This is one of the most important lessons I have ever taught. In it I discuss principles that are of great importance to all martial artists. It explains why an exercise that is so good for health and relaxation can be so practical as a martial art.
In this lesson I also explain why so many tai chi students are unable to use tai chi as a martial art. It is not a problem that is unique to tai chi. The same failing is found in all martial arts.
Tai chi is not the only martial art that teaches these principles. It is also not the only martial art which frequently fails to impart these skills to its students.
The secret to using minimal effort and movement to effect a dramatic movement in the opponent, is in the way in which we use leverage and conserve momentum. The arms must be relaxed and properly aligned. Any inappropriate tension in the arms will function as shock absorbers and will interrupt the transfer of kinetic energy and momentum.