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T'ai Chi Ch'uan for Health and Self-Defense: Philosophy and Practice Paperback – August 12, 1977
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ent who has already mastered the basic postures, this book addresses itself to the philosophy behind the system of movements and to all the variations possible.
About the Author
In addition to T’ai Chi, Master T. T. Liang studied Shaolin, Ch’in-na, Praying Mantis, and various sword, broadsword, and staff arts. Although his primary interest was in T’ai Chi as a way to achieve health and peace of mind, Master Liang also stressed the importance of knowing the “practical use” of T’ai Chi to attain one’s full development in the art. Master Liang taught in the United States for some twelve years, in New York, New Hampshire, and Boston. He passed away in 2001.
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The book is perhaps the only Chinese-English translation of the advises and poems from the masters. It's the only one I am aware of. He not only translates it literally but figuratively as well.
I don't recommend this for a beginner.
For an intermediate student, this little book will become a valuable sources of reference. Contained here, are translations of the Taiji Classics. Mainly:
-The Tai Chi Chuan Classic,
-Wang Chun Yueh's Mental Elucidation of Thirteen Postures,
-Wang Chun Yueh's Tai Chi Chuan Treatise,
-Song of Substance and Function of the Thirteen Postures,
Each passage contains comments seasoned by T.T. Liang's many years of experience. The writings describe the appropriate weight distribution, posture, breathing, and sensations which a practitioner should feel if doing the form properly.
Definitely an eye opener for anyone who is serious about their study of Tai Chi Quan, and wants a deeper understanding of the forms and their applications.