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Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life: Revealing the Deeper Mysteries of China's Ancient Art for Health and Harmony Paperback – September 1, 2008
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This book is one of them. Graham Norwood is quite steeped in Yang Style tai chi and appears to be privy to family perspectives most practitioners never hear. These gems are scattered throughout a text that brings Norwood's own experiences as a Jungian therapist to bear not only on the art, but on the philosophy and medicine behind it. I found the parallels and comparisons between Jung's work and ancient Chinese philosophy to be an intellectually fascinating gambit, though sometimes they felt like a bit of a stretch. No matter, though, because in the process of deciding to agree or not agree with any of Norwood's hypotheses, the reader is, perforce, looking at the arts and their history in a fresh way.
The book goes beyond Jungian perspectives. The author has a wide-ranging intellect, drawing on Western history and philosophy (the Greeks!) and modern biology and mathematics too. All in all the book reads like an extended, interesting conversation about how one can relate the logic and worldview of tai chi to a number of other academic and professional fields, punctuated by the author's desire to get up and show you how a particular movement actually works. It's a different book, and I think it has a place in the library of the devoted practitioner.
Tai Chi is an empirical art that needs to be experienced to be understood. Graham was a master at revealing the "Chi" of Tai Chi, the way the body distributes energy and can use it. I have met many Masters, very very few have this ability. So after many years study in this book, Graham reveal the thinking he used to obtain his mastery and understanding.
This book reveals itself to be a in depth study of tai chi, the like of which has not been seen before, using multiple perspectives, both East and West to gain an understanding.
This is the book for those that wish to gain further perspective of the scope of tai chi chuan and how the movements work on many levels. The heart of the book is the multiple perspectives he gives of the eight directions and five elements in Tai Chi.
The relationships are revealed between the the eastern and western traditions. Then the hexagrams are looked at from many perspectives and most interestingly how this is manifested in the body both in the tai chi form and wellness or illness. Simple movements are analyzed.
In the later chapters this knowledge is put to good use in various "Yang Family qi-gongs ", with forms of breathing to maximise energy flow. This is all well explained with diagrammatic photos.
This is a book to keep and study, not an introduction to Tai Chi, a book to be studied and enjoyed. This information is of value to those who wish to tread the same path as Graham took to obtain an understanding of Yang Tai Chi Chuan.
Those who studied with Graham Horwood continue to be inspired by his teaching.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The work is well-written. I cannot unfortunately review the connections to Jungian theories suggested in the work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Juho Ratava
The book was purchased for my wife who is a Tai Chi instructor , she is very pleased with the book.Published 16 months ago by L.Wayne MacDonald
The unique thing about this book is the author relates Tai Chi to Karl Yung and western science. It's helpful for Westerners trying to better understand why and how Tai Chi works.Published on March 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer