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Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate [NOOK Book]

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Written specifically for the Western practitioner, Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate blends modern science and philosophy with the traditional wisdoms—drawn from classic t'ai chi literature—that underlie Chinese martial arts. Author Rick Barrett authoritatively describes a wide range of movements, practices, and positions in the context of such topics as being in the zone, effortless power and force versus power, the whole-body energetic connection, instant meditation, and energetic coherence. Step-by-step ...
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Overview

Written specifically for the Western practitioner, Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate blends modern science and philosophy with the traditional wisdoms—drawn from classic t'ai chi literature—that underlie Chinese martial arts. Author Rick Barrett authoritatively describes a wide range of movements, practices, and positions in the context of such topics as being in the zone, effortless power and force versus power, the whole-body energetic connection, instant meditation, and energetic coherence. Step-by-step exercises help make this sometimes daunting discipline simple and accessible.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583943892
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 891,765
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Barrett is a senior tai chi student of Grandmaster William C. C. Chen. He also studied Chen style tai chi and Xingyiquan with Master Yang Fukui. As a push-hands competitor, Rick dominated his weight division for several years, and he was middleweight national champion in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Since retiring from tournament competition, Barrett has been active as a forms judge and push-hands referee. He also teaches workshops around the country and has written a number of articles on tai chi, push hands, and tournaments for "Inside Kung Fu" and "Tai Chi Magazine."


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    A Must Read

    This book is extremely well written . Its a must have for any and all who are involved in the martial arts,and those seeking to enter into the martial arts. It answers so many questions that sometimes go un-asked. For those who sometimes lose track of where their at in the martials arts this book will help you back on your journey. You'll find this a great reference book. A great guide book. A great thought provoking book. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Barrett keeps mystic from turning into mistake.

    Science at Play... Rick Barrett offers a guidebook toward Understanding. Be you a cubicle dweller, a race car driver, or simply a student of humanity, this volume carefully, leads us along a Path to the promise held out by all internal martial arts. Indeed, a promise held out (perhaps out of reach?) by nearly every philosophy and all religions. Barrett¿s intriguing, guiding insight is that there is a wall built between the underpinnings of Western thought and Asian promise. After decades researching & teaching, listening & learning, treating & competing with/through/for Taijiquan, Barrett has found the Gate through the Wall. His painstaking, joy-filled journey - hands feeling for a breach in the wall ¿ has resulted in this profound work which finally illuminates the point of connection which has, however heralded remained in shadow. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, stagnation and blockages within a system cause energy flow to become impeded or even halt. Barrett¿s book is the acupuncture needle applied at the intersection of two cultures to (at long last) induce a healthy flow of energy/information between East and West. While this book will surely take its just place upon the shelves of every serious Taiji player, what is most rewarding is that the author has similarly found a Gate between the mythic, devoted Taiji player and the rest of us. This tome will be equally at home, and of great value on the desk of a CEO, in the gym bag of a Special Teams coach, amidst the jumbled paintbrushes of a portraitist, beneath the diploma of your doctor, and as Sunday¿s second reading. An indispensable guidebook for every martial artist, this groundbreaking work captures the joy of discovery, the depth of meaning and the wonder of Qi. Readers will return time and again to its pages for guidance, insight, and review. Destined to be passed among students and down from teacher to student in training halls and lecture halls for years to come, this instant-classic deconstructs the prior `understandings¿ that have come both from imperfect translations and the inherent imperfection of words. This excursion along the very leading edge (and beyond) of today¿s science, ancient inscrutabilities, and the deepest profundities within each of us is written with an ease of phrase which makes the path seem well worn. The accomplishment in weaving such vast and disparate ideas together in a remarkably coherent manner bespeaks the truth which is at the root of his thesis. The first physics book for artists, the first martial arts book for healthcare professionals, the first Taijiquan book for Aikido students.

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