Most people relate Tai Chi as the slow motion exercise performed by old people in the park who are doing their best to get a little exercise in their advanced years. Thus most people have absolutely no idea that Tai Chi is actually a very sophisticated martial art form. Tai Chi is a westernized spelling adaption of Taijiquan which translates to Supreme Ultimate Fist. The martial applications of Taijiquan are so numerous that volumes have been written for each of the five major styles and each of those individual styles would take a lifetime to learn correctly.While Tai Chi has become extremely popular for western mass consumption, Taijiquan really only appeals to a select few that have the patience, diligence and internal fortitude to put in the time and energy required to learn and absorb the proper philosophies, concepts and techniques demanded by this living art. It is not easy.
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