Tai Chi is first and foremost a martial art. It was originally used by Chinese vagabonds. The slow movements you see people do are actually techniques, though most folks here in the west don’t realize it. They use it for its many health benefits. However, I would go as far as to say that Tai Chi is one of the deadliest arts in the world – as a martial art, not a mere exercise.
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