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What are the major differences between Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan?

Both have a similar concept. Use your opponents force against them. So what is the major difference between the two? Is it the way it uses it’s techniques? Why? There are different forms of Tai Chi Chuan, but they’re all Tai Chi Chuan. What seperates the two so much?

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Thu Reign
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in my humble opinion, Aikido involved mostly with leading attackers direction and divert it in order to immobilize the attack. But Tai Chi involves attack and strikes that we rarely found in Aikido

Blue Siytangco
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Blue Siytangco

A couple of good answers were given here, but let me throw in my two cents. While Aikido training is primarily applications based, Taijiquan is not only forms based. The forms are a very important portion of the training, but without working the applications, there will be no true understanding of the principles. For a complete level of training and to reap the full benefits, appropriate time should be spent on the basics, forms (empty hand and weapons), applications, and research of the principles. Also while Aikido is a very effective form of martial arts (when taught properly) the techniques… Read more »

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At the core principles…. Not much. Both actually express the concept of Yin/Yang (though they may be called by different names). Both are considered “soft” or “internal” martial arts. Both deal with how to effectively use Chi or Ki to move the body as efficiently as possible. They even share some of the same expressions of technique. The application of Needle at Sea Bottom I’ve seen most is a variation on Aikido’s Nikyo technique. The differences really come from the cultural backgrounds. It’s in the “flavor” of the art. That and the dogma that has been propogated by followers of… Read more »

Rabei
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Rabei

aikido camed from japan

tai chi chuan came from china

Mark T
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Mark T

Conceptually the two arts are very similar, and they can look very similar in application by people at the highest levels. The quality of movement and application of the best practitioners of either system can look somewhat similar, i.e. they are all using softness, turning of the waist to generate power. Aikido is a Japanese art, and much of its philosophy is drawn from Japanese culture, Zen buddhism and shinto. Broadly speaking, its focus is more on throwing and locking. As an oversimplification, you sucker your opponent into “giving” you something to disrupt him or throw him with. Tai Chi… Read more »

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mpento

Aikido is developed with the samurai sword in mind so the defense tends to control the opponent through their attacking arm and the redirection tends to be more sweeping to redirect the weapon as well as the attacker (but works without the weapon). The energy/power involved tends to be more kinetic(motion). Aikido will mostly train with an opponent to develop technique. Tai chi would develop getting into your opponents space and feeling their strength and weakness while maintaining your own structure. The energy/power tends to be more potential like a spring. With a good spring structure you allow your opponent… Read more »

Aaron R
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Aaron R

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