(I think the word “Master” is being used a little bit too liberally here 😉 )
Do you remember Wei Lei, the Tai Chi dude that set the Internet alight by being starched by aging MMA coach Xu Xiaodong in about 20 seconds? Well, he’s back, but this time it looks like he’s decided that his Tai Chi skills aren’t up to the job and he’s training kickboxing.
Of course, this simply raises questions. Should he need to train kickboxing? Isn’t Tai Chi enough? Should he seek out other Tai Chi teachers to learn from? Is this the most practical way of learning to fight? If so, then what does that say about Chinese martial arts?
4 thoughts on “Taiji Master KO’d by Xu Xiaodong now trains in kickboxing”
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Too much is made of one instance, Tai Chi needs to be practiced in more aggressive environments. The said Tai Chi master was never grounded and never applied Tai Chi principles. When he started running backwards the match was already lost. He should work on his grounding. The video is a good thing for Tai Chi however for now people don’t fear Tai Chi which gives us an edge and secondly it showed you can not learn to fight if you don’t actually face an opponent.
In his match with the MMA guy, he should have just moved his qi and made the MMA guy’s internal organs explode. That’s what I would have done.