The actual essence of Tai Chi is the cultivation of the inner energy, the inner strength:
The starting point of the tai chi teaching as a martial art was to avoid obstacles in combat and not to seek a head-on collision. The exerciser’s body should be soft, flexible and sensitive in equal measure. The opponent’s intention should be analyzed even with the slightest touch, without giving him any noticeable resistance. The basic principle of Tai Chi was to absorb acting forces and to return these kinetic energies to the opponent.
The starting point of the tai chi teaching as a healing art was to preventively prevent existing illnesses or to be used as an accompanying recovery exercise.