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The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing: Tai Chi and the Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone (The Tai Chi Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Read
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Book Description

So many disciplines promise happiness, security, health, wisdom or enlightenment, yet few deliver more than just words. Yet, when you fuse together an ancient eastern practice with a thoroughly 21st century take - you create something beautifully intriguing and inspiringly new that encompasses so many of these qualities: Bean Curd Boxing.

Combining the simplicity of Tai Chi, the soft wisdom of the ancient sages and a tender light-hearted approach to learning, the Manual of Bean Curd Boxing shows you:

* How to absorb the basics of these arts into your daily activities with no sweat and no stress
* How to remain tranquil and calm under the stress of daily encounters
* How to perfect the ancient art of 'doing without doing' in order to softly Get Things Done
* How to become a slow ninja amongst a planet of speed freaks

In a world of Information Overload, the Manual of Bean Curd Boxing offers an alternative source of wisdom: practical and original exercises for re-learning good posture, good breathing habits and building powerful new energy boosting habits.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3668 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Craving Distraction; 3 edition (23 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005783SWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Born in London, England, Paul Read now works and resides in the Granada area of Southern Spain. Accompanied by a glass of Gazpacho, he can often be found wandering the back streets of old towns looking deceptively lost. As a writer he assumes two distinct identities:

As the Teapotmonk he writes, podcasts and publishes material about contemporary wisdom through the eyes of a Tai Chi practitioner. Involved in the martial arts and technology for far too long, he spends inordinate amounts of time defragging his forms, postures and language patterns whilst applying his rooting skills to the challenges of a digital age.

As the Gazpachomonk, he writes about the phenomena of choosing to change countries, language and culture and how that relates to the search for a meaningful path in the 21st century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tai chi, no secrets, lots of common sense 1 July 2012
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I have been playing tai chi for nearly 15 years now and teach my own class. I have read many books on Tai chi over the years, but can't remember being inspired by any of them as much as 'the manual of the Bean Curd Boxer'. This should be a "must read" for anyone thinking of taking up Tai chi, or indeed like me, has been playing for some years. Barry Clinton. Sheffield UK.
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I have been practicing and teaching Tai Chi for a couple of decades. I have read countless books on the subject but this one is by far the best. It brings humour and reality where others bring seriousness and deep rooted detail. For those who like history and prefer details then this is a great read and if you prefer the big picture then this is a great read too. In short I loved the book as it confirmed what I always believed in and that is that Tai Chi need not be entrenched in detail and Chinese manuscripts but opened up into the 21st century and enjoyed by all at whatever level. If I was to write a book on the subject I would have written this one..........Thank you Paul Read for an exceptional read. I am going to encourage my new set of students to buy a copy.
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A fun quirky description of the elements of Tai Chi and how to integrate it into everyday life. As a Tai Chi teacher I would recommend this book to any serious Tai Chi player as a 21st century insight into the mysteries of the Tai Chi Classics.
Maybe not in line with everyone's sense of humour but I found it most enjoyable despite(or perhaps because of) the occasional typo.
Michele Gibson - Tai Chi N.I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Tai-Chi 30 April 2013
By Clive
To me Tai-Chi was what old Chinese people did outside in the park before breakfast but I wanted to find out more. Paul's book is a wonderfully clear, explicit and amusing introduction to something much deeper than a simple exercise regime. I shall take it further and learn how to walk like my cat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An agreeable phenomenon 9 Dec. 2014
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Paul Reed is a very agreeable phenomenon. He puts out lots of books on Kindle. He has a Podcast. He works as a Tai Chi teacher. And he is a great advocate of gazpacho. Well, he lives in the south of Spain and I live in the mountains of Asturias so we are unlikely to bump into each other on the street, but I recently took up Tai Chi and bought a couple of Paul Reed's books to accompany me. He has a light sense of humour- calls himself the Teapot Monk, haha. And Paul Reed, if you were to bump into him, would be found in the supermarket or the carpark or a record store or a jeans shop. He does a good job of bringing Tai Chi and martial arts philosophy down to ground. If that's your thing, this might be a book for you. It is irreverent, inventive and funny.
One quibble: the typos and errors are annoying. Perhaps an editor should take Paul Reed up and sort that stuff out.
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