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    #61
    Why Tai Chi when you can do what your av is doing?

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      #62
      Originally posted by DCS
      Why Tai Chi when you can do what your av is doing?
      I'm doing both, though Tai Chi doesn't have the same dynamic tension as sanchin. It can place a great deal of stress on the joints.
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        #63
        Originally posted by DAYoung
        I'm doing both, though Tai Chi doesn't have the same dynamic tension as sanchin. It can place a great deal of stress on the joints.
        Wrong answer.

        The correct one is: "because the ladies in silk pyjamas"


        On the serious side: Get better and take care.

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          #64
          Originally posted by DCS
          Wrong answer.

          The correct one is: "because the ladies in silk pyjamas"
          Middle-aged women in tracksuits?

          On the serious side: Get better and take care.
          Thanks, mate.
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            #65
            So, I take it you've been playing with your Single Whip?

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              #66
              Originally posted by DerAuslander108
              So, I take it you've been playing with your Single Whip?
              Isn't that why we have interne-

              Oh, right.

              I don't know if I've learnt that yet. He doesn't give the moves cool Chinese names (although I was inventing some as we practiced this evening).

              It's astonishing how many of the moves are almost identical to Goju strikes and stances (except without application).
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                #67
                Well, I just had my second class. We did our usual warm-up, and then moved on to the next section of the first form.

                More chi-talk. This time, it was explaining why we keep the hand curved, and the thumb out (contrary to everything I was taught in karate). Apparently, the strike isn't with the heel of the palm or the edge of the hand, but is more of a chi-directing push...

                But I'll move on...

                Many of the techniques are very similar to Goju, e.g. strikes with the wrist (from inu no kamai), fingertips and blocks with the side of the hand; and stances like zenkutsudachi, hekodachi, shikodachi and nekuwashidachi (better known in Tai Chi as Bow Stance, Ready Stance, Horse Stance and Cat Stance).

                So, all that's quite familiar.

                Doing things at a fifth of the speed is weird. It's odd seeing a technique designed for a whip-like attack being-de-whipped by glacial movement. But that's part of the challenge. To be honest, doing things so slowly is actually quite taxing (to a convalescing weakling, anyway) - like holding your arms in front of you for twenty minutes.

                Again, it's very nice to watch. Perhaps I can post a video for people to laugh at in a few months.
                Last edited by DAYoung; 12/11/2006 4:35am, .
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                  #68
                  Enjoy, DAYoung! The only bad thing that can happen to you with tai chi is to pick a fake instructor, but you probably know what to do in order to avoid such a mistake.
                  Otherwise it's just some good relaxation.
                  Ever considered zazen sessions? Gets you relaxed and it even involves physical punishment from time to time (with the bamboo stick, you know...)
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                    #69
                    Tai Chi is not just doing the slow hand-form.
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                      #70
                      Originally posted by Cullion
                      Tai Chi is not just doing the slow hand-form.
                      I've heard that too.
                      But I like that story the most, in which a tai chi master has developed such softness of his hands, that a singing bird was unable to lift off and fly away from his palm.
                      The poor feathered thing didn't have enough ground to jump into flying, the tai chi master's palm reacted and sank with the bird's every attempt...
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                        #71
                        Ha Ha Tai Chi, jing is coming next.

                        And I'm the "idiot."

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                          #72
                          Originally posted by Tonuzaba
                          I've heard that too.
                          But I like that story the most, in which a tai chi master has developed such softness of his hands, that a singing bird was unable to lift off and fly away from his palm.
                          The poor feathered thing didn't have enough ground to jump into flying, the tai chi master's palm reacted and sank with the bird's every attempt...
                          Tonuzaba
                          No.

                          Just no.
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                            #73
                            No what?
                            No everything?
                            Your yin and yang seem to be pretty unbalanced...
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                              #74
                              And Cullion, did the admin bless your v$ trading proposition?
                              'Cause I just might have some ideas for you to sig...
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                                #75
                                Originally posted by Tonuzaba
                                And Cullion, did the admin bless your v$ trading proposition?
                                'Cause I just might have some ideas for you to sig...
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