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Hugh Jass
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Hugh Jass

10 years to be able to apply, 10 lifetimes to master

Asfd W
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Asfd W

Tai chi is not a martial art anymore.

It used to be a form of wrestling.

However, it devolved into what it is today because practitioners gradually started sparring softer and softer until it became something like yoga.

There is a reason though that a lot of the forms resemble takedowns and clinch work.

If you want to learn to fight though, it’s useless.

CChuck
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CChuck

10 Life Times
you will gain benefits right away
but the true science of Tai Chi takes more than a lifetime to learn and Master as it is the Father of all the Fu’s. I do many forms nd after doing some for over 30 years I am still learning new things either in the movements or as a combination of movements that are hidden so to say in the patterns. Thats part of the path in the way, it is learning the exposed and the hidden benefits in it all.

SiFu frank
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SiFu frank

To experience the health benefits of Tai Chi only takes a few hours of practice. As you become better at the moves and flexibility improves you will begin to peak in the health benefits. The time will vary with the individual. Everyone I know who does it for health says it helps within days. Yes like working out in a gym or martial arts it must be a life long thing. There is no destination because you either grow or revert. If you use the martial art form of Tai Chi it is no more difficult than Wnig Chung in… Read more »

cunamo
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cunamo

If you are talking about its martial/combat use than with a good instructor you can become very good in a year or two (not master obviously, as even the simplest martial arts take many many years to master). If you are referring to its internal power than it will take you at least a decade, probably two. You may not realize this, but Tai Chi Chuan is translated into Grand Ultimate Fist. This is because Tai Chi, when fully mastered, is supposed to be the most powerful martial art. This is for two reasons: one, it incorporates full body unity… Read more »

ValleyViolet
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ValleyViolet

Hopefully you will never master tai chi. Part of the greatness of this form is the continuing challenge. The good thing about it is there is never a dull moment. Some people take tai chi as an exercise form which is great because the practice is conducive to supporting good health. Others take it as a form of combat. You can take years to develop skill even with the most basic katas. I am taking it as a martial art. I find weapons training exciting…and there are many. I have been training with steel fan and two edged sword. I… Read more »

Captain Boz
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Captain Boz

I agree, it depends on the individual. But, you could probably learn enough in a few months to begin practicing at home when not able to make a class.

As far as mastering a style, some can do it in only one lifetime. I have not reached that point yet in my 40 years of practice, but some apparently claim to master a style in only 3-5 years. This probably has more to do with the definition of “master”.

Khairul
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Khairul

It all depends on yourself………..
If you have discipline and attend all the classes without fail i’m sure you can master it in no time………

magnumtripod
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magnumtripod

of course it all depends on you and how fast you pick it up, but if you have a proper teacher that follows a strict curriculum then it it can take a few years. make sure the teacher also teaches tai chi application and not just movements…then it gets fun!