Updated: Feb 2
Kung Fu and Tai Chi training will get you stronger and in shape while improving your health and fitness. By health, we mean not only being free from illness, but the ability to sleep soundly, to work energetically, to think clearly, and to be calm yet alert. By fitness, we mean not just physical strength, but the ability to react quickly, to endure hard work, and to concentrate without mental fatigue.
Kung Fu and Tai Chi training will also help develop mental toughness not only for physical self-defense but mental and emotional self-defense against everyday stresses and anxiety. Mental toughness is the ability to resist, manage and overcome doubts, worries, concerns and circumstances that prevent you from succeeding, or excelling at a task you set out to achieve. You develop mental toughness in Kung Fu and Tai Chi by developing perseverance. This is the ability to not give up and truly believe you will eventually get it. You just have to stick with it long enough to get it. No matter how frustrating it may seem, if you stick with it you will eventually get it.
In today's fast pace and high pressure world the need for mental toughness and psychological self-defense is perhaps even more important than the need to actually defend yourself physically, but mental toughness is a skill that is only acquired through real Kung Fu and Tai Chi training.