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May
24
comment What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
@DaveLiepmann I tried; I've never been particularly good at describing applications, though :)
May
24
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May
24
answered What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Even traditional gyms are moving towards more "functional training" in their personal training and group classes. But the idea that soft-art practitioners never did any hard-style physical training I think is a bit off, particularly if you've read accounts of some schools having some people training specifically for combat.
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Oh, that's interesting; I've used essentially the same stuff in Japanese training; Hojo undō.
May
18
comment How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
@DaveLiepmann Nope, not at all. You'd probably have better luck writing directly to people involved in the US push/taiji community. I remember the first time I saw a Chen village comp I was literally agape with surprise. I also view Chen style as a bit harder than other styles--it might be interesting to track down a non-US/European comp to see what style(s) are used there.
May
18
comment How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
@DaveLiepmann Of course it is; it's where Chen-style tai chi comes from. I assert what I asserted--I don't have much appreciation for what they're calling push. I don't know if the video is any of the ones I've seen, but one of the most discouraging things I saw was a young-ish American rolling with an elder Chen, and before any flow could even be entered, elder Chen would just disengage, and it turned into what was essentially Sumo. I have nothing against grappling; I grapple. But when I'm pushing, I want to build/test soft sensitivity. Just my opinion.
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@DaveLiepmann Not too much--I've only done a few seminars and no real practice as such. There are some videos online; the ehow ones shows a number of different aspects.
May
18
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
I'm not impressed with the swimming analogy; tai chi combat seems a bit more subtle than not drowning.
May
18
answered How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
May
18
answered What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Apr
19
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Dave You're certainly welcome to your opinion; decades of evidence proves something very different. Nothing more entertaining than watching a neophyte get stabbed in their face when they try to punch a knife. (And I'll ignore the obvious weirdness of assuming I'm only talking about Krav Maga, but it's quite a bit more focused on SD than Judo or boxing.) Good luck!
Apr
18
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Dave Obviously. But if you want to learn SD, learn SD. Don't start martial arts thinking you're learning SD: the time it takes to learn SD through MA is an order of magnitude longer than learning SD.
Apr
12
answered How useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?
Feb
6
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
IMO none of the arts listed are "self-defense" arts. If you want to learn self-defense, study self-defense. Any of the listed (and many others) are an adjunct, but the time required to build usable skills makes them inefficient if the primary goal is self-defense.
Jan
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Jan
31
answered Best weight lifting exercise to develop a Wing Chun chain punch
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