Van Canna wrote:
When least expected, you are elected...
Well all styles of Tai Chi are proper martial arts, which is why they have such an awesome reputation. I have seen some of the applications and they do work...........the problem is a lot of people are not practising proper Tai Chi, they know a form, they think that the form is all there is and they practice it incorrectly, and believe that they have some real knowledge
....it's a bit like having a rifle and using it like a club......and as I've said I've have seen this in a lot of martial arts, sometimes with very sincere individuals whoch is sad.
You may disagree, but I see it as being like Aikido. Sure, there are some accomplished practitioners who can actually apply the techniques in self-defense but it wouldn't be my first choice for self-defense because it takes so long to develop a functional level of proficiency before you can use it in real combat that it's not really practical as a base style. Also, like Aikido, it was probably not intended for untrained beginners but rather for senior yudansha in other styles who already knew how to fight and were looking for further improvement and subtle refinements in their game. Unfortunately, it seems that arts like Aikido and Taiji attract a lot of "softies" (for lack of a better term), who are seeking some kind of magical fight powers that will negate the need for the tough training that they would otherwise have to endure in other styles, when in fact the "toughening up" that they would get from training those other styles is probably what would benefit them the most.