Hi everyone. Am usually a lurker but back spasm sees me off work and in bed so thought would add some posts before the next diazepam kicks in.
This is a cool / inspiring tai chi video from my elder tai chi brother, Neil Rosiak, he is a very solid tai chi guy (slaughtered me wrestling!) I like to see common threads and connections in all things and will stick a few notes below relating it to a more familiar (karate) approach. I think there are big similarities to the karate promoted by Iain and on the forum - for e.g. See Iains lastest vid posted with 2 throws. Hope it is interesting and inspiring.
-1.20 = tai chi hand form (like kata- contains most of our self defence moves in various sequences, body awareness, mechanics etc)
120-3.15 applications (hand form movements are based on these) Neil is doing these In a free manner from punches / kicks, but trying to be slow and show text book applications, rather than more adapted for a fight type simulation
3.15-3.55 tai chi conditioning - includes repetitive break falling (anaerobic conditioning) restricted punching and punching with light weights (running thunder hand) and handstands. You could describe this as Hojo Undo.
3.55-4.20 freestyle (fixed) push hands - uncooperative sensitivity drill to stay balanced whilst unbalancing opponent, not resisting force, leading them into unbalance (sensitivity / Kakie)
4.20 tai chi meditation. This is an exercise taken form our internal strength training (whole topic in itself) called "embracing the one". In kyokushinkai hard training was often followed with mokuso.