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Huge Star Wars fan since the first movie came out when I was 9. Been into Chinese kung-fu for over 30 years, read over 100 books on Chinese Gung0-fu, medicine, health, chi-gung, meditation, nutrition and other natural health sources.

Read about 90+ books from the extended Star Wars universe, including all of the novels from all of the movies. Many of the books I've read over 20 times each, along with numerous source books from the role playing games, technical books, computer video games, online blogs and much more.


Jan
27
comment Continuously exhaling while attacking or blocking
Full yin is often considered stillness, full yang is full movement, full power, full commitment to a strike or movement with total abandon.
Jan
2
comment Is weight training useful in martial arts?
Uh yea, it does. Electrical activity, which is a component of ones life force or chi strength is where ALL strength comes from, whether it's acknowledged or not. I know this as do tens of thousands of others over the centuries. As you get to a level where you can guide the chi with the mind alone, you can literally make yourself stronger, your arms or other parts harder, more powerful and heal injuries just by guiding the chi to those parts. When combined with breathing techniques it can be even more effective. This is what internal martial arts are all about.
Jan
1
comment Taekwondo and muscle imbalance
Tendons are strengthened somewhat by any resistance exercises.. but holding exercises specifically targets the tendons to a far higher degree. Bodyweight exercises DO produce a far more effective and universal strength, as heavy weight strength is extremely direction specific, most of which is not applicable to real world situations, especially fighting situations which is why I've always been stronger than even guys 3x my size, especially in grappling, wrestling, pushing, pulling, twisting and other fighting applications.
Dec
30
comment Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
That is why it even has it's own Sword known as the Tai Chi Sword, including a heavier version known as the Battle Tai Chi Sword, which requires two hands to use. There is slow motion & Fast tai chi for martial purposes, both of which coordinate the chi flow guided by the mind with the breath & movements. Slow it to build up strength & power, fast is for timing & reaction of real world martial applications. Most of the world thinks Tai chi is only for health in the last 50 years because almost no one knows or teaches the martial aspects of the art anymore, hence the confusion in modern times.
Dec
30
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.
Dec
30
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.
Dec
30
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.
Dec
30
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.
Dec
27
comment Is it better to start out with a light weapon?
@ Psyberion - My pleasure, all the best in your new endeavor.
Dec
27
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
Dec
19
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
Dec
18
comment Exercises to improve balance when kicking
In gung-fu, we greatly avoid going on the ball of the foot because you are also far more vulnerable to leg sweeps, have a far weaker root of the standing leg which is critical for power & kicking recovery. Going on the ball of the foot is one reason many people simply slip and fall when executing any kind of a high kick and thus you have almost no power, because power comes from your strong connection to the ground, which is lost when going up on the toe. This is another reason why we use strong solid stances & keep the foot flat to maximize balance, movement and rooting.
Dec
18
comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
Northerners ate more grains and meat due to the cold, so that is believed to be part of why they were generally taller than their southern counterparts. The height difference, with their longer legs and arms, affected the difference in how they fought, such as northerners using more kicks, more extended kicks and longer strikes. The Long Fist style is one example of a northern style being created to take advantage of the longer limbs of northerners, in this case, their longer arms. Southerners ate a more vegetable based diet which often doesn't add as much bulk or size, including height.