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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Art, April 21 2003
This review is from: Handbook of T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan Exercises (Paperback)
In all honesty I am tempted to purchase another copy of this book in case something bad happens to the copy I currently own. Yes I liked it that much, and yes I think it has that much value. As far as the deeper aspects of Tai Chi you should look elsewhere but, I have yet to see a book that is better than this when it comes to describing the Tai Chi movement. The only thing better than this book is watching someone demonstrate the form. If you want a book to help you memorize all the moves to supplement what your master teaches you, I highly recomend this. It is important to cultivate Qi energy I know, but it is just as important to learn the basics moves first. If you want to move in water you have to relax and let yourself float, while using smooth and correct motions to get to the other end of the pool. So it is with Tai Chi; you use graceful movement, to let your spirit float in the vast ocean that is Qi energy. In the same way that relaxing and yielding in the water allows the body to move better in a swiming pool or ocean, so to does yielding and relaxing allow the spirit to move in far vaster ocean of energy. This means then, that this yielding nature, like in swiming, must be acompanied by graceful and skilled movement to yield the maximum benefit. With careful practice with an instructor, this book, and a lot of patience and determination its possible to master this art. Oh, one last thing. Please keep in mind that martial arts, any martial art, are not sports. Martial arts were designed for the purpose of defense through physical harm, i.e. maiming or killing. To reduce the martial arts to something like a sport competition is to take it as lightly as one takes a children's game like baseball. Martial arts should never be taken lightly, least of all something as potentially dangerous as Tai Chi. The martial arts are just that; arts. Treat this like an art form, and you will find many rewards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The overall best Yang Tai Chi book that I have read, Jan. 17 2001
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This review is from: Handbook of T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan Exercises (Paperback)
This book is the best overall Yang Tai Chi book I have read for a variety of reasons. One: It contains a plethora of drawings to go with each portion of the forms. Even though photos normally look better, a good drawing can more easily show exactly how the movement should be carried out. These drawing are very good, they include movement arrows so that you can see the intended direction of movement to get to the position of the next drawing. In addition, at the end of each complete form is a diagram showing the relative positions of the feet through out the form. Second: It contains alot of information. This book covers the Yang simplified and standard forms, as well as basic push hands techniques. The only thing that it lacks on is information on theory, so if you are looking for a book on Tai Chi theory, this isn't the book you are looking for. Third: The editor left no wasted space and organized the information very well. The book is crammed with information and is nice and compact. It is still large enough to get the job done and takes up less space on your shelf, or wherever else you keep it. Fourth: The price is very reasonable for a martial arts book. Especially given the quality of the book. So if you are looking for a great reference book on yang Style Tai Chi, this is the book I would suggest to you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Yang-style Tai Chi Ch'uan Reference, Nov. 17 1997
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Excellent reference for learning the Yang-style Tai Chi Ch'uan. The detailed instructions and movement diagrams walk the reader through the form and its transitions. Covers the Simplified and Standard forms as well as Push Hand exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars use everyday used to take lessons now just use this, Oct. 20 2014
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use everyday used to take lessons now just use this book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for review, Aug. 30 1998
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The instructions are written and shown with drawings of the figures. I found this book valueable in helping me remember the sequence of positions, and in remembering the details of movements. However, since the drawings are in mirror image, they were somewhat difficult to transform into movement.
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Handbook of T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan Exercises by Fuxing Zhang (Paperback - Oct. 1 1996)
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