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by Psi Man
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:07 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taijiquan against common attacks
Replies: 5
Views: 6742

Re: Taijiquan against common attacks

Well, a fast inside hook is difficult to block against in general, but I agree that "fair lady works the shuttle" is how I would respond. If you know someone is fond of the hook (say, a sparring partner or tournament opponent), you might be able to move outside of range and roll it back and quickly ...
by Psi Man
Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 24628

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

Well, sorry to hear you're not openly going to continue teaching, Kungfupanda, but maybe stuff will change in the future. Definitely keep in touch with other knowledgeable folks and let us know what you're up to. Is it difficult to advance your own skill level without teaching or practicing with oth...
by Psi Man
Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts
Replies: 29
Views: 24628

Re: Trying to teach Taichi as martial arts

Hey folks, Thought I'd weigh in here, since I have been practicing for a while with Scott Rodell at the DC branch and these kinds of subjects come up in discussions all the time. Finding serious students, and especially ones who value the martial tradition, is just as difficult in Washington DC as i...
by Psi Man
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Finding quality ginseng
Replies: 1
Views: 5093

Finding quality ginseng

So I have been reading a lot of material on ginseng lately, and have come to realize that most of the store-bought ginseng capsules I have ever tried using were pretty much garbage/fake or just such small dosages as to be ineffective. Short of buying actual ginseng roots, can anyone recommend a part...
by Psi Man
Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Feng Shui discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 5533

Re: Feng Shui discussion

Thanks for answering, Laoshi; always curious to hear more about Master Weng and his life and background.
by Psi Man
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji vs chronic hip pain
Replies: 11
Views: 7805

Re: Taiji vs chronic hip pain

That looks awesome, dude! Let us know the results.
by Psi Man
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Has anybody read this book?
Replies: 7
Views: 8509

Re: Has anybody read this book?

Yeah, if a lot of the info comes from Yiquan, I wouldn't be surprised if the exercises are awesome. Yiquan has a slew of really interesting (and supposedly very effective) energy training drills, and some martial arts historians and experts have argued that zhan-zhuang's pivotal place in modern Chin...
by Psi Man
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Feng Shui discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 5533

Feng Shui discussion

Hey folks, I recall Laoshi has mentioned in passing that the late Master Wang was rather knowledgeable in feng shui . How common was this kind of knowledge among people of his cultural milieu? Would he have picked this up casually or as a disciple of someone? Does anybody here have much experience w...
by Psi Man
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji vs chronic hip pain
Replies: 11
Views: 7805

Re: Taiji vs chronic hip pain

Hmm, yeah I feel your pain on multiple levels, LP. I have lousy insurance and can't really afford physical therapy. For myself, I simply try to get them to give me written instructions for good core and back strength exercises which will help support my spine. For the normal person, I'd imagine core...
by Psi Man
Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji vs chronic hip pain
Replies: 11
Views: 7805

Re: Taiji vs chronic hip pain

Doing the form over and over and holding each posture, zhuan-zhuang style, for several minutes each, is some of the best practice you'll get, injury or not. While acupuncture and massage are extremely helpful, they will not rebuild lost muscle groups. They are more for helping to relieve chronic ten...
by Psi Man
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:47 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Self Defense for the Streets
Replies: 28
Views: 13331

Re: Self Defense for the Streets

If you practice the form hours a day, how much of it comes out in sanshou? For most people, probably about 20% of form skill is retained and translates to sanshou skill. And probably only about 20% of that sanshou skill comes out in a surprise, real situation. Everyone talks big about using martial ...
by Psi Man
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Intro to General Taiji Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 4056

Re: Intro to General Taiji Discussion

Good thread idea, leftsider. I always have a lot of questions about TJQ that I think about posting here, but then I realize most of them can only satisfactorily be answered by my own consistent practice. However that attitude is a luxury that has a lot to do with being in such constant close proximi...
by Psi Man
Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Self Defense for the Streets
Replies: 28
Views: 13331

Re: Self Defense for the Streets

Hey Linda, anything in particular that made you think of this lately? Here are my obvious fundamental rules for not getting attacked! -don't go to dangerous places -don't walk down the street alone at night, in an unfamiliar neighborhood, with an iPod or cellphone in your ear, or while intoxicated -...
by Psi Man
Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:06 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Is this Taiji master's power real ?
Replies: 10
Views: 9782

Re: Is this Taiji master's power real ?

I wouldn't doubt the dude's skills, but the whole showcase is pretty hokey. The energy stuff looks a lot like Systema drills, where the student reacts in a specific way to the master's non-physical intent.
by Psi Man
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:58 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: The Ultimate 5 Principles Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 7045

Re: The Ultimate 5 Principles Thread

Unless otherwise noted, this is all stuff I picked up in class and personal practice. Obviously I left out some things that shouldn't be published on an internet forum, and feel free to moderate if I still did that here. I'd be interested to hear anyone else's thoughts or experiences on the subject,...