Hi, I'm Jesse Harding, and today we're going to be talking about Tai Chi for combat. Tai Chi is a form of moving meditation that allows us to harmonize the energies of our mind, our body, emotions and spirit and it's also a martial art and by doing things in a slow way you actually develop more skill and we can apply that skill in many different self defense and martial arts situations. When we apply Tai Chi for self defense, we have a deep understanding of the principles of Yin and Yang. Yin is the receiving, the feminine aspect of the Yin energy that we might be receiving from our attacking where we are yielding to the attack. The Yang energy is where we are expressing energy and we are striking or redirecting energy. One of the principle movements of Tai Chi that we can apply for self defense is called the Tai Chi ball movement which we see in these types of movements in Tai Chi. There's also the movement of ward off where we are rotating our hips and shoulders and in this motion when someone enters into our space or pushes on us, we can redirect their energy and when we redirect that energy we can protect and defend ourself and it sets up different techniques that we can use. Another principle movement of Tai Chi is called the splitting movement and sometimes this movement is referred to as parting the horse's wild mane or diagonal flying and what you see is the hands coming together, opening and separating, one palm up, one palm down and there's many applications of using this gentle simple movement for personal protection and self defense and taking somebody down to the ground. When we are faced with a stressful situation like an attack a lot of times our mind can get narrow, our breathing can get shallow and our posture can get tight and tense. In Tai Chi we learn to relax, open our focus, relax our breathing and allow our posture to be dynamic and responsive to the situation so that we can turn a negative situation into a positive situation.