Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice

ISBN-10: 0804834407
ISBN-13: 9780804834407
Edition: N/A
Authors: Wong Kiew Kit
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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The ancient martial art of Tai Chi Chuan is one of the most effective stressbusters available. in China it is also used extensively for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, and its beneficial effects for health and fitness are now widely recognized in the West. the Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan is a comprehensive and fascinating guide to the practical application and potential benefits of Tai Chi Chuan. Packed with step-by-step illustrations for practise at home, it covers everything you would want to know about this ancient art. It is both an ideal introductory guide, and an invaluable reminder for those who have already taken classes.

Wong Kiew Kit has practiced and taught Shaolin kung fu, chi kung, and meditation for more than 30 years and has over 2,000 students. He is the fourth generation successor of Monk Jiang Nan of the Shaolin Monastery and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Kung Fu and Chi Kung Institute. He is the author of several books on Eastern wisdom.

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Preface
Tai Chi Chuan as a Martial Art: The Aims and Benefits of Practising Tai Chi Chuan
A Concise and Comprehensive Martial Art
The Mechanics and Psychology of Different Arts
Internal Force, Not Brute Strength
An Art of Convenience and Culture
The Richness of Tai Chi Chuan Theory
Tai Chi Chuan in Health, Character Development and Philosophy
The Concept of Yin-Yang in Tai Chi Chuan: What You May Have Missed in Your Tai Chi Class
The Philosophy of Yin-yang
Yin-yang in Tai Chi Form and Force Training
Yin-yang in Tai Chi Chuan Application
Yin-yang in Tai Chi Philosophy
The Historical Development of the Various Styles: Health, Combat and Spiritual Joy in Tai Chi Chuan
The Earliest References to Tai Chi
Zhang San Feng and the Origin of Tai Chi Chuan
Early Tai Chi Chuan Masters
Chen Wang Ting and Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan
The Old, the New, the Small and the Big
Yang Lu Chan and Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan
The Wu and the Sun Styles
The Three Stages of Tai Chi Chuan
Advice from the Great Masters: Achieving Better Results in a Shorter Time
The 'Song of Secrets for Training'
The Five Characters Formula
The Ten Important Points of Tai Chi Chuan
Fundamental Hand Movements and Footwork: Acquiring Balance and Gracefulness in Tai Chi Movements
The 13 Techniques of Tai Chi
The Secret of Tai Chi Internal Force
Developing Poise and Balance
The Four Primary Hand Techniques
The Four Secondary Hand Techniques
Does Tai Chi Chuan Cause Knee Injury
The Importance of Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan: The Development of Internal Force
Health, Combat and Spirituality
The Internal Force of Tai Chi Chuan Training
Developing a Pearl of Intrinsic Energy
The Poetry of Energy and Mind: Tai Chi Chuan with Breath Control and Visualization
The Purposes of Set Practice
Simplified Tai Chi Set - Section 1
Simplified Tai Chi Set - Section 2
Simplified Tai Chi Set - Section 3
Simplified Tai Chi Set - Section 4
The 48-Pattern Tai Chi Set
Techniques and Skills of Pushing Hands: How to Sense Your Opponent's Weakness
The Principles of Pushing Hands
Sharpening Your Skills of Perception
Throwing Your Partner Off the Ground
Seeking the Best Angle and Closing Up
Advanced Techniques of Pushing Hands
Pushing Hands and Combat Efficiency
Specific Techniques for Combat Situations: Tai Chi Chuan Patterns for Self-defence
Requirements for Combat Proficiency
From Lifting Water to Repulse Monkey
The Profundity of Grasping Sparrow's Tail
From Cloud Hands to Needle at Sea Bottom
The Final Eight Patterns
Combat Sequences and Tactics: Techniques, Tactics and Skills for Fighting
Martial Arts as Sports
The Depth and Scope of Tai Chi Chuan
The Why and How of Combat Sequences
Sequence Triple Punches - Warding Off
Sequence Three-level Attacks - Green Dragon
Sequence Whirlwind Kick - Single-whip Low Stance
Sequence Hiding Flowers - Playing the Lute
More Combat Sequences and Tactics: Some Amazing Ways to Overcome an Opponent
Factors in Winning a Combat
Sequence Felling a Tree - Rolling Back
Sequence Pushing Mountains - Thrust Kick
Sequence Pull Horse - Thrust Kick
Sequence Eagle Claw - Shoulder Strike
Sequence Taming Tiger - Flying Diagonally
Enriching Daily Life with Tai Chi Chuan: How Tai Chi Chuan Enhances Health, Work and Play
The Chinese Concept of Health
Energy and Chinese Medicine
The Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on Health
More Energy for Work and Play
A Healthy Body and a Relaxed Mind
Wudang Tai Chi Chuan: Attaining Cosmic Reality Through Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan and Spiritual Development
The Patterns of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan
Chen-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Tai Chi Chuan of the Hard and Fast
Transition from Spirituality to Health
The Patterns of Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan
Yang-Style Tai Chi Chuan: Gentle, Graceful Movements for Health
The Most Widely Practised Style of Tai Chi Chuan
The Patterns of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan
The Wu Style of Wu Yu Xiang: Small Movement and Body Technique for Combat
External Form for Internal Power
The Patterns of Wu Yu Xiang-style Tai Chi Chuan
The Tai Chi Chuan of Wu Chuan You: How to Avoid Being Hurt in Combat
For Health and for Combat
The Patterns of Wu Chuan You-style Tai Chi Chuan
Sun-Style Tai Chi Chuan: High Patterns and Agile Movements
Some Advice on Tai Chi Chuan Practice
The Patterns of Sun-style Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan Weapons: Transmitting Energy to Extended Hands
Why Weapons Are Not Widely Used
Some Functions of Weapon Training
Sword, Scimitar and Staff
The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan: The Evergreen Classic of Wang Zong Yue
The Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan
Explanation of the Treatise
Three Levels of Attainment
Taoism and Spiritual Development in Tai Chi Chuan: Attaining Immortality and Returning to the Void
Tai Chi Chuan Principles in the Tao Te Ching
Attaining the Tao
Immortality and the Great Void
Notes
Further Reading
Useful Addresses
Index

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