Tai Chi vs MMA – the fight everyone in China is talking about!

Tai Chi vs MMA – the fight everyone in China is talking about!

FightGeek - May 5, 2017
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Today we wanted to cover a topic that has been getting quite a bit of social media attention recently. Its pairing up certain martial arts technique that has been controversial to say the least. The idea that you can win a fight without touching your opponent.

Before we get into this, we just wanted to say that when you are learning any forms of martial arts, it is not to fight but to learn discipline, mindfulness and self awareness. To protect and defend…

So on to the recent news about a duel that took place at a martial club in Chengdu. It was witnessed by around 100 spectators. You will see in the video below in a minute that the fight only took 10 seconds,

This duel was between Mr Xu Xiaodong, the ‘Mad Man’ MMA coach, and Mr Wei Lei, a Tai Chi Master. Mr Xu told the reporters that he wanted to use his influence to prove his claims that Tai Chi is a scam.

Now.. hold on a second. who in the world said that Tai Chi is a fighting technique? According to wikipedia, Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defence training and its health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity.

Me thinks he is just picking on someone who was not trained to compete in the first place.

But this is not the first time such “interesting” match ups have taken place. There was another fight that happened quite sometime ago, with another Master. But this one is something he put on to himself. This is another instance where the lack of research and understanding about your opponent can get you into trouble. Kiai master, Yanagi Ryuken, put up $5000 saying that no MMA fighter could beat him.

Yanagi Ryuken uses this technical that is called a “touchless knockout”. According to wikipedia, Touchless knockout or no-touch knockout is a supposed technique claimed by some martial arts practitioners, by which a person can be rendered unconscious solely by application of qi, kiai or similar methods, without making physical contact. This differs from pressure point techniques which involve light or slight contact to specific areas of the body causing unconsciousness.

In this video you will first see his compliant students being affected by his mysterious no-touch techniques. And watch to the end to see the fight happen.

If you wanted to watch a few more, here is one YouTube compilation that you might like.. you are welcome!


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