I have practiced Yang style tai chi, having learned the form from Robert Smith and one of his students.
..... Robert W. Smith (writer)
Once upon a time I was regularly doing Chen Manchin's form.
..... Chen Manching & Robert W. Smith
I also spent a year practicing Neigong from a Chinese who was also a professor at UVa.
I also have a shodan in the Tomiki method of aikido - one of the classic Japanese internal arts.
hthom wrote:I suggest you research into the theories of "Wai Dan" and "Nei Dan", the external and internal concepts. (Uechi Ryu is an external style, whereas Tai Chi for example, is one of the internal styles.) Yes, some of the stuff are just too far fetched, but again, no harm being a little open minded, Bill.
My understanding is that a style like Shotokan is a classic external style, Taiji, Bagua, and Xingyi are the three classic Chinese internal styles, and Uechi is an amalgam of the two. If Uechi isn't the amalgam of internal and external style principles, then we need to get Tomoyose Ryuko to explain why he wrote the characters he did to describe the style - characters which can be found in the beginning of George's Uechiryu Karatedo. Goju is a cousin style of Uechi, and translates literally as hard/soft or external/internal.
hthom wrote:A quote from Dr J-Ming on a common Kung Fu belief: Over practice by external stylist "can cause a problem called "energy dispersion" when the practitioner gets older. In order to remedy this, when an external martial artist reaches a high level of external Chi Kung training he will start training internal Chi Kung---"
This is the stereotype, but it's not necessarily true. Some of the best internal style practitioners are quite young. This was especially true of children of the famous Chinese masters.
hthom wrote:Not that I have really started any internal stuff, and yes, that stuff can't be measured
Think very carefully about what was just said. If "that stuff" can't be measured, then by definition "that stuff" is of no consequence. "That stuff" will neither improve our health nor help us when the bad guy jumps out of the bushes.
"That stuff" is often part of this hide-the-ball- business that chi-sters invoke when making claims that can't be supported. Meanwhile there are internal style practitioners who are quite good at their martial art, have superior well being, and make no claims to magic. Joe Bellone is one of them.
..... “Internal Power within Martial Arts,” by Joe Bellone
Tim Cartmell has written much about the internal martial arts. He speaks fluent Chinese and has studied in China, so there is nothing lost in the translation. Tim doesn't throw the "chi" word around in his works. Tim sent me one of his books on Xingyi. I highly recommend any of them.
..... Tim Cartmell publications
It doesn't have to be magic. It is my job as a scientist to pinprick the balloons that the mystics among us create to make us think they have secret sauce. I will readily admit that many are convinced of their own magic.
hthom wrote:To each he own Bill, and wait till you get older
Flattery will get you everywhere.