Hey Folks, The recent thread on what is IMA and what differentiates it from EMA (not that I really buy in to all of that I and E stuff.. ) got me thinking how would one differentiate the two. Speaking from my own experience, the main difference is that in IMA (or that which I have been exposed to) the idea is to leave as little to chance and control the opponent from the outset by blocking their ability to strike you and at the same time creating an opening for you to strike though. This is worked by asserting dominance from the first contact point and gaining the upper hand position where in it is much easier to use your force to pressure the opponent and create openings. Likewise, it appear to me that the majority of the neigong in this style is specifically designed to give you greater potential and more control to enact said strategy. Anyhow, I have recently seen some good vids on the youtube which demonstrate some of the strategies/tactics in IMA quite well, so I decided to post them up for folk to see and please feel free to share your own finds and vids too: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWqcqibF4ts"]Tai ji theory - YouTube[/ame] [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djP-kqtHy70"]Ma xing pi quan - YouTube[/ame] The gent from the above two clips (Paul Rogers) has quite a few more vids on his channel, all good stuff. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McAIR1Fp2iM"]UK Bagua sept2012 - YouTube[/ame] [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6tvS5jQ-FE"][GSL] Lecture 10 - Sparring concepts - YouTube[/ame] The gent from the above two clips (Guo Shilei) has quite a few vids such as above online, just search his name and you get a lot of results, though not all with English subs. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV_WT80rZ-E"]Sanatan Shastarvidiya - Platha [Unarmed Combat] - YouTube[/ame] The gent above (Nidar Singh) has some good stuff too, loads more vids on his channel. Though I guess it’s not really IMA as such.