Frequently Asked Questions

   1. Is Tai Chi a martial art?

   Tai Chi Chuan was developed as a martial art and system of self defense. It is also a system for health, exercise,          
   relaxation, and spiritual development. Please see our section on Kung Fu Styles for a more detailed description.

   2. I thought Tai Chi was different than Kung Fu?

   Tai Chi Chuan is a style of Chinese Kung Fu. In fact, it is one of the oldest styles of traditional Chinese martial      arts. There are hundreds of differnt styles of Chinese Kung Fu. Please see our section on Kung Fu Styles for a      more detailed description.

   3. What if I only want to learn Tai Chi for health?

   There are schools that teach Tai Chi only for health and relaxation and do not teach the martial theory or        
   application. Sifu Stephen Vick of TTMAA follows the training given by Grand Master Key Chun Song and teaches      
   martial arts application and technique as well. As individual instruction is given the student will be able to express        whether they have an interest in learning more of the martial applications and theory. However, the martial art can      not be extracted from Tai Chi Chuan or you are not truly learning Tai Chi.

  4. Why do you teach weapons if they are not for actual use in public?

   Weapons training is part of Chinese martial arts. In earlier periods they were used for self defense and protection.        Most weapons today are used for training and demonstration. They also are used for understadning deeper          
   principles of extending ones power (Qi) beyond the body and into the weapon itself. Though the weapons taught at      TTMAA should not be used to inflict harm on others, the forms, applications and techniques are specifically taught        and trained for lethal effectiveness.

   5. Do you practice full contact sparring at TTMAA?

    Sparrring at TTMAA is trained through a method that teaches an understanding of Tai Chi and internal relaxation    
    principles. Therefore a sequence of sparring training involves learning push hands exercises that relax the body,           single push hands practice, two hand push hands and free push hands sparring. Once these exercises are
    practiced and the student learns to relax, harder techniques, such as one step sparring, Hsing I fist training, iron
    body training and cardio training are added. As the student progresses, one on one light contact sparring is
    practiced without equipment, then protective equipment is added for harder contact and more realistic training.
    Training is also taught for multiple attackers. At TTMAA we teach never to use 100% of your power while
    sparring training and are always conscious of and guided by control, respect and discipline with the goal of learning     and developing our skill and technique, not with intent to harm one another in class. 100% power is taught to be           used in rare self- defense situations only.