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USA Best Book Award FINALIST - 2017Access FREE course video to get you started learning tai chi.This book is designed to guide beginning students through the fundamentals of tai chi in ten weeks. Dr. Aihan Kuhn teaches readers the twenty-four-step Yang-style form. She shares insight on warming up, healing, and avoiding injury. But tai chi is more than just a physical exercise. It is a way of life. Dr. Kuhn shows readers how this art helps us cultivate health, balance, and qi (energy). Each day millions of people around the world practice tai chi for wellness, focus, and self-defense. This is a lifelong path. For the novice, that idea can be exciting but also daunting. With all the books, videos, and websites on tai chi, where do you begin? Tai Chi in 10 Weeks is the answer. Dr. Aihan Kuhn is a master instructor of tai chi and qigong. In this book she shares the lessons she’s learned in a lifetime of studying and teaching. She is warm and encouraging, making readers of all ages and backgrounds feel welcome. This book features • A ten-week calendar to guide you through your introduction to tai chi• Over 200 beautiful full-color photos• Access to the online 10-week companion video course• Warm, welcoming instruction from a master of tai chi and qigong With this book you will • Learn the twenty-four-step Yang-style form• Understand the fundamentals of tai chi• Discover not just the physical postures of tai chi, but also its psychological, emotional, and spiritual benefits• Access online video for all 10-week courses that you can follow along “Tai chi is a life journey,” Dr. Kuhn writes. "Part of my success is from my patients and students that understand that prevention requires participation. They practice tai chi and qigong on a regular basis, which is key to their healing. That brings me to the title of this book. Can you really learn tai chi in 10 weeks? You cannot become a master, of course, but you can learn the fundamentals of this art. You can build the foundation for this life-changing journey. Tai Chi in 10 Weeks is your roadmap."
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents A Word From Dr.Kuhn Preface The Student’s Moral Character Introduction to Tai Chi What is Tai Chi How Tai Chi and Qi Gong Work in the Human Healing Process The Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong Practice How Tai Chi and Qi Gong Prevent Brain Aging and Memory Loss The Difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong Fundamental Principles of Tai Chi Practice Tai Chi Mental Status and Physical Postures Tai Chi Basic Movement Requirements Tai Chi Practice Requirements Tai Chi Mentality Requirement How to Avoid Injuries in Tai Chi Practice Suggestions and Precautions Guidelines for Your Learning Journey Warm-Up Exercises Tai Chi Basics (Exercise Sequence) Tai Chi Qi Gong (Exercise Sequence) 10 Week Learning Guidelines Tai Chi Chuan Form Self-Check List - Where Am I In Tai Chi Practice? Glossary Appendix Index About the Author
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If you find getting to a Tai Chi class difficult or non-existent in your town, this may be just the guidebook for you. Dr. Aihan Kuhn, instructor in tai chi, qigong and tui na and president of Tai Chi & Qi Gong Healing Institute, has authored an easy to read and simple to follow manual that is crisp, clear and coherent; the 224 glossy pages of “Tai Chi in 10 Weeks: Beginner's Guide”. This work is meant “to help students, instructors, and practitioners understand taiji theory and technique, as well as help them to have a better experience with learning and practicing, both in a group and as individuals” (xiii). “Tai Chi in 10 Weeks” explains, in three chapters, the value of taiji and how it is related to, but differs from, qigong. Dr. Kuhn explains what jing, qi and shen are, and how they work together. She also gives some of the history of taiji and the five styles. The author’s knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, along with her western medical training, noticeably turn up throughout these three chapters. The bulk of the book brings the learner, by way of simple lessons and clean pictures, through the various levels of warm-up, foundation practice, qigong form, thirteen movement taiji, until finally arriving at the twenty-four step Yang style taijiquan form. The build up to the twenty-four step form is meant to prepare and condition a practitioner to be able to move into the twenty-four step form with some confidence. When the reader arrives at the twenty-four steps, Dr. Kuhn has masterfully broken the learning process down into 10 week packages, with pictures and instructions for each week. As an aid to staying motivated in practice, there is even a taiji 10-week plan checklist at the back of the book. This checklist was a brilliant inclusion in the book, as it shows the student at a gland where they are, how much they have succeeded at and how close they are to their short-term goal of becoming proficient at taiji! “Tai Chi in 10 Weeks” is encouraging because it shows an easy-to-accomplish way for beginners to actually learn taiji in a doable timeframe and manner. There will still need to be, at some point, expert instruction, as Dr. Kuhn notes; “Eventually, however, you will need a good teacher who can guide you to deeper learning and practicing” (133). Nevertheless, Dr. Kuhn has placed learning grasping taiji within reach of the interested. I highly recommend the book. Thanks to YMAA for providing, upon my request, the free copy of the book used for this review. The assessments are mine given without restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255).
This is a perfect workbook beginners guide to learn Standard 24 Yang Style Tai Chi. The first thing my own new students usually ask is, "Is there a list of the movements and what are their names?" You will find the list and names on page 134 of this book, along with photographs of Dr. Aihan Kuhn performing each move. Before you practice any tai chi form, it is important to warm up. Chapter 4 addresses the entire warm up routine, step by step. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Another useful tool that is provided for easy learning, is the weekly break down of the exercises, stepping, stances and movement from the form to be practiced. Each week reviews the one before and adds a few more steps. For those of you who like to keep notes and don't mind writing in a book, there is a 10 week check off chart for your daily practice. It is very nicely done, with the new material for each week coded in red. The drawback of learning any tai chi via a book is that there is no instructor to oversee and correct your form. If you are lucky enough to find a teacher and a class to practice with, use this book as a helpful guide.