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Martial Arts / Re: Is aikido suitable for women ?
« Last post by sophisticus on Today at 03:37:11 PM »
As i know, the principle of aikido is like Tai Chi, don't use the strength to conquer the opposite, there is also a principle to use the soft to conquer the hard, the heavy weight person is not an advantage, this point may be very useful for the woman. Because i'm a woman martial art practitioner, i'm always very care about the winning with strength.

Another question is, could i choose 2 different martial arts to practice? This question bothered me for a long time, actually i'm a Tai Chi practitioner but i'm also very interested in budo, i've no attention to give up Tai Chi, hope some one can give help.

At last, a gift of photo to webmaster about this topic.

Kasumi todoh, a person in the " The king of fighters ”, she practice also aikido very well  #UC3
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Martial Arts / Is aikido suitable for women ?
« Last post by Webmaster on March 22, 2017, 09:04:55 AM »
Debate: In your opinion, is aikido suitable for women ? Is it the best martial art choice for women?

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Wikimartial / Re: Qigong [construction1]
« Last post by Blue Magpie on March 22, 2017, 07:20:09 AM »
Hi Sophisticus

I am glad I could help!

The purpose of each and every gongfu exercise, not only zhan zhuang, should be defined very clearly. We should ask, and keep asking, "why are we doing this?", "what is the purpose of that?" etc. So what is the purpose of zhan zhuang? why is it necessary to stand for 30 minutes? This must be defined. Otherwise, we waste precious time, and do not really improve.

Gongfu masters really have a lot of knowledge, but they don't know everything. And furthermore, sometimes they have mistaken ideas. The best way, I think, is to listen to what they say but then confirm the validity of their claims with professionals trained in modern science (doctors, physical therapists, fitness instructors etc.). I have been doing it for several years now, and I found out that many times gongfu masters are wrong; they tell you to do things which will hurt you. They are not bad, they simply don't know.

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Wikimartial / Re: Qigong [construction1]
« Last post by sophisticus on March 21, 2017, 07:20:25 AM »
I think that qigong is not a martial art in itself, but a part (an important part) of internal martial arts systems. You are right, Zhan zhuang is a qi gong exercise. And this exercise is  used in internal martial arts systems.

Zhan zhuang is meant to make qi-flow smoother, to make the practitioner be aware of the energy flow in the body, to relax the muscles and perfect body alignment, but also to train the mind, to cultivate calmness (when fighting, being calm is vital).

Some teachers have their students stand in zhan zhuang for 45 minutes straight. It makes the whole body shake. But it is wrong. Maintaining one posture for that long damages the cartilages. You should not stand in zhan zhuang for more than 5-10 minutes.

Thank you Blue Magpie!! I appreciate this post, really useful for me, i do 30 mins Zhan Zhuang, my teacher doesn't tell me the timing exactly i should do, he just said, i can stand more and more long time when my internal strength grow, but personally, i feel a little unconfortable about my knee cartilages, so i doubt whether i should continue in this way.

But you know, even i ask my teacher about knee pb, he said may be the pb cause of my standing position is not correct, the neck and spine should keep straight they will hang the body, and the knee will not take the body weight. Frankly speaking, even i do it as he said, i still feel some uncomfortable about my knee cartilage.  And i think it has been always a problem, a woman i knew in a Qi gong team just stoped Qi Gong Training because of her knee problem, i often watched their whloe lesson, they do the Qi gong training in a zhang zhuang position, and the training is more than 1h30!!!!

Cartilage problem is always a confused topic for me and also for a lot of practitioners, today your post make me sure about myself,  i decide to listen to my body and reduce the Zhan zhuang time, respect the nature and listen to yourself is also a lesson as you mentioned in last post, thanks again to talk about this topic!
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Wikimartial / Re: Qigong [construction1]
« Last post by Blue Magpie on March 21, 2017, 06:29:46 AM »
Great text Blue Magpie ! I have added it in "1.What is Qigong ?"

Thank you Webmaster!

Can we think Qi Gong is an internal martial art? Is it a basic training for all Chinese martial arts? I do the pole standing (zhan zhuang) regularly, is it also belong to Qi Gong? The principle seems similar.

I think that qigong is not a martial art in itself, but a part (an important part) of internal martial arts systems. You are right, Zhan zhuang is a qi gong exercise. And this exercise is  used in internal martial arts systems.

Zhan zhuang is meant to make qi-flow smoother, to make the practitioner be aware of the energy flow in the body, to relax the muscles and perfect body alignment, but also to train the mind, to cultivate calmness (when fighting, being calm is vital).

Some teachers have their students stand in zhan zhuang for 45 minutes straight. It makes the whole body shake. But it is wrong. Maintaining one posture for that long damages the cartilages. You should not stand in zhan zhuang for more than 5-10 minutes.

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Feedback & Announcements / Re: New martial arts schools search engine !
« Last post by Webmaster on March 21, 2017, 06:20:19 AM »
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Martial Tube / Re: Boxer vs Kung Fu priest sparring
« Last post by Webmaster on March 21, 2017, 04:27:36 AM »
Hi sophisticus,

It looks like wing chun. I also think it is wing chun.
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Martial Tube / Re: Boxer vs Kung Fu priest sparring
« Last post by sophisticus on March 21, 2017, 03:31:38 AM »
Which kind of Kung Fu he used ? The hands movements seems a lot Wing Chun?
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Martial Tube / Boxer vs Kung Fu priest sparring
« Last post by Webmaster on March 20, 2017, 09:29:20 AM »
Boxer vs Kung Fu priest sparring

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