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    Tai Chi as a combat art pt 2

    My post was not directed at you, nor did you give the impression of magical or shooting qi from your body, i was just making staements based on what many think of qi, i beleive you are not the typical. there are many doing this, and it is a good thing. the translation of chinese to english is...
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    Tai Chi as a combat art pt 2

    As stated I was only nameing a few of the principles of tai chi, there are many more and as stated each have many layers, including relaxation, stillness and movement, and continuos movement, these take on a whole new meaning later on. though qi is not the real goal of the internal martial arts...
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    Tai Chi as a combat art pt 2

    Tai chi like any martial or health system is based on core movement and principles. Forms and technique can vary, because they are just movement, but core principles are the key to any art. Once core principles are understood they can be applied to anything, anything, thus making any art...
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    Tai Chi as a combat art pt 2

    I was trying to stay away from this, but here I go. First off if you think you can go any where, including china and have some one share "real" tai chi with you, you are sadly mistaken, you are an outsider and will be treated as such. does this mean they are rude and won't do anything? no, but...
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    What is real Tai Chi like?

    What is real Tai Chi like? well it depends on your idea of real. 99.9% of tai chi tuaght and practice is the public version, and there are plenty people good at it, and it is a good system. many variations, but all have the potential of being "real". Closed Door taichi looks very differnt...
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    Do Tai Chi practisers spar?

    Though most do not teach "fighting" aspects of tai chi, the few that do usually do more controlled and slow moving drills. but tai chi does have fast drills and we "spar' quite often, including striking, throwing, and locking techniques. just like any "martial" art taichi incorporates fast...
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    Is it my mind or it happens?

    All martial arts are for whole life, not just the school. The internal arts are more geared toward evryday life and longevity than other arts, so the changes in "regular" life is more noticible. This is a good step and relaxation should be key in all you do. keep it up!!!
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    Tai Chi VS. QiGong

    Though Taichi is used by many as a method of qigong, they are actually quite different. Tai chi is an internal martial art, its complexity usually causes few to ever study it long enough to become martial, so often it is used as a health art, which by the way is equal to slowing down any...
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    DF: Are most bagua styles the same?

    Bagua varies greatly from style to style and is as different as hun gar and choy li fut, though both external chinese arts, they are much different.
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    DF: Doubts about Tai Chi as martial art

    I will not comment on the article, but yes many doubt tai chi to be an efefctive martial arts. the reason is over 90% of people teaching and practicing do not know the martial aspects. also only the public forms are known by the vast magority. Tai chi is certainly a martial art and as...
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    Tai Chi as a combat art?

    this only limits our ability to continually grow and reach higher skills. Though some good arguments can be made about art versus art superiority, it is truly the individual. We can only train in what we are exposed to or have the oppurtunity to find a good teacher in, though we can become...
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    Tai Chi as a combat art?

    Iwth all do respects I have studied juijitsu to agreat extent, as well as Okinawa, Japanese, American, chinese external and internal gung fu. To claim any style lacks anything is to not have studied in depth in the style. CMA's has numerous grappling, wrestling, and juijitsu style arts, in fact...
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    "Creating" your "own" art?

    I am sorry I came to this thread so late. but I beg your pardon so I may add my veiw. What is the intent of "creating a new" martial arts style? What back groud do you have? what rank do you claim now? what rank have you earned, or time in training? A young man once arose and came up with...
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    Interesting class

    Silat is very brutal and the pounding strikes are quite different from other systems. We incorporate silat with our bagua and tai chi, it is a nice compliment to any style. Form application is endless, when you think of throwing, striking, pressure points, energy, locking, and other things, a...
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    Argument Clinic

    What have you had enough of? I thought we were getting along great.
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    hung gar vs. kenpo--tiger/crane form

    I would imagine you are reffering to gung gee fuk fu kuen, taming the tiger in an I shape pattern. this is the foundational hun gar set and is not related to the tiger crane set of hun gar, these two are much different. To me the main differences between the kenpo and hun gar versions are...
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    Chinese Secrecy

    Yes and this is because 99% of people do not really want to train daily and for life, they are seeking the secret elixor or magic pill, sory but as in all arts, your natural talents can get you so far, but to really excell and understand and to reap the benefits you have to put in the time, no...
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    Taijiquan Training Question

    Standing is very, very important and not just for begginers. Holding stances during form practice? to me no. The public forms are important for begginers but understanding how to freely move with the principles is far more important in my opinion and more time spent on free form (shadow...
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    hung gar vs. kenpo--tiger/crane form

    The original version from the Tracy's system was pretty decent, but much different from Hun Gar. Tracy added flash and let it be modified numerous times and yes lost much of the essential gung fu from it.
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    Tai Chi as a combat art?

    Using the term combat tai chi / bagua is equal to using taichi / bagua for health, one is telling you this is only for health, while the other says it could be used in combat. training soldiers in tai chi or bagua would be way to time consuming, though they would be much better off. one main...
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    Chinese Secrecy

    Chinese martial arts are taught three ways. Public, this is what 99% of what everyone is doing and teaching and even many of the asian "masters" have only been taught this way. second is closed door, reserved for the advanced students and inheritors of the system, very, very few know any of...
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    Internal and External Chinese Martial Arts

    You are corect qigong can be added and should be added to all systems, in fact many systems have some form or another of nei gong. but this certainly does not mak them internal arts. the idea of the art being internal to china is certainly a good point, but their are internal systems outside of...
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    please have another look

    Thanks for the input. My wife said I need to change the picture to, so I am sure I will. I did nothing with the links so yes they need work. thanks for all the input!! Thanks for all the advice I will play around and get things up and let you know, and perhaps you will be kind enough to look...
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    Signature characteristics of your style

    In the internal arts; Relaxation, effortlessness, angle, continuos movement, body moves together yet seperatly, blending, no strength, and no deep stances (well, except in a few forms) my external gung fu love is animal boxing. tiger boxing is perhaps my specialty among the various animals, or...
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    Question about Fa Jing

    I hope this reply doesn't get too much scrutiny, but here I go. Fajing is a form of striking, and comes from the basics of "moving the body together yet seperatly", and "stillness in motion". when you are struck with even a small amount you will feel the difference emidiatly. though the...
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    please have another look

    Ok, you people got me playing with my site. here is the original http://www.bodyelectricmethod.com and here is a temp I have been messing with ( all functions not intact and only messed with home page) http://www.oberlin.net/~laura/ see what you think! Thanks Jay
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    Any suggestions for Iron Palm / Iron Bone training?

    I wouldn't worry about the eye sight, but rather what you are doing to your nerve endings, and blood flow. This training, in my opinion, is not such a good idea, and your time could be spent on much better things that could have long lasting and positive effects, rather than immediate effects...
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    a website to look at

    All of you are wonderful and I appreciate your time and comments for a complete stranger. Though I am quite busy and it may take a while, I think I will change some things around. your advice is invaluable. Again thanks!!
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    a website to look at

    Thank you for your wonderful comments. Do you think I should get rid of my back ground (lightning)? the sound effects? and perhaps use just a white background, and a smaller image. I obviously need to clean things up all around, but perhaps this will be a good step in the right direction...
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    a website to look at

    I really do appreciate your input, and must honestly say you have me thinking. the website was originally just for fun and to put out some info I thought was quality and might help others, but you have made some good points. Thank you!
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