While it is true that there are a number of fixed moves in Tai Chi thinking about it in this way can be very misleading.
When you first start to learn Tai Chi you will often be taught a fixed form. For example the '24 Posture Simplified Yang Style Form'. This has 24 distinct moves. You may then be taught a form with 48 postures/moves. Soon you will realize that what you need to learn isn't how to perform the move, but rather what this move teaches you about movement in general.
Tai Chi is movement. Nothing more, nothing less.
The greatest form in Tai Chi has no shape, no fixed pattern and will naturally counter any technique used against it. Naturally this is near impossible to obtain, but it gives the general idea that you should be aiming for.
Self defense is about alertness, flexibility and speed. Tai Chi works for the improvement of each of these attributes.
Ku style Tai Chi does exist, as well as Wu style; and many other styles of Tai Chi. Katara studies Ku style/Yang form Tai Chi, Sun style Tai Chi, and Bikram Yoga.
The most popular Tai Chi DVD series are The Tai Chi - 24 Hours, Sunrise Tai Chi, Totaly Nude Yoga and Tai chi, Tai Chi for Health - Yang Short Form with Terrence Dunn etc.
Tai Chi comes from China.
tai gik is the cantonese pronunciation. tai chi is mandarin.
Tai Chi is an ancient art that has been around in China for a long time. There are many masters of Tai Chi. One of these many masters include the famed master Zhang Dong Hai.
in what ways is tai chi powerful
Yes, weapons are used in tai chi.
Quo Tai-chi was born in 1889.
Quo Tai-chi died in 1952.
Tai Chi-tao was born in 1890.
Waterbending, airbending, firebending are all purely fictitious creations for the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" TV show, but the moves come from Tai Chi, a type of martial arts. There are many Tai Chi studios around the world for you to take lessons.