This is good article, as far as it goes. By that I mean it’s good in all the usual ways. However, the title calls it a “martial art”, yet no where in the text is the martial art aspect discussed or even referenced. That’s a shame.
If ever there were a time for almost all of us have an increased safety awareness it’s now. (And self-defense is increased safety awareness if you think about it for a couple of minutes.)
Things related to your physical safety are a little iffy right now. Have you noticed?
Yeah, I know. There’s a pretty slim chance that you will have a fist fight in Freddie’s on your next trip. But awareness of surroundings, posturing (as in “I am not a victim” posture), the ability to “defend” your personal space, etc. are real and growing needs that most everyone has.
The point is that even though Tai chi is 90% health and fitness, if you have good instruction and if you practice and achieve moderately high levels of skill and ability, you will be infinitely better off defending yourself than if you don’t.
All the “boot camp”, kick-boxing, and “warrior this” and “warrior that” classes at the gym are sold on the notion that you are better off some prepared than not prepared at all. The difference is that Tai Chi class is much less likely to hurt you! (Indeed, it’s a place to rehabilitate injuries.)
And the kind of self defense you are most likely to need is trained in Tai Chi: how to move correctly, how to generate force correctly, fall prevention, avoiding collisions of various types, fast unexpected movements that require reflex responses, etc. And, like I said, if you have good instruction there are real transferable self defense skills learned and developed in a Tai Chi class. Especially ones where all aspects of Tai Chi are taught. There’s a reason a recent book on Tai Chi, from last year, is titled, The Perfect Exercise.
If you are interested in trying Tai Chi we are at Peak Health & Fitness on Monday nights at 7 p.m. and the Everett Community College on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Call (425) 348-5207 for details and pricing.