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Should I take a Tai Chi or Kung Fu Class?

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  1. Tai Chi is just learning the combat moves without practicing them in sparring. Most of the time it is much like a aerobic class (but not as enargic) but you learn meditation in it as well.
    Kung Fu (most Kung Fu styles) you learn combat moves, how to incorporate them in a fight through sparring, self discipline as well as other things.

  2. Oh dear. Look at all the ignorant answers.
    What you have to understand is that kung fu is a generic term us westerners use for any chinese martial art (the actual term is Wushu). Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) is therefore considered a kung fu style as well. There are literally hundereds of different traditional kung fu styles.
    Kung fu can refer to any one the three:
    1) Performance wushu
    This is similar to gymnastics and involve martial art patterns and maneuvers for which competitors are judged and given points according to specific rules. The forms comprise basic movements (stances, kicks, punches, balances, jumps, sweeps and throws) based on aggregate categories traditional Chinese martial art style
    2) Sanshou/Sanda
    Training is similar to kickboxing training, except that throws and sweeps are also drilled extensively. Physical conditioning is also important in sport full-contact fighting.
    3) Traditional Chinese martial arts:
    This is purely training for self-defense, though they’re very likely to teach you chinese philosophy too. They teach you everything you need to know so you can handle yourself on the streets.
    Taijiquan is popular and you can find it in all three above. In Performance wushu. Taijiquan is one of the main events:
    You can use Taiji throws taught in sanshou (though you’d have to be skilled) and Taijiquan is also taught traditionally. The third video I shoed you gives illustrations to what is taught in traditional Taijiquan.
    I don’t know much about other kung fu styles in traditonal chinese martial arts but I’m sure they’re just as effective. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Xingyiquan, the Hakka kuen, Fujian white crane, Wuzuquan and Shuai jiao.
    You may find a school that teaches all three or you may find one that teaches only one of them. If you go for traditional chinese martial arts, make sure they have at least some form of resistant training. For example, in Taijiquan, make sure they practise plenty of competitive pushing hands. Here’s an example of a match:
    There are modified forms of Taijiquan which are devoted mostly to health enhancement and relaxation. These will not each you any self defense so be wary of these (unless this is what you’re looking),
    There’s an answerer called ‘Sensei Scandal’ that knows way more than I do about chinese martial arts, so if he answers, then listen to him too.

  3. I would start with Kung Fu. It will give you a solid foundation in your basics. After you learn how to fight and control your body better, Tai Chi will be a better learning experience.
    Thats what I did. I studied kung fu for 7 years before I started tai chi. I am able to understand the purpose of the slow, controlled movements better than I would have if I did tai chi first.

  4. lolcat has a good answer. Kung Fo is a rather lose term for most stand up Martial Arts. Tai Chi is a form of moving meditation and exercise. There are some forms of Tai Chi used for combat. In Western countries finding instructors that know anything about combat Tai Chi will be like finding a needle in a haystack.
    If you are looking for exercise and meditation only than Tai Chi is for you. If you want more than Martial Arts like Tae Kwan Do, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Akido, Judo, etc…..
    Wow look at all the thumbs down. I wonder if they know why they are giving thumbs down.

  5. It’s up to you, there are schools that require both proficiency in both Tai Chi and Kung Fu. For example in Fu Hok Tae He Morn, a combination of Hung Gar and Wu Style Tai Chi, you have to learn the Wu 108 posture form, push hands, Tai Chi sword in order to get your black belt.
    There is really lot to learn with either choice, and the nonsense about Tai Chi being strictly meditation is just that. We have many schools up here, mostly Yang and Chen style, I have provided links below to two very good schools in my area.
    Me, I tried Tai Chi for a few years, I still do the Wu long form in the morning, but I am genetically Eastern European and I follow my nature, Wrestling, Krav Maga, Combat SAMBO, this is how my brain is wired. I know of others who, through long study have been able to develop peng and all the cool stuff.
    What you ultimately choose, will require a lot of study. Both arts have much subtlety and power. Do the one you enjoy most, but beware, there are very few really good tai chi schools.The links I provided below are a guide line to good schools that teach both..

  6. There are three flavors of Tai Chi, and one of those flavors is teaching Tai Chi as a fighting style. However, teachers that teach Tai Chi as a fighting style are almost as rare as unicorns.


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