Translated into English, Tai Chi roughly translate to "supreme boxing," "the root of all motion," and "optimal fist fighting." It is considered a martial art, but unlike most combative styles, Tai Chi is based on fluidity and circular movements.
Tai Chi masters say that this gentle dance develops the flexibility of child, the strength of a lumberjack and, eventually, the wisdom of a sage.
The main principle of Tai Chi is that with the "soft" strength, you restrain the opponent's "hard" strength and use it against them. Tai Chi is therefore very effective in actual combat.
Tai Chi is suitable for everyone, from children to the elderly. It has been acknowledged that practicing Tai Chi is very useful for improving strength, relieving physical ailments, cultivating moral character and overall prolonging life.