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Judo, Shorinji Kempo, Wing Chun, Beijing competition Taijiquan.


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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
@TheWudangKid - There are two questions in the body that match the question in the title, the first being a restatement and the second suggesting kinds of answer. But it might make sense to rewrite the question to separate out background (useful, I think, to those who never spent time talking jing) from a shorter statement of the problem and a clearer explanation of why the question expects different answers to the other chi question. Not today, though...
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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
I've put some further comments on my question: I can hope that I haven't made things even less clear...
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revised What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
Edited to make clearer what isn't six harmonies
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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
This is obviously at least partly a problem with my question. I'm not asking about what chi means in general, or what an internal martial art is, but more along the lines of: what is it that makes modern practitioners of the martial arts sure that they are applying the same concept found in the classics?
Nov
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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
People like Sigman interpret Longbang in a way that excludes external martial arts from following the six harmonies. So they mean something more specific than "performing movement in the correct way", which is common to any traditional martial art. In particular, the "chi harmonizes with the movement" is understood to mean something like all the movements are driven by one of the core jings of the internal martial arts. The way you talk about chi is not related to the way the word is specifically used in the six harmonies mnemonic, which is what I was after with the new question.
Nov
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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
@Sardathrion - There's no doubt the usage of qi in Chinese texts encompasses mystical usages, e.g. the daoist creation myth, but also that it is used descriptively, if unscientifically. Sigman obviously has a more empirical perspective than Longbang, the C18th gentleman-merchant, but neither are mystics.
Nov
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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
@DaveLiepmann - From the link, heart is xin, mind is yi. The formula "xin-yi, yi-qi, qi-li" ( a mnemonic for the three internal harmonies) I think is pretty widespread and I heard it before I'd heard of the neijia list.
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comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
+1: Winding-in is an essential part of silk reeling, which (see Sigman 2012a, from my answer) might be said to characterise the distinctive power of the internal martial arts.
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comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
@Wudang - I've trained Beijing competition style (which is basically Wu style with some Chen mixed in), and that can be very fast.
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