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An Intriguing Perspective,
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This review is from: Juice: Radical Taiji Energetics (Paperback)
This book does not aim to provide illustrated step-by-step instructions. Instead, it presents an entirely new aspect of martial arts training; namely, relaxation and the awareness of your own body that comes with it. Even if you don't believe in qi / ki / kundalini / all that new age stuff, the material in this book provides a good basis for mind training and somatic education. It isn't specific to any style of Taiji, in fact it probably isn't specific to any martial art, and many of these ideas could be adapted to any art that allows introspection.
The material is presented in order of increasing detail and complexity rather than sequentially. So there is apparent repetition, but actually each reptition reveals more detail and refinement than the previous. Because that's how you learn physical skills.
The style is lively, humourous and irreverent, unconventionally coherent and lucid. Some people have found this annoying - they probably take themselves too seriously and should just relax.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2013 11:12:22 BDT
I have been lucky in my tai chi training to have found some genuine teachers after years of struggling with some whose nitpicking attention to structure and detail left me an unhappy, frustrated mess who almost gave up tai chi. Where I am now, I receive permission to rest and relax and boundless compassion, that is REAL tai chi. I haven't read this book but I think I am going to buy it on the basis of the reviews. Thanks.
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