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Product Details

  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594390835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594390838
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Working with Rami (Ramel) for the last five years helped me repair a debilitating back problem, and definitely gave me a better quality of life. I highly recommend and encourage people to learn and follow Rami's program." (Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox)

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The forms are simple and easy to learn.
Tyr Shadowblade (TM)
I would highly recommend this book for anyone, young or old.
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The "Sunrise Tai Chi" is a great book!
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) VINE VOICE on November 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have perused over a dozen "Tai Chi" books and found them all to be mostly useless. The average Tai Chi book either presents page after page of postures and katas without any meaningful explanation, or provides some quasi-mystical New-Agey commentary that makes little sense -- and then there are Erle's bizarre "combat tajiquan" books. It had gotten to the point that I had given up on ever finding a book that could help me to understand the basic principals of Tai Chi . . . and then a friend gave me the gift of "Sunrise Tai Chi" by Ramel Rones.

This book is amazing. Unlike other authors, Ramel does not start out with a dry commentary on the history of the art, followed by a few pages of speculation regarding the concept of qi, then filling the bulk with page after page of complex and difficult to follow katas. No -- he goes right into the deep esoteric secrets of qi -- explaining in easy to understand language exactly why people derive benefits from Tai Chi practice. I've studied similar topics for years, and have friends who have mastered various Eastern modalities, so I can attest that Ramel is highly qualified to expound on these difficult subjects -- and he does so in depth.

The middle portion of the book covers preliminary stretches and postures. Ramel goes into great detail here as well, and points out many common errors that require correction. Proper body mechanics, breathing, relaxation, and meditation are also covered.

The forms are simple and easy to learn. Anyone can do them. And, although this is an "introductory" text, there is a GREAT DEAL of information that will be of use to current Tai Chi students, as many concepts addressed here are NOT fully understood and appreciated by the average instructor.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Barr on November 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
A few cavets first. YMAA Publications has asked me to review this book and so I did receive a copy of the book and DVD's at no cost to myself; that's the sole extent of my "compensation" but I like to be honest. I've studied aikido, juijitsu for over 25 years (a friend corrected a previous review) and chi gung for about half that time. Mind/body practice is at the heart of my business and day to day practice. If you look at my other reviews you'll find that if you have a lame product the worst thing you can do is ask me "what I think" because I'm going to tell you. I looked at the material from the perspective of a teacher and practitioner of martial skills.
First the inconveniences....
1.When I first opened the book I turned to "How To Use This Book". That's almost as far as I got. This section appears to be a compendium of babble to a new user. If the author is speaking English I couldn't understand it. I was expecting instruction not a lecture written in "navelgazese." I've seen far too many books written like this and was afraid the rest of the book would follow....fortunately it didn't. The rest of the book was jargon free except where tai chi or chi gung terms were appropriate. Rip this page out and you'll be none the worse for it.
2.The book has a good series of pictures of good size so you don't have to get out a hand lens to see them, but having their sequences numbered is a small thing that would help the flow and understanding.
3.The DVD's are high quality learning tools. The Sunrise Tai Chi DVD I especially appreciated as a professional teacher at large. The instruction section done by Mr. Rones is worth the price of the rest of the DVD and book put together.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patrick H. Dickson on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I already own the Sunrise Tai Chi DVD, and as I stated in my review, it is an excellent work. When I began reading the new release of the material in book form, I was pleased to discover that I was able to learn new skills that I somehow didn't pick up from the DVD. When an author creates a DVD or a book on a subject, if they are competently put together, they can each assist the student in different ways. It's a synergistic approach where the whole is greater than the parts.

Different knowledge comes across with varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the medium it's being demonstrated with. The video can teach me some concepts about breathing for example, that I can't get from the book. Yet there are other concepts concerning the governing of the breath that I seem to better grasp when reading the book. Take whatever nuggets you can from each and dwell in their strengths, not their weaknesses. The beauty is that if you own both the video and the book, you will certainly learn the material more fully.

Ramel Rones demonstrates thoroughly his excellent grasp of the material presented. His understanding of the material is evident in his ability to show many aspects of Taijiquan, and at the same time teach a straight forward, doable course that not only makes sense, but works. His material has a lot of the basics, which determine the eventual skill level of the practitioner. Anyone desiring to learn Taijiquan would do well to start with this book and DVD combination.

The following chapters are presented:

1. What is Tai Chi

a. Introduction

` b. History

2. Human Energy: Internal visualization

3. Sunrise Tai Chi Mind/Body Program

4. Understanding Tai Chi Movements

a.
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