Yeung wrote:I just find it interesting when you said, " I'll be working with a local instructor for strengthening my core and back in exchange for neigong". As you sounded that your so called neigong did not strength your core and back. Maybe this is why your IMA instructors can not fight. I think you should review their lineages.
That's one of the reasons I am breaking away - tried to empty my cup and held back my previous training for two years with the last instructor and I feel like he was deficient in helping me improve gua and dang integration with lower dantian. I got more experience with that in one three hour session of Yiquan than I did in two years of painstaking practice. Now I have some tools for middle dantian usage that are interesting that I have to learn how to rectify with a better understanding of lower body mechanics and good friends to help me further along a more correct path. Pilates is a great system that I used during my stroke rehab in addition to Feldenkrais and dynamic tension exercises to release "dead" zones and regain function. There's a lot of stuff in different systems that many IMA lineage queens miss out on.