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How do you call a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan (or Kung Fu in general)?
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There are several good answers here. I'll only add that there are specific names practitoners call other practitioners depending on relationship. Very commonly utilized are the terms: Si Hing ( ...

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How is Tai Chi different as a martial art in terms of self defense/combat?
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Overall Sinking of the joints is one of the core techniques, and a method of directing/re-directing force. It allows directing force even in unexpected directions. Sinking of the joints (wrists, ...

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What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?
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In my experience: Control the elbows This can be done to spin an attacker around and grip them by the throat with the other hand controlling base of the spine, either gently or to crush the windpipe,...

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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?
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It's the hardest thing to do. My teacher was celebrated, but said their technique was the product of 3 generations. That chain seems to be a rare thing, because I don't think anyone in my generation ...

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Drag back foot forward during a cross
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My wudang instructor called this "following step" and it's used in advanced taiji, bagua, and hsingyi. Matt M explicates the function well. Hsingyi is probably most appropriate because it's ...

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Is it common and expected that shifus give theory classes about stuff like TCM, meridians and joints?
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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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How can you withstand a female college student forcefully biting into your arm for 6 seconds?
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Not unrealistic at all, imho, in that Philip is highly trained fighter. The bite Paige delivers is not determinative. Only pain is inflicted. There is no serious risk of loss of function of limb, ...

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Do pistol disarming techniques work?
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Only military and police trainers can likely comment on the utility of such techniques—my guess is that they are not focused on due to the low probability of success, and that strategy with firearms ...

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How does competition fighting differ from self-defense?
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I've been interested in strategy since early childhood, which led to game theory, which led to AI theory. AI theory is useful in general, and taught me that the best way to think about dimensionality ...

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Martial applications of Chinese fan
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I’m going to focus on the applications that any trained martial artist with a little weapons training can execute, beginning with the finishing moves. Bamboo wushu fans are more than sufficient. ...

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Are there reasons one might favor a Ming Guard over a Qing guard on a Chinese straight sword?
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Here's the basic answer: Qing guard if you want to lock guards with an opponent There are applications for disarming an opponent with a sword from the guard lock position, often utilizing the handle ...

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How to defend yourself when everything and everyone doesn't care/work?
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This is what you're not going to get from the dojo people, who view martial arts as a restrained, mannered, and honorable discipline. That's the best view, but it takes a tremendous amount of hard ...

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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu
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Winston's answer got me pondering this, and I'm still pondering, so the answer may evolve. But instinct is telling me: It means painful sacrifice, in addition to hard work and physical pain. My ...

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How to defend against linear elbow strike in taiji push hands?
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This is a very basic strike/counter combination in the Fu taiji system. You see it there because Fu taiji developed out of bagua, via Fu Zhensong, who was reputed to be the only internal master who ...

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What is the difference between a sword and a knife? Which are machetes?
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This is just based on ~30 years of research, swinging swords of all weights, with some training. I practiced cutting on objects extensively when I was starting out. What distinguishes a sword is the ...

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How can you withstand a female college student forcefully biting into your arm for 6 seconds?
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I've watched this scene a few more times, and it's very good choreography, representative of the better work over the past few decades. Notice how relaxed Philip is during the grappling—Royce Gracie ...

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Are blocks unrealistic?
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Speaking from the standpoint of Tai Chi and Wudang sword, blocks represent failures because they confer no advantage. In both arts the goal is to control the opponent's body or limbs, specifically by ...

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Picking a selfie stick with an eye to defense - carbon fibre vs aluminium characteristics?
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This Quora answer on collapsible batons is actually good: https://www.quora.com/Are-police-batons-an-effective-weapon Collapsible batons, such as those used by police are not effective weapons The ...

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What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
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I was taught vertical fist as the main chu'an (拳 "fist") in tai chi chu'an. It seems to come from the Yang style, although I have it through Fu, as Yang and Fu "traded ideas" (...

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One-handed guard?
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It also works in two-attacker situations, although it typically requires keeping distance with one of the two attackers at any given time. I very often use a single handed guard in free sparring when ...

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Founder of a martial arts system passed away. How can current Black Belts move up in the system?
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I had a similar situation with 20, 30 and 40 years students of a significant master. When the master retired, no one was qualified in the entire scope of the art possessed by the teacher, who had ...

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What does "create a frame" mean?
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Brazo's explication is similar to how tai chi is applied while standing. Sinking of the joints, "emptying" and "rooting" (stances) is how this is effected in that system. You see ...

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How to escape from a rear headlock while held at gunpoint?
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There are techniques to do so, and why not learn them, but understand the math on not getting shot is very pessimistic, such that if you try to apply them in real life, you almost certainly get shot. ...

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What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi?
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Many excellent technical answers, so this answer is merely corollary: Uprooting can be described and creating a moment of unbalance in the opponent, in which the mind shuts down for an instant, ...

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Why do martial artists "shout" in the execution of a technique?
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If one has sufficient vocal training, and can project ones voice, this technique can indeed be used to disrupt the concentration of a many opponents. Here what I mean is being able to vocalize with ...

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Cheng Man-Ch'ing advises that breath should be: Fine, Long, Calm, and Slow. What does this mean?
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This is a corollary answer, as the Dr. Yang and turtle breathing answers are good, but I'd strongly reinforce relaxed. Specifically: the throat should not be constricted It's good to practice steady ...

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How important is an empty stomach?
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Stuffing yourself to bursting is no kind of preparation for a fight, but in the Chinese Classic "Outlaws of the Marsh", characters routinely do this we beef and wine before leveling ...

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What fighting style is this particular cartoon character utilizing in the television show, "The Boondocks"?
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Bruce Lee is what I most see. In the video 1: At 0:22 the character does Bruce Lee movie vocalization Although the loose hands are not exclusively from Lee. At 0:32 the character does Muhammad Ali ...

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What is the primary technique of Wudang sword?
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I can only comment definitively on the dan pai wudang system, as opposed to fu pai or chou pai, which was passed to me from my teacher via two students of Li Jing Lin. I was taught it is the wrist ...

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Placebo in Martial Arts
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There is definite fraud in teaching of the arts Sham videos of a supposed "tai chi master" pushing someone using only their "chi", never touching them. I had a friend who was part ...

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