According to Wiki, T‘ai-chi is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defence training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practised for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity.
As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of Tai-chi ch‘üan are especially known for being practised with relatively slow movements.
Chinese Traditional Martial Art vs Chinese Sanshou
In the video below, we will see what happens when a Tai Chi practitioner tests his skills against a Sanshou kickboxer. But the challenge didn’t last for long.
Tai chi may have some general health benefits like muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. But as a martial art and self-defence system, Tai Chi still lacks for some reason.
On the other hand, Sanshou or Chinese kickboxing is a much more modern and effective art. Sanshou differs from regular kickboxing as it involves the use of throwing or takedowns.
It was originally developed by the Chinese military based upon the study and practices of traditional Kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques.
It Didn’t Last Long
As stated above, no wonder why Tai chi practitioner got completely smouldered. Time after time, we have seen videos like this one where the Tai chi practitioner always gets beaten.
But it doesn’t mean that Tai chi is completely useless. But as a form of self-defence, completely it is.
It appeared in the video that the Thai chi practitioner was the man in a blue shirt, while the other is obviously the Sanshou kickboxer. The Thai chi practitioner threw some punches, but they weren’t strong enough to defence himself.
With the strength of the Sanshou boxer, he managed to defend himself by tossing heavy blows until his opponent lost his balance. That’s where the man in the blue shirt tried to grab his opponent’s legs.
His plan might be slamming his opponent onto the ring. The table has turned as he was the one who got slammed into the floor.
The challenge didn’t last for long, as the Tai Chi practitioner already raised his white flag after getting beaten multiple times in the second round.
Watch the full video down below. Video courtesy of Fang Zhang on YouTube.
It’s clear that martial art is not for the Tai chi practitioners. But at least this practitioner did his best to defend himself!