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Tai Chi is a MA. It was developed by the Chen family for use in war and self defense. Chen Style Taijiquan is the original style of Taijiquan. Like any MA the most important thing is to find a good sifu to study under.

Shaman
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Well…. Now there is “Tai Chi Chuan” and then there is “Tai Chi” and even “Tai Chi Dance” these days. Sometimes ppl just say “Tai Chi”, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be learning as much a martial art as you will a moving meditation dance. The difference is in what is really being taught and how. If taught as it was originally intended, then yes…. It is a martial art. There are different family styles out there. The most prevalent in the West are versions of the Yang style. But also there are the “Chen”, “Sun”, and “Wu” styles. And,… Read more »

Shihan J
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yes tai chi is first a martial art, although most people only teach the health aspect of it and never learned the combat aspect

there are 5 major families not all of them are the slow moving tai chi yang style everyone is familiar with, some are more faster, they all contain various strikes, throw, locks, traps, etc in them and taught properly can be very useful

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There are many different styles or families of Tai Chi Chuan. The five which are practiced most commonly today are the Yang, Chen, Wu , Sun, and Woo styles. All Tai Chi styles, however, are derived from the original Chen family style. It is believed that Tai Chi was developed by a Taoist Priest from a temple in China’s Wu Dang Mountains. It is said that he once observed a white crane preying on a snake, and mimicked their movements to create the unique Tai Chi martial art style. Initially, Tai Chi was practiced as a fighting form, emphasizing strength,… Read more »

1clyde
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1clyde

I have never done Tai Chi, but I did do martial arts. However my mother did Tai Chi, and I believe it is a cross between yoga, or meditation and martial arts. So yes I believe you are correct.

Caleb S
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Caleb S

tai chi is technically a form of kung fu,but has evolved quite a bit and is usually considered its own entity now. but yes, it is technically a martial art. however, you won’t be breaking any bricks or playing with swords. it is more focused on clearing your mind, on using physical motion to clear mental blocks.