Both, my friend and I study Yang Style Taijiquan. Now, there is an issue that my mate recently brought up, regarding the reference to the Green Dragon in the 54 point Yang Jian form/set. He sites, "Green Dragon emerges from the Water. Green Dragon Shows it's claws. They're often more 'offensively based' moves, whereas the moves named with a Black Dragon are the more defensive."
Yet, while the white, black, yellow, red and azure dragons are all described in detail, elsewhere in Chinese cosmology... how come there is so little mention of green dragons in historical Chinese martial literature? (That is, within my meager grasp of Chinese martial literature.) To me, azure is much, much more of a blue than a green. So, where does one look to find English language information about Chinese Green Dragons? The Net has a multitude of suggestions pertaining to what the color green symbolizes for dragons, in general, but none of them are specifically about Chinese green dragons. Obviously, Western dragons are not the mirror images of Eastern dragons, neither are their specific attributes an exact parallel.
What is the nature of; what are attributes of the GREEN variety of China's mysterious Dragon? Why are they mentioned within the Yang jian form, if they are such an obscure variety (not being one of the four directions nor representing one of the 5 elements)? Or has something gone wrong with the English translation of the original Chinese characters? Ironically, our local Chinese restaurant is named, The Green Dragon and we live in a small town in Northern Vermont (USA). So, it must be a fairly common theme.
To most of us, dragons would likely be green in color, as per their reptilian nature. Iguanas and Komodo Dragons come to mind, although they are only lizards. Not to mention the vast multitude of exquisite carvings of green dragons, sculpted in jade and serpentine. Any thought? Thanks in advance, Guys.
Zai jian, Jon
Edited by jonpalombi, 27 October 2010 - 08:22 PM.