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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center (December 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594391998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594391996
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong, and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.

David W. Grantham has been training in martial arts for twenty-one years. He currently holds Certificates as Coach Instructor and Chin Na Instructor and teaches at the Hunterdon Wellness Center in Clinton, New Jersey. He offers privates, classes and seminars on Tai Chi Ball and Chin Na. David Grantham resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey with his wife and two children.



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I commend both Dr. Yang and Grantham for creating an excellent reference for all of us to learn from.
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Although the book does a fine job of describing and depicting the various movements, the DVD makes this much more simple and efficient.
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If you ever have the chance to take a class or seminar, your learning will be reinforced with hands-on experience and corrections.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tai Chi Ball Qigong
For Health and Martial Arts
Written by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and David Grantham

ISBN-13: 978-1-59439-199-6
ISBN-10: 1-59439-199-8

If you don't want to read my whole review, I will sum it up for you:

This is a great book. The only flaw it has is that it greatly benefits from having the Tai Chi Ball Qigong DVD, to help explain some of the movements.

Ok, now on to the review itself.

Tai Chi Ball Qigong (Henceforth refered to as The Book for the rest of this review) is a terrific addition for any martial artists library, regardless of what style they study.

The book starts off with an overview of Qi Gong, goign more in depth into some of the explanations than the previous book I reviewed, Yang Style Tai Chi. Moving then from the discussion of how Qi works, Dr. Yang discusses proper breathing, and various types of breathing. Yes, there is more to breathing than just "Breath in, Breath out".

So about a third of the way into the book itself begins the introduction to Ball Tai Chi, with a quick overview of the benefits of Tai Chi Ball training. Then moving on to how to chose a tai chi ball and some standard stretching exercises, nothing really new for someone who already trains in martial arts.

At last we move into the actual practice with the Tai Chi Balls, first in the air, then on a table, up to using it against a wall, and with a partner. It is easy to see how that, even if you don't do push hands exercises, how these exercises can help you in other arts or in other aspects of life. The massage on the hands, coordination practice, and while not meant for it, the conditioning your hands would get.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Craig on December 21, 2010
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Thank you to Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and David Grantham for authoring the first comprehensive guide to Taiji Ball Qigong practice. Whether you are new to the practice, or a long-time practitioner, the 300+ pages of this book contain everything you need. In fact, this book is now the textbook at our NYC Taiji Ball Qigong classes and is also suggested reading for our seminars.

Chapter 1: General Qigong Theory
Chapter 2: Qigong Training Theory and Procedures
Chapter 3: General Introduction to Taiji Ball Qigong
Chapter 4: Theory of Taiji Ball Qigong
Chapter 5: Taiji Ball Qigong Training
Chapter 6: Applications of Taiji Ball Qigong
Appendix A: Translations and Glossary of Chinese Terms
Appendix B: Tai Chi Ball Qigong DVD 1 & 2

Chapter 5: Taiji Ball Qigong Training
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This chapter is 128 pages in length and it includes all of the major training methods of the solo practice of Taiji Ball Qigong, including:

Warm-ups
Breathing
Hand Forms
Stances
Stepping
Circling Patterns
Rotating Patterns
Wrap Coiling Patterns

Chapter 6: Applications of Taiji Ball Qigong
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This chapter is 41 pages in length and it details the following:

Solo Practice with Tables and Walls
Partner Practice (variations of the methods shown in Chapter 5)
Rooting Practice
Integrating Taiji Ball Qigong practice with Taijiquan
Power Training

Appendix B: Tai Chi Ball Qigong DVD 1 & 2
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These three pages were an unexpected treat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has two sections: the theoretical material at the beginning, and the exercises. If you are familiar with Dr. Yang's qigong dvd series, the material in the beginning will look familiar. It's a nice summary of his introductory qigong theory. The second half, however, is what I find most intriguing. I do Yang Tai Chi, and what I see in Tai Chi Ball Qigong is a way of training familiar movements but with a slightly different twist. The ball makes the connection between the hands and the circularity of the techniques much more immediate.

The ball also adds a little weight to the movements. As a middle-aged woman, I lift light weights to stave off bone loss. The Western way of lifting weights, a way that "isolates" muscles, has never made sense to me. We don't use muscles in isolation in daily life, why isolate them in our exercise? Tai Chi ball allows me to use a light weight (the ball) in a way that is integrative and whole-body. It gives me a little bit or resistance while also training balance, fluidity, and flexibility.

One word of caution, however: If you wish to actually do these exercises (as opposed to reading about them from a theoretical or "tourist" perspective), assume you will also need to purchase both the book and the DVD. The photos are clear and good-quality, but I find myself unable to decipher the more complex movements from just photos with drawn-in arrows.

With that one proviso, I highly recommend the book to anyone wishing to add a new dimension to their Tai Chi practice.
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