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The Complete Book of T'AI Chi Paperback – 1 Apr 1999


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 1st American Ed edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789442590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789442598
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Demonstrates various t'ai chi movements and postures, and describes the health benefits of the martial art.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. G. SFAELLOU on 2 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
A very basic and easy to read introduction to Tai Chi (Ch'uan) and the photographs enhance the text. Mr. Stewart McFarlane has been a student of Chinese culture for many years and his approach is a plain and clear rather than heavy scholarly one. While no book can ever replace a teacher, it is possible to copy some of the positions by reading and rereading about the stances.It is a good alternative/supplement to ladies' yoga classes. The glossary, though by no means extensive, does help with a few of the terms. However, if someone wants a much more academic approach to Tai Chi about the philosophy etc.(rather than just this simple practicle guide) then perhaps another title offered by Amazon might be more suitable.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Darren P. Hammond VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to start learning tai chi at home as I have not yet found a class that I am able to attend. It is everything I hoped. Clear instructions, very good pictures and full of extra tips. Well worth buying for the beginner.
The author writes in a way the makes you want to practice, and the book has pictures of the previous movements along the bottom of the page to help you along the way.
Thoroughly recommend this book to all beginners. Especially if they cant find a teacher.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I got this book when I had very little knowledge of T'ai Chi. I was looking for something that would teach me (no local classes). It has really given me excellent details on practicing in my own time. The detail of the pictures and the accompanied text is very clear regarding the transitions between the forms and stances. I acknowledge that it's no substitute for a teacher, but I would recommend this book for those who want to try it out in their home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. E. Clarke on 19 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The moves in T'ai Chi are very difficult to learn and remember. But this book is very clear with each move analysed, and is a vital aid between classes.
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