When you think of people doing Tai Chi, what are some of the first images to come to mind?
Well, the most common image a group of old folks slowly practicing early in the morning at a park.
However this is a misconception. The martial art of Tai Chi actually started out as a combative martial art. Now when I say “started out as combative” it suggests that it no longer is. This is not true. Tai Chi is and remains a very practical self defense style.
Let me explain. Long ago people realized that practicing martial arts in a slow and deliberate manner helped them to gain balance and a feeling of connected to the ground. Sometimes this is referred to as rootedness. In reference to being similar to having roots like a tree.
Many practitioners also realized that this ability to have a high level of balance allowed them to use less power when dealing with an oncoming attack. Tai Chi then became an art which specialized in being able to off balance opponents using a strategy of redirecting force then counter attacking.
At our Classes in Las Vegas/Henderson, Nevada we do not just focus on learning a form, although that is part of the class, Our Tai Chi class also covers the applications of the form. In other word how to defend yourself using the beautiful art of Tai Chi.
In this video a variety of partner drills were covered that worked on everyone’s balance and stability.
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