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Master Lam Kam Chuen is a recognized master of the arts of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He was born in Hong Kong shortly after World War II and at a very early age began training in Chinese martial arts.

Studying under masters such as Lung Tse Chung and Yim Sheung Mo (both of whom were disciples of Ku Yue Chang, known throughout China as “The King of Iron Palm”), he was trained in Choy Lee Fut, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Iron Palm, as well as Tai Chi.

He then studied Chinese medicine, becoming a qualified bonesetter and herbalist, and opened a school and clinic in Hong Kong. He also undertook the study of Chi Kung, a system for the cultivation of internal energy in the body. Using his medical skills and his knowledge of Chi Kung he began to develop a new form of Tai Chi, now known as Lam Style Tai Chi.

Master Lam came to the West in 1976 when he became the first Tai Chi instructor appointed to teach in the Inner London Education Authority. In 1987 he gave the first European demonstration of the art of Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, which he studied in Beijing under Professor Yu Yong Nian, the world's leading authority. He now teaches and practices medicine at The Lam Clinic in London's Chinatown.

Following the widely acclaimed BBC series, The Way of the Warrior, Master Lam was invited to act as consultant to the sequel publication, The Way of Harmony. This was followed by his ground-breaking work published by Gaia Books, The Way of Energy, introducing the Zhan Zhuang system of “Standing Like a Tree”.

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Chapter 1

FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENTS

This set of basic exercises is designed to relax and tone all the major joints in your body. Starting with the neck, you work down through your entire frame. For the best results from these exercises, you should work through the full set in the correct order.

The movements are simple to learn. Most of them are based on the natural action of the joints when they are relaxed and free from tension. For this reason, if you are just starting to learn Tai Chi you should begin with this sequence to ensure that you develop a good foundation of smooth, relaxed movement.

These fundamental exercises are presented in a way that will be particularly helpful to anyone who has never done slow exercise before. They are ideal if you are out of shape, recuperating from an illness or a physical injury, or are elderly. Follow the instructions carefully, go slowly, and don't strain yourself in any movement and the benefits can be remarkable.

The exercises are based on two principles. First, there is a great deal of tension in our joints and their associated muscles. It is essential, therefore, to learn how to relax these areas in order to keep them supple and to help overcome the damaging effects tension has on the body. Second, all our major energy pathways pass through the joints. If tension exists there, then the natural flow of energy in the body will be blocked, leading to increased stress and, eventually, illness. So these exercises, simple as they may seem at first, meet some of our most fundamental needs.

Each exercise is described in detail, including the starting position for each, the precise movement, the pauses, and the all-important concluding moments of stillness. Many of these features are common to each exercise, but they are repeated so that you can be sure that at each stage you know exactly what you are supposed to be doing.

EXERCISE ROUTINES

Working through the full set of 18 fundamental exercises gently and slowly, as described on the preceding pages, takes just under 10 minutes. You should start at this level, carefully making all the movements in order, pausing briefly in between each one, until you are familiar with the full set. The number of repetitions to start with for each exercise is set out in Level 1 on the chart opposite.

If you are unfamiliar with this type of slow exercise, or you are out of shape, in poor health, or elderly, take your time and do them as gently as possible. This way, without straining yourself, you will start to make progress each time you do them. Some people may prefer to remain at this basic level, doing the movements as best they can. Even if this is the only exercise you can take, it will be of great benefit to you.

Once you are familiar with the exercises, and if you find that you can do them fairly easily, there are two further levels set out on the chart opposite. So, for example, you proceed to making four gentle circles of the head at Level 2, then six circles at Level 3, and so on. Maintain the calm, steady pace throughout. It is essential for Tai Chi exercise that you keep to the discipline of doing all movements slowly and evenly.

Try to do these exercises every day. The continuous repetition will make all the difference to your health and it will progressively relax your body and mind.

Copyright © 1994 by Master Lam Kam Chuen
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671892479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671892470
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll be brief. This is a great introductory book for us Westerners. This is 99% physical, and 1% metaphysical. It contains nothing about Chi/Qi or Qi Gong, and the motions are not from any of the major styles. Rather, the book presents a sort of "beginer's" form called Small Circle form. The book is a methodical and organized introduction to Tai Chi movements. The things you will learn in this book through its fantastic illustrations and explinations will give you the foundation you will need to tackle a class/style. The best part of this book is the way it focuses on posture, breathing, and warming up. Its self paced, but is designed to be done slowly and practiced daily, but thats up to your goals. Worth every dime. Start here before you get too crazy on spending.
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Easy to understand illustrations and clear writing make this a good book for beginners and the curious. It includes (but doesn't emphasize) the spiritual/ somatopsychic aspects, so it's good for those exploring the totality of the art, and for the merely curious looking for a low impact exercise. I think Tai Chi could be a great exercise for those with chronic illness or pain, because it targets the postural muscles (which are often lacking in those with prolonged illness or back injury/ surgery).
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The book explains Tai Chi really step by step. It explains philosophy of Tai Chi, warming movements, working with a partner, and 24-Movements. The book explains each movement and what to do. (how to breathe, how to stand, how to relax, etc.)
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I am too cheap to take lessons from a master. I tried using a video, but I found that I could not concentrate on the video and do the routines at the same time. "Step-By-Step" has clear descriptions and excellent drawings that I find very easy to follow. I can pause whenever I want and study the description or the drawing. I have set aside half an hour every morning to go through the routines and I have been able to persevere. I believe that "Step-By-Step" deserves the credit.
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I've been practicing various forms of martial skills for 20 years and I'm really not sure why everyone seems to give this book such high praise. Even for beginners its just not that good. Let's face it, alot of martial arts books have been written using a poor writing style accompanied by gritty black and white pictures the size of a postage stamp. Step-By-Step has nice large color drawings but unfortunately they don't begin to cover all the dimensions of a move. Its writing style is lucid unlike many such books whose original Chinese was translated into Japanese and then English. It's a fine book in these two areas but that is not enough to be helpful to the beginner.I would not recommend it to the beginner who is trying to figure out Tai Chi Chuan on their own, with minimum instruction. You might be able to figure out a move but I doubt if your interpretation would be correct.
A far better recommendation for beginners to intermediate is "Tai Chi Chuan" by Liang Sho-Yu offered at Amazon. It has the 24 move and 48 move postures as well as martial applications. I know, you're not interested in martial applications, but you should be because once you understand the real purpose of a move you can better understand how your body should be moving when you are practicing forms. Master Liang's explanations are clear and move by move along with good photo's of each move.
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This is one of those cutesy looking tai chi picture books that most serious practitioners seem to hate. I agree with the one writer who said this wasn't a good book for a beginner, since the drawing sequences in books like these or even photos just don't do justice to the actual moves, and are just too hard to really learn from. But then that makes it no different from all the other hundreds of similar tai chi picture and photo books out there. A video on tai chi that you can buy used on e Bay or here for a reasonable price is better to see the actual techniques. Many teachers have made these videos and I have seen them in the video sections of large bookstores too.

Recently, for example, I saw Paul Lam's videos showing Sun style tai chi (which is a mixture of ba gua, hsing i, and yang style tai chi, along with some shaolin moves, too). I also have Terry Dunn's videos on the long and short Yang form, which are good too. I can recommend those also. And I'm sure there are dozens of other choices that I haven't seen. The problem for the beginner is that they won't be able to judge a really technically correct tai chi form, and be advised, not all of the teachers out there who are "famous teachers" are actually performing all the aspects of the form correctly, expecially in regard to the internal principles (such as keeping the qua open, or the area under the armpit, open, which is one internal principle that can be observed externally). If you get a video, however, you can still learn what's called the "outward shape," and then if you find a good teacher at some point, they can correct you.

But for a more experienced student, the book's main strength is the dozens of individual exercises, which are actually quite good.
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