Prior to the bout, MMA fighter Xu had criticized traditional martial arts for being outdated and “a lie” without combat purposes, strongly insulting Tai-Chi in particular. In response Wei challenged him to a duel. The stage was set in Chengdu, China in front of a large crowd with a referee and MC.
Mr. Wei, from Chengdu, who claimed to have invented the ‘thunder-style’ martial arts was offended by Xu’s insulting remarks. He then challenged the ‘Mad Man’ Mr. Xu to a fight.Meanwhile, the Tai Chi master blames his slippery shoes after the humiliating loss.
During an interview with Legal Evening News, Mr. Wei said: “He didn’t hit me when I was standing. I only got hit when I fell on the floor, and I didn’t get hurt.”
Because of his victory, Xu issued a challenge to other Kung fu masters to fight him and proved that ‘they are not just all about style with no substance.’According to Chen, “I want him to understand, he used this kind of extreme method to provoke Chinese traditional culture, and will need to pay the price.”
The winner will get 1.2 million yuan while the loser will receive 500,000 yuan. If the MMA fighter wins all of the matches, he will walk out proud with 7.5 million yuan.On the other hand, several Kung Fu masters have already agreed to take up the challenge.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese form of martial arts practiced for both its health benefits and its defense training—although, in today’s Western society, it’s seen more as a form of “meditation in motion” than a means of combat.