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T'ai Chi For Dummies Paperback – August 15, 2001
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I've read everything in English I can get my hands on about T'ai Chi, and was delighted to find this. Please, all you T'ai chi teachers out there, share this with your students. Despite the cute and off-putting title, it is an excellent and worthy work. The author did her research and knows her stuff. I've studied T'ai Chi a long time, traveled to China to check it out, and find that the author has most successfully translated the elusive art to Westerners.
Congratulations to you if you can get your hands on this!
Buy the book, keep it, study it, then move on to The Tao of tai-chi chuan: by Tsung Hwa Jou. Now there is some challenging reading, worth reading over and over!
Can you learn Tai Chi from this book? The authors don't think so and ask you to find an instructor. Can you learn a great deal about the world of Tai Chi from this book? Yes - none of it is in great depth but once again, if you are curious to learn more, then for heaven's sake go further than a Dummies book.
I gave it four stars because there are some things I don't understand and don't agree with (see the beginning of this review!), but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and appreciate the effort involved.
If you're not a complete beginner, then the constant reminders that you have to relax, don't rush things, take is slow, and try to keep a rounded form get annoying and repetitive after a while.
But those reminders WOULD be good for someone who was a complete beginner -- but at the same time, anyone who's a complete beginner probably is going to have a hard time learning Tai Chi from a book.
So, the book and its authors are already in a bit of a Catch-22 from the start.
The book covers basic concepts and stances of Tai Chi, as well as walking the reader through the standard 24-step Yang Style Short Form. There's a lot of good supplementary material about the history of Tai Chi and some brief notes on different styles, information on Qi Gong (which isn't really Tai Chi but the two reinforce each other), how to integrate Tai Chi and Qi Gong into your daily life, encouragement to go check out other resources such as videos, other books, local classes, etc.
In a lot of ways it's a very good book. But the constant reinforc- . . . remin- . . . I'll be honest, the constant *nagging* about how important it is to relax and don't be competitive about learning Tai Chi got really, really old.
So I give it four stars, instead of five.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't get through this. The most boring book ever. I suggest going to YouTube and watching the Chris Pei videos instead. That guy got me actually DOING Tai Chi.Published 1 month ago by Tom Lewis
Excellent source of practical tips and know how to help one own their practice and a great reference book, like most of the For Dummies series.Published 2 months ago by James Rykken
Excellent explanation of Tai Chi short form. Accompanying DVD mentioned in text was not included. Possibly was included in first edition.Published 4 months ago by J. Guerrero
It is really hard to read the book's directions and illustrations while trying to do the actions at the same timePublished 7 months ago by Catdancer
Excellent background on Tai Chi history! Diagrams were hard to follow which wouldn't be surprising since people need a real teacher to accomplish moves.Published 9 months ago by Gardenlily
Has a better breakdown with line drawings of each step in the short form Yang than anything else I could find.Published 10 months ago by Maryjane Finne