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Oct
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comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
@Ho-ShengHsiao Feel free to edit it if you think the question could be written more clearly.
Oct
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revised Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?
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Oct
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asked What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
Oct
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comment For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
Tai chi is not restricted to older people. Older people may find it easier to do tai chi than other martial arts. I'm only in my late twenties but I have been doing tai chi for at least five years now, and it has certainly helped my kung fu in terms of grounding myself and focusing my energy as well as my leg, back, and core strength. It is not necessarily inferior to other martial arts when it comes to self-defense because the movements you learn do have applicability, but the distinction is that tai chi is about redirecting internal energy (being "soft" instead of hard direct impact).
Oct
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answered For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
Oct
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revised For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
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Sep
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Sep
20
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
Good points although the asker isn't particularly interested in internal martial arts.
Sep
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revised Aikido Forward Roll
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Sep
17
comment What are the origins of “tricking”?
It would help to summarize and paraphrase parts of the article and post that here.
Sep
14
comment Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons
Interesting. I would think that a staff would have been traditionally round seeing that sticks and trees naturally grow in that shape. It would seem easier to smooth out the roundness of the staff rather unless the octagonal shape had a different purpose or meaning within a style.
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Sep
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revised What are the origins of “tricking”?
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revised Avoiding breath lockups
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Aug
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on medical-advice tag wiki
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on medical-advice tag wiki excerpt
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Aug
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revised Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose?
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Aug
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revised How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
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