serpentinetigerlily: peashooter85: What’s Wro…

serpentinetigerlily:

peashooter85:

What’s Wrong with Tai Chi

from The Pinkman

It’s classic soft style vs. hard style.  Tai Chi is not at all meant to be a fighting style so much as self-defense. Even strikes are not meant to “attack” an opponent you’re fighting head to head so much as averting damage from some schmuck trying to mug you or something.  

The video is correct in that the real benefit of Tai Chi is an awareness of the self, both spatially and regarding energy and balance.  Most of Tai Chi is focused on breathing and a person’s weight distribution between when they’re in motion and in moments of stillness.  You’re not going to coldcock anyone with Tai Chi. It’s just not meant for that.

Tai Chi is not for self defense either. Anyone who thinks Tai Chi has useful self defense applications is delusional.