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90Life Research  2019, Vol. 2 Issue (1): 48-51    DOI: 10.12032/life2019-0125-006
Is Taijiquan a martial art or a dance?
C.P. Ong
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After Xiaodong Xu, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, summarily crushed Wei Lei, a self-proclaimed Taijiquan grandmaster, in 10 seconds, he mocked Taijiquan, as well as other traditional kungfu arts as mostly fake and ineff ective in combat. The humiliation of the defeat and the put-down of the traditional arts touched a raw nerve. The wushu community was thrown into a convulsion and the Chinese social media went viral. The cultural comfort of the sacred belief of kungfu's superiority was shaken at the very core. The furor raged on for days and so consumed the cyberspace that the Chinese authorities shut down the debate and deactivated Xu's Weibo account.

Published: 20 January 2019
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C.P. Ong. Is Taijiquan a martial art or a dance?. 90Life Research, 2019, 2(1): 48-51.


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 Akebono towering over Gracie
 Author in push-hand play with Grandmaster Zhenglei Chen at a Zion National Park scene in Utah, USA
[1]   . The fight between Xu Xiaodong(MMA) andWei Lei (Taijiquan) took place inChengdu, Sichuan on April 27,2017.
[2]   . The Aikido-Kiai vs MMA match, Nov 25, 2006.
[3]   . Iwakura did become an MMA fighter with a ho-hum pro-record of (0-2-0) and an amateur record of (1-0-0).
[4]   . Gracie vs Akebono.
[5]   . C.P. Ong (2013). Taijiquan Cultivating Inner Strength. ISBN-13978-0615874074 (Bagua Press). Eight Jins. p. 231
[6]   . Chen ZL.Push-hand video:
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