Tai Chi is to combat sports what yoga is to combat sports. Sort of.
While it’s technically a martial art, Tai Chi master Wei Lei found out recently that it’s not one that lends itself well to the brutality of mixed martial arts.
The fighter that delivered the beatdown, Xu Xiaodong. needed all of ten seconds to prove his point that although the traditional art form is used in combat by some fighters in China, it’s far less effective than more modern fighting techniques.
But Xu’s stance on Tai Chi has a lot of martial artists in China who use it pretty angry with him, and one even challenged him after he kicked Wei’s ass. So the debate could rage on for a little while.
The video, however, speaks for itself. Would you take a technique that’s known mainly for its outstanding health benefits and huge geriatric following into the ring against a trained killer?