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Candle training

Postby seven on Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:50 am

https://youtu.be/zKM1Fqj4LIs
I was wondering if anyone has experience or sees value in this kind of training.
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Re: Candle training

Postby oragami_itto on Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:45 pm

Looks like it would be pretty easy to fall into bad habits, but I admit I have no experience with it.
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Re: Candle training

Postby wayne hansen on Wed Oct 06, 2021 12:46 pm

This was one of the first things Eric Fitzgerald showed me
I have never done it myself because once he explained and showed it there was no need
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Re: Candle training

Postby Doc Stier on Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:40 pm

Candle flames don't fight back. ::)
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Re: Candle training

Postby DiaitaDoc on Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:20 pm



Edit: the video is in French. It was filmed as a 2020 lockdown activity for a high school gym class.
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Re: Candle training

Postby Giles on Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:45 pm

It can give useful feedback on certain aspects of your movement. If you can't do it, then maybe it's worth spending a few fun minutes learning to do it. Once you can do it, you can forget about it and go back to striking more solid inanimate objects and other people (with their permission ;)). Or pole shaking, also much more useful.
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Re: Candle training

Postby greytowhite on Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:10 am

I did this in the first few months of learning Taiji but it was quickly not very valuable with a big strike. What became interesting was being able to move the flame without striking - just using intent.
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