confuzius » 23 Dec 2011, 00:49

3 is big in Daoism....

3 Pure ones (just google that + daoism)

3 Souls 魂魄神

3 parts of a human 精氣神 (BIG deal in "internal" martial arts)

also remember, "the dao produced one, the one produced two, the two produced 3, the three produced all da other shit that exists" -Laozi

Buddhism abounds with 3's as well, 3 jewels, 3 bodies of buddha, 3 parts of the buddhist canon...(daoist canon also has 3 "grottoes" modeled after the buddhist one)

ya a late response, but I just saw this thread
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Re: Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby sam_wong » 27 Dec 2011, 01:05

三人行,必有我師焉
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Re: Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby Bubba 2 Guns » 27 Dec 2011, 19:32

sam_wong wrote:三人行,必有我師焉


That mean 3 people have one teacher. You can find a teacher anywhere.
You maybe pay 3 people find no good teacher. That case you teach to yourself. Lincoln say, Man who teach to himself have idiot for the teacher. But you don't have pay to yourself-so who really idiot?

I think 5 is Wuxing same-same means five element. Hsing Yi Based on this. I don't know-my Hsing Yi Chuan teacher have die many year ago. Now I study by myself-that why I don't know what Lincoln said and only good at spear but no more.
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Re: Chinese martial arts, Chinese culture, and the nos. 3 & 5

Postby Timabee » 16 Jun 2012, 21:05

From Lao Zi: The Book of Tao and Te (Chapter 42)

The Tao creates the One
From One come Two
From Two comes Three
From Three comes everything

NOTE: Translations of this text tend to vary a bit, so it is best to read in the original Mandarin Chinese (if possible).

There is also the idea of three representing heaven, earth and man. Finally, there is the use of Trigrams and Hexagrams to illustrate various possible life situations from the Chinese classic Book of Change.

RE: The number 5 in Chinese culture etc.
There is the concept of the five elements (fire, water, wood, earth and metal) from which all things are derived. Each of the five elements are tied to (or are used to represent) various other aspects of our world such as directions (south, north, east, center, west), body organs (heart, kidney, liver, stomach/spleen, lungs), colors, flavors, emotional states etc. This is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine and how they diagnose and treat illness. I believe the general idea of five elements also underlies much of the Chinese view of foods in terms of which foods/flavors go well together and their appropriateness for certain seasons, physical conditions etc.
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