The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice

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The ancient martial art of Tai Chi Chuan is one of the most effective stressbusters available. In China it is also used extensively for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, and its beneficial effects for health and fitness are now widely recognized in the West. The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the practical application and potential benefits of Tai Chi Chuan. Packed with step-by-step illustrations for practise at home, it covers everything you would want to know...

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Overview

The ancient martial art of Tai Chi Chuan is one of the most effective stressbusters available. In China it is also used extensively for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, and its beneficial effects for health and fitness are now widely recognized in the West. The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the practical application and potential benefits of Tai Chi Chuan. Packed with step-by-step illustrations for practise at home, it covers everything you would want to know about this ancient art. It is both an ideal introductory guide, and an invaluable reminder for those who have already taken classes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804834407
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 322,926
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Kiew Kit has practiced and taught Shaolin kung fu, chi kung, and meditation for more than 30 years and has over 2,000 students. He is the fourth generation successor of Monk Jiang Nan of the Shaolin Monastery and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Kung Fu and Chi Kung Institute. He is the author of many books on Eastern wisdom.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Tai Chi Chuan as a Martial Art: The Aims and Benefits of Practising Tai Chi Chuan 1
2 The Concept of Yin-Yang in Tai Chi Chuan: What You May Have Missed in Your Tai Chi Class 9
3 The Historical Development of the Various Styles: Health, Combat and Spiritual Joy in Tai Chi Chuan 18
4 Advice from the Great Masters: Achieving Better Results in a Shorter Time 30
5 Fundamental Hand Movements and Footwork: Acquiring Balance and Gracefulness in Tai Chi Movements 40
6 The Importance of Chi Kung in Tai Chi Chuan: The Development of Internal Force 64
7 The Poetry of Energy and Mind: Tai Chi Chuan with Breath Control and Visualization 70
8 Techniques and Skills of Pushing Hands: How to Sense Your Opponent's Weakness 100
9 Specific Techniques for Combat Situations : Tai Chi Chuan Patterns for Self-defence 116
10 Combat Sequences and Tactics: Techniques, Tactics and Skills for Fighting 127
11 More Combat Sequences and Tactics: Some Amazing Ways to Overcome an Opponent 140
12 Enriching Daily Life with Tai Chi Chuan: How Tai Chi Chuan Enhances Health, Work and Play 153
13 Wudang Tai Chi Chuan: Attaining Cosmic Reality Through Tai Chi Chuan 164
14 Chen-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Tai Chi Chuan of the Hard and Fast 184
15 Yang-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Gentle, Graceful Movements for Health 204
16 The Wu Style of Wu Yu Xiang: Small Movement and Body Technique for Combat 228
17 The Tai Chi Chuan of Wu Chuan You: How to Avoid Being Hurt in Combat 248
18 Sun-Style Tai Chi Chuan: High Patterns and Agile Movements 262
19 Tai Chi Chuan Weapons: Transmitting Energy to Extended Hands 278
20 The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan: The Evergreen Classic of Wang Zong Yue 286
21 Taoism and Spiritual Development in Tai Chi Chuan: Attaining Immortality and Returning to the Void 294
Notes 303
Further Reading 305
Useful Addresses 308
Index 310
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    Good content

    One of my taichichuan teachers recommended this book, it is quite informational for beginners and compares all the major styles ,and goes through the history and philosophy behind taichichuan. It also goes through forms and excercises, but honestly you would not be able to learn the moves from just the drawings, you deffinetely need a teacher. So this book is mainly for reference and reading for those who have done at least a year or two of taichichuan, and for beginners interested in the concepts of it. The author is very biased though and he often shows ignorance: he claims that taichichuan is the ultimate martial art, and that other styles such as karate, taekwondo, boxing and judo were created as sports and not for combat. He should really research his facts before making such claims and comparisons. Another thing I did not like about this book is the reference to 'mystical' powers and forces in taichichuan and qigong practice. In my experience this type of religious vagueness only confuses pratitioners and gives them unqualified expectations. So how does this book compare to other books such as Dr.Yang's book 'Complete Form and Qigong Taijiquan, Classical Yang Style' ? I deffinetely prefer Dr.Yang's books on taichichuan and qigong as they are more scientific, have detailed pictures, well explained concepts and overall much more informative. So if you have to pick, go with Dr.Yang's books instead.

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