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Jan
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comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
If a, and b are positive integers then a+b > a. So, comparing something to nothing of course yields a better result. Once you know that, a lot of alternative medicine "trials" are easily dismissed as confidence tricks.
Jan
2
comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
A useful link (but not enough for a whole answer) is Edzard Ernst's Tai Chi is based on strange concepts but is it helpful? blog post. Here be evidence based medicine.
Jan
2
comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
Thank you, that "paper" made me laugh. It's awesome in all respects! ^_~
Jan
2
comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
-1. While historically interesting, this does not answer the question. There are no health benefits to believing in one mythical thing over another: it's all placebo effect.
Jan
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comment What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?
+1 for pointing out that one can be right about one thing and utterly wrong about another. -1 for unprovable mythical chi/qi being something real.
Jan
2
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
-1, chi is mystical mumbo jumbo.
Jan
2
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
-1. Yet more mystical mumbo jumbo, utter ignorance of what science is, and cult mentality.
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
@SteveWeigand: What you describe is a text book McDojo. It sadness me to hear about those...
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
Okay, slightly different reading of the question but yours is valid. ^_~
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
Boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling do have a sport element as far as I know.
Dec
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comment Martial art without exam and secrets
-1. The question is not badly formulated but its fundamental assumptions are all wrong: Without testing yourself, you have no idea whether what you have learned works.
Dec
12
comment What is the name of this style of Karate (maybe?)?
That's a godan grading! Words fail me... Whatever style it is, stay as far away from it as you can!
Dec
4
comment How to deal with unfair judges
Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. -- William Goldman.
Dec
4
comment How to deal with unfair judges
@TheWudangKid: That is true... Answer edited.
Nov
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comment Overcoming fear/anxiousness and dealing with pain
Welcome to the site. This is an interesting question!
Nov
20
comment Get A wrestling dummy filled or unfilled
Welcome to the site. Could you define what you men by "better"? What are your criterion?
Nov
19
comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
^_~ You are most welcome!
Nov
19
comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Ueshiba's opinion of Aikido shifted massively during his lifetime. In addition his actions sometimes were not in accord to his words. But we are getting off topic... ^_~
Nov
19
comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Of course, some styles of Aikido buy-in the whole mystical aspect of the way of harmony. Some even reject anything that is not "pure" -- whatever that is for them. For example: competitions are anathema to Aikido. Well, no, you can have competitions in Aikido...
Nov
19
comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Both Yoshinkan and Shodokan Aikido are aimed at young (and very) fit people: the training can be extremely hard indeed. Break falls (as you say) are hard and take a while to become second nature but before they are, you cannot safely practice. As for the non-violent resolution to conflict, any Aikido technique will leave someone who does not know how to escape safely from it in a lot of pain and potentially broken. I've trained with LEO and military personnel who used Aikido in the field. None consider it improper technique if their attacker was hurt if none excessive force was used.