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Old June 13, 2001, 03:49 PM   #51
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While I do not practice Tai Chi, I do practice Kenpo Karate and Doce Pares. Recently in an effort to help me get more fluid movement and not worry about body mechanics, my instructor recommended "practicing at Tai Chi speed..." The thought is if you can do it perfectly slowly, you can do the same at full speed. So far it has greatly improved my technique.

Just my opinion......
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Old June 22, 2001, 12:06 AM   #52
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...I think the truth is, few folks have the time or inclination to practice things they don't understand. Better you find what works for YOU...It is, after all, your time and work...which all that Kung Fu means...
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Old June 25, 2001, 09:41 AM   #53
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While practicing at slower speed is a core training method, it is hardly an idea that is unique to Tai-Chi. The average golf pro will tell you to do the same thing.

I think the original question splits into two parts.

1) Is Tai Chi ALONE effective in a street fight?

2) Are there health benefits to practicing Tai Chi, and can these benefits be documented?

The answer to question one is clearly no. Jury still out on question 2.
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Old June 25, 2001, 01:52 PM   #54
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Re.: If you want to seriously kick butt: Shotokan.

I'd be interested if you'd expand on this, I.E.: What makes you think Shotokan is so effective?
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