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Great read for beginning to intermediate tai chi practioners,
This review is from: Tai Chi Connections: Advancing Your Tai Chi Experience (Paperback)
I think this book is a decent read for intermediate tai chi practitioners. Without repeating the contents of this book as presented by other reviewers, John Loupos covers many components of tai chi practice from the more esoteric to the physical. I particularly enjoyed the first and third sections of the book, Points To Ponder and Other Topics and Lectures. Within these sections are many of Loupos' personal insights into the more mental and non-movement aspects of tai chi practice. These insights are windows into advanced understanding of theory and tai chi practice. A favorite chapter of mine was Chapter 11: Thoughts and Musings on Being a Teacher. As an instructor, I really appreciated the author's commentary. Other tai chi practitioners may find some great insight into rooting and understanding of particular movements and postures in Part 2, which concerns itself with the specifics of motion.
Overall however I found the publication to be almost too generalized. Mr. Loupos covers rooting, breathing, principles of meditation, structure, movements, postures, transitions, teaching, and more. Hundreds of authors have written upon various components of tai chi; dozens of books exist on the various specifics of each component. Here, the author presents what amounts to an overview of nearly all the intricacies of tai chi practice within some 185 pages, not including the glossary. Because of the vastness of principles and concepts presented by the author, I consider this publication to be just another among many. YMAA Publications actually publishes more in-depth and advanced publications about the various components of tai chi practice. While I would consider this book to be valuable to beginners to intermediate students, more advance students should check out other YMAA publications and DVDs, particularly those authored by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.