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locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Jun 12, 2012 - 07:53pm PT


"But the fact is that exceptional climbers are enlightened to the ideas of Tai Chi, Yoga, and yes even Pilates."...

I wouldn't be so certain on that one...

I am sure there are many really good climbers that are very well aware of their body movement that aren't into any of the above...



EDITED:

For the record...

I am NOT, one of them...

I am a HACK, at best...

LOL!!!...

Fuking A!!!...

;-)

Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jun 12, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
You might be right, but I know a lot of people who simply don't talk publicly about their "secrets."

Some do ...
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Jun 12, 2012 - 07:58pm PT


"You might be right"...

Ain't no "Might" about it!!!...

;-)

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 12, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Hey Kris,

since they're your neighbors, know anything about this bunch?

http://www.quanyinkungfu.com/

Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 12, 2012 - 09:26pm PT
it's what you bring to it. i've looked at yoga several times and can't see an advantage in it for me. focus, discipline, challenge, meditation--i get all these things in climbing, and i think quite a bit more. i see lots of people getting nowhere with yoga, thinking it's some sort of substitute for exercise. as for martial arts, i decided long ago i didn't want to make that kind of weapon out of myself.

this is not to denigrate the paths others take. i see lots of parallels. i just think that climbing and mountaineering can have the same things going, spiritually, as other paths and perhaps even more. but climbing can also be trivialized or reduced to meanness. it's your choice what you do with it.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 12, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
Who the hell cares about mystical mumbo jumbo.

I'm just interested in keeping the joints working.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Jun 12, 2012 - 11:22pm PT
Tony, all I can say is that I've done a whole lot of climbing, and at the same time been misled by Yoga (as into hypermobility stuff) and also really educated by Yoga in ways I could never have figured out just from climbing.

The whole concept that the best training for climbing is climbing is shortsighted. It works up to a point... then one must open the mind to new things.
Scole

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 31, 2012 - 09:39pm PT
K Solem

You got that right. Ours is a very new art, and we mostly just figure it out as we go. Far different from an art founded hundreds, or even thousands of years ago.

Where climbing and martial arts coincide is in the willingness to confront life and death situations. Bridwell nailed it when he named his route on Half-Dome "Bushido" "the way of the warrior".
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Jul 31, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Hidetaka did tai-chi WHILE climbing lol!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 31, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
So I do not see that climbers have much to offer in knowledge to these ancient disciplines, rather I think it is the other way around.


And I agree with what Mr Cole wrote. Hi Scott!!!

Taking my yoga teacher training this month. It's a very old practice and climbing, while also ancient, has not a codification in the manner of , say, the Yoga Sutras.

blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Aug 1, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
So I do not see that climbers have much to offer in knowledge to these ancient disciplines, rather I think it is the other way around.


And I agree with what Mr Cole wrote. Hi Scott!!!

Taking my yoga teacher training this month. It's a very old practice and climbing, while also ancient, has not a codification in the manner of , say, the Yoga Sutras.

Astrology is an ancient practice. Scientology is nicely "codified." Whether Yoga or Tai Chi is useful for climbing (in the sense of better than climbing itself, not better than sitting on a couch), I don't know, but it'll take evidence based research to convince me, not just old mumbo jumbo.
If people have fun doing it, great, lots of people like reading their horoscope.
hking

Trad climber
Santa Rosa CA
Apr 21, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Tai Chi (Tai Ji Quan), and climbing. my experience has been that these two practices do inform one another. I've been climbing for about 23 years and practicing tai ji for about 16 years. Tai Ji trains relaxed, efficient, whole body movement, among many other things. In the last 10 years or so I haven't done a huge amount of climbing but I've found that with my Tai Ji and Qi Gong training, I've maintained an ability to climb at a reasonable level, maybe 1 full number grade lower than when I was climbing all the time. What does climbing do for Tai Ji? Hard to say, an ability to focus on a physical discipline, a connection to the natural world... Learning Tai Ji is a long process, not unlike being a truly competent rock climber. Try it out and see if it resonates with you. I'm not sure that I would pursue Tai Ji if my motivation was solely to improve my rock climbing. Other Chinese martial arts like Shao Lin Gongfu might be more useful in terms of tendon strengthening practices.

If one is interested in applying Tai Ji movement principles to rock climbing, as an earlier posting noted, training with a teacher who understands martial applications would be useful. I have yet to completely integrate Tai Ji into rock climbing, and making rock climbing an "internal art", an interesting project though.
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