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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc (31 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671892479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671892470
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Master Lam Kam Chuen is a recognized master of the arts of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He was born in Hong Kong shortly after World War II and at a very early age began training in Chinese martial arts.

Studying under masters such as Lung Tse Chung and Yim Sheung Mo (both of whom were disciples of Ku Yue Chang, known throughout China as "The King of Iron Palm"), he was trained in Choy Lee Fut, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Iron Palm, as well as Tai Chi.

He then studied Chinese medicine, becoming a qualified bonesetter and herbalist, and opened a school and clinic in Hong Kong. He also undertook the study of Chi Kung, a system for the cultivation of internal energy in the body. Using his medical skills and his knowledge of Chi Kung he began to develop a new form of Tai Chi, now known as Lam Style Tai Chi.

Master Lam came to the West in 1976 when he became the first Tai Chi instructor appointed to teach in the Inner London Education Authority. In 1987 he gave the first European demonstration of the art of Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, which he studied in Beijing under Professor Yu Yong Nian, the world's leading authority. He now teaches and practices medicine at The Lam Clinic in London's Chinatown.

Following the widely acclaimed BBC series, "The Way of the Warrior", Master Lam was invited to act as consultant to the sequel publication, The Way of Harmony. This was followed by his ground-breaking work published by Gaia Books, The Way of Energy, introducing the Zhan Zhuang system of "Standing Like a Tree".


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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a beginners book on tai chi then this is the one to buy. A lot of work has gone in to the presentation and the author clearly knows not only the subject but how to teach it and present it in a clear manner. Not a book for experienced practioners, but for the novice.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun 1999
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The book explains Tai Chi really step by step. It explains philosophy of Tai Chi, warming movements, working with a partner, and 24-Movements. The book explains each movement and what to do. (how to breathe, how to stand, how to relax, etc.)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "rachellmccann" on 4 Nov 2003
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For a complete beginner like me who wasn't able to get to any classes this book is very good. It explains all the exercises first to ensure you don't injure yourself by jumping in feet first! My only criticism would be some of the more complex moves of the actual form aren't described as well as they could be, and sometimes the arrows on the diagrams are a little confusing. But a second read of the page usually enlightens you!
Definately a good starting point for someone wanting to get into Tai Chi
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct 1999
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Having known nothing before looking at this book, I was instantly impressed with what must have been a lot of hard work - this book is very user friendly with helpful pictures and consice descriptions. The author takes the time to go into some of the meaning and belief behind the system of Tai c'hi. A good one for beginners, this book provides a trouble free and quick approach to the learning and practise of Tai c'hi.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb 1999
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Easy to understand illustrations and clear writing make this a good book for beginners and the curious. It includes (but doesn't emphasize) the spiritual/ somatopsychic aspects, so it's good for those exploring the totality of the art, and for the merely curious looking for a low impact exercise. I think Tai Chi could be a great exercise for those with chronic illness or pain, because it targets the postural muscles (which are often lacking in those with prolonged illness or back injury/ surgery).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MR D MCMILLAN on 21 Jan 2014
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This book is excellent for me. People who have been practising martial arts since birth can carp all they want. This book is ideal for people who want a workable exercise regime. I took a typically empirical approach to this. I tried out the basic exercises for a month. The result - a lot of the annoying aches and pains that come with age were simply no longer there. In the morning I run through a simple exercise regime. Tai Chi (and Chai Tea!) set me up for the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BERNIE on 31 Jan 2014
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A very easy too understand tai-chi book from a great master of the art. Recomended for any one interested in this subject.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Fiddes on 13 Mar 2009
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excellent book.well written with easy to follow instructions,both
in pictorial and written form.a "must have"for beginners in tai chi.
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