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    a while back my wife found that our local YMCA (where we go workout and swim anyway) has a once a week Tai Chi Chuan class.
    Melissa did Kenpo with me YEARS ago, studying under the same instructor and earning her Orange belt ...just before getting pregnant with our daughter. Since then she's not thrown a punch or a kick. (well.....ya know, not outside of punishment for a bad joke or a tease from me) So when she said "Hey, lets take Tai Chi together".... I jumped at it.
    We're really loving it. Getting into the "STUDY" of it has made me think about so much more, like the "yin" of it that compliments my "YANG" from Kenpo. Got me to thinking of both sides of the coin w/in Kenpo....the hard and the soft the circular and the rounded.

    Has anyone else here done both Kenpo and Tai Chi? ...or any other "internal" style?
    What has this process shown you?

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    We actually have a weekly Tai Chi class. It's a great combination and can have direct impact not only on your sense of well being but on your Kenpo as well.

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    I did Yang short form several years ago...i really liked it. Really helpe with my breathing
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    Nice to see your back here
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    I regularly do Tai Chi along with taekwondo and have found it's a great combination. Tai Chi teaches to do things patiently and that's often missing from the rigors of a "hard" style. Don't let the slow, graceful movements of Tai Chi fool you as there are tons of practical martial arts applications within the postures.

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    My old instructor also teaches Tai Chi. Looks like it does him some good, he's 60 but looks about 45.
    I've started and stopped several times, maybe next time I'll stick with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkS View Post
    I did Yang short form several years ago...i really liked it. Really helpe with my breathing
    I learned this back in college (has it been that long!) and really enjoyed it as well. I found that it really helps with focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brother John View Post
    Has anyone else here done both Kenpo and Tai Chi? ...or any other "internal" style?
    Mr. Wedlake is also a Tai-Chi instructor, and has talked about this in some of his podcasts.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/l...p3/id381705015

    Check the following episodes:
    - Kenpo and Tai Chi
    - Chi- what is it?
    - What is tai chi?

    Hope you find it useful.

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    Good to see you on KT again, sir. I think the two arts would complement one another nicely, depending on the quality of instruction involved in each study. I'd be happy to hear more about your experiences as you progress in your own journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    Mr. Wedlake is also a Tai-Chi instructor, and has talked about this in some of his podcasts.

    Hope you find it useful.

    -Lenny
    No doubt I WILL Lenny, thanks!!!
    I didn't know that about Mr. Wedlake. VERY cool...

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    Who's the new guy posting here?!
    I've never done tai chi, however, I more often than not lately practice all of my forms in what I'd call a "tai chi" manner. Very slowly and soft, just trying to feel the transitions. Sometimes, I get in the zone and I feel the motion/movements leading me rather than the other way around.
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