Dennis Moore has been a Wu Style practioner for a number of years. He has always enjoyed the physical and spiritual benefits of tai chi. Recently, though, he experienced a tai chi "application." As he wrote to (Sifu) Genie Parker:
Hi Sifu, I just had a fascinating experience. You know how, in a public place, you see someone with their back to you, and you know they're about to turn around and crash right into you without even knowing you were there? That happened in the hall at work just a little while ago. A woman was finishing a conversation with another person and had her back to me. I said a courtesy "Excuse me," but she didn't hear. So she turned around, unaware I was there, starting on a full collision course.
Three fingers, and a turn of my hips to minimize the target area, took her gently past me.
Over in an eye-blink. And I was twenty feet down the hall before I stopped and realized what had just happened.
Hey, that tai chi stuff works!
Dennis, August 2012