Chinese internal martial art involving both striking and standing grappling.

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Down a hand, looking for new martial art

A little over a month and a half ago I fractured a bone (Fifth metacarpal, AKA behind the pinky knuckle) in my right hand- an apparently fairly common injury known as a boxer's fracture. (Note: The ...
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What are the functional differences between the five main T'ai Chi styles?

As someone who is looking to start practicing T'ai Chi for health and meditative benefits rather than any deeper philosophical reasons, I find quickly that there are 5 'main' styles listed, which each ...
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What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?

In the context of tai chi push hands, what are the most commonly effective techniques? (Push hands in competition and in class both count.) For analogy, in judo, it is well known and documented that ...
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What is “seven star”?

This question asks about a seven star mantis stance. In the Chen Man Ching Tai Chi form I practice we incorporate a move known as "step up to seven stars". Clearly there is some concept referenced ...
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What is the application for tai chi's single whip?

What the bleep is going on in tai chi's single whip posture? It seems to be emblematic of tai chi, being a pose frequently struck by practitioners in the presence of cameras. The actual sequence ...
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Yang tai chi breathing (when to inhale/exhale)

I'm doing a Tai Chi class and am pretty much a novice at it, so I also youtube'd around and read a lot. I'm now confused about breathing. My class teacher (old guy, but aren't they all?) says for the ...
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What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?

Similar to other practices--strength training, physical therapy, running, et cetera--we can evaluate the effectiveness of tai chi for improving fitness, mobility, strength, and other health markers. ...
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What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?

Nearly all martial arts have some form of supplemental strength and conditioning exercises. Karate has hojo undo, boxing has road work, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has ginastica natural. These can be more ...
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I'm totally new to Tai Chi How to learn it and where to learn it?

I recently came to know about Tai chi and I'm interested in learning it. Unfortunately, there are no Tai chi classes around. Can I learn it through internet or any other medium? If so please guide me. ...
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How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?

I hear it commonly said that internal arts such as tai chi require a significant amount of time to become proficient. If undertaking the study of tai chi, without necessarily having prior experience ...
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How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?

In tai chi circles outside of China, push hands competitions are noticeably more restrictive in their rules and format: Many competitions use "fixed-step" rules (for example, this British event and ...
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What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?

What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi? What do tai chi practitioners mean when they use this word? I can tell there's a specific meaning to this jargon, but can't identify it. I see the ...
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How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?

A common tai chi pedagogy is to progress from forms to push hands (tui shou) to free sparring (san shou). As Ayron Howey says: [You] cannot simply practice Tai Chi forms without other training in ...
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For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?

I recently moved, and I found there are two classes within walking distance of my home. One is tai chi and the other is tae kwon do. I am in my thirties, have led a sedentary lifestyle so far. I'd ...
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What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?

I am a beginner with Tai Chi QiGong. There are 20 Movements of forms. I have been taking classes for a little over 3 months and I have only learned 13 of them. For the past 3 classes there have only ...
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Good music themes for Tai-chi [closed]

I'm searching for a good collection of music themes for Tai-chi. Any suggestion? Note: As I'm not expert in music, probably I cannot explain this, but I would prefer something not blaring (once I ...
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How and when martial art was originated, who originated it? [closed]

I have read of Bodhhidhharma's story, who taught Shaolin monks martial arts. I've read of Tai Chi to be the first martial art and root of all other. I've also read of Okinawa island where Japanese ...
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What differentiates the major styles of Tai Chi?

When people speak of Tai Chi, usually they speak of it as a single style, even (in my experience) among those who are knowledgeable about martial arts. At first look, they do look very similar in that ...