Inner Structure of Tai Chi: Tai Chi Chi Kung I Paperback – 15 Feb 1996
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"I recommend this book as an integral component of any serious Taiji student and teacher." (Noah Nunberg, J.D., Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 16, No. 1 - 2007)
" . . . the present reviewer was often surprised by the effectiveness of the writing in communicating insight into complex physical movements and difficult aspects of the tradition as well as inspiring a desire to go out and put into practice new understanding." (Reg Little, New Dawn Magazine)
"I highly recommend this book for any tai chi student. It is a great introduction to the inner workings of internal energy and gives plenty of practice for more advanced students." (Pyramid Michael, tai chi instructor since 1985, Lotus Guide, Issue 23, Jan/Feb 08) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
A student of several Taoist masters, Mantak Chia founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979 and has taught tens of thousands of students from all over the world. He tours the United States annually, giving workshops and lectures. He is the director of the Tao Garden Health Spa and Resort and the Universal Healing Tao training center in northern Thailand and is the author of 25 books, including the bestselling The Multi-Orgasmic Man. Juan Li is a senior Universal Tao instructor who began his studies with Mantak Chia in 1982 and now presents these teachings throughout Western Europe. He lives in Spain. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The author covers Chi Kung, iron shirt techniques, healing techniques involving the manipulation and direction of chi, and a short tai chi form.
He describes exactly what the chi is doing in the movements of tai chi forms, what we should visualise and how we should breathe.
Most of this is information I havn't seen in other books on tai chi which seem to focus on the external aspects of the form.
A superb book, I learnt a lot. Good for tai chi students and those involved with energy type healing, such as spiritual healers, reiki and shiatsu practitioners.
Unfortunately such worthwhile advice is heavily diluted by stuff that is at it's best harmless twaddle of the 'Tree hugging' variety or more often positively harmful - One prime example of the latter is the advice to twist the knees outwards when in the bow stance. This is clownishly bad and promotes and perpetuates poor structure and makes for a 'frozen' root. Furthermore in the words of Wu Yu-hsiang's 'Insights on the practise of Tai Chi Chuan' (one of the tai Chi classics) "If there is Chi there is no Li."
Were you to practise entirely as Mantak suggests you will most likely find it difficult to progress past the stage of using Li (muscular force) to the experience of Chin (intrinsic strength).
In conclusion if you are seriously interested in how the dynamic changes of relaxed structure that make up T'ai Chi lend power to the art and are in any way unsure about the meaning of 'relaxed structure' and you are looking to this book for useful pointers and to improve your practise then you would do well to avoid this book like the plague.
If on the other hand you have a good teacher who clearly understands, demonstrates and communicates the virtues of correct relaxed, responsive structure and you're simply looking for some light reading then you will at least not get lead down the garden path by this, but could definately spend your money on a far better read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't finished reading this book yet but find it easy to understand so far and have already picked up information I had not heard before.Published on 30 May 2014 by Jane Fisher
It is a very down to earth and practical book for any style Tai Chi practicioner. Good book is better than a bad teacher.Published on 5 May 2014 by Ricardas