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T'ai-Chi for Geniuses [Kindle Edition]

Gene Burnett
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Book Description

"T'AI-CHI CHUAN is a Chinese martial art based on consciously aligning with the unforced balance of Yin and Yang energies that underlies all things. Whether or not you are interested in martial arts, T'ai-Chi principles of balance can be applied to any life activity to increase performance, efficiency, health and enjoyment.

T'AI-CHI FOR GENIUSES is a practice companion, not an instructional
training manual. Rather than presuming that the reader is a ""dummy"" or ""complete idiot,"" author Gene Burnett asserts that there is an inner ""genius"" within everyone. This genius is a wellspring of intuitive knowledge vastly more intelligent than our conscious minds. Burnett encourages the reader to listen to this inner genius while he breaks down the often confusing and mysterious T'ai-Chi training into four levels of work: Bone, Muscle, Energy and Spirit. Applying these levels of work to solo form training, partner work, weapons training, and daily life, Burnett shows how you can improve the quality and clarity of your practice, eventually becoming your own teacher and student."

Product Details

  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I think tai chi/qigong players should really take a look at this book and get a copy.

It's for tai chi folks who are feeling fairly comfortable with a choreographed form and want to stick with it for a while to see what it might offer up if they keep practicing.

It's not one of those "hidden secrets of chi energy" books, or one of those books that leans too heavily on understanding Chinese terminology or one of those books that translates tai chi movements into western engineering vectors and energy transferences. It's about the real purpose of your tai chi form and how that choreography can be a tool for revealing the body and mind's natural tendency toward "unforced balance." And, most importantly, how our usual body/mind habits tend to get in the way of that. It's also about getting out of our heads, inhabiting our bodies and being curious about subtle changes that are constantly going on within us as we move but ones that we have not typically been paying attention to. It's about carrying out controlled, mini-experiments with a learned form (with tai chi principles in mind) and seeing what you discover within your body/mind as you leave the comfort of your sifu's domain and wander out on your own to where your own experience is the expert.

I don't know the author, Gene Burnett, and sometimes he seems to get a little wordy, but I think he is on to something of value that I haven't seen from other authors. Things that can really help a tai chi player with a year or two of tai chi classes under his belt. Especially one who is wondering "Is this all there is to Tai Chi?" or "What's next?" I think his book provides a clear goal for practice and a useful plan for structuring your next steps in learning tai chi beyond the form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tai chi instructor shares his views June 14, 2009
This is not an instruction book with detailed tai chi history and photo sequences of techniques. No particular tai chi style is advocated over any other. Gene Burnett has significantly added to our understanding of tai chi by boldly asserting that our inner genius, our intuition, can guide us on the tai chi path for fitness and health. Burnett describes how to tune in to your self to discover your particular needs and then select a teacher who can best help you on your path. His biggest contribution is providing a host of well-described, interesting and useful tai chi drills and tips that will complement any tai chi form. This book should be added to your tai chi library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Tai-Chi Chuan January 3, 2011
This is the most helpful book I've found on the subject of T'ai-Chi Chuan. The author breaks down this vast and often illusive subject into four levels of movement work that give the reader a foundation to spring off of.

The book is not only beautifully written but also succeeds in empowering the reader to trust her natural physical and spiritual sensibilities. It is also an excellent clarifying guide book to use in conjunction with T'ai-Chi lessons that are often too fast spaced.

I encourage everyone who practices T'ai-Chi to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good practice companion January 21, 2009
By G L Kay
I've studied yang-style T'ai-Chi off and on for 30 years. There is genius in Burnett's distillation of the deepening levels of the practice and his grounded approach to practice itself. I heartily recommend this "Companion" for beginning and advanced students of T'ai Chi wishing to sustain and enrich their study.
G.L. Kay
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