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Martin Mellish
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Book Description

15 Nov 2010
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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub (15 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190290
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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!

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About the Author

Martin Mellish has been studying and teaching Tai Chi for over thirty years. He is a certified hypnotherapist and Yoga teacher and teaches Tai Chi in Seattle, USA. He holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and has published articles with both 'Qi' Magazine and 'Tai Chi' Magazine. In addition to his Tai Chi practice, Martin Mellish is a technical rock climber, dancer and martial artist. He has travelled extensively in China to practice Tai Chi, and to explore the sacred mountains and minority cultures of Western China and Tibet.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. No nonsense explanation. 5 Dec 2011
By Ian
I bought this book from Waterstones, but felt it was so good I would write a quick review here.

I have been learning Taiji for nearly 2 years, and found this book at the perfect time. Having learned the movements and postures for a couple of forms and viewed countless youtube videos and read at least 10 books, I can say that this is the book that gives the clearest explanations of posture, balance and how to improve those with simple mental exercises. The western biological model dominates, but tied together carefully with the eastern model.

While this book looks quite simple to glance at, I have found it to be the most comprehensive collection of written teaching in one book. It covers all the points in the classics in a lot of detail with no repetition or referencing to other books the author has written (a major failing of Yang Jwing-Ming's).

Using this book is really helping me to improve my form and I am very grateful for the clarity, insight and effort Martin Mellish has put in to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 25 Nov 2012
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This book has some really good visualisation in it
I struggled with tai chi to understand the inner workings of the form but this book helps to create an awareness i can understand. Those who have looked through this book have also gone to get their own copy including my tai teacher.
Well worth it just to come back to or read with other like minded people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 17 Dec 2013
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A lovely book to develop and gain understanding of the traditional Chinese practice. Easy to read and understand a must for anyone intrigued by self healing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended. 19 Oct 2013
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Written with authority, humour, grace and humility, Mr Mellish presents a handbook not only for taichi practitioners but for anyone and his or her cat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 18 July 2013
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An excellent book which offers a feast of imagery and guidance to help the Tai Chi student. I really loved the way the book is written - you can dip into it to gain insight and inspiration or you can study the book more systematically. It is one of the best Tai Chi books I have found.
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