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scohen0300
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Joined: 09 Feb 2016
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Styles: Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, Muay Thai

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 1:13 am    Post subject: Can someone explain Qi Gong and Tai Chi? Reply with quote

Iím into yoga, and I always hear how great these Chinese martial/internal arts are. With a standard karate background, Iíve been trying to understand if these arts are similar - minus the belt ranks.

Are there set forms, or just individual techniques?

Is there a curriculum for these forms/techniques, depending on the style/lineage?

Have you noticed anything in particular that youíve gained from practicing these arts, and can you share some of that experience?

What online schools do you trust to learn from and/or get certified from?


Thank you in advance!
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Seamas
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Styles: Wado-Ryu, Shotokan

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there, I have trained Chinese martial arts with a highly graded Shifu here in Belfast, whoís main gig is Tai Chi. He was a judge at the Wushu World Championships where I competed in Sanda.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong are pretty different. Tai Chi is a martial art, where Qi Gong is kind of a meditative practice of trying to influence the Ďchií energy within the body. As a firm NON-believer in Ďchií, I was more interested in Tai Chi, which turned out to be quite a difficult art form. It involves a lot of isometric strength which isnít as practiced in Karate. So it can make you feel like a baby when you realise that these slow movements are a bloody challenge for a big strong karate enthusiast.

Some of the principles of Tai Chi overlapped quite nicely with the ideas of Wado Ryu karate when I was training, and the Tai Chi complimented my Karate with some conditioning and flexibility that wasnít really developed in the Dojo.
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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the response, Seamas! Iím glad that you included which one was a good addition to your karate. I recently read that Chojun Miyagi had some training in Baguazhang during his travels to China. Iím curious to know how that helped shape his Goju Ryu!
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