In the May issue of Inside Kung-Fu magazine there was an article of taiji that was pretty interesting.
"Many people are skeptical that tai chi is a martial art. "How can anyone defend himslef in slow motion?" they ask. This is a reasonable question if people have only seen tai chi done in slow motion.
However, the perception is inaccurate, as tai chi dose have training methods that allow practitioners to move at exceptionally fast fighting speeds. Here are five examples of how practicing tai chi's slow movements translate into fighting exceptionally fast.
1. Tai Chi tones and relaxes the muscles. The more relaxed and toned muscles are, the faster they can move.
2. Tai Chi trains the central nervous system to be more effecient. The nerves the ngive strong signals to the muscles to move faster.
3. Slow-motion movement acts like a kind of weight on the muscles, which when removed, causes them to move faster.
4. Tai Chi gets your whole body movement coordinated. Efficently linking your waist and legs can really help catapult your hand speed.
5. In more advanced practices, you learn to seamlessly alternate between doing extremely slow and fast movements, first during solo forms, then push hands, and finally during sparring. Your chi controls your nerves and muscles like an electric light's dimmer switch, which can gradate light from almost total darkness (excruciating slow motion) to extreme brightness (lighting fast)."
I found it very interesting myself, any thoughts on the article?