Tai Chi Connections: Advancing Your Tai Chi Experience

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Tai Chi offers you the prospects of better health and vitality, peace of mind, and increased stores of personal energy. To realize this potential you must delve into the world of Tai Chi minutia, which is exactly where the essence of Tai Chi lays in wait for those ascribing to its regular and correct practice.This book looks deeply into Tai Chi's technical intricacies and nuances, offering guidance and practice tips, replete with step-by-step directions, on how to bring your Tai Chi to a higher level of correct ...
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Overview

Tai Chi offers you the prospects of better health and vitality, peace of mind, and increased stores of personal energy. To realize this potential you must delve into the world of Tai Chi minutia, which is exactly where the essence of Tai Chi lays in wait for those ascribing to its regular and correct practice.This book looks deeply into Tai Chi's technical intricacies and nuances, offering guidance and practice tips, replete with step-by-step directions, on how to bring your Tai Chi to a higher level of correct execution. Seasoned Tai Chi teacher and author John Loupos offers wise and helpful guidance in a personable tone to help you recognize connections, feel connections, and keep connections. Tai Chi Connections...will help you to narrow the gap between where your practice is now and where you'd like it to go.Some of the subjects included:Opportunities within slownessAttention/Intention as dynamic ingredientsTai Chi as a path to congruenceTapping into earth forcePutting the brakes on momentumUnspoken nuances of Tai Chi steppingTraining tips to optimize your Tai Chi experienceMoral / ethical mandates of being a teacher
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Editorial Reviews

Mark Mincolla
"Heaven and earth are both embodied in word and spirit in this book. A remarkable work."
NAPR ReView Magazine - D. Kate Jewell
"Loupos' depth of experience, derived from over three decades of practice and teaching, is abundantly clear...His love for the discipline of tai chi streams from the page."
Roger Jahnke
"With the help of Tai Chi Connections, students and teachers alike will receive practical guidance"
Jampa Mackenzie Steward
"Loupos takes readers on a rich and multi-layered journey to the inner structure of Tai Chi so that we can open to the innate wisdom within our Tai Chi training."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594390326
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 5/25/2005
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Sifu John Loupos, M.S. Psych, C.H.S.E., began studying martial arts in 1966. As a young teen, John inherited a school of his own and has been teaching martial arts ever since. His studies include Okinawan Karate, Chinese Kung Fu (Bak Sil Lum, Choy Lay Fun, and Praying Mantis), Yang style T'ai Chi Chuan (108 move set), Liu He Ba Fa, Xingyi, and Bagua, and various Ch'i Kung and energy oriented meditation disciplines. John also has a background in Classical Homeopathy and currently maintains a private clinical practice in Hanna Somatics.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
Romanization of Chinese Words x
Prelude xi
Part 1 Points to Ponder
Chapter 1 Opportunities in Slowness 3
Balance 3
Proprioception 4
Rooting 5
Stress 6
Chi 7
Momentum 7
Breathing 8
Fitness 8
Critical Thinking 9
Chapter 2 The Benefits of Group vs. Individual Practice 11
Chapter 3 Loose Ends 15
Be Fluid, Be Resolved 15
Three Reasons to Get Loose 16
Keep Your Mind Loose Too 17
Loose Ends Beget Loose Ends 18
Chapter 4 T'ai Chi as a Path to Congruence & Congruence as a Path to T'ai Chi 21
What Does It Mean to Be Congruent? 21
Let's Get Congruent 22
Why is Congruence So Elusive? 23
More Impediments to Congruence 23
Why is Congruence Important to T'ai Chi? 25
The Connection Between Process and Congruence 26
What Steps Can you Take to Become More Congruent? 27
Part 2 Arranging your Body in a Tai Chi Way: Miscellaneous Connections
Chapter 5 Transitions & Connections 33
There Are No Transitions in T'ai Chi 34
Stylistic Differences Aside 37
Your Initial Connection 40
Your Guy Wire Connection 44
Follow the Money 48
Wave Hands Like Clouds, But You Still Gotta Step Right 53
Your Knee: Turn It or Torque It? 61
A Shortcut That Makes Sense: The T'ai Chi Punch 65
Feeling Your Ward Off Connection 72
How to Develop Spiraling Force-or The World is Our Screwdriver 78
Chapter 6 Moving Force from Your Earth Root 83
Rootedness as a Foundation for Issuing Force 83
Getting Started: Part 1 85
The Return Trip: Part 2 90
Putting It All Together 94
Possible Problems 96
Chapter 7 The Role of Momentum in T'ai Chi 103
Momentum is Unavoidable 103
Momentum in Lieu of ... 104
Rid Your Form of Momentum 106
Momentum in Class 109
Momentum in Your Mind 110
Chapter 8 The Three-Treasures Guide to Proper Stepping in T'ai Chi 113
Turn Your Foot to Open the Door 114
Aligning Your Knee 116
Opening Your Kua to Pass through the Door 117
Your Most Elusive Kua Connection 118
Part 3 Other Topics and Lectures
Chapter 9 Optimizing Your T'ai Chi Practice 127
Size Counts 127
Move Slow, Move Fast 128
Be Soft 129
Bring Your Power to the Surface 129
Shake to Your Root 132
External Variables 133
Chapter 10 Other Lectures 135
Integrating T'ai Chi Into Other Martial Arts Programs 135
Discernment 138
Trick or Skill? 139
Extend, but Don't Reach 141
Sink Back and Relax While We Discuss Sung 143
Forget Yourself 146
Quantitative vs. Qualitative 147
Auxiliary Practice 150
Cross Associations 151
Mining Your T'ai Chi for Gold 152
Affecting the Mastery You Fancy 153
The T'ai Chi Learning Curve 155
What Might You Be a Champion Of? 157
Simple Ordinary Learning or "Transmission"? 159
The Value of T'ai Chi Weapons Practice 161
Pregnancy, Low Back Pain, and T'ai Chi 164
The Nature of Intention 169
Chapter 11 Thoughts and Musings on Being a Teacher 173
To Do or Not to Do 174
Guiding, Providing for, and Educating Students 178
A Survey 179
In Summation 184
References 185
Resources 185
Glossary 187
Index 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2010

    Tai Chi Connections: A Tai Chi Book Like No Other

    John Loupos's "Tai Chi Connections" is a thought provoking, illuminating, inspiring, and useful tai chi treatise.

    The book is divided into 3 sections (parts) consisting of 11 chapters covering a wide range of general and specific material regarding the practice and body mechanics of tai chi. Included are simple, clear photographs that help clarify and explain concepts and demonstrate correct posture and training exercise sequences.

    Although primarily written for intermediate and advanced practitioners - beginners and those considering tai chi study will also benefit from reading Mr. Loupos's lectures. Concepts and topics such as balance, rooting, chi, momentum, breathing, transitions, how to step, body mechanics and much more will be of great value to tai chi practitioners at any level and provide prospective students with a taste of what the study of Tai chi may (and eventually will) entail.

    "Tai Chi Connections" is a unique collection of lectures on a wide range of tai chi concepts, ideas and topics. One would be hard pressed to find another tai chi book quite like it. I recommend it to anyone seriously interested in the art and mechanics of tai chi and in improving upon their practice, regardless of level.

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