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Beginners, dabblers, and advanced students could do worse than spend a few bucks on this book; it costs next to nothing, yet it contains genuine, expert advice in a concentrated form. Good stuff.
There are many names for Internal Energy, many languages to convey infinite concepts...Reading here about the difference between External (Hard, Combative) Martial Arts, and Internal (Soft, Flowing) Martial Arts, pretty much nailed it. A very brief history of Tai Chi, written for English speaking audiences, helped convince me that anyone can do Tai Chi, because many haven't caught on to the hidden history - Tai Chi Masters forced to teach war-like leaders. Thus the Forms can be reclaimed by practitioners willing to do the practical work. A difference between Wu-tang (sp.) and Shaolin practice is explained briefly. Along with Buddhist and Taoist 'philosophies' briefly shared as way of revealing Tai Chi.
Whether this practice of Forms is Traditional Tai Chi, or not, is endlessly debatable; but again, debate is not the point of writing down mystical experiences. Doing, Creating, Becoming the Forms is the point. As the book highlights, some Tai Chi teachers are not capable, or ready, to pass on what they have learned. All this as way of introducing the Three Core texts; essentially, three very old (and short) Tai Chi poetry books.
After the brief history, the book starts early on with practical exercises, which use the poetic sensibilities of the Art of War (Mushashi), and the Art of Peace (Ushiba) in a soft way. Exercises that can deepen us into multidimensional awareness through repeated use. Simply put: the first step is imagination. The second step is belief. The third is letting go... beyond belief into the Mystical Self... Something like that...
The book is a good raft to get us into "Beginninglessness" or "Eternal Energy". All contained in a pocketbook. Nice!
Some of the authors other facts are distorted or inaccurate. When referencing T'ai Chi legends that have been challenged by archeologists he neglects to mention the controversial nature of his opinion, instead just stating it as fact.
His translation of the classics also had some problems. I went over some of them with a friend of mine who got her degree in Classical Chinese Literature from Renmen Daxue, and she found there were some key words translated in ways that were quite misleading.
All in all, I think the author projected his own hopes onto these texts. It is a good book if you want to feel good about Tai Chi and the world around you, but I did not find it particularly helpful if your goal is to master the art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good basic background on the history and philosophy of Tai Chi. Note: This is a small book.Published 4 months ago by Robert Sparks
Received within the estimated date of delivery. A small book but a lot of information about ch'i. A good reference for a student of Tai ChiPublished 11 months ago by ACT
Nice to be reading a Taoist perspective on Tai Chi Chuan. The Methods he offers are very beneficial toward advancing one's skills in practice and life. Thank You Waysun.Published 11 months ago by Sasha Kaminski
Waysun Liao is well-known in tai chi circles and this book is, indeed, a classic. I lost my copy of this book in our last move, and I glad to have it back at hand....Published 12 months ago by Ed Van Herik
This book is really good, esoteric at times of course but good. It is taken from Tai Chi classics so don't buy both at the same time. This one is easier to hold tooPublished 13 months ago by Scott
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