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Accepting

30 Apr 2008
Accepting is a principal fundamental to using Tai Chi for self-defense. The typical brute force method to self-defense is to meet an attack with an even stronger counter. Tai Chi takes the opposite approach: to accept the attack is a pre-condition for repulsing it.

This subject is almost impossibly difficult to understand until you experience it personally, but once experienced, the lesson holds the key to understanding innumerable aspects of our lives.

The key to accepting is opening your mind. To accept an attack requires an extraordinarily open mind -- some would call it faith -- in order accomplish the extraordinary.

How can we envision this? If you punch a pillow, does it break? No. If it were covered in a plastic shell and you punched it hard enough, the plastic could fail to resist enough, and break. But the pillow, accepting without giving ground, never breaks. Does that mean the answer to Tai Chi for self-defense is to be like a pillow. No, that would not make much sense.

Our pillow analogy only works for the accepting portion of self-defense. In order to repulse the attack we must have a strong, well-rooted foundation. So your first goal in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan should be to strengthen your legs and establish a solid foundation. Like many things, once you learn to apply this core principle to Tai Chi, you see the opportunities to apply it to other aspects of your life as well.

Remember, new classes at the Houston Arboretum start Tuesday, May 6, at 5:45 pm. Call 713-366-0421 to pre-register. It is better to arrive early than late.


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