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The arm is more the delivery system. Well, it sucks if you're on the receiving end of it. It's either get knocked on your butt or have things break -- and if the tai chi guy is good, you get both. A boxer can knock you across the room, a tai chi player can nail you into the ground. Lemme tell you, the human body is not designed to be used as a nail.

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Now let me address another issue. Despite having awesome physics, Tai chi won't teach you how to fight or how to defend yourself.

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I'm going to use a weird analogy here. Let's liken self-defense to fixing your car.

Tai chi is like a tool box. It's filled with some damned fine quality tools.

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But, just having the tools won't teach you how to fix your car. You also have to know how to use them. Oh, while we're at it, when it comes to fixing your car, you have to read the manual on how to do that too. Except there's a problem, you don't know how to read.


Without that knowledge, that manual is pretty useless. Being able to read helps with determining if this the right manual in the first place.

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And oh yeah, just reading the manual won't get your car fixed either, you actually have to pick up your tools and do it yourself -- after you've correctly diagnosed the problem. Even if you have the tools, changing the tires isn't going to help you replace a broken fan belt. Is having the tools critical for fixing your car? You betcha.

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But having tools is only one of the many critical elements you need to have in order to get the job done. The things you talk about him mentioning are, are in fact, very important for proper tool development. But remember having good tools while very important, is not the same as knowing how to use them.

Much less knowing how to fix your car. Conversely, knowing how to fix your car is equally useless without tools or having tools that break on you as you're trying to use them hence the need for good tools. Tai chi can give you really good tools and teach you how to use them. However, the way that it's normally taught tends to be more oriented on different directions e. Self-defense is a very specific set of needs and knowledge. While a lot of tools cross over, there are somethings that are very specialized and unique to that subject.

Things you will not learn from the martial arts. Like, oh say, the legal definition and boundaries of what self-defense is. They are really good about structure and power transfer. And doing tai chi can take whatever style you do already and turn your tools into Dewalt, Craftsman and Milwaukee. In the same way that boxing will improve your punching skills and muay Thai will improve your kicking skills.

Different styles emphasize different elements and concepts. Those elements are what make that style effective. A big, big problem with a whole lot of what is being taught out there is their physics suck. Many commercialized schools have even lost the elements and concepts that made the style effective.

This is a big reason why I like to tell folks to do tai chi for a spell.

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But again, ALL of those are tools. Tools critical to getting the job done, but not the same as doing the job. Create a List.

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Summary The Ten Things That Martial Artists Need to Know Whatever martial art or arts that you study or teach there are many things that are important but here are some of the things that are particularly important Read on the Scribd mobile app Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Martial Musings This is volume two of an ongoing series of short instructional and informational eBooks on Martial Arts.

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