Tai chi is the creation of effort through natural movement.
Rather than blocks and strikes, Tai Chi studies the principles of motion. Tai Chi practice develops an ability to focus the work we are able to do with our body.
The efforts you learn in Tai Chi can lend themselves towards any activity - whether it be moving a heavy box, resolving a disagreement with a loved one, or neutralizing an attacker.
Popular conception of Tai Chi is shallow, primitive, and generally incorrect. Tai Chi is not to be sold as the mystical cultivation and realignment of universal energy. Tai Chi is not the process of swaying awkwardly from pose to pose. Most “practitioners” today are either conmen, or the delusional/overly-esoteric types that buy their products.
Tai Chi in the traditional way is a Martial Art.
Anybody who takes a serious approach to their training will become a healthier individual, and a better fighter through the practice of Tai Chi.
Roundness of movement is a trademark of Tai Chi. These circular movements express the strength and functionality of the human body.
Tai chi practice takes years of training to master its basic principles. It requires total concentration and attention in every training session. You must be ready to separate yourself from the pre-conceived notions and superstitions that hold you back. Do it consciously, and always stay in the present moment.