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Tai Chi Chuan: 24 & 48 Postures with Martial Applications [Paperback]

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.01" Width: 6.99" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 1996
Publisher   YMAA Publication Center
ISBN  1886969337  
EAN  9781886969339  

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An extraordinary guide to Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), the "Grand Ultimate" way of health and martial arts. Written by one of China s top-ranked coaches (Liang), the 24 and 48 postures, often referred to as the Short Form, are presented in an easy to understand, step-by-step fashion. Also included are guidelines for breathing, directing the mind, aligning the body and developing Qi (Chi). Learn how the practice of Taijiquan can improve health.Discover martial applications for each posture that will make your learning more authentic and alive In only twenty minutes a day, you can practice the 24 & 48 postures.Gain deeper insight with the explanations and illustrations of the philosophy of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements Theory.A practical learning tool for beginners, and an excellent reference guide for more advanced students.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Liang, Shou-Yu was born on June 28, 1943 in the city of Chongqian, Sichuan Province, China. When he was six he began his training in Qigong, the art of breathing and internal energy control, under the tutelage of his renowned grandfather, the late Liang, Zhi-Xiang. Mr. Liang was taught the esoteric skills of the Emei Mountain sect, including Da Peng Qigong. When he was eight, his grandfather made special arrangements for him to begin training Emei Wushu (martial arts). Wen-Ching Wu was born in Taiwan, China in 1964. He loved Wushu and many othe sports since a young age. During high school he was on the school's basketball an softball teams. He graduated from high school as a salutatorian. He came to the U.S. in 1983 to study Mechanical Engineering and in 1988, he graduated with honors from Northeastern University, with a BSME degree.

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Great instructional book  May 12, 2008
I received this book along with the DVD "Simplified Taci Chi Chuan" 24 & 48 postures and would definitely recommend purchasing both. This book talks about the history of tai chi, guideline for body movements and breathing, warm-up exercises, a VERY helpful diagram that shows you exactly how you will be moving, and then throughly goes through all the postures. Great for anyone, but definitely recommended for the beginner. Very interesting and helpful. Thank you.
Excellent book  Mar 5, 2008
It is a very good book for individual to learn and for coach to refer.
Nicely written  Dec 12, 2007
Good overview of the practice. Explains why each movement is relevant and how it is effective. Pretty good overall.
Way better than most ...  Dec 7, 2007
No book can be everything to everyone. That said, this book is far more informative and useful than many of the 20 or 30 Tai Chi books I own. For the beginner or intermediate student, this will be very useful. For someone interested in the martial aspects of Tai Chi, this will be a good introduction. It is, after all, only a 150 page book ! It's not a 20 volume Tai Chi encyclopedia.
Great for Beginners  Mar 28, 2007
This book is a concise introduction to Tai Chi Chuan. It details two Yang-style forms: 24 and 48 postures and includes martial art applications for the movements.

An impressive array of short biographies is presented at the beginning of this YMAA publication, providing the reader with a sense of well-founded authority.

An excellent summary of the written and oral histories of Tai Chi is given, including a chart showing the origins of the five major styles of Tai Chi.

The book is aimed at beginners and students with intermediate skills, so in the 2nd chapter guidelines for practicing are suggested. Warm-up techniques are clearly presented with sharp photographic images, a quality that is maintained throughout the book. Considerable space in

Chapter 3 is devoted to the details of stances, basic movements and postures.

Chapter 4, the core of the book, contains the 24 posture form which includes martial arts applications. The authors listed the movements and provided an excellently coded chart that shows the foot positions, the head positions, toe and heel positions, the direction of movement and the width of the stance. Each movement is described with text and images, including arrows showing the direction of movement and one or more examples of how the movement could be used against an attack Combined with an instructor, the movement description in this book would serve to help keep beginners from falling into bad habits.

Chapter 5 presents the 48 posture form in same manner as was used in the 24 posture form, except the movement diagram is omitted as are the martial arts applications.

At the back of the book, the authors include a list of the movement names in Chinese and English, a translation of the Chinese terms used in the book, a bibliography and an index.

I would have like to have seen captions for each photographic image and martial arts applications for the new movements included in the 48 posture form. There are a few places where additional images would help clarify the meaning of directional arrows.

The book is a good manual for beginners learning the 24 posture form, but it falls short of being a great manual

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