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    Qigong facial massage

    At the barber's, I once had a scalp massage from an older Chinese woman right after the shampoo. The experience was just short of ... er, illegal. Dayum. Scalp massage! I left a big tip.
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    Can Tai Chi benefit a Karate practitioner?

    Sure, as long as you know which one you're doing, and know why you are performing specific actions. You might find some conflict, because good taijiquan (tai-ji-chwan) distributes effort throughout the body, rather than concentrating it in one place. Maybe that's a problem, maybe not. You can...
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    Your Enemy Is Training...

    How about "While you sit on the couch, your opponent is training?" That narrows down the context to martial arts in both competition and sparring, while avoiding the possible "everyone is my enemy" mindset.
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    Personal Observation - Books about Taijiquan

    I've got a few. At this point in my studies, I prefer written descriptions for reflection rather than pose-by-pose still photos. My friend and Yiquan older brother Ling Seto (you met him, Xue Sheng) just finished Yiquan 360. It is a good cross-section of the relevant concepts. There's also...
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    Tai Chi Question

    Wu, through the Eddie Wu lineage, has a beginner form, and it's kind of a "stick figure" form. But in my experience, in general, teachers vary the way they teach beginners quite a bit. However, Chen is likely to be a bit more precise in its sets, with less variation. Yang might have the most...
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    Beginner Hurdles with Tai Chi

    Learning the concept and physical sensation of "song," pronounced "soong," is hard. (or feng song, pronounced "fung soong.")It's usually translated as "relaxed," but we Western types think of that as "limp," which co nfuses us: how can we be limp yet stand, much less fight? Apparently, the...
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    Chi Kung form form muscle development and strength

    It's hard to tell if you're joking, but since you disagreed with my post, I'll assume you're being serious. Context matters. My reply was valid in the context of the original question. The OP wanted muscle building, external strength training. Qigong does not do that. Weight-bearing exercises...
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    Chi Kung form form muscle development and strength

    Yeah, sorry, if it's external, it's not qigong. Nothing wrong with either, just two complementary approaches. Regardless of categorizations, maybe you're looking for Zhan Zhuang?
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    Mental Strength

    Thanks -- yeah, we looked at at few MBSR papers (I have a BSc in Psych, earned in 2017 as a mature student). Very useful. I'm all in favour of Psych making use of Buddhist concepts, as I (along with others) see Buddhism through a Psych lens as a means of skillful living. I'm also glad when...
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    Mental Strength

    Sounds rather Buddhist.
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    Run away from no-mask people

    There might be four reasons for an increase in Legionella diagnoses during the pandemic: shut-down buildings, as you describe, and misdiagnosis of COVID-19 as Legionella. (similar symptoms) increased exposure to Legionella contaminated hospital spaces COVID-19-exascerbated vulnerability to...
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    MartialTalk and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Because you ignore the cogent arguments and make up fantasies instead. Calling attention to the lack of value of those fantasies is quite appropriate.
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    MartialTalk and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    "Miraculous?" You might want to dial down the hyperbole if you want to be taken seriously.
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    MartialTalk and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    What would that evidence look like?
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    Run away from no-mask people

    Well, it's not as if non-maskers are epidemiologists who have done multiple studies that show that masks are completely ineffective in protecting people around the mask wearer. In other words, non-maskers have no direct evidence of the complete ineffectiveness of masks: there is uncertainty...
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    Run away from no-mask people

    I don't think you understand what Franklin meant when he wrote “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”. The "essential liberty" was a legislative body's (The Pennsylvania Assembly) freedom to tax landowners (The...
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    Run away from no-mask people

    That's not on the experts, that's on the public health representatives who have to interpret the experts, and balance public safety with people's desire to do what they want. Don't blame the experts.
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    Run away from no-mask people

    No-maskers don't think about the welfare of other people. All they care about is their own welfare, which is why they only care about the effect of the mask on the wearer, not on the people around the wearer. A big problem with individualist societies is their very narrow definition of "kin."
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    Run away from no-mask people

    Well, that’s good, because travel between counties in the US is prohibited, isn’t it? Then there’s no way the disease can be transmitted across county lines. Good plan, that.
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    Biggest martial art bs stories

    I knew a guy who said that his master could hide his heart beat by moving his heart elsewhere in his body. He actually believed that story. Yow.
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    Run away from no-mask people

    Much of science is not correctly taught in schools: in there, it's all about dissecting frogs and making stuff explode. So let me (with a B.Sc. I acquired at age 57) share with you guys a key axiom about science. Some of you might already know. It's all about likelihood and probability. If you...
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    Qi/Chi masters: why, when we talk about real fight, QI is useless?

    It's a mistake to conflate the concepts of Flow and Qi. Csikszentmihalyi is not trying to explain qi.
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    Qi/Chi masters: why, when we talk about real fight, QI is useless?

    Have you read Csikszentmihalyi's Flow? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Wikipedia (pronounced "cheeks sent me high")
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    Qi/Chi masters: why, when we talk about real fight, QI is useless?

    My teacher's philosophy on qigong was based on zhan zhuang practice: stand, avoid interfering, and let the body do what it needs to do.
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    Qi/Chi masters: why, when we talk about real fight, QI is useless?

    It's a hard thing to describe, especially to English-speakers. We want to know how something works, what the process is, what the mechanism is. That's an algorithmic step-by-step way of seeing it, which just doesn't get us there. This is why the old guys tell us to "be quiet and practice," so...
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    Qi/Chi masters: why, when we talk about real fight, QI is useless?

    Something that's vague or difficult to describe in words isn't always nonexistent. It sounds as if you're on a good path.
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    Qi/Chi masters: why, when we talk about real fight, QI is useless?

    I guess I'd better address the question: Along the lines of EdwardA's answer, the concept of qi is not useless, as it's the use of unified body components and mechanics in such a way that it difficult to analyze using isolation of specific components. However, it's the kind of thing that...
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