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    Muay Thai... the BEST?

    Here's what the Army Field Manual has in it for standup, which should look for the most part familiar to you with regard to your muay thai training: http://www.selfdefenseresource.com/combatives/articles/Combatives%20FM%203-25.150%20-%20Chapter%206%20Strikes.pdf
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    Developing punching speed

    You've got to rep it out. There's no other way but to punch alot, and remember that punches in muay aren't like that of boxing. Muay Thai punches will be more of a snap of the shoulder and have less "leg" in them as opposed to boxing. Just stay relaxed while punching. Try the up and down...
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    Looking for some good thai boxing gloves.

    I recommend KO fightgear's gloves.
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    Wing Chun and ge4neral fitness

    Have him go to an EBMAS class. They incorporate fitness into the WT training and you'll know real quick if you're out of shape. But in general I can see where your friend is coming from. He wants a more "rounded" workout regiment, so he goes to the gym to build strength (not necessarily...
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    What's the difference between a Sifu and Sijo?

    Oh no worries...that last bit after the periods was directed towards the mass of the thread participants. They've been hinting at a particular someone.
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    What's the difference between a Sifu and Sijo?

    Well said Joy. I believe most in China simply use Sifu from what I've been told. ... Dr GGM can do whatever he wants I suppose, but you have to admit that if not for him some places wouldn't have ANY wc available
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    Chi gung and wing chun

    So what you're saying in essence, is that the standard YGKYM stance will not inhibit the flow. I wasn't sure how much flex of the muscles was too much in terms of energy flow and whether or not it should be a concern from that perspective.
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    Chi gung and wing chun

    This is the way I approach slt as well Joy. The only thig that I'm having trouble understanding from a neija respect is how the stance comes into play. Because my understanding is that flexed muscles inhibit the flow of qi, and because the ygkym inherently flexes the muscles--how does chi flow...
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    Chi gung and wing chun

    Juan, can you elaborate on your slt?
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    Chi gung and wing chun

    Thanks for making those points on the internal / external descriptors. I realize that going back far enough those terms were to explain pure chinese versus non-pure chinese martial arts. However today--most people use the term internal and external to be synonomous with a style that practices...
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    Chi gung and wing chun

    Thanks for the reply Hunt. I'm not confusing anything...I'm merely asking about different things with that paragraph that you're talking about; essentially it's relative to how wing chun looks more like karate than kung fu nowadays. There's no development outside of what you see on the surface...
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    Chi gung and wing chun

    I've seen a lot of gung fu, wing chun included, whereby the class is basically a karate or tkd class but with wing chun movements. Everything is done from an external perspective, meaning being solely dependant upon muscles as the generator for power. No talk is made of the internal component...
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    Differences in the biu jee set...

    I'm someone who likes to learn about the ways that anyone studies wing chun. I compare everything with what I know, and see if there's anything there in the way someone else does something that I might be able to gain insight from. That said, I was looking through some old VHS tapes and...
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    Wing Chun books

    It is indeed a great book! David does a great job at bringing to life what it might have been like to know and train under wsl. If only all of us were so lucky to have experienced the wisdom of such a man! Fwiw, I bought mine from crane publications I think. Definitely the second Ed.
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    Unfortunately that's a debate as well...everyone's got a different idea as to what qi is, how it works, its limitations or lack thereof, and so forth. Western science vs. eastern theory...almost as ugly as talking politics.
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    Pivoting question

    Some pivot on the ball of the foot, some heel, and some from the "center" of the foot. Hope that helps to murk up the water a bit for ya. Welcome to our world!!! lol
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    Well not to sound like an elitist, those aren't exactly the type of people I would take stock in as far as mental capacity. I'm talking about the average person of average intelligence who is capable of logic and reasoning. But if nothing else, if you really want to look at it with a...
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    I understand where you're coming from now. I ask for elaboration because while the message seems succinct and clear to you as the writer, your audience can have varying interpretations on what you write. So in an effort to avoid misunderstandings I ask for elaboration sometimes to make sure I'm...
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    Hmmm. I see what you're trying to say but I'm not sure it holds water. First, ring sports can be won in a number of ways, but the objective (i.e. winning the match) doesn't dictate the efficacy of the punch to produce power or even what type of power. The only thing necessary to product internal...
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    I agree with the idea of the target being a human. However pads and bags do have a place in training and can help to measure a person's effectiveness in the strike. For example, if you kick a heavy bag with au gurk (or the roundhouse kick) and the bag just makes a slapping noise, that generally...
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    lol. It's all about one's perception of reality. Keep in mind that even people that learn wc from the same teacher can have different takes on what they're taught.
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    Great response! Now how does the staff scenario differ from the relation of two straight punches? Because in your analogy, you've got one straight motion vs. a swinging motion. This would be more akin to comparing the straight punch to a CLF styled forearm strike. Moreso, can you elaborate...
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    Its hard to give tips over the internet, because no one can see how you punch and what errors there are (if any). You may be punching correctly, and just might not be able to use that punch as effectively as others because of anatomical and genetic differences. You might need to simply...
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    Learning Sub Standard WC or no WC at all?

    The other thing to remember is not to take everything you're taught at face value. Learning is done from three perspectives, (1) behavioral, (2) cognitive, and (3) social. In a nutshell, behavioral learning is operant conditioning. If in participating in WC you find your needs are met and...
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    Do you have a weak WCK Front Punch?

    ...and to elaborate, we also discussed what YOUR strongest punch was in your arsenal and why you think that is. Other touch points were of course weighting, footwork, follow-through, and the like.
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    Light half speed sparring

    It really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things so long as the teaching is done progressively and doesn't stagnate in the realm of drills (arranged or prearranged). Personally, I teach and practice very little in terms of prearranged drills. Once a technique is learned, its practiced a...
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    Light half speed sparring

    Looks good! Though it seemed more like a drill than sparring--still beneficial mind you just not my opinion of what a sparring session is.
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    Pick-ups = ugly judo?

    I understand that competition is supposed to emulate combat in a way, and that to win in competition is to live on the battlefield--and that in and of itself could be justification for panic throws I suppose. So I do see your point. However, one should not just go for "anything" because while...
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    Forgotten throws of TaeKwon-do?

    I seem to recall learning a couple of joint locks and throws while training in Chung do kwan TKD. What have you learned thus far in your TKD studies as far as joint locks, throws, and self defense is concerned?
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    Pick-ups = ugly judo?

    I have mixed feelings on this one. To me, any martial art should focus on practicality and functionality as the guiding principles of technique. Additionally, While I do think of Judo as having specific throwing methods where you put in the least amount of effort and obtain the most effective...
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