Do you know the difference between Tai Chi and Wing Chun?

Posted By Ranjay On Aug 16, 2015
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art tradition. Wing Chun is also a Chinese martial art form, but it is modeled on the recent real world skills and techniques of combat.

For the most part if you were to ask the average person what they thought Tai Chi was, you would find that they will tell you that it is form of exercise and meditation. 

At the same time, if you asked the same person their thoughts regarding Wing Chun Kung Fu, they would most likely tell you that it was a form of fighting martial art.

The term Tai Chi, means the "supreme ultimate fist". Wing Chun, or Wing Tsun, is the latest Chinese martial art form that has been widely embraced by martial arts followers and enthusiasts all over the world.

There are many similarities between these two activities.
  • They are both initiated from contact with the opponent. 
  • They are both started with a "cooperative" and predictable pattern of cyclical movement. 
  • They are both concerned with disrupting the opponent's balance by attacking his or her center of gravity. 
  • They are both learned in stages, moving from predetermined, cooperative patterns of movement at first, to freestyle competitive play at the advanced stages. 
  • Both exercises emphasis the use of "sensitivity" and technique over brute force. These training methods are quite similar in many respects.

The differences between push hands and sticky hands have to do with intent. The intent of push hands training is to teach a T'ai Chi player to "stick" to the opponent's limbs and body. While sticking to the opponent, the T'ai Chi player attempts to push, trip or throw. 

Striking is not the main emphasis in push hands training. The intent of Wing Chun sticky hands training is to strike the opponent while not being struck back. 

The T'ai Chi player will tend to stick to the limbs of an opponent wherever they go, while the Wing Chun player will "chase the body, not the hands" The T'ai Chi player will move in circular, flowing patterns while the Wing Chun player will use straight, jolting choppy movements. The differences between these activities are many.

Perhaps if you are looking for the ultimate in martial arts, you should be concerned less with Tai Chi vs Wing Chun and learn to combine both as this would give you the advantage in both attack and defense.

Wing Chun and T'ai Chi provide different paths to the top of the mountain. Whichever way you decide to go, enjoy the journey. Make sure to take your time and examine every last detail. Kung fu of any type can provide a lifetime of learning.

In one term:- defensive wing chun – offensive tai chi.

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