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    So, I started Tai Chi...

    Yes, DAYoung has bowed his head, walked away from the glory that is Judo and Karate, and taken his battered, injured body to the Tai Chi school down the road. The instructor is nice, the other classmembers seem friendly, and it's in a pleasant garden that only has one visible asbestos sheet.

    You know, they really do talk about chi a lot. Anyway, here is a quick list of 'for' and 'against'.

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    For

    It's relaxing.
    There are good stretches.
    The forms are quite graceful.
    It's low impact.

    Against

    The 'chi' talk.
    The lack of simple, effective fighting techniques.
    The lack of resistance training.
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    Now, Judo and the other 'alive' martial arts all give you good stretches, grace, relaxation (afterwards), but aren't low impact. Herein lies the only positive contribution of Tai Chi (at least so far): it shouldn't make me more injured than I am. You might be able to train for fighting, but that certainly isn't what we're doing (and not what most schools do).

    Wish me luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAYoung
    Yes, DAYoung has bowed his head, walked away from the glory that is Judo and Karate, and taken his battered, injured body to the Tai Chi school down the road. The instructor is nice, the other classmembers seem friendly, and it's in a pleasant garden that only has one visible asbestos sheet.

    You know, they really do talk about chi a lot. Anyway, here is a quick list of 'for' and 'against'.

    ---------------------
    For

    It's relaxing.
    There are good stretches.
    The forms are quite graceful.
    It's low impact.

    Against

    The 'chi' talk.
    The lack of simple, effective fighting techniques.
    The lack of resistance training.
    ---------------------

    Now, Judo and the other 'alive' martial arts all give you good stretches, grace, relaxation (afterwards), but aren't low impact. Herein lies the only positive contribution of Tai Chi (at least so far): it shouldn't make me more injured than I am. You might be able to train for fighting, but that certainly isn't what we're doing (and not what most schools do).

    Wish me luck.

    ummm good luck ... and errrrr ... keep us updated .
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAYoung

    Now, Judo and the other 'alive' martial arts all give you good stretches, grace, relaxation (afterwards), but aren't low impact. Herein lies the only positive contribution of Tai Chi (at least so far): it shouldn't make me more injured than I am. You might be able to train for fighting, but that certainly isn't what we're doing (and not what most schools do).

    Wish me luck.
    Dude, is there an Iaido club anywhere near you?

    Iai stretches, is relaxing and is low impact, but doesn't (at least anywhere I've ever heard of) have any ridiculous talk of chi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iscariot
    Dude, is there an Iaido club anywhere near you?

    Iai stretches, is relaxing and is low impact, but doesn't (at least anywhere I've ever heard of) have any ridiculous talk of chi.
    Hmmm. I've thought about it. There might be one at the university.

    All the fast over-head movements might be a problem, though (or as that only in kenjutsu).

    Still, definitely a possibility. Tai Chi does have real benefits, but it certainly doesn't have a monopoly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BackFistMonkey
    ummm good luck ... and errrrr ... keep us updated .
    I'll do what I can. I missed the last class because my injury flared up.

    How sad is it that even Tai Chi can hurt me...?

    Martial arts have made me weak.

    *sobs*
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