- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (April 15, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804818975
- ISBN-13: 978-0804818971
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Complete Tai-Chi: The Definitive Guide to Physical and Emotional Self-Improvement Paperback – April 15, 1993
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First, the history section is a gem. Rather than delving into myths and legends, Alfred Huang puts forward solid historical research which disproves both the Cheng San-Feng theory, and the Wang Zhongyu chronology (showing how it would be impossible for Wang to have taught the Chens.) This alone, makes the book valuable to anyone interested in authentic history of Taiji Quan.
Next, the form. The form presented in this book, is Wu style. It is a condensed 36 posture form that Alfred Huang derives from the Wu private family form. The photographs are easy to follow, and the transitions between movements are simple to grasp.
Last, the section on the Taiji Classics are what cemented my opinion on this book. Most texts simply throw in the photos with descriptions, and call it a day. The classics are the heart/bible of Taiji Quan practice, and their inclusion is essential for any book to be a "complete" guide. The author does just that, allowing the reader to draw from the experience of the founders.
In conclusion, this is a great addition to any serious practitioner's library. Even though the form is non-standard (you probably won't be able to use it as a reference to what you learn in class,) the rest of the material is top notch, and even a non-student with no prior experience will take away something solid from this book.
I would highly recommend anyone who is practicing Tai Chi or is interested to read this book, as a great supplement to whatever class or instruction you have.