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Tai Chi for Every Body Spiral-bound – 1 Jan 2007

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  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association,U.S.; Spi edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762106840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762106844
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 2.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Good Book Guide An excellent buy for anyone wanting to study this discipline without attending a class. --Good Book Guide

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Tai Chi, a seemingly gentle exercise can keep your body balanced, bones strong, muscles flexible and your mind calm, relaxed and alert. Performed at a slow, deliberated pace, Tai Chi improves your stamina, balance, and concentration, whether you are 18 or 80. This basic course starts from first principles and takes the reader step by step through a series of movements. Short exercises, which improve posture and link the body and mind, are later combined into one continuous, flowing movement called a form. Many Tai Chi movements are subtle and discreet and all are performed while standing, they can even be practised while waiting for a bus, standing in line or out shopping without drawing attention. Over 500 step-by-step photographs, all specially taken for this book, show you how to learn and progress through each movement. Special continuous-motion photography is used to show the flow of movement. Tai Chi is relatively easy to master, thoroughly enjoyable, and has amazing benefits regardless of your age or existing level of fitness.


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I first attended lessons with Karel and Eva around 1990 after doing classes elsewhere and stayed with them until job hours took me away, though I still integrate what I learned with them into daily living. They have a superb approach and a detail of understanding born of a dedication to the Chinese internal arts that reaches back many years and is still in evidence as they still study with the Chinese masters.

Books can never replace lessons but a lot can be learned from them. This is not floaty fluffy stuff but the real deal. If that's what you want, then I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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There is never anything better than hands on teaching, especially for internal arts like Tai Chi and Qigong, but this book goes a long way to filling that gap by offering lots of step by step photos, and sitting as well as standing is also covered. All you need is a small table to stand the book on - which handily has its own built in stand, and a mirror so you can see what you are doing and you will soon start to pick up the basic flow of the exercises. Great for beginners who need some extra information on the forms outside of a class, and for experts wishing to realign themselves
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Not sure that the book is of benefit to the beginner. It is visually complex, as is Tai Chi, despite the detailed breakdown of each movement. The book will benefit someone who is learning in a class as an aide memoir. Film would be a much better medium for the approach adopted. It would also be better if the illustrations were a mirror image, you therefore do not need to keep trying to make sense of left hand and right hands positions etc - it would make following the movement easier. The Chi Gong section would be familiar to anyone who exercises and therefore is not a reason to buy the book. The book is very well formatted and will be useful if you want an aide memoir. The book does not do away with learning from a teacher of the art - no book or dvd will do that. Great for information, not for casual interest.
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The book arrived quickly, looked good - but six weeks on, I have now got to chapter 5 - which is missing! Probably too late to complain to the supplier but since it only cost about 10p (plus postage) and it was secondhand, I won't bother. Apart from that, it is a very comprehensive book, although a little difficult to manipulate given that it is set on the horizontal with a ring binder spine. In theory, you should be able to prop it up like a flip chart and follow the movements, turning each pages over as you go. In practice though, this does not work terribly well. The pages are sequential so if, say, you're on page 85 and you flip that page over, you are then on page 87 - to see page 86 you have to turn the book around. Maybe not such a hardship but it tends to stop the continuity.
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I teach Chen style Tai Chi and have met the teachers who wrote this book. Their reputation is very good indeed and judging by the information I have received about Chen that has come from them I believe that their reputation is well placed. I am now recommending this book to my students as a really good to get early on in their practice to help them remember and access essential requirements, ideas and movement for the study of Tai Chi.
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Not many books succeed in describing the Tai Chi form in a way that allows you to learn from it effectvely, in conjunction with classes of course - you can't learn form any book without some instruction as well.
In my view this book succeeds in my view where most others fail. It includes sound tai chi principles. Excellent for starting to learn the Chen form.
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I attend Eva and Karel Koskuba's classes in Reading, so this book was a must-have for me.It is a great help to have the book open in front of me while I do the exercises. A very good idea to make it self-supporting for this purpose!
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Out of print now, this is an excellent Tai Chi manual from martial arts masters Eva and Karel Koskuba who have distilled the philosophy and practice into an easily assimilated step by step tutorial. A perfect complement to practical tuition, and as they point out, no substitute for actual classes under a competent teacher, Tai Chi for Every Body contains all you need to know to either whet a beginner's appetite or give an experienced practitioner those little tips and tweaks which make Tai Chi such a valuable antidote to the pressures of modern life. World of Books found me two copies, both in excellent condition, and I would recommend anyone setting out on the Tai Chi journey to snap one up before its too late!!
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