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Posted On:3/27/2007 4:56pm
Style: Wu style tcc+bjj
Originally Posted by lee
l would like a question answered if l might . where is your wu style from? hong kong or shanghia . as theres a difference .
I am studying the Wu Style from Hong Kong (via Toronto). Most of the Wu family moved to HK/Macau after Shanghai. Remaining in Shanghai were Wu Ying-Hua (who married Ma Yueh Liang) and Wu Kung Cho (imprisoned during cultural revolution).
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Posted On:3/27/2007 4:58pm
Posted On:3/27/2007 5:05pm
Style: pak mei
yes l know what your learning . it is different than what l was taught. thank you
Last edited by lee; 3/27/2007 5:21pm at .
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Posted On:3/27/2007 5:24pm
Style: n/a (ex-Karate)
OK. My 2c worth.
Tai Chi, as taught in the West, is chiefly a medicinal art (the health effects of which are similar to light exercise).
This is because it's practiced slowly, and without full-resistance sparring. The techniques are largely untested, and are assumed to work by deference to tradition (e.g. 'My sifu says that his grandmaster said...').
However, some schools in the West (e.g. that of Cullion) and China maintain Tai Chi as a fighting art, i.e. a martial art in the genuine sense. From what I can tell, the difference is in the drilling, application and testing of their techniques (like any fighting craft).
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Posted On:3/27/2007 5:37pm
l learned what l do pak mei after seeing a real fight between my sifu and a teacher of clf . at the time l was only about 154 lbs. the clf guy was over 6 ft my sifu about 5 foot ten . when l was young l loved to fight so l was sold . it was later l did bi ci . tai chi l didnt mean it couldnt work and if l can get my son to post a picture of chen from h.k. with winners from a bare knuckle event l will. when l was young we didnt have t.v. or computers so l cant do it . l would like to see tai chi free fighting .
Last edited by lee; 3/27/2007 5:40pm at .
Posted On:3/27/2007 6:19pm
Erle is th3 r34l d34dl3y joke.
I've met Max, he's a nice guy and he might go far. W.C.C.C. was by all accounts a can of whuppass in his day. However, if its still up on his website, in the bio's he admits to starting Max off with another teacher on orthodox kung fu-- TCC is just too slow to interest the average kid. I've tried with my stepson, and its true.
Unfortunately DAYoung's assessment is correct; although it shouldn't have to be that way, usually it is.
You have to be very careful, IMO, with any TCC schools, and especially with people calling themselves "real" and "full contact" TCC players. Most of the ones I've met are old TMA/hard stylists (KE?PO!), who expand into TCC for $, learn a few forms, then bring their old skillset from other MAs in to show that they know the r34l d34dl3y "applications".
The Chen village standard bearers have been doing seminars in some U.S. cities for a few years, and they appear to have some skills, although I've never seen them do full contact sparring. They do appear to know how to punch, and also have a lot of chin na/joint locking skill. I've seen and felt M. Zhu Tian Cai, and also C. P. Ong who works with Chen Xiaowang and Chen Zhenglei, and is a disciple of CZL.
Yan Yuanhua, teaching in the L.A. area, is from the Shanghai Wu tradition (< Qian Chaoqun < Ma Yuehliang) and I believe he has some skills to teach; but he is also "old school" enough that no one is going to walk in off the street and find out.
The point to be made, however, is that TCC gets a lot of disrespect, but most people, even those who think they are doing it, have never really seen or experienced the real deal.
Posted On:3/27/2007 8:58pm
I could only stand watching one of the guy's videos for a minute.
I started learning TC as a supplement to my other stuff and have found it helpful. Understanding the principles and improving my structure has helped me with my throws and takedowns. Doing the repetitive motions (exercises) has also helped my stance to where I don't get thrown as easy.
I think the effectiveness of the style depends on how it is taught. The class I take emphasizes getting the movements down and applying them over learning the form. Putting the person off-balance before you hit them is one of the main applications. In my opinion it has been a great supplement to my training.
Posted On:3/28/2007 12:07am
You're on to something, Hands. That's definitely a piece of the elephant.
I occasionally train with oldtyger, who posts very rarely. He was always talking about "structure", to the point I was getting tired of it. Also the "Tai Chi body" versus the "Bagua body". It was boring until we really started playing and I couldn't move him around in spite of a 110 pound weight advantage (250 versus 140). And when he punches, it rocks!
I started listening and thinking more about "structure" then. Tai Chi is a good way to get to it, not the only way, but a good one if you pay attention to the principles. Maybe I'm starting to get it.
Posted On:3/28/2007 1:10am
Originally Posted by metarat
. He was always talking about "structure", to the point I was getting tired of it.
Posted On:4/02/2007 8:21pm
Style: karate,MMA(between gyms)
WHere the hell did cullion go off to?
I mean i didn't always agree with him, but he represented Taiji MUCH better then Erle.
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