Ancient Tai Chi originally STARTED out as a fighting art. Which means that every move found within a Tai Chi form has a self defense application.
Today most people think that Tai Chi is just some form of slow low impact exercise for the elderly. Don’t get me wrong, Tai Chi Class can be a very good form exercise, but we must also learn the fighting aspect of Tai Chi for our training to be complete.
Here you see a class drill meant to teach tactile sensitivity. Which basically means the ability to feel our opponents balance through touching them on the wrist.
Knowing where your opponent’s center of gravity is the first skill to acquire. The second skill to follow up by pushing your opponent off balance.