This innovative book makes the benefits of Tai Chi directly available to Westerners by communicating its essence in poetic, evocative, and humorous images that apply not only to movement practices of all kinds but to daily life. The book does not assume any knowledge of Tai Chi forms. The images in this book - drawn from a wide variety of sources, both Chinese and Western, ancient and modern - are easy to understand, fun to work with, and embody the true inner spirit of Tai Chi's timeless tradition. The book contains hundreds of photos and line drawings illustrating the images, detailed explanations of the biomechanical realities that underlie the images, and a summary of the latest scientific research on the benefits of Tai Chi.
I have been living in Chengdu, China, for the last four years, and I'm loving it! I'm researching Tai Chi and studying Chinese language, religion, and culture, as well as writing and sometimes even working. I have won 5 medals in Chinese Tai Chi competitions (including 2 golds) and am a regular guest on local and national Chinese TV programs. Subjects on which I am supposed to be an 'expert' include Tai Chi, Western perspectives on China, and (with my Chinese wife) the joys and sorrows of being in a relationship with someone from a different culture.
You can see a documentary about my life here:
(in Chinese, but with English subtitles).
I'm currently working on two new books. One, 'Journey to the West', is a novel and quest story set in modern China that very loosely parallels the Chinese classical epic 'Journey to the West'.
The other is an account of my two years in China and of my many adventures here, in which I hope to show that China is, for all its many problems, also a fun, exciting, joyous, and sexy place, changing and progressing very fast, whose people are taking advantage of their new-found freedom and prosperity to fulfill their long-held dreams.
You can contact me through lojongmindtraining.com/feedback.aspx . Or if you'd just like to do some Tai Chi together, show up at the central circle of Chengdu People's Park, almost any morning, between 8 and 10 am!