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This episode follows a Taiwanese master of T'ai Chi and showcases many forms of T'ai Chi and some forms of Kung Fu.


Part of a eight part series documentary on the Martial Arts of south and south east Asia, originally broadcast on the BBC in the early 1980s.

T'ai chi ch'uan (literally "Supreme Ultimate Fist"), often shortened to T'ai chi or Tai chi in the West, is a type of internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.

It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a consequence, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims.

Some of t'ai chi ch'uan's training forms are especially known for being practiced at what most people categorize as slow movement.



Producer: BBC





T'ai Chi, the Soft Way - Part: 1


T'ai Chi, the Soft Way - Part: 2


T'ai Chi, the Soft Way - Part: 3


T'ai Chi, the Soft Way - Part: 4