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jabbajac

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  1. I think doing martial arts and working out go hand in hand. You can use your workouts to increase striking power and speed but it is a good idea to also be in an environment to safely practice said strikes. In your case, learning karate and having someone to work with will help build muscle memory, that I feel is the most important aspect because it doesn't matter how hard you can hit if you can't even get close to your opponent. Practicing katas and sparring will give you a much better idea of where your body needs to be and over time you'll also develop a sense of continuity of motions so th
  2. If you look at some of the yoga videos online you'll notice they do things one side at a time. You could also modify a lot of the poses so that you'll be working the other arm. Things like side planks are easy to switch to one side only. Warrior poses are on your feet, train your lower body very well and don't require too much in your arms. There are a variety of ab poses that don't involve your arms either. Working around an injury is gonne feel weird but it's pretty easy once you settle in. The interesting part is once your arm is healed, you'll have to bring the arm back to speed and that m
  3. I agree, in general if you can get away to avoid a fight that's probably the best course of action. That being said, doing defensive drills coupled with an offensive attack afterwards so that they become a normal muscle reaction will give you a huge advantage in getting away as well. Chances are they'll be surprised by the hit and give you an extra few seconds (or minutes depending on your attack) to haul ass.
  4. I used to do tai chi much more often than I do now and I remember feeling awesome while doing tai chi. I was always curious as to whether or not that was chi flowing or just me feeling awesome because I liked doing it. Recently I've been looking into meditation but I'm not quite sure how to start. I've tried the just sit there and banish thoughts from your head path and it definitely did not leave me feeling as good as tai chi did. I haven't really ever heard of chi cultivation, do you have more info on it? Thanks!
  5. I study wing chun and tai chi with a sifu and I've tried studying tai chi on my own before. It's gonna be hard because you don't have someone to push you but if you have the motivation there are definitely some beginner dvd's that are great to start with. Be aware that tai chi does involve a lot of movement so you'll need a decent amount of space, i'd give it a space of at least 10 paces by 4 paces (by paces I mean length of a full lunge). Most important part is to focus on your breathing as well as the movements. By ensuring that you're breathing correctly you'll automatically be building int
  6. I just started the same dvd as you and I gotta say it's quite difficult. I started to increase my flexibility and balance and after 2 sessions I could feel more of my body loosening up. I'd keep up with it, and just keep going. Best of luck!
  7. I thinks it's more of a question of styles. Tai chi is most easily associated with the yang style competition forms of slow controlled movements that are very artistic but has had their martial effect diminished. Digging deeper there are 5 main branches of tai chi, yang being the most popular and chen being historically the most powerful. The philosophy behind tai chi is harmony and so it takes a long time to train the correct mentality and internal strengths required for tai chi. If you're training tai chi for the sake of health and weight loss, most likely you're training mostly the competit
  8. The best tip I can give you is the same that my sifu has given me and that is to just practice. Your chain punch will evolve slightly with practice to something you're most comfortable with and most efficient for you. If you're just starting, keep your posture correct and focus on a long energy pushing straight forward. Make sure your wrists are aligned correctly and don't drop the second punch too low. An effective way of training if you have a partner is to chung chui against each other for 5-10 minutes at a time. Your shoulders will be burning to all hell but it's also then that you'll real
  9. I'm training wing chun and they taught us a block that basically guides all overhead attacks to the side letting you move in. But generally if they're attacking from an overhead twisting to have your wrist above your center while pointing the elbow out to a side keeping your arm at almost a 90 degree angle at the shoulder but an obtuse angle at the elbow will help guide overhead attacks off your body. Adding a roll to the motion when bringing up the wrist will greatly deflect oncoming impact. This should also set you up pretty well for an inside elbow strike straight ahead as a counter. I thin
  10. Wing chun is a good start imo. It's also been garnering more popularity in movies (ip man, ip man 2). Depending on which school you go to they might have clubs or teams that you could join. I used to go to Columbia and we had a wing chun club. I liked it so much that I joined the actual school and became a disciple after I graduated. The main thing is to take some time and visit the schools. While some may look great on paper, a quick trip to an active class and you should be able to get a good enough feel as to whether or not it suits you. Best of luck!
  11. Hey thanks everyone for the advice. We're working things out and we both know it'll be a slow but steady change. Thanks for all the support!
  12. Thanks for the advice. She acknowledges that her thought pattern is similar to anorexia so I think I can start from there and see what I can do in terms of professional help. Thanks for the advice guys!
  13. She's already lost beyond her goal weight. She doesn't really understand paleo but I don't try and push it on her, she just adapted to most of it. Some meal's she'll eat well and other's she just spends eating all fruits. An example would be she would have a large pear for breakfast, 2 persimmons for lunch and then we'd do a steak dinner together. I guess that could be normal and I'm not as concerned about that as I am for her psychological standpoint where she gets freaked out whenever she see's the scale move up.
  14. @spencer : Thanks for your reply, you were right on the money. English and communications is not really a strong suite of mine but overall yes, I'm trying to prevent her from developing an eating disorder. I know what the good ways of measurement are and I know what I should be doing and I do what I'm supposed to be doing. Sadly she's very hell bent on what she things and won't even listen to what I have to say no matter how unhappy it makes her and how obsessive it makes her. I'll try sitting her down and seriously talking to her about it but I may need more drastic action.
  15. I know all of these things and I follow the NF approach to many of these. I'm proud of my accomplishments, I've slimmed down a few sizes already and I'm keeping track of my progress with what I can fit in and how I look in the mirror. My gf unfortunately is hell bent on stepping on the scale and tracking that. She'll weigh herself, eat something then weigh herself again. It's gotten to the point that it's obsessive and destructive. I'm trying to figure out a way to get her off of stepping on the scale obsessively and obsess over her weight. I've talked to her about it before and her mindset is
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