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Lawrence Galante's Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate is a comprehensive text that includes a study of the origins and history of Tai Chi, a detailed analysis of its philosophy and relationship to Western philosophy, the I Ching and the Tao te Ching, and to Yoga and Zen. Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate also includes information about breathing, health and Chinese medicine, as well as several hundred detailed photographs showing the application of the positions. An excellent bibliography is provided for further reading suggestions. Galante's credentials are impressive as he holds an M. A. in Oriental Philosophy and has been a student and practitioner of the the martial arts for 30 years. Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate is an excellent and useful addition to any martial arts reference shelf. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; 1st edition (March 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877284970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877284970
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 4, 2000
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For many years now I have run across second hand copies of this book and never really thought much of the content until recently. On closer inspection I found that Mr Galante has attempted (quite successfully) to cover a great deal of important elements in a comparative study, which covers Philosophy, Mysticism, Science, Spirituality, Occult including a comparative look at Zen and Yoga in relation to Taijiquan.
Mr Galante to my delight even bothers to draw the readers attention to the subject of Ceremonial Magick! for which I must wholeheartedly congratulate him as this is very much an angle at which I myself approach Taijiquan, both in the Martial sense and health and healing. There are virtually no works on Taijiquan which contain such a pleasing Renaissance approach to the subject. We look at various studies on Qi and healing within this work and are briefly introduced to its research and implications regarding health.
As if this were not enough we then get into the form itself which for my money (and this is the reason I bought this book) contains the clearest pictorial guidelines for learning the Martial applications of any Taijiquan book I have ever seen. I own other books which have pictorials showing Martial Apps of TJQ but none have been so easy on the eye as those within this book. He has done a brilliant job with this work and he leaves a weighty bibliography for those wishing to read more about this great art. Well worth the money and a solid companion to other works in my M.A library, this book see's allot of referencing from me and I recommend it to all.
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By A Customer on April 14, 1999
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This is the only book I have ever seen that teaches the whole form, all the applications, all the proper breathing in one form Section with hundreds of photos. In other sections it's the only book that explains the spiritual aspects of this wonderful art. Galante is truely a master who really understands how to bridge the Western mind with the Eastern mentality. This book is a must for any library on Tai Chi Chuan.
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Tai Chi The Supreme Ultimate by Lawrence Gallante, was my very first taiji book! TCTSU is a fairly well-rounded book, that, in addition to demonstrating taiji, touches on several intersecting ideas on mind-body training, and spirituality.

TCTSU was and perhaps still is, a great book. I got it during a time of my life, when I was cross-training in different styles, like karate, aikido, and praying mantis kungfu, and I wanted in on the whole soft style, internal power--chi development thing. I was also a practicing Wiccan then, and so his section on the occult really jibed with me.

Around 1991, a martial arts friend of mine, a tae kwan do guy, lost a brand new knife I had just bought, when he threw it at a telephone pole, missed, and the knife vanished into a sand dune, never to be recovered. He had this shiny new taiji book laying around, that he received from an uncle, who was into internal arts. I asked my friend, if he had ever read it, and he said, "No", as he really wasn't interested. He had his extensive He Il Cho TKD book collection to go through. I flipped through it, wanted it immediately, and told him I would take the book as payment for my lost knife. He shrugged and told me it was mine. Over twenty years later, and I am still practicing taiji :)

In addition to a picture-by-picture tutorial on the Chen Man Ching Taiji form, it contains applications. Personally, I have been in fights, more than one or two, and so I think that the applications may be the weakest element of the book. Fine motor coordination, precision hand and finger movements, skills like Chin Na, are very hard to pull off, under the pressure, tempo, aggression and adrenaline of being in a fight.
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This is a truly comprehensive treatment of the subject. A very useful introduction covers the history and philosophy of Tai Chi. Accompanying the many large photos are the names of each move, clear descriptions, diagrams of foot positions, breathing instructions and photos of the practical martial applications of each move.
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This is book is by far the best Tai Chi reference I have ever read. The easy to follow pictures, applications, and detailed background of Tai Chi and its history make this book a must for any Tai Chi player as a commonly used reference! DLK
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The written history and explanation of Tai Chi were excellent. I would give them a five star, however the photographs of the form were of poor quality. The figures in the pictures of the form were very dark, almost black. It was difficult to see the exact position of the arms, hands and legs. The explanations of the pictures of the form were very good. I would give the pictures of the form a two star. This book would be definitely helpful to a student of Tai Chi.
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I take classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and i must say his book is amazing but the class is even better. From the forms he teaches to the lectures he gives, and to the easygoing funny person he is, its the best experience ever.
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Having studied Tai Chi twice a week for four years now with a Tai Chi master, I can vouch for the value of knowing the martial arts purpose which Galante wisely includes for each of the poses. Weight distribution of the feet and force direction are only some of many factors to master and his diagrams help. I recommend Galante's book to my fellow students so they can realize the purpose of each position.
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