Developing a ‘Tai Chi’ fighter to hang with Boxers, Kickboxers, BJJ and, and MMA fighters

Lets examine some BASIC features that some Tai Chi fighters might try to employ to “Hang” with fighters from other styles:

Characteristics of Tai chi fighter, Tai Chi is a ‘Chuan’ which means fist and loosely translated as ‘Boxing’. These things I am learning might help in Hanging with top fighters from MMA, Muay Thai, etc.

Fight Stance: It your gonna want to fight with Tai Chi you need to develop good structure in fight stance- ‘hands up’ like 7 stars or Play Pipa- protect your knock out points- temple, jaw, face, liver/stomach.

Striking: Your gonna need striking. ‘Parry (open palm) and punch (fist)’, for hand techniques and ‘separate foot’ for kicks.

Footwork: gonna want to use 5 element steps or 5 directional stepping- (front, back, left, right , and center), be mobile and work to out maneuver, yet be efficient.

Fa Jing/power hit: Your gonna want to transfer power through the leg, body, and out the hand- articulate legs and body (core) ‘speed x mass’ for more power in strike.

Principles: Your gonna need to have good balance, Root and absorb the opponent incoming force with neutralization, also try to lead opponent to emptiness (empty body). Understanding of leverage, use of techniques like sweeps and throws, etc.

Mental Intention: Your gonna have to relax and try to be more relaxed than opponent. sink breath to dan tien, breathing control under pressure.

Strength: no doubt your gonna need stamina, endurance, cardio, and strong legs, body and arms. combining- ‘yi’ (mind strength)+ ‘Chi’ (internal strength)+ and ‘Li’ (bone and muscle strength).


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Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CNT) licensed with the Virginia Board of Nursing, and has a “Master of Science in Acupuncture” (MSA) at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine ( He is a candidate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung Fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes), and VUOM Martial Arts Tai Chi club (Fairfax). He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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