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    Advanced Wing Chun Structure

    Maybe this is why references to snakes and cranes might be better illustrations. At least they do exist!
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    Have you ever considered quitting your MA(s)?

    There's quitting, and then there's moving on. Moving on to a new club or to explore a different art isn't quitting. Like they always say, life's a journey, not a destination. Practicing MA is like that too. BTW I personally have been with the same core art a long time, but that isn't...
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    W.C.I, Alan Orr and... Snake Engine?!!!

    Hmmm... I never heard of Wing Chun referred to as Tai chi ...even the more internal branches. But then I've never been to Fo'shan or had much experience outside of various Yip Man lineages. Mostly, WC/VT/WT all seem quite different from Tai chi to me. I did know one instructor who pointed out...
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    W.C.I, Alan Orr and... Snake Engine?!!!

    Um...er... uh... What? o_O
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    Advanced Wing Chun Structure

    Hitting is touching!:p
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    Have you ever considered quitting your MA(s)?

    This thread is nearly 14 years old. I was on the forum when it started. I began traditional martial arts back in the mid 70s. And at one point I did stop practicing for about 15 years. Life happens. When it comes to quitting, "never" is a long time. So how long have you been training?
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    Advanced Wing Chun Structure

    Check out these variants: Still, although your method uses structure rather than muscular force, it would not work well with the core principles of my lineage in that it opposes force rather than springing and yielding and using it. When your are are so firmly braced they cannot flex and move...
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    Forum Update April 2021

    Oh, it seems like we've lost the Mentor Lounge and the whole mentor thing? Does that mean I don't have to be so careful about behaving now? OK ....Hey Jobo, move over and make me some room... OK, Just kidding. :p
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    Forum Update April 2021

    I see you've already added "agree" ...I also miss the "Informative" response. I didn't use it all that often, but sometimes it was a perfect, emotionally neutral fit.
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    It feels good to be back.

    You know, I feel the same way which is why I wasn't too worried about myself when why wife came down with it last winter. But I teach in a public high school, and I was one of those who requested to go back to the classroom starting last fall. If I did get infected, it could affect a lot of...
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    It feels good to be back.

    Honestly, the virus that infects you doesn't know what it's in for.
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    It feels good to be back.

    Why indeed? Play it safe, skip the jab and go have yourself a fag. Just don't let yourself get fat! ;)
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    I'm of about your age and I've collected a few canes for self defense too. Love working with them. And IMO as long as you can say what's quoted above with a straight face, you don't have anything to worry about. :D
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    It feels good to be back.

    I temporarily lost my health insurance last weekend do to what the company later said was a "software glitch". I found out when I tried to pick up my prescriptions. Hours on the phone resolved nothing. Fortunately, by Monday it was discovered that thousands, if not all the employees where I...
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    It feels good to be back.

    Well, just before Christmas my wife got Covid. Was totally bed-ridden for several days. And like an idiot I didn't isolate myself. But somehow stayed OK. Now we've also received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, first my wife and then me ...I had the second one back in March. So yeah, my...
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    Smoking in Kung Fu

    I'm really missing the "Funny" button. BTW I don't smoke, and I barely drink at all ...but I am a drug addict. ...sugar, chocolate, caffeine. And they have affected my health. :oops:
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    Is Wing Chun even viable.

    This ^^^^. That high level people are encouraged to experiment and tweak things to make them work better ...as well as accepting that a great coach can be beat just like anybody else. And still be a great coach. That's how arts improve. ...And it explains why traditional arts often decline...
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    Rokas Responds on Wing Chun Challenge...

    Jaz- Good on you for extending yourself like this. And you know, it doesn't have to be a formal fight. Just some good sparring rounds where you go at at it hard and try your stuff out, then get together and discuss what worked and what didn't. I get the feeling that Rokas would be very amenable...
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    Do you use the figure eight pattern with your fists?

    No problem. Most systems of FMA use numbered systems to describe striking angles, often with a total of 12 strikes being identified and numbered. And many use the same numbers for the first five angles. But after that they diverge. I use the numbering system that I trained with the DTE (Direct...
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    Do you use the figure eight pattern with your fists?

    There are some "kinda-sorta" figure-eight movements or combinations in WC, but it's not typical. You have to remember that WC is a minimalist approach, especially when compared to the frankly baroque esthetic of most TCMA. WC stands out for trying to do the most with the least, rather than...
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    Do you use the figure eight pattern with your fists?

    FYI: There are countless sinawali or "weaving" patterns in FMA (Eskrima/Arnis/Kali). The one you are referring to is probably the very popular "6 Heaven" pattern used in the Inosanto/LaCosta system and countless other systems as well. The figure-eight pattern is a more basic movement that can be...
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    Do you use the figure eight pattern with your fists?

    ...er no, the figure pattern in the FMA I practice can be applied in many directions such as linked overhand strikes (#1 and #2), side to side strikes (#3 and #4), reversed or upward linked striking (#8 and #9 in our system) and diagonals (such as #1 and #8, or #2 and #9), or reversed...
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    Looking at schools locally

    I'm still training with a few guys privately. And I know a lot of the other guys in the area and can share opinions if you are interested. And, yeah, I support cross training. :)
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    Smoking in Kung Fu

    ...er ... those were "a few random comments". I made no claim on logic. ...However, now that you (and that misguided Rat) have brought the issue up, it might be worth pointing out that the science on the hazards of smoking tobacco is about as settled and accepted as is the spheroidal form of...
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    Started my sparring training with staff - Is it possible to learn on my own

    I've been doing a lot of staff work lately myself, drawing both on Escrima and adapting some WC movements from the luk-dim-boon kwoon to fit a heavy, six-foot 1 1/2 inch rattan pole. I'd like to compare notes at some point. Maybe I can get some videoclips. Warning in advance. I'm not good with...
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    Smoking in Kung Fu

    A few random thoughts on smoking and martial arts: Young people, especially teens can smoke and not really show the negative affects that much. Then by the time you get a little older, say your late twenties and you can't deny the adverse affects, you are really hooked and have done a lot more...
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    Rokas Responds on Wing Chun Challenge...

    Me neither! :p
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Temerity!?! Are you serious??? ...How did you guys get ahold of my old SATs? Musta been the internet, I'm guessin'. That's another one of them words I missed. Rub my face in it why don't ya? I mean, the temerity of it!
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    Can i replace cup with socks?

    Just saw this! ..."Can you replace the cup with socks?" If you do, your coffee will spill out all over the floor.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Them's fightin' words! ...Especially the word vilify. I missed that word on my SAT (analogies section) nearly 60 years ago, somehow failing to recognize it's obvious shared root with the words vile, evil, and villain, and screwed up what would'a been a really good score. :( ...Oh, wait, we're...
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