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Is Tai Chi right for me?

I’ve recently fallen in love with martia arts, not the fighting part of it, but the meditation and art of it. I want to learn a type of martial arts that is swift and includes meditative techniques, but isn’t exactly slow. I thought about Tai Chi, but all of the videos I have watched on it seem like it’s more of a dance, and I want something that has more action in it. Can anyone help me out?
ps: I know this sounds stupid, but if you saw the movie “the fountain”, the scene where Tom is silhoetted against the stary background has the martial arts I would like to learn.


  1. Actually it may be perfect for you. Sure Tai Chi in the early stages is not a very effective Martial Art, but in the LONG RUN, it is very effective because you learn to move and use your opponents energy against them and for your favor. It is also wonderful for the internal quest that you will undertake as well. You say that meditation and such is important to you so I would say Tai Chi would be good for you IMO.
    It has many benefits to it with your health and maintaining your energy levels as well as manipulating your Chi (Ki) better than many other art forms teach. It is a long journey on the Tai Chi path but if you stay with it then it will be a well worthy path to have taken.
    Enjoy it.

  2. A lot of martial arts katas, look like a dance of some sort, so don’t be put off by that.
    I’ve taken Tai Chi to help with fluidity in Karate, and it worked beautifully.
    If you are looking for meditation with a martial aspect, then look into the different styles of Tai Chi. Particularily Tai Chi Chuan, which I believe has more martial applications when sped up.

  3. Try Chen Style Tai Chi. I teach and study the “Old Frame” version of Chen style,…the first form is mainly slow with some quick Fajing (“power release”” movements, and the 2nd form is faster (with a more obvious “look” of martial arts). There’s also the New Frame of Chen style. Regardless of the Chen method, they incorporate “Chan Ssu Jin”, or silk reeling Qigong and Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation). Its a good mix of meditative aspects, movement, and martial applications. Yang style, while slow, will teach martial applications as well, depending on the teacher. Some teachers will teach mainly just the health and spiritual benefits, while others will teach both martial and health.
    The forms, while slow, allow the practitioner to foster a sense of continued self awareness….a zen-like practice, of sorts. 🙂 And, the “dance” moves, if coupled with awareness and intention bring the mind/body benefits into play.
    If something faster is more your speed, try looking into Hsing-I or even Baguazhang. Good luck in your search!


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