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What do we mean when we say Qi? It's not possible to scientifically study Qi until people agree on what it is. If it's good body mechanics, then that's perfectly reasonable. Nobody would argue that some people use their body well and can punch hard because they know how to relax and efficiently use their muscles. But if Qi is supposed to be something ...


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Parkour is more closely related to gymnastics and acrobatics than proper martial arts. That beign said, I believe classic Ninjutsu is the closest fit. Ninjutsu (or whatever the actual Ninja called it) was about more than just fighting: it was about infiltration, stealth and getting the hell out of there when the job was done. This naturally entailed being ...


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Parkour is a style of free running based on the philosophy of Gymnastique Naturelle de Georges Hébert. It is centered around the efficient movement from one place to another regardless of impediment. Much of what you see is not martial arts, but a style of acrobatic performance art called XMA (eXtreme Martial Arts), spawned in gyms and dance studios. The ...


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It is the idea that you can physically use spirit energy. If you've ever watched Bleach (you should if you haven't. It's awesome), you'll hear them referring to it as reiatsu. It's totally a myth of course. What old school practitioners of martial arts understood as spirit energy is actually just good old physics and/or body mechanics. When "building up ...


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I produce affordable cutting targets from beach mats, with a center of foam pipe insulation so that my mats fit easily over cutting stand pegs, no pounding in those sharpened stakes. My estimated cost is $4.50 each plus Ground shipping. Can send photos if desired. Danno in Michigan How it is made How it looks on my Midwest cutting stand


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Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance,acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. I did this for a couple of months. There were some kicks, and a lot of acrobatics - flying kicks, back-flips, running against a wall.


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An interesting article on how Qi came west A few chinese (born and trained) tai chi guys I've worked with have said "When the old people talked about Qi they meant leg strength".


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What you are looking for is not a Martial Art. It is called Tricking, and it's a gymnastic sport. The goal in Tricking is to make the best, most and fastest aerial kicks, flips etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricking_(acrobatics) Wikipedia calls it a Martial Art, but it only uses moves from Martial Arts without the effectiveness. It simply uses the ...


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I think the main thing Qi does is subconsciously boost your own willpower. This may be simplified, but it works like a placebo. If someone believes they have an increased energy about them that will allow them to defeat their opponent, their thought goes less into fear and doubt, more into trusting their body and their knowledge/technique. When training at ...


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Kalaripayattu is the oldest martial in existence. It is also considered to be the deadliest martial art in the world. Kalaripayattu unlike other martial arts does not focus on developing 6 pack abs and 8 pack abs, but on making the person both physically and mentally strong. The oldest reference to Kalaripayattu comes from Vedas (3000-4000 bce) where Indra ...



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