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Tai Chi: The only introduction you'll ever need (Principles of) [Paperback]

Paul Brecher
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7 July 1997 Principles of...

This comprehensive introduction to Tai Chi includes a discussion of all the main Tai Chi styles and explains the difference between the various lineages.

Written in an inspiring and informative style the book explains:

What Tai Chi is

How to use these techniques for health and healing

The best way to train in Tai Chi

This book is an ideal guide for the person wishing to understand the fundamental ideas and practices that form this ancient tradition.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (7 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722534744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722534748
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Paul Brecher is a highly respected Instructor for the World Tai Chi Boxing Association. He regularly demonstrates Tai Chi on Sky television and is a teacher at the prestigious ‘Life Centre’
in Kensington.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Tai Chi is a martial art that originated in China one thousand years ago. It is practised through continuous flowing, circular movements which encourage the flow of life-force energy, or chi, through the body. This helps the body to heal and rejuvenate itself, and today most people practise Tai Chi to gain its great physical and psychological health benefits.

'This introductory guide explains:'
What the correct methods of practice are.
How Tai Chi will increase your energy.
How Tai Chi can improve your health.
How to enhance your personal and spiritual development.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I've given this book five stars mainly for the stress it applies to the correct integration of all of the taichi principles into the practitioners everyday pratice. Explanations are given for how each principle applies to beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Even if you have a good teacher it is still difficult to remember all of the principles that you must apply during all of your forms - you can just keep going back to this book to refresh your memory. In addition, the book stresses the martial nature of taichi which is often overlooked. Even though the book refers to the 'Old Yang' style of taichi (more martially oriented than more recent 'Yang' flavours), practitioners of any style will be able to benefit because the principles are always the same - I myself am studying the Chen style. The book begins with some history of taichi and a nice and concise explanation of what health and fitness benefits you'll gain with practice. If you're looking for a comprehensive study of taichi, don't buy this book. If you're looking for a book that you'll keep gaining from during your taichi studies, do buy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to the essential principles 12 April 1999
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In this book Brecher explains clearly and concisely the principles of Tai Chi. This book is an essential guide & companion to anyone learning the Old Yang Style at whatever stage of learning they are at. There are no glossy photos showing the form, however it details some great insight into tangible feelings that emerge from training. An easy to read format allows you to understand what is being taught and allows you to then use the information in your training to the best effect. It is written in plain English and is great value for money.
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Paul Brecher's Principles of Tai Chi is actually one of the most concise and helpful guides I've even encountered for the martial art. Where most people think Tai Chi is a sort of 'floppy' exercise for old men and young girls, Brecher illuminates the more active elements that form its basis. This is also chock full of insider information and 'secret' knowledge without which the art is only providing about half of its possible benefits. Excellent material.
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