Most traditional martial arts place high importance on perfection of movement. Why should this be when real fighting is far from perfect. This post looks at the advantages of striving for perfection of movement both in terms of combat effectiveness and spiritual development.
Tai Chi Jian demonstrated by Damo Mitchell, author and founder of the Lotus Nei Gong Association.
Tai Chi must be the most misunderstood of all the martial arts, yet it is regards by many as being the most advanced form of martial art. How can a form that practices primarily with slow movements really be used for combat?
When we examine kata bunkai to see what does and does not work under pressure, it is good to have a set of guidelines to work to. Matthew Apsokardu provides 7 questions that you should ask yourself to make sure that what you try out will actually work when you need it most.
Learning how to yield to force with Tai Chi
The Ward-off posture is one of the most universally recognised postures in the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. Since it’s not an obvious kick or a punch, and doesn’t look overtly like a martial technique, it can be hard to figure out how to use it against an attacker.
Following on from my previous posting on Pressure Point fighting, I would like to quote from Russell Stutely, Europe’s leading authority on the subject.
There is much debate in martial art circles about whether or not pressure point fighting is effective, especially under duress of a real confrontation. Find out here.
A look at Tai Chi Chan push hands and how to use it for real self defence, rather than just competition.