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    Only move the arms without moving the body

    I have always believed that when you train MA, you should let your body to push/pull your arms. I have seen some clips when someone trains his form, he only moves his arms without moving his body. This just violate everything that I have believed in. How can you generate power without moving your body?

    Here is a good example that body push/pull arms. Should MA style make that much difference? What's your opinion on this?

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    Not much to add I think you're correct.

    Also defensively it can be reverse, someone moves your hand or arm
    and then your footwork follows.

    Of course we're speaking in generally ideal terms and not looking for exceptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subitai View Post
    someone moves your hand or arm and then your footwork follows.
    In order to gain speed, sometime you let your body to chase your arm. In either cases, your body will still move before your arm or after your arm. Your body should not be static.
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    Sifu says: "Body move you arms!"...every class...more than once
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    Yi Shen Dai Bei 以身带臂

    In northern styles, we always move our steps and body.

    We would move one step or several steps and do one move.

    In southern style, we may see many hand moves with a horse stance. That is with no moving steps.

    Use your body to move arms.

    Actually it starts with your feet.

    In Tong Bei, there are deng and ta step. Step on toes and step on heels.

    Even without moving steps, we are still generating our power from stepping on the ground and recruiting the counter force/energy from the ground up via our body to the arms.

    Step or walk into your move. That is an old saying.


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    Greetings,

    I agree with body movement, in particular the turning of the waist. If this was explored it would change the way a lot of Long Fist styles look. I consider it a missing key towards understanding usage.


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