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Tai Chi today is primarily recognized as a soft and slow internal Chinese martial art. It is most commonly practiced for its proven health benefits. However, Tai Chi is actually an extreamly sophisticated martial art that utilizes the flow of the fight to gain the advantage over an opponent. Tai Chi's range can vary and it focuses heavily on throwing and pushing techniques. Many fighters of other styles also practice Tai Chi due to its soft nature which is the opposite of most fighting style. Almost any fighter can drastically improve by learning and understanding the obscure way that Tai Chi works.
This book is has a great deal of information on Chen Style Taijiquan. You will find out alot of the historical developement of the style itself along with reasons for its philosphy. You will also find great stories of the exploits of the Chen family ment to inspire modern practitioners.
Specifically you will find various easy to follow training tips and techniques displayed in photo sequences. Various training methods are also explained as well as the roots of these methods based on historical reference.
Tai Chi legends state that the theories and practice of Tai Chi were created in the 12th century, by the Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng. Principles of the style are said to mirror ideas of the Neo-Confucian school of thought that emerged around the same time. However, in actual historical records Zhang Sanfeng and Tai Chi appeared referenced together no earlier than the 19th century bringing doubt to the legend. Records do show that Tai Chi may be based heavily on the Chen family art in which Yang Luchan trained in for 18 years prior to teaching the art in Beijing. The Chen family art is said to be Taiji style heavily influenced by the Taizu changquan style which was practiced at the Shaolin temple.
This book is the first book of a series of books that cover the Chen style Tai Chi. It basically shows the the foundation needed for anyone to master Taichi. It stresses the simplicity of the the movements as well as talks about the benefits of each movement.
You will find the key movements of Tai Chi along with 4 special exercises for developing and training in Qigong to improve your internal energy. It also contains a short 18 move form to help learn the Tai Chi postures. At the end you will find the essentials of an 18 move sword form for further Tai Chi developement.
This book is not based on the Chen family lineage like the above choices but instead is more closely related to the Yang Family style of Tai Chi. More specifically it displays information more closely related to the Yang Family 108 movements Long Form.
Aside from the 108 postures presented, you will also find insight into the taoist principles believed to be behind tai chi. You will find information on using the waist, proper balance, proper softness, gaining fluidity, methods to remaining calm, and maintaining correct posturing.