Today, many Tai Chi enthusiasts enjoy the practice of empty-hand routines and work on intricate biomechanics, possibly some scientific martial physics- fighting prowess is rarely the priority. Fortunately, well-preserved feudal systems retain elite biomechanics, endured through battles of ancient dynasties. The sophisticated and scientific body mechanics are still practical for all walks of life.
Feudal Taijiquan enhances biomechanics in profound ways. Authentic Tai Chi which descends from feudal dynasties withstands the test of time- the mechanics become refined and sophisticated, honed with each generation. Many elite “internal” characteristics of Taijiquan are preserved in the martial lineages, in contrast to modern promotions after the 1928 fitness reforms. The distinct muscle control and nuanced body mechanics were a result of feudal martial occupations which required precision and practicality.
Razor’s character (Wang Kar Wai’s film) as a military secret agent/Bajiquan fighter is inspired by Liu Yun Qiao and his teacher Li Shuwen. Liu Yun Qiao is the security consultant and instructor of Chiang Kai-shek’s bodyguards in 1970s. Liu Yun Qiao sought to develop abilities in all areas of accomplishment: intellectual, artistic, and physical- but most importantly, REAL KUNGFU.