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May 15, 2012

After my dalliance with break dancing I took up Tai Chi. Ty reminded me of my love for that martial art, and my excitement spilled over into this post.

It may not look like much, but if you think about trying to hurt a dangling rope by punching it, you get a little idea of what an attacker will be up against.

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5 Comments
  1. May 15, 2012 6:15 pm

    I definitely want to pick some of this up. Thanks Suns!

    • 3Suns permalink*
      May 15, 2012 9:36 pm

      You’re welcome and go for it.

      As you can see in the videos, it is “soft”, and with that, it is a martial art that respects the body and enables it to do amazing things in less time than most of the “hard” arts that literally bang the body to their submission. It is a philosophical difference, but the results are night and day in comparison. I don’t believe I exaggerate when I say, all else being equal, the place where all martial arts meet is 5-10 years down a Tai Chi road or 25-50 years down the Karate road. All the while, the Tai Chi master loved his body and practiced without injury, while the other bruised, battered, and abused his.

      I did gymnastics and break dancing throughout my junior high and high school years, and with legs straight, I could barely touch my toes. After doing Tai Chi for a year, I could place my palms flat on the floor with legs straight. (I could, and still can, also relax my nut sack at will, and feel my spine stretch and contract, while consciously changing my center of gravity, like water being poured in and out of empty legs.)

      If you think doing a round house kick is hard, try doing it in slow motion. 😉 Don’t knock the granny in the park. She may very well be able to lift your lungs our of your chest, before you even notice she stuck her hand down your throat. LOL

      I fking love Tai Chi.

      I will see if I can dig up the video my friend took of me. I have been wanting to make it digital for a couple of years now.

  2. May 16, 2012 11:46 am

    Suns. You are one badass mofo!

    And I respect martial arts similar to this, like you said above, how it’s a “soft” art. Personally my favorite is Muay Thai. Ever since watching a few Tony Jaa flicks, I fell in love with the style. And the fact that once you learn it it’s so deadly you can’t even use it to it’s full potential a majority of the time.

    I totally think I’ll pick up on Tai Chi eventually. It’s the man’s yoga!

  3. May 16, 2012 4:24 pm

    Grimm, don’t let Yoga fool you and make you think it’s easy or just for girls. It can be as challenging as you want it. And when you flow into different poses, you’ll be pouring sweat. I usually do Yoga prior to my MMA training. Great stuff. And it’s a lot easier to still your mind and delve into meditating when you’re riding on an endorphin high!

    • May 16, 2012 6:44 pm

      Dude I know. I’ve done it before for some of my workouts I have done before.

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