Tai Chi for real

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  1. Ghostdogg

    Ghostdogg Blue Belt

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    i just read that tai chi can be used as a self defense is this true and if so how effective is it?
     
  2. Jecca

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    Self defense from a fly or a mosquito?
     
  3. Ghostdogg

    Ghostdogg Blue Belt

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    i was thinking that it was bs but i wasnt sure
     
  4. Itka

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    Yes there is some kinds of Tai Chi that still train in the original way. That is basically the tai chi movements but at full speed and power. I don't think they really spar though.
     
  5. James Fuller

    James Fuller Amateur Fighter

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    Haha Tai chi sparring...watch out for the energy blasts!
     
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    Better warm up or you'll pull something.
     
  7. SAAMAG

    SAAMAG San Antonio Applied Martial Arts Group

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    Tai Chi translates to "grand ultimate". It was said to be at one time the most advanced martial art in the realm of chinese martial arts. This was because the tai chi masters of old would be able to achieve things--physically--that couldn't be explained by mere muscles/bones/tendons. Hence the cultivation of "chi".

    However, it's much like the bible. You're going off stories that have been likely exaggerated and skewed over the course of many years. Could it be true? Sure. Is it provable today? Not really. You're essentially going on faith and your own ability to interpret whether or not something is worthwhile in actual combat.

    Easy way to see if it works...test it after you've gained some mastery in it. Or even faster...test the master from whom you wish to learn from. See if they're able to show you that it works. If they can't...then walk away.
     
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  8. greenseeker

    greenseeker Green Belt

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    Tai chi chuan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    As an old Chinese style it's not strictly a martial art but also an exercise and conditioning system (based on the limited medical knowledge of its time). No classic or internal style like this is going to get much acknowledgment by keyboard warriors.

    It's a hybrid style, encompassing striking, throws and takedowns (like you might see in judo or aikido), traps and joint locks (like you might see in aikido, judo, jujitsu and wing chun), and some weapons techniques.
     
  9. redwire

    redwire Few and Far Between

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    It is extremely effective against seniors in wheelchairs.
     
  10. LEGS MAHONEY

    LEGS MAHONEY genetically modified man shark

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    yep it can be used as a fighting style has alot of nifty throws in it as well.

    i believe it was Tim cartmell who competed in grappling tourneys and used his throwing from tai chi and other internal arts along with this bjj
     
  11. martiallist

    martiallist White Belt

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    Tai Chi is very effective. Check out the clip below.

     
  12. Jecca

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    lmfao
     
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    thirteen Brown Belt

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    lmao at the ref.
    "Ready....Relax!".
     
  14. lord_kader

    lord_kader Green Belt

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    i dont take tai chi but the sifu at my school is one tough dude. hes older now but hes still so strong. he has let students try to attack him before and he is so fluid with his movements its ridiculous. ive only seen him get hit solid once by a kick to the liver and it didnt even faze him he just smiled

    University of Bridgeport :: Faculty


    ^ a little information about the masters at my college.
     
  15. Boxer123

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    In before Master Wong video's are posted lol
     
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    It's very effective if you can find a proper place to learn it. Americans have made a tai-bo or Yoga kind of thing out of it. However, true Tai-Chi is very effective in many ways. Self defense and internal use for regulation of breathing and chi. And its movements can be very useful in grappling, because it teaches you how to transfer your strength from one area to another in a single flow. This is very relevent to getting kuzushi in Judo or Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Not sure if that makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe it.
     
  18. Nefron

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    The push hands rules in the US are retarded. In Chinese push hands competitions you can often see something that resembles good grappling.
     
  19. Johnny100

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    I understand you are (or were at the time of that post) someone who doesn't believe/view the Hebrew Bible is true but there are those of us in this forum such as myself who do. I'm an observant Noahide (non-Jew who believes in Judaism and observes the Noahide Laws) so please try to be more respectful and use other examples to make a point.
     
  20. Beijing Power

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    Epic necro-bump. This thread is damn near 5 years old,
     

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