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What is 'Tai Chi'?

Author: Peter A Gilligan
Publisher: London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book grew out of a question one of the author's students asked. The answer proved to be longer than either teacher or student could have anticipated. As he looks at the complex art of 'Tai Chi', the author answers questions such as why, unlike in other martial arts, 'Tai Chi' has no gradings; how hard you should try; and how to make the most of your teacher. A wide range of material is covered, including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gilligan, Peter A.
What is 'Tai Chi'?
London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd., ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter A Gilligan
ISBN: 9780857010100 0857010107
OCLC Number: 665581391
Description: 1 online resource (224 pages)
Contents: What is 'Tai Chi'?; Contents; Acknowledgements; A Note on Romanisation; What to Expect from this Book; Part I Preliminaries and Preconceptions; Chapter 1 A Punnet of Problems; Chapter 2 What's in a Word?; Chapter 3 Laying the Martial Ghost; Part II Initial Foundation; Chapter 4 Returning to Nature: Restoring Spring; Chapter 5 Learning How to Learn; Chapter 6 Methods and Techniques; Part III The Art of Taijiquan; Chapter 7 The Six Secrets; Chapter 8 Practise to Perfection; Appendix: Forms, Techniques and Practices; References; Bibliography; Index.

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This book grew out of a question one of the author's students asked. The answer proved to be longer than either teacher or student could have anticipated. As he looks at the complex art of 'Tai Chi', the author answers questions such as why, unlike in other martial arts, 'Tai Chi' has no gradings; how hard you should try; and how to make the most of your teacher. A wide range of material is covered, including fundamental points about the mechanics of movement and the 'energetic' aspects of practice, as well as the relationship between body, mind and spirit that emerges. The author also provide.

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