Tai Chi Notebook course

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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby GrahamB on Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:03 am

Outtakes! Proving Tai Chi works in 'da streets'. In this exclusive clip of outtakes from my Tai Chi course I show how to use Peng Jin against a kick to the groin and a variety of other attacks including bribery, throwing shade and street dance. Enjoy!




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHGyuSkf-U
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby AIY on Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:13 pm

Okay you proved that Tai chi works on the streets, but I'd like to know if it works against Chitos.
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby I-mon on Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:15 pm

GrahamB wrote:Happy Father's Day (UK version :) )

To celebrate Father's Day I've got my oldest son in this episode, providing a bit of feedback for me to work with. This week we look at the role of the mind in directing forces to your feet (the ground) and sending them back out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lt0JBgEpLo




Nice progression. I was thinking it was time to get some partner work in the mix.
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby Tom on Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:24 pm

Yeah, but picking on your own kid like that?! ;)

Seriously, that is a nicely-developed progression, Graham. You've got a sound pedagogical instinct sometimes lacking in the source material.
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby GrahamB on Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:42 am

Thanks guys. I'm trying things out here. The feedback has been really useful in molding my approach to presenting this information. And encouragement helps too.

I've already got an idea for a new jin-based training exercise.... I think I'll work on that next...

Two more parts to go, on this course first though. Sunday for the next one!
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby I-mon on Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:16 pm

Have you considered putting in some sort of structure testing with a partner to help people understand the concept of "root"?
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby GrahamB on Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:22 am

I-mon wrote:Have you considered putting in some sort of structure testing with a partner to help people understand the concept of "root"?


Well, that's an interesting question. If we unpack it a bit it assumes there is a concept called "Root" which we can agree on and we can test it with "structure testing".

Hmm...One of the things I've noticed and come to understand about martial arts over the years is that a lot of people substitute "structure" instead of creating a proper connection to the ground. These are two different things in my opinion.

What I'm trying to show in week 6 was how to work on developing that connection to the ground - basic jin - from an incoming force without using "structure" or a "frame" to support it. Obviously there needs to be some substance to the body (Qi) for this to work - you can't be just a sloppy bean bag (weak qi!) but the usual reaction is to try to do too much with the structure - creating a frame to support weight, rather than letting it drop to the feet (ground). This is working with gravity, not against it.

Sure, there are lots more exercises that could be done to support this, but it gets too far away from the basic course I'm trying to present.

Good question.
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby I-mon on Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:30 am

Sounds good man. Language is difficult, we could say "developing peng", or any number of other things, and we'd still struggle to agree on what we were even talking about a lot of the time I'm sure.
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby Bao on Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:59 am

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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby GrahamB on Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:19 am

I think you're pretty far off the mark Bao, but I don't want to get into a fruitless discussion of what rooting means. It's hard to get a discussion out of that wormhole once it's gone down there, so here's something else - part 7 of the course. Let's get back on track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Dw0pDADkA



This week we look at the negative circle, and experiment with different sizes of circle.
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby Bao on Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:59 am

Speaking about my own personal experience only... things you appearently don't share.

... Not in the mood to quarrell...

Watched your vid, the new and others again. Your legs and knees are not very stable. ... So appearently you don't understand what I am speaking about ... :P
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Re: Tai Chi Notebook course

Postby GrahamB on Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:55 am

And here's the last part. Looking at the back bow, which takes us full circle.

https://youtu.be/LFhv5ZiIRD8

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