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Old 02-11-2014, 09:01 AM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2014
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Who Switched from External to Internal Martial Arts and Why?

I am curious to see how many of you switches from external martial art styles (e.g. Karate) to more internal oriented styles (e.g. Aikido), and what prompted you to make that switch.

Please excuse my limited knowledge of Japanese martial arts, as I use Karate and Aikido as simplified examples, and maybe both have external / internal-focuses sub-styles.

I am primarily trained in Chinese martial arts. I used to study Shaolin, Qin-Na, Sanda, and Jeet Kune Do when I was young, but I switched to internal arts when I turned 30. Currently I am learning Chen Style Hunyuan Tai Chi under Master Wang Feng Ming, a disciple of late Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang. (He teaches in NJ, NY, and CT.)

Switching to internal martial arts is a big commitment for me, as the payoff does not come immediately. So I'd like to hear your comments on the pros and cons of different styles, as you have seen more than one style already and probably have more balanced viewpoint than a single-style practitioner.

Thank you in advance for your insights!

Student of Chen Style Hunyuan Tai Chi, under Master Wang Feng Ming
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:46 PM   #2
Dojo: Dynamic Aikido Nocquet
Location: Hartlepool
Join Date: Jul 2011
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United Kingdom
Re: Who Switched from External to Internal Martial Arts and Why?

Almost all aikido is external. There are few aikidoka with internal skills, and there have never been many. The internal skillset was not taught properly, and died out almost completely.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:03 AM   #3
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Re: Who Switched from External to Internal Martial Arts and Why?

IMHO, its was evolution over time to include internal training and see it in the external applications, so I didn't switch per say, but continue to train/refine and add to. Its a growing movement in Aikido.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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