is tai chi and capeiora good for self defense?
these martial arts look elegant and magnificent, but they are so beautiful that i wonder if they would help in an actual street fight. I will probably take a martial art, but i would like one that is good for my mind-body, as well as self defense.
i don't know about capeiora(because I haven't studied it) but tai chi is a fighting art.
Just be careful where you go. Usually it is taught with an emphasis on body position and weight distribution. Many places teach tai chi as an exercise only. Make sure you go to a school that works on the combative applications of the style as well .
On then other hand, tai chi is usually a great second style to learn if your goal is self defense. Learning your 'basics' first will give you a good foundation to understand tai chi principles better.
I had seven years of kung fu before I started tai chi. I was quick and sneeky and hit like a truck before, but now I have added a level of suppleness that has made me even better.
One final thought. Any martial art will take time, dedication and a ton of focus and effort. The mental focus developed while training will give you the 'mind-body' thing, provided you have a good instructor.
Hope this helps
Every martial art is good for mind and body, but tai chi and capoeira are more for fitness and fun rather than self-defense. For self-defense, try hapkido or aikido or more intense combat sports, such as kickboxing, for example.