"I have to say I find it quite fascinating that given your background, and your line of work, you consider Tai Chi your main Martial Art, and there's no doubt in my mind that you're very pragmatic -- a realist, judging by your posts."
Well i didn't come to TC first,I've done lots of other styles beforehand and also I didn't say that I was going to stay with TC
.who knows, I may switch to Uechi.I actually started TC to combat the stress I was getting from my job, my current teacher is the one who has shown me the martial side to it.and he is certainly not the best,by his own admission. If I were to fight I don't know just what would come out. The last time I felt threatened I instinctively went into "brush knee,Push".which is basically a parry and a palm heel to the chin.
.as to my job
.......I think that I see a different side to crime than say people like Rory or Van, we all deal with crime but different aspects. I get to read crime reports,go to court and see the baddies get prison time
...and I also get insights into who they are ,what they look like..........even how they think. i try to lend my perspective. there is an idea that classical MA's are some how incomplete and will not work in the street.....I don't believe this
that is one thing that I try to get across.that is not to say don't cross train because I always have
Have you ever considered opening up a forum about Tai Chi and your involvement with it, views, etc., ?
I for one am very ignorant about the structure and the different variants and the "forms" (kata?) of Tai Chi -- I know very little about it, but I'd be interested to know more, and perhaps the many readers here would be too.
Well no, I'm not the type to do that sort of thing, it would require too much commitment,
also I'm not that good at TC, I was better at Aiki.but I'm frightened to go back to that due to my dodgy hip
........what I try to do is look at the things that appear unexplainable and try to work out what is going on................sometimes, if you have trained in other arts or styles you can kinda cross referance the material, make it more effective.and in certain cases even make it look like you are doing the impossible
But I'm quite happy to discuss TC or the other internal arts.....the truth is in TC the arts are pretty similar in that they have the same moves, but sometimes they are more exaggerated, or occur in different parts of the form. Also they tend to just have two hand forms the first one is the "short form" and will be the first quarter or so of the long form, the short form contains all the really important information.then the long form just repeats this and adds in new techniques..coupled to the that you have "pushing hands" practice and one or two weapons. The sabre,the straight sword and the pole .in Hao you have a knife form...but generally the differences are not that great ( to me anyway