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Interloper wrote:Why do IMA and grappling have to be mutually exclusive? That's just the tired old stye vs. style thang that sold issues of Black Belt and Inside Kungfu magazines.
If you take the fundamental body skills that provide the power and structure for authentic IMAs, those skills are directly applicable to grappling. IMO, we need to separate out the often over-stuffed catalogues of visible -techniques- in the various traditional IMAs, and then see what we are left with at the core. Instead of thinking about "tai chi vs. grappling" or "xing-yi vs. grappling," think "internal power method that makes real tai chi powerful and real bagua and xing-yi powerful, and learn to how grapple with THAT.
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