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on 29 February 2000
The only bad criticism I have towards this publication is its short length. However the information provided is both informative and interesting. This book mainly focuses on breath control and internal strength, that can help you increase your overall health and fitness. Being small enough to fit in your pocket, this book acts as a great aid to everday life.
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on 22 November 2010
This pocket book deals with the philosophical aspect of the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ridge-post Fist). The editor's note at the end of the Preface informs us that this book is an abridged version of Waysun Liao's 1990 book entitled Tai Chi Classic. The book is separated into five chapters, they are entitled as follows:

1) Historical and Philosophical Background.
2) Ch'i: The Internal Energy.
3) Tai Chi Classics I: Treatise by Master Chang San-feng.
4) Tai Chi Classics II: Treatise by Master Wang Chang-you.
5) Tai Chi Classics III: Treatise by Master Wu Yu-hsing.

Master Waysun Liao is a Tai Chi Chuan traditionalist who follows the the valued old teachings of ancient China. The Confucian tradition has always advocated the training of the mind through philosophical study, which has integrated with the Daoist notion of physical practice. Confucius (551-479) advocated the practice of archery for the cultivation of the 'self'. The philosophical concept that is 'Tai Chi' is found in the Ten Wings commentary section of the ancient Book of Changes (Yijing), a book that became a valued Confucian treasure and masterpiece of philosophical literature. The Tai Chi Classics that master Liao translates into English in this volume, should be read before and after the physical practice of Tai Chi Chuan, and over-time their deep meaning should be understood and imbued. Eventually, through the awareness of the breath, Chi energy is cultivated and the physical movement and refined thought 'merge'. This means that the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, and the philosophy of the Tai Chi Classics become associated and symbiotic. At the level of mastery, movement and thought becomes 'one'. In a cynical world that sees tradition and spirituality denigrated, deconstructed and declared illogical and of no use, master Waysun Liao's work is a breath of fresh air, and a ray of light. A superb book of outstanding wisdom.
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on 12 December 2009
This book is interesting because it looks at Tai Chi from a different perspective. Most Tai Chi books are about learning a sequence of movements but this deals more with the phylosophical aspects. It is an interesting read and an asset to anyone realy keen on Tai Chi.
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on 5 April 2016
This is a excellent introduction to the non physical elements. By that I mean discussion of a little history and focus on what Chi is and how it is cultivated. If you ate looking for a book that discusses the inner elements of Tai Chi this may well be the book for you. If you want to learn forms you need to look elsewhere.
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on 5 August 2009
This book gives a very comprehesive and informative introduction to the meaning of Tai Chi, its movements and exercises. Providing an historical background as it does, makes understanding Tai Chi much easier.
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on 24 January 1999
I have read this book and it is a fascinating book to read. I first read it when i was learning tai chi and it help me improve my practice alot. I gave this book only four stars becasue it didnt have more pages to read. But is was very insiteful.
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on 25 August 2013
Very good basic guide to tai chi, in a manageable size. Informative without overloading with too much information for the beginner. Great value.
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on 8 July 2011
For the money not a bad little read with some basic chi cultivating exercises but a bit too short and the classical treatises section inolves a commentary on a couple of texts but does nothing to really explain them. Most are just rewritten in exactly the same way again without any real deeep meaning or insight. For example, the classic text is "clutivate internal energy in a direct way...", the explanation is "as a T'ai Chi person, you should cultivate your internal energy in daily life." Not exactly a mindblowing explanation is it? But, you get what you pay for!
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on 21 March 2010
For anyone who wants a brief introduction to the history, philosophy and development of T'ai Chi, then this book is the one to go for.
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on 26 October 2014
Class was better
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