At 11/13/14 01:17 PM, frootza wrote:
At 11/13/14 03:51 AM, Lagerkapo wrote:
Which form/school of Tai Chi did/do you study? They are all similar but very different. I went to college for shortened Lee form (Chen Man Chin's adaptation) and in high school I believe I did a Wu variation, although I can't remember.I believe I was studying Chen's as well, though I could be wrong. Don't take my word for it though since it was a very long time ago and I really only remember the most basic "phrase", stepping to the left, looking to the left along with the various visualizations, (which I believe are taught wrong most of the time anyway based on my Qi Gong experience. If you think lo ma bu was bad, wait until you get into the more intense postures while "standing" on bricks!)
So.. I studied under Chen Man Ching's direct lineage holder, and we never were prompted to visualize anything during a Tai Chi form practice, simply to most fully as possible be in our bodies.
Stepping and turning one's head to the left was not the first move of my form. The attention rarely, only twice, (attention being where the head turns) moves away from the orientation of the centerline of the torso, dan tien and body as a whole.
The first move was to move from (I don't remember what it's called, but I called it) duck feet (feet connected at the ankles and splayed at 45 degrees) onto the right foot by ***releasing the hips, falling into it and catching it all in a very controlled manner***, place the left foot at shoulder width facing forward as the weight shifts, using the fulcrum action of the hips, shift weight onto the left leg, and use the hips to reorient the right foot to be at shoulder width both feet facing forward.
Then it was dropping the hips and lower back in order to allow the raising of the arms at one of three points in the form where the wrists really bent, but the raising of the arms comes from the core. The arms raised to shoulder level as you simultaneously sunk and rose and finally you ended up ready to begin using lateral motion with your shoulders.
Well, blocking a trained (and moreover skillful) boxer is hardly a breeze, but it definitely allows one greater alacrity when trying to redirect force.Trained boxers in my experience think they are (for lack of a better term) "hot shit", but they bounce around too much and want to show off looking like Ali, getting floored with a simple leg swoop.
Be honest, how many really good boxers have you actually met, let alone thrown blows with? And have you ever played with world class boxing men? I know I haven't, and the decent ones are, sure, easier than people trained in other forms of combat to kick, choke and bend, and easier means that I ONLY have to overcome physical strength, as opposed to ably used leverage and ability, but they still have a very good fighting ability, especially at close and mid range, and should not be taken lightly.
The radius of the method I practice covers their entire attack radius but does take more speed and power than with the usual training wheels. In a ring it's pretty useful but not in a bar! (In my opinion/experience)
Have you had to apply either? (Fought in a ring or in bar/street)
Cool stuff! I had no idea they offered Tai Chi as a college major nowadays! I don't like to spread myself too thin style wise. MMA is cool, and you've probably heard it before but I feel like it is taking some of the magic out of studying martial arts. Meh.
Haha if you want mystique then you shouldn't be training for a fight. MMA is a blanket term. Every school is different. I studied at a school where the master largely used "Pancrase" (Kind of like a greek freeform thing revived in the modern age in spirit) as the name for his school, but it incorporated Sambo (Russian submission wrestling), BJJ, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai etcetera whatever and all sorts of other shit. We did a lot of free sparring too, which I find often to be paramount to the ability to really incorporate the principles of any given form, school of thought or idea about combat. Not to say that anything is anything; the martial arts are about understanding the principles of the mechanics of the body and the violent and/or controllable application of force. Period.
Also a reiki master level healer/teacher, ran the student group for energy healing practice at my university for two years, fairly well psychic, and that all applies to being able to sense the energy centers of the person in front of me and read their movements/find the spots that will hurt etcetera.Also, very cool stuff. I'd be wary about Reiki as a New Age trend. Most of them know more about manipulating your emotions (to pay them cash) than they know about manipulating your energy centers! Just make sure to check your teachers qualifications!
I do not disrespect your skepticism, but I have had quite a bit of serious energetic experience and training in this lifetime, and I am very skilled at what I do. I have, obviously, like everybody, had to go through some stupid bullshit to gain my confidence, but I know pretty thoroughly and exactly what it is that I am doing with my energy. And Reiki, although it is a valuable and free tool in my spiritual toolbox is simply one mechanism through which I can work.
I appreciate your sentiment, and hold no resentment, but I will tell you that I HAVE learned not only what salt is but why it is granular. And then some. Energy is not an illusion to me, it is a reality and I am very thoroughly grounded when it comes to how I go about experiencing it, at least in relation to the level of warning you sought to provide me.
I never charge money for my services
One of the few people I've had first hand, real life experience studying with (who has proven himself to the community quite well in my opinion) was Grandmaster Angi Uezu... And that man. I will just leave it at that haha, you can see for yourself what he is capable of.
I will research him.
It's like chess in three dimensions, in real time, and with force.Yes, that is a nice way of putting it :D. Be careful out there mate!
Always and without exception or fail.