The Benefits of Practicing Taichi in Comparison with Other Martial Arts

Taichi Push-Hands PracticeGuangping Taichi is a deep, demanding practice that will strengthen your body, your mind and your life. Pursuing taichi consistently will bring significant benefits for your health and when practiced over time with appropriate pushhands and sparring will help you develop fighting skills.

When choosing a martial art practice to invest your time and energy in, the most important first step is to know what you want to get out of it. Not knowing what you want to achieve through practice will result in distracting thoughts of the grass being greener on the side of every other form of martial arts.  Knowing what you want to get out of practice will help you to enjoy what you do wholeheartedly.

Even if it takes you 20 years to answer this question with confidence, as it was with me, you will be happier and your practice will be stronger when you know why you practice.

The chart below illustrates my perspective on some of the potential achievements that people can reasonably expect through diligently practicing the different martial arts.

This chart is based on general experiences and observations.  Any teacher of any art can potentially emphasize any element of practice,  but the chart below suggests what you are more likely to find in each art.

Muay Thai, Jeet Kun Do, Western Boxing Traditional Japanese Jujitsu, Aikido Modern Grappling Arts: Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo Shaolin Gongfu, Traditional Karate Guangping Taichi, Bagua, Xingyi, Yiquan
Quickly Developed Self-Protection Skills Yes Yes  Sometimes
Gradually Developed Self-Protection Skills Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes Yes
Training for Mixed Martial Arts Competition  Yes Yes Sometimes
Effective Striking Yes Sometimes Yes Yes
Effective Grappling Sometimes Yes Yes
Effective Ground-Fighting Sometimes Yes
Stress-Reduction Yes Yes Sometimes Yes Yes
Cardiovascular Workout Yes Sometimes Yes Yes Sometimes
Strengthened Joints and Healthier Spine Yes
Improved Immune System Sometimes Sometimes Yes
Potential Relief from Chronic Conditions Sometimes Yes
Longevity and Strength into Old Age Sometimes Sometimes Yes
Deep Meditation Yes Yes Yes

These generalizations are not intended to denigrate any art or limit anyone’s expectations, but instead to encourage finding the art that will best suit individual goals.  To offer feedback or to inquire about Guang Ping Taiji Instruction in Austin, please click here or call 512.791.3296.

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