Shaolin Kung Fu vs Tai Chi – Which is better?
The masterful and graceful art of Shaolin Kung Fu where grace and peace meets a person’s life and all becomes one. Then you have Tai Chi.
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China Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the greatest forms of martial arts that has gained a lot of popularity in the recent past. Its movements are rapid, quick and forceful. This martial art demands energy and dedication, far beyond just your everyday boring commute to work dedication. Grueling labored hours, days, weeks, years, all to become a Shaolin master. And many don’t get to achieve that reward and they can end up spending the rest of their lives trying to become a true Shaolin master.
Shaolin is actually the name of a Buddhist temple in China. The name Shaolin translates as small or little forest. This temple has a long history and is very famous both inside and outside of China. The root of martial arts at the Shaolin Temple can be traced back to an Indian monk, Bodhidharma, who traveled to China to spread the religion of Buddhism. Legend says that after he had an interview at the imperial court, he retired to the Shaolin Temple and spent 8 years in meditation.
After this time, he started to teach the resident monks. He found that monks at the temple spent too much time focusing on the meditation aspects of Buddhism while neglecting any physical training. Because they had neglected to train their bodies, they were in poor health and therefore, could not make much progress in their meditation practice.
When it comes to Tai Chi, there are some similarities but still a massive difference. Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a fighting art. Tai Chi was accredited to a taoist monk named Zhang San Fang as its creator. Its origins date back over 700 years, some say even up to 1500 years. That’s a lot of time for an art form to grow.
Tai Chi is a type of Qigong or Phrased Chi Kung, and is practiced by millions of people worldwide every day. There have been stories shown of Tai Chi practitioners doing absolutely amazing things – incapacitating people with a single neck chop, having knees and arms broken from a simple defense grapple.
MMA fighters even incorporate Tai Chi within their training due to its overall benefits with training and recovery. Qigong in Chinese means energy or breath skill as Tai Chi, when practiced correctly, is always practiced using Qigong being both breathing and energy methods of practice. Although Tai Chi was originally a martial art, it is mainly practiced today as an excellent form of exercise with many health benefits. And that’s where a large difference comes between Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi.
The words Tai Chi Chuan means Supreme Ultimate Boxing. Used as an exercise for health, it would loosely translate as supreme ultimate exercise or skill. An exercise that utilizes breathing, visualizations and movements to work the entire body all at once. As the Tai Chi classics say, “if one part of the body moves, the entire body moves.”
Depending on the needs of the individual, each of these martial arts can be beneficial in many different ways. If it is someone who is widely focused on the overall health and balance in their day-to-day lifestyle, then, of course, Tai Chi will be a great fit for them. It almost makes the best of both worlds. You’re able to defend yourself with some pretty impressive moves and incorporate an overall peace within you. The breathing routines, the calm exercise movements that can help assist with meditation techniques and all that jazz would come in quite handy.
The Shaolin Kung Fu is also one that can serve all of the same purposes that Tai Chi offers. However, the biggest difference is that if you were to be backed against the wall in a street fight, which one would you rather have mastered?
A martial art that relies mostly on fair play or one that can help you deliver a strike with super fast speed and power that can disable your opponent? We’re quite sure that the question pretty much answers itself. Of course, in a fight, we know that most, if you are of sane mind, will choose to be a Shaolin Kung Fu master. It’s just logical. But hey, if you are a true believer of the Tai Chi, when in doubt, fight it out. That’s all we’ve got for today everyone. Shaolin Kung Fu or Tai Chi – which is better in your opinion? And of course, let’s battle that out in the comments. Be sure to check out our other Brutal videos and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching.
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