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Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate Paperback – March 1, 1981
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Very informative and easy to understand. A great photo documentation of and ancient martial art. I have read through it more then once.Published on February 18, 2014 by Juggernaut4671
Felt like dozing off after first twenty pages. Photographs were unclear and hard to follow in black and white. A bit of colour and directional arrows would have helped. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Hugh G Mc Caffrey
Galante's book is one of those early taijiquan books that also happens to be great! It has foot distribution diagrams, arrows of motion, numerous martial applications, etc.Published on September 16, 2010 by Justin Z. Smith
While I did enjoy Mr. Gallante's book, I must say that some of the martial applications he demonstrates are a bit far-fetched and unrealistic. Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Demitri Pevzner
THE BEST BOOK AVAILABLE ON TAI CHI FORM I HAVE EVER FOUNDPublished on December 10, 1999 by BRYAN DAVIS