Strategy in Taijiquan

I posted the following on Linkedin in response to a question about how do you think of strategy in Taijiquan:

If I think of strategy in terms of dealing with physical attack by a human opponent, then strategy is first closing with the opponent to enter the Taiji circle (short range). Then it is to apply the principles of attach, adhere, connect and follow, staying in the Taiji circle and matching my opponent’s movements. Next it is the strategy of luring out the opponent’s force so that I can join with it and use our combined force to unbalance him or her. When the opponent is losing balance, his or her mind will be scattered and unable to respond effectively to my actions. Then my final strategy is to take whatever action (take down, joint lock or strike) I think will be effective in ending the opponent’s attack against me. The tactics for implementing these strategies can be learned from Sun Tzu and the Taiji Classics

About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.
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