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Posted by: Taoquan
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 02:42
I feel this is a distinction that is needed in order to clarify for most people that Tai Chi Chuan is first and foremost a Martial Art and is not just "Moving Yoga" or "for health". So in order to better educate the general public and to (hopefully) save them some time in deciding whether Tai Chi Chuan is for them. The first aspect we have to look at is the definitions; for the purpose of simplicity I will merely use a loose translation of the two terms. Tai Chi = Supreme/Grand Ultimate Tai Chi Chuan = Supreme/Grand Ultimate Fist/Boxing To a greater degree, at least in...
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Posted by: andym
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 16:25
  気 : The Power to Confuse. By Andy Moorhouse KI/QI/CHI - Is one of the most confusing and divisive subjects within the oriental martial arts. Even what we say is confusing. Most people refer to it by the Chinese CHI, or the more modern QI, rather than the Japanese KI , irrespective of where their art originates. This is in no way definitive , or meant to convince others one way or the other. This is a personal reflection of my views on KI/QI/CHI and how I got there. My view has changed repeatedly over the years, and no doubt will again. From ignorance, to ignoring, through to...
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Posted by: Medway Tai Chi Society
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 21:20
  How can T’ai Chi Chuan be used for Self Defence?   Many would be surprised to learn that T’ai Chi Chuan is, in fact, a method of combat. It is not that it could be applied thus, but in fact how the art developed in the first place. Historically, China was a dangerous place, and there were many methods developed which taught how to defend ones-self from attack using both weapons and bare hands. It was in this violent history that T’ai Chi Chuan was developed, and in the golden era of Chinese boxing in the mid-to-late 1800’s where it found popularity. It...
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Posted by: ashley
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 15:02
Eating the largest meal close to sleeping The average daily intake of calories for a man is 3000-3500. A sumo wrestler consumes 20,000 calories a day, split between two very large meals of 10,000 calories each. By sleeping after a meal of 10,000 calories a sumo wrestlers body is able to process them slowly for storage (as fat).   Skipping breakfast This may seem illogical in respect to gaining weight, however according to Dr. Wayne Callaway, obesity specialist at George Washington University, skipping breakfast can not only trigger overeating later in the day but can also cause a...
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Posted by: Medway Tai Chi Society
Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 14:02
Meditation is great, right?   A nice, tranquil room, some incense burning, some soothing music in the background and someone walking you through some guided visualisation, maybe…   After you come out of class, you feel refreshed, you feel alert – generally, you’re feeling pretty awesome, and life is great.   Then, you pull out of the car-park and some jack-ass cuts across in front of you. You slam on your brakes, and your body tenses for an impact that never comes. Your blood is up, you mutter some curses to yourself, but you’re...
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Posted by: Medway Tai Chi Society
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 22:05
  Knights Without Armour   Everyday experiences leave their traces. Have you ever noticed, whenever you get stressed out, your body may go tense without conscious effort. You find your fists clenched, your shoulders raised, your abdomen compressed and your breath up in your chest.     Even after you think you’ve calmed down, you will still be carrying this tension with you. Tightness in your shoulders, in your back, your arms, your neck. You become rigid, as if wearing a suit of armour.     The same happens when...
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Posted by: jdnandy
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 08:52
Is your lifestyle killing you? Do you feel so anxious that it's now getting in the way of sticking to a regular routine? Martial arts training could be the perfect stress buster for you. Find a skilled and dedicated martial arts instructor near where you live and make the most of the training provided. It is psychologically proven that traditional martial arts training programs are highly effective in diminishing our stress level as well as aggression. It also induces positive attitude towards life.  Here are 3 stages of how to cut down stress level with a conventional martial arts...
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Posted by: ashley
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 12:20
We do not condone the personal possession or use of the weapons listed in this article. Most, if not all, of the items listed here may inflict serious and/or fatal injuries on both the user and non-user, therefore please take this page as an educational reference only.   Ashiko These are foot spikes, normally comprised of stainless steal, designed to give a Ninja grip for climbing, scaling or walking on frictionless surfaces. For maximum effectiveness they are position on the ball part of the foot. These are also commonly used with hand claw counterparts.      ...
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Posted by: Neal Martin
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 15:31
Not every aggressive confrontation has to end in physical violence. If you know how to control the pre-fight stage to your advantage then more often than not you can walk away from a confrontation without recourse to physical violence (all out fighting).  Besides the obvious tactic of verbal de-escalation, there are three other simple tactics you can use to end a potential fight situation without actually fighting.   1. The Aggressive Fence   Unless you've been living under a moss-covered rock for the past twenty years, you probably know what the fence...
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Posted by: Neal Martin
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 13:48
This article was inspired by a discussion on my Combative Minds Group on LinkedIn. If you are not a member yet, head over now and join the group. Role-play has become an essential part of self defence training. It used to be that training didn't go much further than the actual physical techniques. Now, most people who train in reality self defence wrap up the physical techniques inside some kind of scenario. In the quest for ever more realism in training, instructors began to introduce the concept of role-playing, where students would "play the part" of an attacker as...
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