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What is happening physiologically when the whole body violently shakes during standing qigong?

Every individual muscle fiber cannot contract for long without being damaged. Therefore, in any static posture or exertion of strength over a significant period of time, muscle fibers within muscle ...
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What scientific basis is there to support that our centre of gravity should be the yongquan?

It's common for people to stand with their knees straight, with their center of mass over the heels. When one is in this position, one can be collaquially "caught flat-footed", where one is ...
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How critical is tendon strength?

Tendons are a 3d lattice structure, and generally fairly strong. They are strengthened in the same way that muscles are, however where a muscle will recover in 24-48 hours from a training session, ...
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"Watch the shoulder"?

Yes and No. If I am close enough to you I can move my shoulder and punch you long before you can dodge or block. If I am far enough away I couldn't possibly hit you without your reactions giving you ...
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Is it common and expected that shifus give theory classes about stuff like TCM, meridians and joints?

It's not uncommon, especially for internal styles. By my teacher was a Chinese national champion in internal and said it's not necessary. "Feeling" is essential, and I can elaborate more ...
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What is happening physiologically when the whole body violently shakes during standing qigong?

I do not have experience in qigong, but I have seen this behavior in yoga, when standing at attention in odd poses in marching band Color Guard, and in some martial arts. It basically comes down to ...
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"Watch the shoulder"?

That's a good approach. But things move fast in there when you're sparring with professionals. They may throw combinations in bunches, and you won't get a chance to see the shoulders. Personally, I ...
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"Watch the shoulder"?

The shoulders are about half a meter away from each other, so if you're focused on one the other could be comin' for ya. And I agree with @dawgdeelux, especially with the jab. I was originally taught ...
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"Watch the shoulder"?

Can't say I've ever heard that one "Watch the shoulders". The guys we train with are typically fast enough that once you realize the shoulder is moving they have already made contact, not to ...
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