Tai Chi - the martial arts spirit!

@ivan88 (193)
Canada
December 28, 2012 5:45pm CST
It is very disturbing and frustrating seeing this martial art being applied only by older people for the purpose of relaxation and health benefits. To me, it is much more important to emphasize the martial arts aspect of it. I love practicing it because it is FUN - moves are amazingly complicated,- but not if you relax properly. Yes, you will definitely notice the softness of Tai Chi. But in this softness, there lies real power. What it all is about, is enhancement of inner feelings, surroundings, higher sense of your own body. It brings the necessary awareness to you, so that once you are attacked, you can adjust to your opponent in the most suitable way, and then "devour" his defence from within. The styles of Tai Chi that emphasize and manifest their martial arts nature, are Tai Chi Chuan and Tai Chi Iliq Chuan. The first one is a changed-up form of the first and regular Tai Chi Yang. The second one is a variation (21 forms) on the self-defence approach from all the moves developed in Tai Chi Yang and Tai Chi Chuan. The traditional 108 forms are combined in and filtered to 21 forms. I recommend youtubing Tai Chi Iliq Chuan. You will find an abundance of videos related to it. It is a very effective and strong representative of a large Tai Chi family.
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@subhojit10 (7382)
• India
29 Dec 12
Thanks a ton for sharing this discussion. Well yes u are absolutely right, this martial arts is very strong and i have seen some of its moves and they are very much powerful moves. I think it is very difficult to match up to these moves and i think one can learn the basics for self defense. I have also seen this martial arts being used in some movies also during the fighting sequences. What say?