Complementary Art

Do you think that your Tai Chi training will allow you to fight a boxer?

Well, if you ever faced one then you hope, wish, pray that it will. Otherwise, the sad reality is that most Tai Chi practitioners and masters cannot fight.

The video below is now making the rounds on Facebook. Watch it. Learn from it.


The following are the lessons I learned from watching the video :-

a) Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei was prescient to teach Pok Khek Kuen to some of his Tai Chi students such as my teacher Master Leong

b) Form practice can help you to do better Tai Chi. But don’t forget to test it. Get your training partner to apply more pressure, more power, push faster, throw in hits as well. If you can’t control your training partner in a controlled training environment then don’t try to be smart and show off how practical your Tai Chi is. Remember the lesson of this video well – nice uniform does not make for practical skills but a rude awakening

c) Use your brains when learning how to do push hands. Don’t be afraid to question what you learn. As the screen capture below shows posing the wrong way can leave you wide open. Remember nice poses won’t win you fights but get you lots of knuckle sandwiches


d) Take a look at the way the Tai Chi master moved his legs. See anything?

e) Here are the screen shots of the moments the tide turned. So many lessons to learn here – for example don’t hold your hands in a manner that makes you prone to being unbalanced, don’t have your elbow flying in the air, learn how to maintain balance whilst moving, don’t step back linearly, etc.






Good lessons overall and a reminder to get our heads out of the clouds. An art is only as practical as the way we train it. Nice uniforms, big fajingy postures, lineages, styles do not win fights; how we train to react is how fights are won. Some would say if you are likely to fall to the ground then it would be a good thing to learn BJJ too.


3 thoughts on “Complementary Art

  1. OMG, couldn’t believe the video. Like watching a moray eel attack a flounder. It was mean of the guy to throw all those punches once the victim (I mean contestant) was down… but that’s probably what he has trained for. To win.

    No taiji, no gongfu, no shen. You’re right, what a lesson to us beginners who learned to strike a pretty pose. 60 seconds later it’s all about bloody nose; and much worse. Glad there was a referee on hand.


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