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Originally posted by Black_Tiger
I am taking kung fu classes, but we dont learn iron body and breaking.
Originally posted by Baphomet79
I realize that, I studied Tai Qi Chuan with a professor from Harbin in the States, so it is possible.
But I agree, the Meizhongren (American) version of all traditional martial arts is very different than the original intended embodiments. At the same point, someone versed well enough in any martial art would never ask a question such as where to find a book to teach something as advanced as that, if in fact it is possible.
You have to crawl before you can walk, once you can give your instructor a run for his money then go looking for a true master. And by instructor I don't mean your local Gold's Gym twice weekly Kung Fu class.
This is why I stick with Mixed Martial Arts, no home base to study it, it's what you make of it. If the instructor isn't working for you, find another. Focusing on a single form leaves you open to others. The same goes for Shaolin Kung Fu. I don't care how adept someone is at Kung Fu, they have their motions that I am not familiar with but I promise I also have a few they have never seen. Traditional martial arts are extremely confining and anyone who thinks that a black belt implies invincibility in a street fight is a fool. As an example, I studied Krav Maga for 5 years and I would have no qualms, or problems, putting a 3rd degree black belt Kung Fu "master" in the hospital.
The only point I see in studying solely traditional martial arts is not for physical reasons. Anyone who has studied Tai Qi can attest to that, and yes it is a martial art. Nothing puts me in a better mood for a new day than running through the forms in my living room after breakfast.
Originally posted by ADHDsux4me
On another point, MMA's also disallow certain moves which are considered dishonarable to western sporting tradition, so my argument may be complete bunk.