Posted On:2/16/2003 9:22pm
I am wondering if tai chi is a good style because theres a school near where i live and i am interested in it! ive trained in TKD,Shotokan karate, and BJJ! So if anyone could let me know if its worth it or not that would be great!!!
Posted On:2/16/2003 9:24pm
What are your goals?
Posted On:2/16/2003 9:30pm
i dont really have any goals i just love doing martial arts and being the best i can be at it and ive trained in most of the popular styles and kung fu just seems like the style id like to lear!
Posted On:2/16/2003 9:48pm
well, I do Tai chi, and I'll say this up front. It's not for every one. Its incredably repetative. Depending on how you learn it you may learn a section of the form, then run through it from the begining, and continue this way untill you have learned the form.
You learn the empty hand form, then sword/sabre, some schools include a spear, then you learn push hands. Bare in minde, this is my experiance.
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Posted On:2/16/2003 9:59pm
Well see if they will allow you to try a couple classes for free. If they are a decent school they should allow that.
Posted On:2/16/2003 10:37pm
If you are interested in the martial arts aspect, make sure the teacher isn't one who recoils in horror at the very idea of their beautiful art being corrupted by violence. Also avoid the chi kung magic powers crowd, who will promise you that they can cure cancer and levitate.
Posted On:2/16/2003 10:47pm
Style: Thai Boxing
If you want to be a fighter, then no, dont do Tai Chi as most schools do not teach combat fit for Tai Chi. But, if you want to learn balance, proper breathing, and the like, I suggest Tai Chi.
Remember the time in the 6th grade where you got your ass-kicked by that 80-pound short-kid? Got BJJ?
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Posted On:2/17/2003 10:33am
Everything depends upon the teacher. Taiji can be very good if the martial aspects are taught, but there are very few instructors who understand and can teach the fighting applications. If you can find one who has the knowledge then go for it, but you'll need to watch a couple of classes to make sure.
Think I'm getting too old for this...
Posted On:2/19/2003 12:00pm
Remember, Tai Chi Chuan takes the most discipline. So, don't take it if you can't stick with it for the long run. It takes many years of TC practice to use it in a combat situation. On the other hand, even if you don't learn the combat aspects, it can still be very compatible with your other styles. Not to mention, that TC improves your balance and leg strength ten-fold.
Posted On:2/19/2003 12:09pm
i'm not taking Tai Chi but rather Wing Chun,
there is also a Sifu that teaches Tai Chi at our school here
so i've done some Tai Chi pushhands stuff,
-no silly swords or weapons (not legal to carry around)
-form is boring + repetitive (though not useless)
-train for the street not just for the art
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