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  1. I switched...

    But that was a LONG time ago.
    I started out training Karate when I was eight years old. I took classes at the local community center. I couldn't, not even to save my life, tell you what style of...
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    Bawang, At the bottom of the movement (where the...

    Bawang,
    At the bottom of the movement (where the hands cross) it protects against kicks to the groin, if you go even lower it can ever protect the knee, then the lifting motion can lift the...
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    50/50 weight distribution may be a bad thing in...

    50/50 weight distribution may be a bad thing in Xingyi Quan, I honestly don't know as I have never studied it and would not presume to comment.
    But "Double Empty, Double Full" works out well in the...
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    TGY, The Lurker would like to read what you have...

    TGY,
    The Lurker would like to read what you have to say about: nxt time I'll discuss some of those woefully innadequate biomechanics in regards to how to define parameters of so-caled "internal"...
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    I like that KC Elbows is always right. It...

    I like that KC Elbows is always right.
    It comforts me.

    Oh, you asked about Tai Chi fist.
    Never mind....
    :p
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    You are eating french fries , after you take the...

    You are eating french fries , after you take the first bite you realize there is no salt on them. There is a salt shaker on the table and you decide to put salt on your french fries.
    You reach for...
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    KTS, Only if you do it right! :D

    KTS,
    Only if you do it right! :D
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    It does, and the extension of the other arm adds...

    It does, and the extension of the other arm adds to the side to side with the waist turn being incorporated as a whole body movement.
    Don't overturn, don't forget to fold.

    Yes, big to small....
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    My instructor has the best answer ever for this...

    My instructor has the best answer ever for this question. When students, like me (Hey! I'm in shape. "Pear" is a shape!) ask why do we develop Tai Chi Bellies, he simply responds with:
    Because you...
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    Skip, You've learned this big. Now, make it...

    Skip,
    You've learned this big.
    Now, make it smaller.
    Big is how you learn, small is how you do.
    Remember when you were just learning to write? They gave you a pencil that you had to sling over...
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    Skip, My advice would be to make haste a little...

    Skip,
    My advice would be to make haste a little more slowly.

    You seem to be grasping the stepping pattern quite well though.
    Yes, the idea is not to move your center forward all at once, rather...
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    Mooying, I don't have much information beyond...

    Mooying,
    I don't have much information beyond what I heard them say at the Symposium.
    The most often asked question was if these were "simplified" forms, the answer was always, "easy forms, but...
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    No, I have never listened to music when...

    No, I have never listened to music when practicing alone. In groups I have done so quite often.
    "Distracting" to me is if something interferes with my ability to be totally in the moment. This is...
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    Actually, I have never much enjoyed listening to...

    Actually, I have never much enjoyed listening to music as I practice. Not of any kind.
    It is very distracting to me.
    I have no problem with anyone who does, at all. I just found GM Ma's argument to...
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    Skip, I am, unfortunately, pressed for time...

    Skip,
    I am, unfortunately, pressed for time again today.
    However, the stepping as I have described it is a "whole body" movement. It moves the weight of and roots your entire body in a single,...
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    Grand Master Ma made a convincing argument...

    Grand Master Ma made a convincing argument against practicing TCC to music at the Symposium.
    It made so much sense to me that I no longer do it.

    His argument is probably best heard coming from...
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    Skip, That is a good breakdown of what happens....

    Skip,
    That is a good breakdown of what happens.
    However, you are overlooking a vital part of the exchange.
    That "move forward weight" moment is crucial to TCC combat.
    Why?
    Good question, I'm...
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    Skip, I think you're hitting it right on the...

    Skip,
    I think you're hitting it right on the head.
    This training has returned immediate, tangible results for everyone I have ever worked with on it.
    The quickness of the results is a combination...
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    Skip, Yes, each GM talked about how his...

    Skip,
    Yes, each GM talked about how his particular short form was created before they began to teach them.

    Bob
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    Tai Chi Hermit, When I get asked "what is the...

    Tai Chi Hermit,
    When I get asked "what is the best age to being my Tai Chi Chuan training" I always answer with this question:
    "How old are you?"
    Whatever answer they give, I respond with: "Yep,...
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    I heard a wonderful quote at the Symposium, but I...

    I heard a wonderful quote at the Symposium, but I have no recollection who said it....
    Nope, just not coming to me.
    The way I remember it is this: "Short forms are for when you are short on time"...
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    Skip, I'm glad the hip socket workout is showing...

    Skip,
    I'm glad the hip socket workout is showing progress for you.
    I, too, was flat out amazed by it when I first learned it. It really brought a lot of what I was missing in TCC out for me and...
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    I would like to address these questions asked by...

    I would like to address these questions asked by dimethylsea:
    "a hypothetical MMA guy could learn a Taiji form and be able to kick alot of arse but is it Taiji?"
    No. Tai Chi Chuan is much more...
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    Skip, I don't know if I'm the guy you want there...

    Skip,
    I don't know if I'm the guy you want there in times of trouble. My application skills are less than my theory.
    I can hold my own, but I'm no Yang Lu Chan. Heck, I'm not even very good...
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    Exactly. Not everyone you see in the videos of...

    Exactly. Not everyone you see in the videos of the morning practices in China are martial arts experts. They are every day people who are doing Tai Chi for...
    Health.

    I like Tai Chi for health,...
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