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The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong (2nd Edition) Paperback – February 1, 2002
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BILL DOUGLAS has taught T’ai Chi and QiGong at medical universities and major corporations, is an authority on T’ai Chi and QiGong, and has been featured in interviews by The New York Times and media worldwide. Twenty years of study in T’ai Chi and QiGong led Bill to study Traditional Chinese Medicine before releasing his world-acclaimed video/DVD program, T’ai Chi and QiGong: The Prescription for the Future, worldwide. The program and Bill’s other SMARTaichi products are available for purchase in this book. His website is www.taichismart.com.
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While the book does contain certain valuable facts about Tai Chi (history, etc), this is not something that you can pick up and begin doing Tai Chi exercises within an hour. The DVD on the other hand is almost completely useless and while advertising the full length 4 DVD set - looks as if it were filmed in the author's living room with long curtains hiding his sofa.
I would not recommend this product. Two stars b/c the book isn't all that bad - but is not a practical application of Tai Chi - and that may have been my mistake.
Finally, he begins presenting the form in Chapter 15 (after a chapter of the history of the form which is largely redundant of what came before). In chapter 15 he presents 12 movements. Each movement concists of 4 to 6 instructions, but only one photograph. In Chapter 16, he writes, "This chpater will give you an overview of movements 13 through 25 of the Kuang Ping form. Rather than detailing the movements, this chapter will focus on some of the benefits of each moment." What follows is one photo for each movement and a paragraph telling the reading the benefits of this previous movement. This is tedious and redundant and not at all helpful for someone who wishes to learn the form.
If the reader wants to know the theory of tai chi, an excellent book is "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tai Chi" by Angus Clark. He presents Chinese philosophy within a Chinese setting not in New AGe babble.
If the reader wants to learn the form of tai chi, an excellent book is "Tai Chi, For Inner Harmony and Balance" by Paul Tucker. In this book, he presents a short form with amble photographs and illustrations and breaks the book into 31 very management lessons. The Tucker book is an excellent book.
Do not waste your time and money on the Douglas book.