Destroying Your Opponent With Four Ounces the Tai Chi Chuan Way


I always used to read articles about how deadly Tai Chi Chuan was. Of especial interest to me was the concept of destroying your opponent with just four ounces. Now this was a while ago, back when the martial arts were first being introduced to the United States. There wasn’t much in the way of pictures, and the text was pretty simplified, and all i saw in my mind was some oriental doing a mystical strike and the criminal attacker falling down unconscious.
Man, I thought about that. I mean, what kind of a strike uses just four ounces? And why not five ounces? Or three? What was the mystical reasoning behind using just four ounces? Was four ounces some kind of sacred principle in the esoteric fantasyland of the eastern fighting disciplines?

So time went on, I studied Karate, and that was definitely not four ounce strikes. Man, the punches were designed to put the whole body weight into them. And the blocks were hefty things that would stop a charging rhino! And the kicks! Man, I don’t even want to go there! But Mas Oyama, it was rumored, could kill a bull and leave nothing but hamburger!
So time went on, and better articles were written, and even books, and I came to what I thought was the truth of this tai chi four ounce thing. You don’t hit the guy with four ounces, you lead him!
Oh! It wasn’t a strike at all! You just agree with the direction he is going in, help it out to the tune of a rather non mystical and arbitrary four ounces, and the guy falls on his face!
And I thought I had it figured out.
Then, decades after learning hoiw to knock down elephants with a karate punch, something interesting happened. i got old. And, the older I got, the less force i had, and the less force I had, the more tricky I got, and I suddenly figured something out.
If you punch with your whole body, and take the effort out, and just punch an inch into the flesh, the whole body reacts.
Interestingly, this was not mystical.
A fellow on some university, you see, had a cell culture. He split it in two, and was walking one half the cell culture across the campus. Suddenly, he dropped his sample. The cells died.
So he went back to get the other half of the cells, and he found that they had died, too!
So, if you can figure out how to hit with the whole body, then take the effort out of the hit, and strike (with Chi) a part of the body, the whole body feels it.
And that is how you destroy an opponent with four ounces the Tai Chi Chuan Way. Drop by Monster Martial Arts if you want to learn more about Chi and the real science behind such arts as Tai Chi Chuan.

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