reply to post by Badge01
This are important points.
When I was still at high school I did a few years Goju kai Karate.
Around the time I left high school I then started training with mauy tai fighters.
Over these last few years I have found a small group I now train with.
Most of what we do is yang style tai chi (Earl montaigu) based.
We do however incorporate lots of idea's from Silat, Systema, Hsing (loose boxing), bagua etc.
I am in early 30's. The others I train with are all a couple of years older than me with more experience.
I was not training when I started again with my current group, and did so for mainly health and fitness reasons.
As I had not done anything healthy for a few years, and from living a lifestyle that wasn't the best for my body, I was attracted to Tai Chi.
We also don't charge money or grade, we just train.
I get the health benefits from the combat/fitness training, the skills and confidence from the more agressive drills etc, but, I think most
importantly, I also get the yin aspect.
This is really where I keep my center and balance.
I get so much from just standing or practising Qi Gong, which is basically a standing meditation. The amount of sweat and "work" that can be
produced is quite suprising, considering you are pretty much just standing still.
Some of the forms we do are a slow moving meditation.
This not only programs correct gross movement(s), but allow's one to achieve a way of slipping into a different "zone" when going into that
This is the wavy type stuff you see groups doing in the park.
Although much public Tai Chi has been watered down and converted to more a "health sport", in it's original context, Tai Chi is very aggressive and
The applications encoded in the forms (even though many who teach Tai Chi can't tell you what their movements represent in application) really are a
"hidden" code to very violent and precise strikes.
So I suppose, what I do now is the best form of martial art in the world, for me.
[edit on 10-10-2008 by afaik]