The root of Tai Chi is martial arts.
It has always been a martial art from the beginning.
The more one perfects the martial art aspect of Tai Chi, the better the body structure & the flow of Qi will be.
So the more one learns, follows and perfects the martial art aspect – the principles – of Tai Chi, the more the aspects of meditation and health will benefit.
Neglect the martial art aspect and you neglect everything else too.
In my opinion Tai Chi gets as close as one could get to the perfect martial art.
Added: Jul 21, 2014
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding traditional Chinese martial arts. Is kung fu really as powerful as karate, muay thai or jiu jitsu? Or is there something more to this ancient art than just fighting? Bruce Lee introduced the West to Kung Fu. Now China Uncensored will introduce you to the history and traditions of Chinese Martial Arts with the help of Master of 7 Star Praying Mantis, Longfei Yang.