One of the lesser-known aspects of Tai Chi is its usability as a superior form of self-defense.
Using punches, strikes, kicks, joint locks and throws, Tai Chi for self-defense follows all the same rules that are learned by doing the forms. Also, as with Tai Chi forms, the Taoist philosophical system comes into play with self-defense applications.
One of the nice things about using Tai Chi for self-defense is that you don’t have to be stronger or faster than your opponent. Principles of anatomy and leverage are used as an equalizer.