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  1. tigercrane

    Was Funakoshi Gichin a "sell out"?

    Your post appears to really overglorify a man and his deeds in the karate realm. However, you need to look no further than his real fight against Motobu Choki in 1930, and his subsequent defeat in order to understand what Funakoshi's karate might have been like in practical terms. In 1925 King...
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    Do you shadow box in addition to doing Katas?

    I understand your argument about Tode, the Chinese Hand as not being viewed as grappling. I respectfully disagree. If we are to speak in direct reference and comparison to wrestling, then no, karate cannot be viewed as one, however if we were to look at most Chinese systems from which karate was...
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    Do you shadow box in addition to doing Katas?

    Not sure who you posed this question to, but since Hanshi’s reply was quoted, I’ll let him answer that.
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    Do you shadow box in addition to doing Katas?

    I think you are accentuating “boxing” as literally just that. Unlike western boxing/kickboxing, Boxing is a general and very loose term for many classic fighting arts in China, Korea and Japan. A Chinese word “quan” means boxing, however Chinese and Okinawan karate systems are comprised...
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    Do you shadow box in addition to doing Katas?

    Shadow boxing practice is invaluable. It helps one to visualize the opponent, it teaches to develop “intent”, muscle memory and speed. Just look at most accomplished karate masters, all of them did shadow boxing. One example: Oyama Masutatsu, who spent considerable time in seclusion doing...
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    Was Funakoshi Gichin a "sell out"?

    No one truly knows what was on his mind. I have yet to read about his religious or spiritual inclinations. Perhaps he thought Karate would transcend all the martial aspects and would lead to a betterment of humankind, whoever knows? Didn't he also lay out some 20 rules for his students on how to...
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    Starting martial arts over 40

    I think your previous KB experience does not allow you to empty your proverbial cup. Empty it and let it fill with TKD. There are no bad martial arts, there are poorly trained practitioners as are bad instructors. That being said, you might want to try a karate class and compare the two. I don't...
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    The difference

    Interestingly enough, Hagetsu appears to be derived from Seisan kata, and it looks a lot like Seisan. I wonder if it is performed with the same tension as Sanchin? My son trained in Shotokan and I observed his group training many times. During these many sessions I never saw their Sensei ever...
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    The difference

    I am a Goju-ryu life long student, and being as such, I'd like to point out that no one on this thread mentioned anything about how grounded Goju-ryu is. One important aspect of Goju that never gets mentioned is that Goju practitioner is not supposed to lift feet off the floor while moving. The...
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    The difference

    Both, Shotokan and Goju-ryu were contemporary style creations for that time. What Ivan probably meant to emphasize was that Miyagi went to China and brought back most of the older system, which he then molded into Goju. By contrast, Funakoshi never went to China to study, but had indeed studied...
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    Do karate schools in the US not teach dirty fighting any more or do you have to move to Japan?

    I agree. The original poster has asked if it was necessary to go to Okinawa (Japan) for training. My answer would be no. There are good masters in the US and in Europe. They are hard to find, but they are out there.
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    Do karate schools in the US not teach dirty fighting any more or do you have to move to Japan?

    Respectfully, I'd hate to rain on your parade but would like to emphasize this: Okinawan karate is way watered down nowadays as well. If interested, read one of my rather lengthy posts here. This was the post in regards to efficacy of kata, etc. I have trained for about year and a half at one...
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    Xingyiquan discovery

    Since this thread is about Xingyi, do you know why often times Xingyi is taught alongside Bagua? Linear and forceful, Xingyi contrasts circular and evasive Bagua. Thanks for input!
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    Xingyiquan discovery

    Thank you ZZJ, that is exactly what I meant - Pachi Tanglang Chuan (Bajiquan)!
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    Xingyiquan discovery

    Did not Piquan and Pachi Quan evolve from spear handling techniques hence the direct power of linear strikes?
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    Pak Mei Pai forms

    Thank you for replying! Yes, I own these two books. Tyler Rea's one describes the basic methods but falls short on providing forms. Likewise, Willy Pang's book explores the training methods but provides no forms either. And yes, the videos below are great but again, they are not informative as...
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    Pak Mei Pai forms

    Thanks for replying. After working with some texts, I came to realization that Hakka folks have several styles that share similar principles. For instance, Southern Mantis (Jook Lum), Kei Lun Kuen and Wing Chun have similar bridges, dropped shoulders, sunken elbows, punches originating from the...
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    Pak Mei Pai forms

    Pak Mai remains one of the very rare Southern styles that you don't hear much about, let alone see forms being shown. I could hand-count the videos that I've seen on YT and elsewhere, which show a form or an application here and there and not much else. I own two books that delve into details of...
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    My new book on Iron Skills training has just been published!!

    I'd like to know Dale's opinion on Cotton Palm training vs Iron Palm. Is it a myth or reality that both use chi as a premise but the latter is more externalized? It seems as though most Southern styles have various methods of iron palm training and iron shirt training routines. Conversely...
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    Wich academy, school in china for shaolin?

    This is all true in the case of traditional and accredited US college or university. An F1 visa is granted based on I-20 form that is filled out by accepting university upon admission. That is something not needed for someone to come train in martial arts. Likewise, China requires EU citizens...
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    Wich academy, school in china for shaolin?

    This guy is from Belgium, which is EU member country. Most Europe is EU countries are part of visa waiver program, which means citizens of respective EU countries can visit and stay in the US for up to 90 days without visa. Only a valid passport is required. After 90 days EU citizen can exit to...
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    Wich academy, school in china for shaolin?

    Master Yang of YMAA (publishing association) has retreat in Northern California, USA. They teach neigong, chi kung, taiji, bagua amongst other things. This is traditional training. On his site master Yang stresses that today even in China there are a lot of fakes. You have much better chance...
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    Looking for a good school/instructor

    Which style is taught? Just curious..
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    Joe Rogan smack talking TMA's like kung fu

    Very well said Xue. There are no external or internal arts, at least not in CMA. In the scape of TCMA I have yet to discover about one style that is not working with chi. In the past I thought southern styles were devoid of internal component up until I saw how this was part of many of them such...
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    Questioning the efficacy of Kata

    A very relevant post indeed. I'd like to offer my opinion on the significance of Kata (form). Kata is a fundamental block in learning the art the right way. Back in the early days of Karate (prior to Funakoshi Gichin, Anko Itosu and other masters) when it was known as To-De or "Chinese Hand"...
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    Looking for a good school/instructor

    Haha, who does not like "Grandpa's stories"? :) Actually, Baji sifus are hard to find. This is one powerful long fist style that I'd be very keen to learn.
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    Looking for a good school/instructor

    When it comes to choosing a Chinese martial art school, it is important to consider lineage to which your instructor belongs. Based on your approximate location, there is one reputable martial arts school with great lineage in style called Baji Quan (Pachi Chuan) and Tanglang that has master...
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    Kung Fu Exercise

    Agree 100% with your Sifu on the risk of potential pressure point activation. That's probably why this guy in the video would duly need to give some caution for those who follow him. On the side note, Jow Ga is an intriguing offshoot of Hung Ga..but that's off-topic of course.
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    Kung Fu Exercise

    JoGaWolf, These are some interesting videos. I remember talking to one guy about some traditional Muay Thai shin and arm conditioning and how their practitioners first whack their shins and arms on banana tree trunks, gradually reducing sensitivity of the bone and then move off to harder...
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