More than a martial art, T'ai Chi is a holistic method of self-healing, a form of moving meditation and a philosophical way of life. Health, relaxation, and self-defense are but a few of the many reasons cited for practicing this traditional exercise, which was created by a Taoist sage eight centuries ago. Now a recreational activity practiced by millions of people worldwide, T'ai Chi, with its physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits widely recognized and praised, is one of the fastest-growing Chinese martial arts in the world today.
In this handy tai chi book, Master Tri Thong Dang, who has been in instructor of the Chen, Yang, Zhao, and T'ai-Mantis systems of T'ai Chi Ch'uan for over three decades, describes the "Simplified Tai Chi" form, a set of movements specifically designed for beginners by China's Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports. Master Tri's concise by lucid descriptions highlight the spiritual essence of the form and at the same time display its graceful simplicity. With over 160 clear, easy-to-understand illustrations, this excellent volume is the ultimate introduction to the world of T'ai Chi.
Why Tai Chi?
A Glimpse into the History of Tai Chi
The Basic Movements
Tai Chi Forms; including: Part the Horses's Mane, White Crane Spreads Its Wings, Hands Strum the Lute, Wingle Whip, Kick with the Right Heel, Needle at the Bottom of the Sea, Cross Hands, and more!
About the Author: Tri Thong Dang was born in Vietnam and studied under the revered Grand Master Chiu Chuk-Kai, eighth-generation master of the Chinese T'ai-Mantis system. Master Tri also teaches Pa-kua Chang, Hsing-i Ch'uan, and Ch'i Kung. He is the author of the best-selling novel Beyond the Known (Tuttle Publishing), has an M.A. in physical education from California State University, and is the founder and director of the Budo Educational Center, Sacramento, California.