dedicated to the discussion of the chinese internal martial arts of xingyiquan, baguazhang, taijiquan, related arts, and anything else best discussed over a bottle of rum
Steve Rowe wrote:If you have an outside you have an inside. If you have a body you have a mind. Best to engage all of them right from the start in the simplest terms and then layer them all as you progress.
robert wrote:I suspect it depends on the art, but if you want to learn taiji why would you do any external training? Chen Ziqiang says he started standing when he was 3.
RobP3 wrote:robert wrote:I suspect it depends on the art, but if you want to learn taiji why would you do any external training? Chen Ziqiang says he started standing when he was 3.
Standing training is external to start
Jaspalfie wrote:I wasn't referring to external arts in my original post but to external training aspects in internal arts. Since Taiji was mentioned, I see a lot of external training in Taiji in the foundation exercises in those training not purely for health. As for developing both internal and external concurrently, is that really possible?
Jaspalfie wrote:I think it would be true to say that a fair few internal schools follow the path of doing external training (through whatever foundation exercises) followed by a shift in focus to internal aspects. I'm just wondering people's thoughts on how much external is enough before focusing on internal aspects of training and if they feel there are consequences for switching to the internal aspects too early or too late?
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