Win loose or draw; Tai Chi is not any type of practice for self defense. At one time in my life I myself practiced it. It would be a life long journey. taoist.org/content/standard.asp
What is the Chi in Tai Chi? That’s the question. It is the same force used by those who attempt to direct it in Feng Shui. Chi is the life force that powers the planets, the world, and each person. ( according to the Chinese who have, if you will, invented it )
In practicing Tai Chi, one brings down the Chi force into themselves like a lightning rod attracts lightning. Yes, it keeps you limber and stretched out, however, that it just incidental. Its main goal, the power behind it, is channeling the Chi force. Is it spiritual force? It may be like electricity or gravity. An unseen force and not a type of religious practice. I tend to think not but I am not sure.
What do I think about Tai Chi and Feng Shui and the like ? I am not sure. Its a question I have asked at this very web sit. It may be an offense against the First Commandment.
Did not the Psalmist ask, why should I burn incense to the mountain gods when I can burn incense the the one God who created the Mountains and all there in?