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by cqc10
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Product, Book, Movie & Music Reviews
Topic: Gracie's "Bullyproof" DVDs
Replies: 25
Views: 7351

Re: Gracie's "Bullyproof" DVDs

I'll comment: I have done the Gracie games for almost 2 years now with very young kids. I keep it fun and light. My kids ask me to do JiuJitsu regularly. My 7 year old daughter can do all 10 games and several of the combatives. At such a young age I'm just thrilled to be able to play with them and d...
by cqc10
Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

Someone needs to condense the nonsense. The take-away here should be that any wise person who wanted to have optimal strength and health at 70 would not train for maximum strength at 25. Or, perhaps, if they did, they would be content to take the longer road to achieving that level of strength in a ...
by cqc10
Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

If you all would take up IMA you'd avoid most of these problems.
by cqc10
Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

Also, to a certain, but very real, extent the efficiency that qigong (or the Chinese stuff in general) puts into your system reveals a contrast between functional "all systems go" strength and "dysfunctional" strength that maybe doesn't engage the whole body as well. It's kind of like the stuff tha...
by cqc10
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

He's in far better shape than you? You Pistol a 70 with what were inflamed knees, and press an 88. What's this Sifu made of, steel? By the way, I had a bit of an epiphany the other night about this whole lower body strength vs longevity thing. --Tom Well I am stronger in that sense. (I can, BTW, do...
by cqc10
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

I should note that my IMA instructor has no problem with weights. (provided that you can function properly in technique . . . some people can't do both well)

That being said, he's 51 and in far better shape than me and he only does MA. I've never seen anyone so 'young' in body.
by cqc10
Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:04 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

cqc10, what did your resistance training look like? Just curious how it would be implemented given your goals and background. The short answer is that for 3 years strength-endurance and great aerobic conditioning has been my focus. Pull-ups, military presses, swings, various complexes, all sorts of...
by cqc10
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant
Replies: 246
Views: 108021

Re: Thoughts on functional fitness and Bikram yoga by Rant

The only things worth knocking yourself out for is the eastern stuff. They have the track record of preserving health and athleticism into old age. As a matter of fact I believe cqc10 does what dalexan242 talked about in his post along with the eastern stuff. He doesn't post a log though so I would...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

I figured you were.

Try it for a week and see how you feel. Some 'Way of Energy' standing or one of the other mentioned resources might be better, but sticking with this for a week or two to test the waters would be just fine.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

And on a serious note, that looks like an 8 brocades variation and following along wouldn't be a bad thing I suppose.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

I think the main lesson in that video is that with white, almost see-through silk pajamas and a couple of male friends, you too can teleport to wondrous and forbidden places.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:32 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Great quotes. Most people don't realize that the movement in-between the postures is where the real treasure is hiding. Learn the principles of the form - the stances, transitions, etc. Then break away from it and be formless.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Fat Cat has an encyclopedic knowledge of martial histories, styles, etc.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:38 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Note to self:

Never post something in an IMA-related thread and then go to a lunch meeting.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

ultracool wrote:cqc10

Thanks for the response. I know you are busy, so please always respond when it's convenient for you.
No problem ... I really do want to answer helpfully if I can, although time constraints sometimes limit what I can type.
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Let me play devil’s advocate here. I think that the complexities in internal martial arts are over emphasized in the beginning. I feel that too many internal martial artists worry so much about perfect alignments and all the words they have read in books that they have very little ability to allow ...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

At age 41, I still prefer to lift weights to maintain/increase my strength. I do have some flexibility problems and recent injury issues recently, so I've realized that I need to do more than just continue lifting. I've looked at yoga and found it interesting. I'm considering chinese IMA for simila...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

How do you move from basic to martial qigong? After I get a few lessons on standing and move into some sort of moving (5AF, Little Nine Heaven, some type of tai chi?) when and how do I approach or "make it" martial? Would this be the bagua (pa kua) I was asking you about cqc10? Hard to answer. If y...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Can you be a good IMA without good qigong abilities? I'm not saying you are wrong, I just want to increase my understanding. I'm not saying that. Sorry for the confusion. -No qiqong is bad -Basic, health-oriented qiqong is much better than none. -Proper, martially-oriented IMA is a more powerful th...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Mak is right in his clarification. Martial Tai Chi form practice may look very similar to qiqong-focused tai chi, but it's not. The big difference is that many alignment issues MUST be followed in the martial approach because failure to do so will result in getting thrown or hit. The intent is also ...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

I think I'm more confused than when I posted the question initially. Should I start with just one thing, such as the Eight Pieces of Brocade, or should I integrate it with FC's recommended Simplified Tai Chi Chuan? Likewise, add in the Way of Energy? If so, how would you recommend that it all be pi...
by cqc10
Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

In a conversation with Steve Cotter the following was said about the health aspects of internal MA like Taiji, Bagua, and Hsing-I. If your are not performing the forms with martial intent you are not getting the maximum health benefits these forms provide. That is why some of the internal arts have...
by cqc10
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

I never used the TV, myself. I just suffered. I was motivated by health problems and meeting a very powerful Xingy acupuncture guy. Cohen gives the hard sell on standing. It's worth reading. Me neither. I was told to go do certain exercises a certain way and I just did it. (and I think that was bet...
by cqc10
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

ultracool wrote:Make sure you read Cohen's book and Cartmel's book. Hell, Lam Kam Chuen says you can watch non-violent TV while you do it.
For the basics, yes. Not a bad way to start . . . . with time you want to wean yourself off of such things though.
by cqc10
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Nuggets of Knowledge - In memory of Andrew "Andy67" J. Komorny
Topic: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys
Replies: 116
Views: 34401

Re: Qigong/Tai Chi for Regular Guys

Nope . . . I'm just some regular guy who was dumb enough to do the really basic stuff every damn day for years on end. Some good instruction can make these things better, but the 'secret' is just to do it. I'm sure you've stated this before but what exactly was the basic stuff you did for years on ...