Taijiquan can be applied as a very practical method for self defense. During this class particular emphasis is given to demonstrate how to keep your mind focused and relaxed during conflict and on how correct body posture will allow you to overcome aggressors.
This area of study is more commonly referred to as Taijiquan Self Defense System (TSD), a system developed by Master Gianfrano Pace, Technical Director and Head of the International Taijiquan KungFu Association (ITKA). Master Pace is a full time Qigong and Taijiquan Professional with the main school based in Mascalucia (Sicily) and with a large number schools across Europe and America including our school in Malta that follow his areas of study. (http://www.itkataiji.com)
The video below shows Master Pace demonstrating how the initial movements of the Chen Family Lao Jia Yi Lu can be applied very effectively for self defense.
The video below shows another set of self defense applications using Chen Family Taijiquan principles. These applications are performed by Master Giuseppe Paterniti, senior student of Master Pace and member of the Technical Commission within the International Taijiquan KungFu Association (ITKA)