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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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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    I agree that what Bruce Frantzis wrote is no surprise or secret but he did say that the condensation strikes are the "internal martial arts equivalent of Shaolin's Iron Palm." This goes back to what I said earlier about different kinds of Iron Palm. I agree that smashing your hands on stuff to...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    I don't see a mention of fa jing anywhere in that passage. It is talking about building energy through long practice and about developing a body quality that feels like "steel wrapped in cotton" through the use of that internal energy. What I said was that while this body quality does many...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    There are several different kinds of internal iron palm that are found in all 3 internal arts. (Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua) The Tai Chi classics talk about a body quality described as Steel wrapped in cotton. This is one aspect of Iron Palm in Tai Chi although Iron Palm encompasses more than...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    I was using the video clips to show a relationship between Tai Chi & Iron Palm. I think the fact that iron palm in 100 days was written buy a Tai Chi guy should add a little credibility to the idea that Tai Chi contains Iron Palm training. I agree that hitting stuff is mostly an external...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    Here's some video of Lee Ying Arng doing Tai Chi & Iron Palm. You can see Lee's use of Iron Palm throughout the Tai Chi applications CPkGWNOlNA4 ytQBOT_8Pq0
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    Humble question about Taijiquan

    Instead of looking for a particular style of Tai Chi I would recommend looking for a good teacher. Find someone who's knowledgeable and has a personality and teaching style that you like. Finding someone you enjoy learning from is a lot more important than what style they do. Here's an article...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    The book "iron palm in 100 days" is by Lee Ying-Arng who was a senior disciple under Yang Chen Fu. I haven't read the book myself but here's an excerpt from the article I linked to earlyer that talks about the book. I've also seen some old video of Lee Ying-Arng doing Tai Chi with lots of Iron...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    I'm glad you like the article. to me "Iron Palm" = the quality of the hit and hitting stuff would be one way to train that quality. The heavy, rooted & connected kinds of body qualities that tai chi builds are going to lend themselves to this kind of hitting even without specifically...
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    Does Taijiquan involve " Internal Iron Palm " training?

    yes, definitely. Here's an interview with my instructor that appeared in Inside Kung Fu a while back about his internal Iron Palm methods. Most of the article is not specifically about tai chi however he does talk about it in several places. If anyone's going to be in Radford, VA for Karate...
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    Why Silat?

    so that's left, right, forward, and back. What about up and down. Or a sort of leftward 45 with a downward arc and a counterclockwise upward corkscrew at the end.
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    Why Silat?

    If you don't have your own back then who does? Not one of the attackers surrounding you I hope. Only 4 directions again? Which four are you referring to? I don't see how 4 directions can fully encompass the complexity of movement within a 3 dimensional space. Maybe you could explain...
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    Honestly

    My answer to you're question would be that chi simply means energy and yes, I do believe that energy is circulated through the body. Tai Chi is never quite that simple though so here is a more in depth description of chi, jing, shen and yi...
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    Why Silat?

    Now that's just silly. You may never know whats behind you unless you always do. But If I pay attention then I know whats behind me. If I don't then I don't. It's easer if I remember my glasses. :) http://www.amazon.com/Rearview-Spy-Glasses-Mirror-Vision/dp/B000NPGMHM
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    Why Silat?

    you never know what's behind you? why?
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    Why Silat?

    Only 360? only when you're using structure to generate power.
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