Although I found Sean Daly’s descriptive article about Leisure World and the geriatric community interesting (“Almost Heaven,” 3/6), I have to conclude that his knowledge of the martial arts is lacking.

He refers to the tai chi classes offered at Leisure World as being intended “for residents interested in learning how to properly kick other residents’ asses.”

Tai chi is not used for self-defense in any way, unless you consider immuno-defense. It consists of a series of slow, graceful movements and is practiced by millions for its health benefits. It is rejuvenative and meditative, and an entirely nonviolent form of exercise.

Silver Spring, Md.

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