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Audi wrote:Hi Chris,
Welcome to the board.
Forms of different Tai Chi Styles and the training regimens are often quite distinctive, but Tai Chi in actual usage is not necessarily so different. At least in my case, I recognize various Tai Chi applications toward the end of the video, like Press, Elbow, and Shoulder Strike; however, I do not recognize any particular style.
Sugelanren wrote:Hey Chris.
First, is the video you want us to watch titled "Lei Fang Command Training - Exercise Newbie"?
I know it is, but i just wanted to be sure.
I'm in no way an expert, but i am a gamer (PC), so we share an intrest in that respect (I'm Huckleberryhound on steam).
From what i saw, this character is not fighting with a Taijiquan style. If i were you, i'd youtube search some actual Taiji players and see what they're about. Getting your style info from a Japanese Tekken styled game is like getting your Military training from Mass Effect 3, or your Sword style from WOW.
Go to youtube and search
Yang style Tai chi (or Yang style taijiquan)
Chen style Tai chi
Wu style Tai chi
Sun style Tai chi
Cheng man Ching style Tai Chi
Hao Style Tai chi
Get your impressions of the styles from real practitioners, not a video game.
One other thing. I'm a novice Taijiquan player. There are many people who will post here who dwarf me in their experience and skill. My only advice to you is find out what you want in a martial art, take time to find a good teacher...and stick with it. Taiji is not for everyone. It takes dedication, and years of practice. You will have to give up parts of what you've already learned in order to take on board the concept of the soft overcoming the hard. But it is worth it. One day i will be able to give you more advice, but for now - from a novice to a prospective novice - if you want to Play taijiquan, here's my advice.
Try to find a good teacher.
Try to practice every day
Lots of Qigong.
DPasek wrote:Hi Chris,
It may be nice that you obtained an interest in Taijiquan from your gaming passion, but I do not think that what is shown is very representative of this art. For gaming (or TV or movies...) you want the martial arts depicted to be flashy, exiting and entertaining. In general, Taijiquan is not flashy. Even the opening pose depicted in the motion capture video would probably not be considered anything that someone practicing Taijiquan would do.
While she may be doing a combination of various Chinese Gongfu (Kung Fu) styles, perhaps including Taijiquan, she is almost certainly not doing exclusively Taijiquan. What led you to think that she was doing Taijiquan? If the designers or marketers for the game state that she is doing Taijiquan, then...
I suspect that the game designers are actually using various flashier Chinese gongfu styles but perhaps are calling it Taijiquan (T’ai Chi) because they may think that more westerners may be familiar with that terminology than they would be with either the generic term ‘gungfu’ or whatever actual styles that Lei Fang is doing. Or perhaps they wanted to use a martial art that has a more ‘yin’ or feminine image attached to it due to the character being female. Or perhaps there was no real thought behind it, merely going along with popularity in a manner similar to Chinese martial arts movies from the 1970s that sometimes used ‘ninja’ in the titles despite not having anything to do with Japanese ninjitsu but rather merely cashing in on the ‘ninja craze’ and its popularity. More accurate probably would have been to call it ‘Chinese gongfu’ or possibly ‘Shaolin’ although I have not studied shaolin styles and would not be able to tell you if this was what she was actually doing.
The interactive Taijiquan that both you and Sugelanren posted are more recognizable as Taijiquan in action (though there are additionally also strikes, locks, kicks, etc.).
Of the various styles of Taijiquan, Chen style does tend to be the flashiest, and perhaps that is what draws your interest in it. However, the performance videos shown are flashier than Taijiquan would be in application (and for practitioners not interested in performance competitions). In performance you may want to demonstrate your extreme flexibility, balance, power, etc, but it is my understanding that for health, and even for martial application, a practitioner would not go more than about 70% of their maximum. For performance it is different; a performer may want to elevate themselves in the eyes of the judges by demonstrating what they can do at the extremes. Thus in performances you may see extremely high kicks, jumping kicks that land crouched low in one leg stances, etc but why would someone, for example, want to land in such an extreme posture when in an actual fight??
Even though I love Taijiquan and would typically encourage anyone interested in it, I should probably recommend that you also look into videos that show various styles of Chinese gongfu (including Shaolin styles). One of them may be more to your tastes. However, if you like Taijiquan for its quality of movements, the philosophy behind the art, etc, then I would encourage you to find a good teacher that you can get an introduction to the art of Taijiquan from (the quality of teacher would probably be more important than whichever specific style that they teach).
Wishing you the best,
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