johnwang wrote:I had asked this question before. What's the difference between long fist front kick, Taiji front kick, and XingYi front kick? After so many years of CMA training, I truly can't tell any difference.
Speaking for myself "internal" means training neijin. In neijin there is the idea that the body is "connected", "one part of the body moves, the whole body moves" and in order to be connected the body needs to be relaxed so there is also a relaxed strength. The way I kick is very similar to how I punch - using the "full" leg, kua, and waist. I would bet a beer that if you took someone who only did external martial arts and a taiji master to a bio mech lab there would be differences in the way they use their bodies to kick.
Its not just that, its an approach to movement using a different set of ideas giving different results developed and supported through training
that is geared towards enhancing what ever method is use..
One can do movements that appear the same but done for different reasons.
bone, skin, and tendon,,the focus of whats called external
yi,qi, shen , the focus of whats called internal
the outer movements themselves matter little, the focus of the training matters a lot.
All of which depends on the desired outcome.
Training one does not lead into the other.
Its not really possible to argue with those even long time practitioners
who are not clear in this distinction.
I would bet a beer that if you took someone who only did external martial arts and a taiji master to a bio mech lab there would be differences in the way they use their bodies to kick
The difference might be in how the force is transferred:
Consider a common phenomenon observed at a softball game - the collision of a bat with a ball. A batter is able to transport energy from her to the softball by means of a bat. The batter applies a force to the bat, thus imparting energy to the bat in the form of kinetic energy. The bat then carries this energy to the softball and transports the energy to the softball upon collision.
In this example, a bat is used to transport energy from the player to the softball. However, unlike wave phenomena, this phenomenon involves the transport of matter. The bat must move from its starting location to the contact location in order to transport energy. In a wave phenomenon, energy can move from one location to another, yet the particles of matter in the medium return to their fixed position. A wave transports its energy without transporting matter.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/w ... -is-a-Wave
A wave transports its energy without transporting matter
Think about the many demos questioned and the ones not questioned.
The basic question that always comes to mind, what's better.
For each IMO its a personal question that one has to answer for themselves.
The most anyone can do is make distinctions...