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    Wing Chun Lesson 1 - How to build Iron Body & Internal Power

    The stretch and extension combined with the spiral are strengthening the connective tissues which builds this basic level of Iron Body and provides a lot of power. We use relaxation and yielding in our method as well. It just wasn't the topic of this lesson. Most beginners don't get enough...
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    Wing Chun Lesson 1 - How to build Iron Body & Internal Power

    The first in a series on Wing Chun basics. Lesson 1 introduces basic body mechanics and how they strengthen the body and build power.
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    Can one learn from instructional videos?

    I'd agree with you on this point if it read: Going through the form without understanding the actual body mechanics and internal principles is not really doing Tai Chi. Many people spend years going to a tai chi class and learning lots of pretty forms (or choreography if you prefer) without...
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    Can one learn from instructional videos?

    There are plenty of simple qigong exercises that can be easily and safely learned by video. Learning forms by video is not hard either. If learning the physical movement was the difficult part of Tai Chi every halfway decent dancer and their clumsy cousin would be a tai chi master. The...
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    Can one learn from instructional videos?

    Videos can be excellent tools. While I think some of the folks here are being too harsh on video instruction they do make some good points. You will still need training partners to practice with regularly. You will still need to put yourself in front of a skilled teacher on a regular basis...
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    Can one learn from instructional videos?

    Unfortunately this kind of thing is not unique to video instruction.
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    Here are some articles and video on Internal Iron Palm and Internal Iron Body that may interest some of you who are looking for more info on the topic. Internal Iron Palm Internal Iron Body Internal Iron Palm & Iron Body Misconceptions Tai Chi Steel Wrapped in Cotton Internal Iron palm/body...
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    Fajin form

    Fajin is an expression that can be practiced with almost any form. Ideally, with a lot of practice and good instruction, you will be able to issue fajin with any movement, from any position and with any body part.
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    Fajin exercise

    There are many different kinds of fajing some are fairly simple and some are much more advanced. The first thing you'll need for any kind of fajing is very correct internal alignment through the body. If there is a break anywhere in the physical or energetic structure while you practice your...
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    Building Leg Strength

    That reminds me of another drill although it's not really a Tai Chi drill. Find a nice hard surface. lay down then stand up. and repeat. don't use your hands, lay down differently each time and make sure all the movement is soft, smooth and extra slow. never ever stop moving. you could...
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    Building Leg Strength

    One of the things this does is it builds the tendon and ligament strength. When you go slowly and relax the muscles as much as possible you force the tendons and ligaments to support more of your body weight and get stronger. The stronger your tendons and ligaments are the less you need your...
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    Building Leg Strength

    Before the site crashed someone had asked about ways to build leg strength for their Tai Chi practice. Several people contributed some good information, and since I don't think it's possible to overemphasize the importance of leg strength in the internal arts, here's what I remember of that...
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    Promoting Taijiquan at a Health and Wellness Fair

    What I've found works best is to actively engage people in conversation. Smile and say hi to everyone who walks by. Ask them if they've ever seen Tai Chi before. Pick 2 or 3 of your friendliest most enthusiastic students and make sure they know that it's their job to talk to as many people as...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    There's no big leap. Internal Iron Palm is the internal martial arts equivalent to external Iron Palm. What you're calling iron palm is only 1 small aspect of iron palm. Iron Palm is a category that includes several different kinds of striking that exist in the internal arts. It also includes...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    I should probably add that I'm not trying to say the Classics specifically talk about Iron Palm. I am saying that if you develp the "extremely heavy; like steel wrapped in cotton" body quality they do talk about then you will have an Iron Palm quality hit (in addition to a bunch of other...
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