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Re: OT: The WarriorMonks

by poqui (Deacon)
on Sep 03, 2004 at 16:22 UTC ( #388330=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to OT: The WarriorMonks

I really like Tai Chi (or Taiji). I started with judo when I was 7, but only practiced that for about a year when I was injured (in a different activity) and had to stop. I didn't get back into martial arts until I started Tai Chi in '96.
I practice the Modified Beijing Yang style, I studied with a couple of sifus; I have about 30 months of instruction.

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Re^2: OT: The WarriorMonks
by wolfger (Deacon) on Jan 01, 2005 at 13:16 UTC
    I don't mean to knock your style, but is Tai Chi really a *martial* art? All I've ever seen it used/taught as is low-impact exercise. I've studied it lightly (watched a video, tried to follow along), and I'm very curious how any of it could be applied to actually *fighting*. I think it's a beautiful style, but I'm just not convinced of its martial abilities....

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      A valid question, seeing the exposure most people have to Tai Chi.

      It depends on the instructor, and on the audience. Martin Kelly, my sifu at Self Care Arts, sometimes teaches at the YMCA, and with those folks (mostly older people) he will stress the health benefits of the exercise.

      But in his classes at his studio he will add the martial aspects of the movements too. The movements are the same, the attention is applied in the same manner, but the intent is different.
      Also, in a combat situation, the moves are performed at considerably higher speed.

      The reason the movements are practiced so slowly is because Tai Chi is an "internal" art, the body movements are not the most important part of the practice, the mind directing the flow of chi is.

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