I used to have a picture of Taoist Monks that were holding up calligraphy like a showdown to each other.
The essence of the game (or competition) was quite agressive and would be as substantial in their minds as a physical fight or political debate,
Granted that it was only a master that would go against another master each would study each others piece and one would admit defeat.
Addmiting defeat wasn’t necessarily humiliating as we would think of it in the west as being beaten, as only a master could go against another master and only a master could recognise that he had witnessed greater power of the stroke.
Serious practitioners of Chi Gung / Tai Chi will always study language and calligraphy as a way to hone purpose.
F %$@#*G RADICAL !