My advice is that a practitioner should first study any of the foundation combat stances first: essentially those with the legs less bended. The objective is firstly learn how to lengthen one's tendons and opening one's joints (in particular one's shoulder and pelvic joints) using combat stance, and secondly is actually lengthen one's tendons and open one's joints. The Turtle and the Rhino should only be attempted after a practitioner has achieved the limit where the foundation combat stance can lead him. Trying it too early might just loosen one's joints (without lengthening one's tendons) instead of strengthening them! It is the same for inappropriate training in yoga as I discussed in an early post Yoga Injuries.
I remember some time ago I browsed the internet and noticed that a subsidiary Taoist Association in UK of Mantak Chia affiliation uploaded a video with a guy doing Golden Turtle, and the guy did it with his legs unbend. Apparently he knew what he was doing and was not interested in training anything too vigorous.
If people take the turtle's challenge, who will be the winner? I will bet on an Olympics weightlifter!
|An Olympics weightlifter|