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Are you doing Taiji entirely for meditation, relaxation, and chi-kung? If so, go ahead and do it with your eyes closed. Or better yet, do it sitting down on the floor while just "thinking" of how the movement should feel. You'll make more progress at your intended purpose that way. If, however, your purpose for learning Taiji is at least partially for ...


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In Isshin-ryu's Sanchin, the right foot is first to step out, but my understanding is that this kata varies from style to style. Obviously the best way to learn the technicalities of Sanchin(or any other kata) is from a qualified instructor. Sanchin was originally a chinese form, but was adopted very early by Okinawan karate schools. Okinawan styles that ...


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If you mean from a grammatical perspective, they are the same. They are synonymous. But if you mean from a style POV, it depends on what you mean, so some clarification is needed. Typically, Kukkiwon universally refers to their forms as "poomsae", so when Taekwondo-in hear this, they almost always assume you're referring to Kukkiwon's poomsae. ITF is a ...


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On Diet... If you suspect you're not getting enough calories or the right kinds of calories, you can alter your diet and play with it until you find something that works. Simple carbohydrates digest and absorb into your body very quickly. They can give you a quick but temporary boost in your energy levels. The problem is that simple carbs can leave you out ...


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This may be new information to you, or it might be something you already understand. Taiji is done slowly for a very good reason. It's not for meditation, although many Taiji schools teach it that way. The real reason it's done slowly is because you're trying to move your body in a very special way that requires your brain to concentrate on many variables at ...


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The best answer is to do it at the rate your class executes it at. However, it sounds like you may be trying to learn this without a teacher and a class, which is a less typical way to learn Tai Chi, so you will need other benchmarks. If you look at youtube for recommendations, you will find several videos in the 5 minute region. I found one in the 10 ...


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In general, kata and forms are very badly misunderstood by everyone. Unfortunately the meaning of kata and forms has largely been kept deliberately secret by the practitioners who do understand them, so misinformation abounds. Karate kata and kung-fu forms are collections of self defence drills Kata and kung-fu forms are collections of self defence ...


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in my experience of defying my elders and getting hurt so many times, i'd say if you really want to master the deepest roots & principles of how tai chi actually works... and your sifu is good? always listen to your sifu. that's my take on it. sifu is like your dad in the way that, when he gets to know you, he really starts to care. if he has a good ...


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Sanchin originates from the Chinese kung-fu forms "San Chiem" or "San Zhan". Example comparisons of the various Chinese and Okinawan versions of the kata, this video shows how each style practises it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWh-uhw4C9s It means (in all of the names and languages) "Three battles". Possibly a shortening of "Three Battle Steps". ...


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I would need more information on what you mean by forms and what you are try to accomplish. If it is how to fight with a knife/Tanto, there are many good styles. I am partial to some of the Israeli commando forms. If you are looking for defense I can comment on this a little. I have trained in Aikido for many years in the US, Canada and Japan. When I asked ...


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If you train Kyokushin, I would like to recommend you to take a look into a book written by Shihan Arneil "Kyokushin karate kata". As I can see, Sanchin kata was explained there step by step, like other katas. On the other hand, most of my friends found watching youtube videos in slow motion very useful (set up by clicking at "gear" button) Sanchin ...



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