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The Importance of Balance | Tai Chi

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The Importance of Balance | Tai Chi

It does not take skill to harm someone or hurt them. Or even worse, kill them. It is a means to an end in times of war. And with it, is a great cost, the sweat the energy and even harm to those who execute aggression to the other.

Whether it be for harm or protection.

But what is subtle and shows skills, is making an opponent lose their balance, not by relying on brute force.


The Importance of Balance | Tai Chi

Because this would also put you out of balance. Like they say in traditional Chinese Martial Arts, “you will be double weighted.”

This is the potential risk when one uses brute force to upset someone’s balance. If you are up against someone with skill, they can use your brute force against you, and you will easily lose balance.

The Importance of Balance | Tai Chi

Redirecting your force and uprooting you and from that moment, they can apply a strike or whatever it is they want to do.

Because you must be in a state of “emptiness” -not allowing your adrenalin or flight-fight response to take over, so you maintain your centre. Relying on brute force will break this alignment. I still struggle with this at times.

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The Importance of Balance | Tai Chi

So, that is the importance of balance, not relying on brute strength. Make sure you are more centred than your opponent. That is why certain sport fighters have relied on pushing their opponents’ buttons to rouse their opponents’ anger.

The Importance of Balance | Tai Chi

And this causes their adversaries to make mistakes and they capitalise. And this is where they lose balance. Losing balance is not just physical, its mental and manifests physically.

If you can maintain your balance while your opponent cannot or loses theirs. Then victory goes to you and if you cannot maintain your balance better than your opponent, then victory is mostly likely to go to them. And defeat to you.

Written by Narcisse Sadi, Tudi (student) of Dr Jeff Lan, certified (by the International Health Qigong Federation) 1st Duan Health Qi Gong and certified (by Dr Jeff Lan) 1st Duan Yang Style (Cheng Man Ching lineage) Tai Chi Chuan Instructor.

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