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plowing through the drills as my partner moves in tandem There's a good version of this and a poisonous version of this. The good version is that your padholder is calling for combinations on the fly and you are responding mindlessly. That's super. That's mushin-no-shin. The bad version is that you are a rock-'em-sock-'em robot. If both of you are ...


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I'm not an expert, but there's a discussion on weight distribution here that suggests that the weight should be balanced uniformly. Keep the center of the feet (Yongquan points) lifted lightly and place your body weight exactly onto the center of your feet. .... Actually, you open the Yongquan point by grasping a very little the ground with the toes. ...


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You really do not really need to choose a different style of martial art for gaining martial effectiveness. What you generally need is a different way to practice Taijiquan. The big mistake is that most people unfamiliar with Taijiquan blindly believe half-truths, lies and fairytales of those practitioners of Taijiquan who have not either due to lack of ...


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Basic Your knees should be bent, and your weight centered over the arch of your foot, which is near the center. This places weight on both the ball and heel of the foot. One goal of zhan zhuang is to eliminate unnecessary muscular tension used to hold your body up. Although you may feel strain in your lower leg for some weeks or months, this is not a long ...


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If you are a beginner in Muay Thai, the pad drills are key and should typically make up a good percentage of your gym time, along with western boxing exercises, footwork, skipping, etc. A gym should also include sparring drills and some light sparring, although most USA gyms will not include anything that increases liability risk with non-fighters. I am ...


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Meditative with slow movements requiring balance Qi gong (chi kung) exercises from many Chinese martial arts have these elements, but taiji uses this style of exercise more than any other system I am aware of. Self learning a martial art over the Internet Forget about being able to do this. Success is not guaranteed even with a teacher in person for ...


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Yes, meditation can improve reaction time. This has been directly studied scientifically. Effect of buddhist meditation on serum cortisol and total protein levels, blood pressure, pulse rate, lung volume and reaction time There were also significant decreases in reaction time after meditation practice. The percentage decrease in reaction time during ...


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I don't practice Iaido or Kendo myself, but I will have a stab at answering this. As Iaido is often practised Solo this is perhaps one of the few styles that could be learned with minimal input from an instructor. Kendo would be much harder to learn in this way as it is a pair form style with blunt sword substitutes and is designed for competition in ...


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What might be the most optimal martial arts to improve level of focus? Any technical martial art (TKD, muay thai, judo, etc) in which the details of how a movement is performed are important. When working up a skill you would focus on improving a particular aspect of performing the movement, reflect on how well you are progressing, and consider new ...


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