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The Theoretical Basis of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3282 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JE4TV8U
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This is a phenomenal book for those who study deeply. Not for the beginner, but a must have for all those who wish to take their art to the highest level.
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excellent exposition of the theory behind the practice - helps fill the gaps so often left by teachers who perhaps haven't been taught this approach. It resolves many of the apparent contradictions of the Classics - read, digest and practice - it will be worth the effort - but you will need to explain the theories to your training partner(s) in detail so you can work with them to achieve what is required
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HASH(0x90452294) out of 5 stars Important and challenging 20 April 2014
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This is the most in-depth analysis of push hands I've seen. (That's an important caveat--the book is mostly about the practice of push hands rather than form practice or taiji history, etc.) The author's ideas involve what might be called "spherical thinking" -- something that was hinted at in Cheng Man-ching's 13 Chapters (and in Peter Ralston's teachings) but is more explicitly developed here. He augments the prose with extremely effective line drawings. I'm so glad he didn't use photos, because the simplicity of the line drawings allows him to draw you to the most important focal points. For me, the first third of the book was a series of revelations, and the material at the end was fascinating, but the middle third is very complex and so far I haven't been able to penetrate it. But surely the best way to use this book is with a partner, doing push hands, so I may be up against the limits of what you can get out of it just reading in bed.
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HASH(0x901bb8b8) out of 5 stars This is a great book, take the time to read and digest what he says 3 April 2015
By Thomas Cobb - Published on Amazon.com
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I have studied T’ai Chi and push hands for over 40 years with many teachers. I have to say that this book is a revelation and an extremely valuable contribution. I think this book is most useful for advanced students of T’ai Chi but I also think beginning students can benefit. I have found no where else in my studies where the theory of push hands and T’ai Chi boxing is spelled out so clearly. This is literally a roadmap into the heart of T’ai Chi that is so often obscured by just practicing form and tournament style push hands. I have read this book several times and have taken each section into my push hands practice with partners. An added benefit is that I have seen several areas of my training become much better integrated and coordinated because of the this material. I cannot recommend this book more highly. It is a “must read” for any serious student of T’ai Chi.
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HASH(0x900df984) out of 5 stars The Tai Chi discipline of Tui Shou (push hands) explained 23 April 2014
By kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been doing and teaching Tui Shou for over 40 years,
it is one of the most difficult things to grasp that I have done.
Robert Amakers book book offers the most thorough and cogent
explanation that I have come across.
Repeated reading and practice of the principles will be required
for even advanced students of Tai Chi to 'get' the skills outlined
in this book.
Ken Van Sickle
HASH(0x904333a8) out of 5 stars Recommended 16 Jun. 2014
By Verity - Published on Amazon.com
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A very interesting book, with great analytical and graphic communication.
It's too soon to tell how influential this will be for me but I'm hopeful.
Will be reading it again soon.
HASH(0x922cd444) out of 5 stars Seemingly technical but also eminently practical. 13 Mar. 2015
By tom baeli - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes it’s theoretical even technical but totally reality based. Understanding the concepts not wishful thinking is what will improve your skill. This is a good roadmap and guide to follow to serious students of tai chi.
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