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who would win Tai Chi vs Aikido?

who would win? a tai chi chuan master or Aikido master?


  1. Aikido is not a sport and does not promote competition.
    Tai chi is not supposed to be a sport although some tai chi federations have begun to promote competitions which usually consist of forms done either individually or in a group.
    It is doubtful that they would engage in combat with and between one another.
    Having studied both for some time, aikido is the more effective should the aikido practitioner be attacked.
    There are no aikido masters as one recalls the words of O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba extolling his followers and students to always maintain a beginner’s mind.

  2. These style questions are based on misconceptions. I really can’t give you a straight answer on this one, or any other such question, sorry.
    The first problem is the question assumes a martial art is a finite amount of knowledge that someone accumulates in order to become a master. But the fact is students of martial arts start making the art their own and innovating rather early, often as soon as they are not complete beginners. Of course, the innovations of an advanced student tend to be more limited. A master is someone who has seen different approaches and has devised a way to make them his own, and has continued to innovate.
    I was recently reminded of this when an advanced student from another dojo visited our own, because he got interested in our particular approach to aikido. His training and approach were slightly different, his techniques weren’t quite the same as ours. Although he seemed better at resisting initially, I then found once a technique was applied correctly, it seemed to have more effect on him. But a lot of students had difficulty getting it to work at all; there was something he knew the rest of us didn’t, and some other aspects he was unfamiliar with which surprised him. It was quite a fascinating learning experience on both sides.
    Only our sensei (the only person on that mat who may reasonably be called a master) seemed to know what was going on all the time and was able to provide the bridges necessary to both the local student and our visitor. I often heard him say on the occasion that the reason we don’t do things a certain way is not because they are wrong, but because he was applying a certain philosophy to the art.
    So anyway, long story short, a master is not simply someone who has learned a set of techniques. It is someone who knows the set of techniques, who knows different ways of applying them and, most important, who has been learning all his life and continues to learn. It is not someone who simply gets a series of techniques down pat and then goes home and forgets about it. A master is not a fixed things. Real masters keep evolving and often, they become specialists, exploring a few aspects of the art that are of particular interest to them so that they can pass on that knowledge.
    To simply ask which art is better by pitting two hypothetical masters against one another is like asking a mathematician the square root of minus one. There is no answer to that question.

  3. It all depends on the skill and knowledge if the masters. Ive seen Tai Chi “masters” that dont know the simple basics of the martial art.

  4. Aikido master is stronger
    trust me
    My trainer is a killing machine
    He has a black belt 2 level
    His day is 8% sleep 2% eat and other and 90% training
    First he is running from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    Second he is a swimming trainer (not necessary)
    Third he has 2-3 trainings a day
    And forth he is training 3 groups from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    and he is training while he is training us
    I don’t know about other trainers but my trainer is very strong

  5. Tai Chi and Aikido both take a l o n g time to master, so both would be very old and probably have no desire to fight. They’d most likely sit down and have tea together instead of fighting each other.

  6. I used to train at the original Ed Parkers Kenpo Karate in Pasadena. Every Thursday night would be “sparring” open to anyone, even different styles. I’ll tell you, I didn’t always win, but I did always learn something.
    If your question were based on this type of encounter, I would say the result would be very interesting because both styles seek to find an opponents’ center and then use it to best advantage. Martial arts isn’t always about imposing ones’ will upon someone else.


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