This book is a complete guide for anyone who practices the Simplified 24 Tai Chi Form. Unlike other, more general books on the subject of Tai Chi, this book is written specifically for the millions of individuals who regularly practice this universal Form. Written by an author with over twenty-five years of experience in the art of Tai Chi and more than ten years of experience teaching the Simplified 24 Form, Tai Chi Essentials- The Simplified 24 Form is comprehensive in its coverage and precise in the detailed descriptions and numerous photographs depicting each posture in the Form."As a Tai Chi player for 12 years, I found Tai Chi Essentials - The Simplified 24 Form, to be purposefully written. This book covers the 24 Form in a concise manner, while answering many of the questions that arise when learning Tai Chi. I will use it regularly in teaching and learning." -Theresa Chase, White Tortoise Qi Gong & Tai Chi"An invaluable resource for those in the early stages of the practice of Tai Chi. Clear, concise and thoughtfully written, Andrew Townsend conveys his vast knowledge of this ancient art in a manner that accelerates learning and promotes an understanding of its origins."-Dr. Zelda Zeleski, Ed.D."This book is a treasure trove of information. Written with a historian's eye for detail, it is accessible (and useful!) to beginners, while offering substance that more advanced practitioners will appreciate. Among the many books that have been written on tai chi, this volume stands out."-Damian Bonazolli, Jd
IN Master Tings second book, he sets forth a far deeper path of discovery for the Tai Chi practitioner of every style and level. Master Ting describes and explains the Basic Foundational Principles normally shared only between the closed-door student and the Master under whom he studies. What makes this book stand out is the clarity of language and imagery used to explain concepts often misunderstood, or simply missing, due to translation difficulties and a reluctance to share this special knowledge with more than just a privileged few. He carefully presents, chapter by chapter, a blueprint of study which ultimately reveals the internal elements so often forgotten or overlooked by modern students. If you are looking for a Tai Chi book written in clear, understandable, and visual language that you will come back to again and again for advice and suggestions, this is that book. What Master Ting hopes to do is to make you the master of your own Tai Chi.
Tai chi as a martial art is called tai chi chuan (taijiquan), which can be translated as "the ultimate martial art." Investigate the defense and fighting aspects of tai chi, which deepen your appreciation for the power behind this seemingly gentle art. Then learn Brush Knee and Push in the short form.
Study the oldest and newest chapters in the Tai Chi Classics, watching Mr. Ross demonstrate the principles of proper tai chi technique as he recites the texts. Then learn one of the more martial movements in the 24-part lesson: Boxing Both Ears.
Discover how to integrate the outlook and practice of tai chi into your work life. Study a routine that you can do in your office or cubicle, as it requires only one step in each direction. Then, learn Looking for the Needle at the Bottom of the Sea.
After warming up with a final qigong exercise, analyze how tai chi is helping millions in the Western world adapt to the challenges of 21st-century life. Then learn the concluding exercises of the short form: Deflect Downward, Parry, and Punch; and Closing the Door. See how everything you've learned comes together while performing the entire 24-movement series.
Mr. Ross devotes this entire lesson to the 24-movement short form, showing you how to take your practice to a deeper level by mastering subtleties in the poses and transitions. Go through all the moves you have learned so far.
As students advance in tai chi, they move from empty hands forms to weapons play, which has the same elegant choreography but with sticks, swords, or spears. Try out this ancient martial art, seeing how even everyday objects can be used for practice. Then master a new movement in the short form: Rooster Stands on One Leg.
Continue with the Frolic of the Five Animals. Then delve into the concept of harmony and balance embodied in the idea of yin and yang, which inspires the philosophy and practice of tai chi. Close with Crane Spreads Wings in the short form routine.
Deepen your understanding of qi and its role in traditional Chinese medicine, which is radically different from Western medicine. Discover how qigong and tai chi are designed to manipulate qi energy. Close by performing the next movement in the short form: Grasp the Bird's Tail on the left side.
Branch out from the Yang style to see how other families of tai chi perform the movement called Single Whip. Mr. Ross also explains the fascinating history of the five families: Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu/Hao, and Sun. Close with Playing the Pipa in the short form.
Learn the last movement in the qigong series called the Eight Pieces of Brocade. Then go through the entire routine from the beginning, concentrating on how qigong and tai chi promote correct posture and a better back. Close with Snake Creeps through the Grass from the short form routine.
Imagine what it would be like if you were never entrapped by stress again. Thanks to your study of tai chi and qigong, this blissful state is already in your grasp. For your next segment of the 24-movement routine, perform Fair Lady Works at Shuttles.
Here is a first translation, back into body-language, of Tai Chi Chuan's profound yet obscure Classics and Aphorisms. Away from words about words toward words about natural movement and martial action. Stillness Defeats Motion, Softness Defeats Hardness, Adhere Follow Neutralize, Double-weighting, Steel Within Cotton, and more than 100 others, are revealed in this Chronicle as fruits of whole-body action. What was meant by these old words? This book finds answers by exploring the ground between a Body-language too complex for words, and Tai Chi boxing techniques largely invisible to outside scrutiny. Whole-body (Body) combat was the true source of the wisdom later reduced to pithy yet confusing statements, pored over by thousands of students and teachers. Thus a key premise of A Barefoot Boxer's Chronicle is that true Tai Chi Chuan (NEI CHUAN, or internal boxing) is not what is seen "out there", but what is to be found "in here", the source of mysterious Intrinsic Energy. This book orients you toward yourself, and conducts you through the myriad ways of Tai Chi technique. These are governed by a handfull of highly refined skills that you may have only glimpsed up to now. Here are chapter-workshops on Stillness and Motion, Softness and Hardness, and key Tai Chi Essentials, such as Eight Dynamic Techniques and Five Tactical Directions. You'll also find integral sections on Elasticity, Tactics, Stepping, Range, and Number. The main text is bolstered and expanded with generous text notes. And there are methods toward reclaiming your lost or hidden fluidity, flexibility, and power. There are many examples of a (often the) major obstacle to your progress, perverse habits acquired unknown from modern lifestyles. So progress can with perseverence be made in your own way with your own body. This complex and integrated chronicle* marks a lifetime of martial arts, including 40 years of real-time practice in Tai Chi Chuan. Does it work? Is there another or a better way? These have been the guides that you too can apply to the content of A Barefoot Boxer's Chronicle. * See also Stalking Yang lu-chan, available at Amazon.com.