The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

The Literary Tradition

Author: Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780913028636

Category: Philosophy

Page: 100

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A handbook of the classical Chinese literature on which the art of t'ai chi is based. First English translation of the classic texts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. This is required reading for practitioners of every style.

The Essence of T'ai Chi

Author: Waysun Liao

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834822146

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

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The deepest benefits of T’ai Chi cannot be realized without an understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T’ai Chi that are often considered the "T’ai Chi Bible," accompanied by the author’s insightful commentary. Master Liao demonstrates how to increase the body’s inner energy (ch’i) and transform it into power, health, and well-being. By reading the clear and precise explanations of the fundamental principles of T'ai Chi, students can develop a more complete understanding of the art and philosophy of this traditional martial art.

The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan

Author: Yang Chengfu

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 158394639X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu's book, Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan. Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This methodology renders Yang Chengfu's direct, hands-on teaching of the art with such immediacy and liveliness that the reader experiences the master’s teaching much as his students did.This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu's classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. It includes notes and commentary that clarify the author's frequent classical and literary turns of phrase and elucidate the philosophical and political underpinnings that shape the text. The translator investigates and compares several early taijiquan books in order to help explain the roles played by two of Yang Chengfu's students, Dong Yingjie and Zheng Manqing, in bringing Yang Chengfu's words and teachings into print.Serious students of taijiquan, and those wishing to deepen their knowledge of taijiquan history and theory, will find this seminal work indispensable to their study and practice.

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain

The Essence of Tai Ji

Author: Chungliang Al Huang

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 9780857010384

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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'To work with Al Huang is to learn to move with wind and water... in the course of everyday life... a truly superior and gifted teacher who works upon others as the sun and rain upon plants.' - From the foreword by Alan Watts, one of the great writers of Comparative Philosophy and Religion and Taoist and Zen literature. First published in 1973, this all time classic of Tai Ji literature remains as fresh and illuminating today as when it was first published. Written with true passion and eloquence, the book richly conveys the subtle yet profound principles underlying Tai Ji. Movement, stillness, joyfulness, and the ability to live in the moment are the threads running through the text, as well as the humor and compassion to acknowledge the impossibility of human perfection. Containing the original foreword by Alan Watts, the book is illustrated with beautiful calligraphy by the author, and photographs by Si Chi Ko, one of China's "National Treasures". This timeless masterpiece is essential reading for anybody interested in Taoism, Tai Ji, or the Tao philosophy of "Living Our Own Tao", and the author is a wonderful, dramatic, and inspiring presence throughout the book.

Cloud Hands

The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Author: Tew Bunnag

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789745241213

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 112

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Essays on the essence of this ancient Asian discipline; eminently relevant to those seeking relief from the stress of modern life.

Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty

Author: Douglas Wile

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791426531

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 233

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Analysis of rich new material allows Wile to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues: the origins of T'ai-chi; the authorship of the classics; the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of such figures as Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch'ang Nai-chou.

The Essence of Taijiquan Push-Hands and Fighting Technique

Author: Fengming Wang

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 0857011901

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 350

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Traditionally shrouded in mystery and taught only to the closest students, the secrets of Taijiquan push-hands and fighting technique from the Chen style are revealed in this book. Master Wang Fengming, an eleventh generation practitioner of Chen-style Taijiquan, provides detailed information about the famous internal fighting techniques and reveals inside knowledge essential to the remarkable results achieved by the Chinese masters. The book features: - effective ways of cultivating Taiji internal power - variety of joint-locking techniques and counter techniques - 13 postures of Taiji explained - leg work, including stances and kicking techniques - unique silk-reeling exercises - rarely revealed vital point striking - 7 styles of push-hands training - 20 kinds of Taiji energy explained and demonstrated. This comprehensive book is a major contribution to the literature on push-hands techniques in the West.

T'Ai Chi Ch'uan for Health and Self-Defense

Author: T.T. Liang

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307787257

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

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For the student who has already mastered the basic postures, this book addresses itself to the philosophy behind the system of movements and to all the variations possible. From the Trade Paperback edition.

T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom

Author: Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1570624453

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Describes the martial art of Tai chi combining advice on techniques, exercises, and how to use Tai chi as a way of life.

T'ai Chi Classics

Author: Waysun Liao

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825430

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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According to Master Liao, the great power of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without knowing its inner meaning. T'ai Chi Classics presents the inner meaning and techniques of T'ai Chi movements through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi, often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible." The texts are introduced by three chapters explaining how to increase inner energy (ch'i), transform it into inner power (jing), and project this inner power outward to repel an opponent without physical contact. Master Liao also provides a description of the entire sequence of T'ai Chi movements, illustrated by his own line drawings.

The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan

Wisdom from Confucius, Lao Tzu, and Other Great Thinkers

Author: Freya Boedicker,Martin Boedicker

Publisher: Blue Snake Books

ISBN: 1583944397

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

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The essence of Tai Chi Chuan lies in the rich philosophy of ancient China. While most Tai Chi practitioners are aware of the value that studying Chinese philosophy can bring to their practice, it is often difficult to pick out those texts that are most relevant to Tai Chi and connected to its development. The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan presents, for the first time, a concise overview of the Chinese martial and spiritual philosophies that drive this ancient tradition.Authors Freya and Martin Boedicker, who teach Tai Chi throughout Europe and South Africa, present freshly translated excerpts from such popular and widely studied works as the Tao Te Ching, the I Ching, and The Art of War, as well as writings by philosophers and strategists such as Zhuangzi and Wuzi. Each chapter of this concise volume focuses on a single work or philosopher, and includes a short history of each one as well as a description of their relevance to Tai Chi. An extensive glossary of important Chinese terms rounds out the book. The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan offers readers a direct connection with the concepts that form the foundation of Tai Chi, inspiring a deeper understanding of the art and its applications. From the Hardcover edition.

Essence of Taiji Qigong

The Internal Foundation of Taijiquan

Author: Jwing-Ming Yang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781594390210

Category: Qi gong

Page: N.A

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Teaches the purpose and methods of Taiji Qigong and demonstrates techniques including stretching, warm up exercises, wai dan standing still meditation, stationary taiji qigong: primary, coiling, and rocking sets, and walking taiji qigong.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan

A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health & Self Defence

Author: Manqing Zheng

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780913028858

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 135

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This is the original classic about Short Form, the most popular and widespread form of T'ai Chi in the West. T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a must-read for every serious T'ai Chi student. This book is not meant to "teach" T'ai Chi Ch'uan, but meant to expound upon its meaning to the earnest practitioner; to offer the layperson a glimpse into this ancient art; and to communicate the author's unique perceptions and experiences that only a lifetime of practice can cultivate. Taken in this context, this is a most valuable book.

Chen Style Taijiquan

The Source of Taiji Boxing

Author: David Gaffney,Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781556433771

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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"As Taijiquan has become increasingly popular, many people have inquired into its origins and development. Answers can be found in the Chen Style, the original method from Chen Village, Henan Province in the People's Republic of China. This book guides the reader through the historical development of the system, its philosophical roots, and through the intricacies of the various training methods of this unique form of Chiinese boxing. Legendary exploits of the Chen family are included to inspire today's practitioners. "

The Essence of Tai Chi Chi Kung

Health and Martial Arts

Author: Jwing-Ming Yang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780940871106

Category: Health

Page: 148

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Chi theory and practice for health and a deeper understanding of Tai Chi.

Master Cheng's New Method of T'ai Chi Self-cultivation

Author: Cheng Man-ch'ing

Publisher: Frog Books

ISBN: 1883319927

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

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Cheng Man-ch'ing, the famed master of t'ai chi, is regarded as an enormously influential figure in codifying the most widely practiced form of the ancient martial art. This volume, developed by the martial arts master and scholar, details the way that students arrive at a posture -- from beginning movements to the end pose. Master Cheng provides practitioners with a complete and concise guide to the Short Form, enabling them to make rapid progress.

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Author: Cheng Man-Ch'ing,Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo,Martin Inn

Publisher: Blue Snake Books

ISBN: 9781583942208

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 223

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Millions of people worldwide practice t’ai chi, the most popular form of which was codified beginning in the 1960s by Cheng Man Ch’ing. In this scholarly yet practical book, Professor Cheng shows precisely how the postures and moves of t’ai chi work, with examples from anatomy and physics, both internally as energetic principles and externally on opponents. He clarifies the spheres, triangles, and centripetal and centrifugal forces within physical exchanges such as push-hands. Contrasting Western and Chinese techniques of healing, he also explores the relationships of organs to one another in pathology and the necessary dynamics of treatment. Professor Cheng explains how the practitioner may serve as his or her own doctor and, likewise, as the physician or trainer of an attacker. The martial arts, he says, are not a special case of unusual power, simply an aspect of adapting natural and cosmic law to circumstance. This edition of the classic text contains 13 major essays; oral secrets from Cheng’s teacher Yang Cheng’fu; a Q&A with commentary on martial arts classics; the author’s application and functions of each of the 37 postures of the short form, with the original photographs of him as a young man; two prefaces; and much more.

Master Cheng's Thirteen Chapters on Tai Chi Ch Uan

Author: Man-Ch'Ing

Publisher: Sweet Chi Press

ISBN: 9780912059006

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 101

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The revised edition of the classic "Thirteenth Chapters" with notes and index was prepared for teachers, scholars, and serious students seeking both T'ai-chi treasures and a broader understanding of the sources of Cheng's teachings. In the preface he states: "My teacher, Yang Ch'eng-fu, suspended the family transmission. He did not lightly share his knowledge, fearing it would fall into the wrong hands.... Therefore I have taken all of these secrets and presented them in this book."

A Tai Chi Imagery Workbook

Spirit, Intent, and Motion

Author: Martin Mellish

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 9780857010131

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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This innovative book makes the benefits of Tai Chi directly available to Westerners by communicating its essence in poetic, evocative, and humorous images that apply not only to movement practices of all kinds but to daily life. The book does not assume any knowledge of Tai Chi forms. The images in this book - drawn from a wide variety of sources, both Chinese and Western, ancient and modern - are easy to understand, fun to work with, and embody the true inner spirit of Tai Chi's timeless tradition. The book contains hundreds of photos and line drawings illustrating the images, detailed explanations of the biomechanical realities that underlie the images, and a summary of the latest scientific research on the benefits of Tai Chi.