Currently most of the Tai Chi schools worldwide focus on Tai Chi’s health benefits alone. Sadly, they are not incorporating the fighting and self-defense aspects anymore.
Tai Chi as a Self-Defense
The traditional Taichi, especially the Chen Style, belongs to the most powerful and effective self-defense systems. The outstanding advantage of Taijiquan is the use of natural and spiral movement, strength and reactions. It is a highly effective combat strategy — “moving a thousand pounds with a force of four ounces”. This allows the “weaker” fighter to control a much stronger and heavier opponent.
However, it is fair to say that effective self-defense ability requires a solid TaiChi foundation.
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