Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Shenton Way Musings

Last weekend I had to work in Shenton Way overseeing electrical works. Observing the electricians at work was interesting and below are some of the things I noted :-

a) If you want to toughen up you don’t have to hit the gym to lift weights or be a farmer. All you have to do is work as an electrician’s assistant, preferably the only assistant. In this way you will get lots of exercise to toughen you up amongst them the following :-

i) Loading-unloading work tools and carrying them up and down 8 flights of stairs can give you a good workout especially the legs and the lungs

ii) Putting threading on iron pipe is good training in getting the biomechanics of Step-up, Parry, Punch correct. Too bad I didn’t get a chance to video this work

iii) Cutting open thick cable is good for understanding control of strength because one hand is required to hold the cable steady whilst the other hand must cut into the cable carefully with just sufficient amount of strength or you risk cutting through the cable and destroying it

iv) Walking up and down is a good opportunity to practice walking with power

v) Climbing stairs is good workout for gripping and pulling strength

Today I’m over at the casino doing similar work and so more opportunities to engage in the above.

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Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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