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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 18 - "Cast Fist" and "Five Punches"
Fists are seldom formed in tai chi routines. But just because the hand is not closed, doesn't mean that the movement cannot be used for punching. Likewise, the presence of a fist in a movement does not necessarily mean that the movement has to be a punch.
Open hands can easily be changed to fists if necessary, and fists can be used for much more than punching.
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