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comment Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
This is ALL part of true Martial Tai chi training. Your statement about it being for health is false because Tai chi is NOT a health system, it's one of the most powerful & effective MA ever devised. It's only in Modern times that it's become popular because OF it's health benefits. But Tai chi Masters did not practice the art FOR health, that was a secondary benefit of the training, not it's primary goal. That is only what people think today because it's so popular as a health art, but that is not what it was or is at all, it's first and foremost a very effective MA.
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comment Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
No, Breathing and chi flow have EVERYTHING to do with Tai Chi, as it is an internal martial art where the power comes mainly from the chi itself & the relaxed muscles. This is why sitting meditation is a critical part of tai chi training. If someone doesn't know that then they don't understand the art at all. It's ALL about chi flow, that why the word CHI is in the name of the art. Sitting meditation is to help achieve the Grand circulation to get the chi to flow from the dan tien to the limbs & out. In the fighting forms the slow motions movements coordinate with the breath & chi flow, etc.
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comment Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
Steve - Today only the basic physics or kinematics of strength are specifically known over the ancients, that doesn't mean that using basic weight training is more effective than the old methods as I've mentioned and I know from experience over decades in training with body builders and those that focus on weight training. I've always been significantly stronger and had far greater striking power than those that were 3 times my size because I use the old methods of training. They were all shocked at this & always asked how was I so much stronger than they, my above response is the answer.
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comment Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
Steve- I've practiced slow tai chi for decades as well as tai chi sword and slow does work because it develops the muscles in a different way, as well as the aforementioned chi flow. Yes, part of the reason it's done slowly is to coordinate the breathing with the chi flow, but the slow movement itself also works different muscles that do add to striking power & strength. Fast is also necessary for more explosive power as well as fighting speed application. But slow motions movements when practicing anything is one of those little known secrets to strength & power most think is useless.
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comment Is it better to start out with a light weapon?
@ Psyberion - My pleasure, all the best in your new endeavor.
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comment Is it better to start out with a light weapon?
There have been exceptions in the past when in China for example during times of great crisis, masters would train a student with a regular weapon, even heavy ones like the Guan-do or the battle tai chi swords which could only be wielded with two hands. But this ran the risk of increasing injuries so most masters did not train a student in that fashion. The old masters also had special herbal knowledge that could greatly speed healing and increase strength to some degree, so again, that allowed them to break the rules at times. For modern times, slower & lighter is highly advisable
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comment Exercises to improve balance when kicking
@BobCross - I don't understand the confusion. I was simply responding to your comment on going on the balls of the feet to increase balance, which sacrifices stability, rooting and power and makes one far easier to sweep while decreasing power because because without a strong root, when you hit the target you will be knocked OFF balance, not on it. The less surface area in contact with the floor lowers the coefficient of friction which means you will be moved, not the target. My entire comment was all related to the fact that going on the balls is not a good idea for various reasons mentioned