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Tai Chi for Kids (Tuttle Martial Arts for Kids) [Kindle Edition]

Jose Figueroa

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Book Description

Tai Chi, the ancient art of movement, is practiced by millions of kids around the world.

This martial arts for kids has everything you need to know to start training, including:
  • The history and origins of Tai Chi
  • What to expect in your first classes
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Basic movements and sequences
  • Fun games to play and practice
  • And more!
This book will take you through your first few weeks as a student of Tai Chi from how to greet your teacher to exercises you can do to warm up for your class. As you make progress, the colorful illustrations will help you practice your technique and introduce you to fun games based on Tai Chi exercises.

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Tai chi is easy to learn and a great healthy activity for kids. This book is a fun and accessible introduction to studying tai chi, designed specifically with the interests and capabilities of young martial artists in mind. Tai Chi for Kids has over 75 full-colour illustrations, including 40 clearly diagrammed tai chi moves, along with lots of fun facts and informative sidebars written in child-friendly jargon-free language.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2510 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (17 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y5OVCM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #915,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi for Kids -- wonderful! 8 July 2006
By Patricia Sadiq - Published on
This really unique book is not what me and my kids expected. The authors succeeded in presenting a Tai Chi book that in a way is not a Tai Chi book. They combine simple, but important traditional Tai Chi exercises, combined with fun partner drills using balls, push-ups, and other easy to teach exercises, all based on real Tai Chi principles. Don't expect the book to teach the standard Tai Chi forms. This is completely different and teaches easy to learn exercises that offer Tai Chi benefits, (usually promoted for adults), for kids. The illustrations are great and the anecdotes, such as how important Tai Chi practice is for kids in Chen Village (Tai Chi's birthplace in Northern China), give this very unique book a charm and usefulness all its own. Even if my kids don't continue practicing the Tai Chi exercises, they love looking at the illustrations of a boy and girl doing the moves, as well as reading the clear text of the history and storys about Tai Chi. Compared to other kids oriented Tai Chi books out there, this is by far the best available. We adore it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference Book for Older Kids, but Somewhat Complicated as a How To Tool 2 Aug. 2008
By Kate Boswell MFT - Published on
What I love about this book is that it introduces kids to the idea of the mind body connection, meditation, and guided imagery. It is also a good reference book for older kids who are interested in Tai chi and want to know more about the history and philosophy. It has a very good but simple introduction to the concept of yin and yang, and how practicing Tai chi is the emobdiment of yin and yang. I like how it shows physical ways to meditate/relax the body and mind, through some Tai chi exercises. It also has some fun games to play solo or with a partner, to learn about energy, or to warm up and cool down before and after Tai chi practice.

Okay, what I don't like, and why I did not give it five stars...The instructions for the various poses and stances were somewhat complicated. As an adult, they were hard to decipher, so I imagine it wouldn't be that easy for the kids to learn from it either. Each positon has only one picture of the completed move or position. The verbal instructions are very long, and not broken down clearly into steps. There are no pictures of the various steps leading up to the completed move/positon.

I am a long time Tai chi student and a long distance grandmother. My grandkids practice with me when we get together during vacations. It is my experience that adults and kids learn Tai chi through imitation. In class, of course, we have a teacher and advanced students to imitate, with minimal verbal instructions. I think the book could teach more clearly, if the verbal instructions were broken down into shorter steps, each accompanied by a picture to imitate.

I will be sending this book to the kids, along with another book, Tai Chi For Kids: Moving With the Animals, which is for little kids. I think that the one about moving with the animals is actually a better teaching tool, with Tai chi for Kids as a good companion/reference/informational book for older kids. If the kids prove me wrong, and give a glowing report about how well this book teaches them, then I will be sure to post an updated review! Kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Go to a real class. 12 Nov. 2013
By Brian Shaw - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very basic stances and it doesn't give you a sense of what tai chi is really about. Do yourself a huge favor and find a local studio/dojo/class that offers Tai Chi for kids. The health benefits and focus that your child will receive are immeasurable.

I gave this book away.
4.0 out of 5 stars one of few tai chi books for kids 19 July 2013
By L. Chen - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
if you are looking for tai chi books for kids, this is a good introduction. Nice illustrations. Can be a helpful resource if you are thinking of running a kids tai chi class.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent demonstration for kids 31 Aug. 2014
By Bina Qi - Published on
Excellent demonstration for kids. We need more of these kind of book and perhaps video to share with kids in school.
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