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im going to be learning tai chi chuan ?

will i be conditioning anything?
what weights do people use in tai chi chuan?
and how do you spar?

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  1. do you know what tai chi is?
    you condition your muslces i guess and appart from weapons or iron rings u dont use weights also there is no sparring

  2. chen style is a faster pase then the yang style.
    the weight training is you to the school your in not all schools do weight training
    sparing is like any other style of sparing

  3. “will i be conditioning anything?”
    Yes. You will be doing a lot of standing exercises, low stances and forms which will condition and strengthen your legs. Unless you’re instructor also teaches Iron Shirt then he or she won’t be conditiong your body directly, but will often perform movements on you during demonstrations such as puching or elbowing you in the stomach. They will hurt but you get used to it. That’s a sort of conditiong. Also you will get used to be being thrown a lot and be in a lot of painful locks. We call it “eating bitterness”
    “what weights do people use in tai chi chuan?”
    None that I’m aware of. All those exercises are bad enough to me. Upper body stength isn’t really focused on that much. Your instructor may do some if he or she feels the need, though.
    “and how do you spar?”
    First you’re introduced to the gentle pre-arranged practice forms of pushing hands. These are senstitievty drills that teach you how to “listen” and understand the proper mechanics required. Then there is light, free-style pushing hands, sometimes used when practicing dangerous techniques, such as chinna (locks).
    And then there is shuaijiao (throwing skills). In Chen style shuaijiao is used as general indication of the overall level of someones Taijiquan. Often a couple of people will go the local training hall and do some shuaijiao much like we will go to a sports club to have a friendly game of squash or badminton. In shuaijiao it is very difficult to kid yourself. Either you and standing up or you are on the ground. In other skills it is much more difficult to get this level of objectivity without risking serious injury.
    Taijiquan shuaijiao differs from other Chinese shuaijiao styles and Japanese judo in the way the legs and arms co-operate. The basic throw consists of three of your limbs exerting force in different directions to spin your opponent round. Since your opponent is often leaning forward to ground the forward force push against him, the axis of the spin is diagonal.
    In addition to this basic throw there are other throws that other experienced martial artists from other disciplines will be familiar with. However the amount of gripping of your opponent is in general less than other shuaijiao styles. Most of the leg techniques attack your opponents knee with either your knee or your foot. The knee level attacks are not done to specifically injure your opponents knee, but to break the balance. Although this style of attack is banned in competitors, there are not usually any serious injuries resulting from them during practice.
    Here’s an example of a competitive match:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUJ_VKiz6No&feature=channel_page
    It’s all stand up grappling.
    This is all however, a gateway for Sanshou (free fighting).
    This is all assuming you have a proper genuine Taijiquan instructor that knows what he’s doing.

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