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Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate Paperback – March 1, 1981
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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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It should also be noted that Mr. Gallante follows Cheng M'an Ching's form rather than traditional family Yang style. Any student of Cheng M'an Ching will find this text very useful as a source of reference, despite the fact that the author slightly modifies the form to make it more martial (the modifications being very minimal, pertaining only to a few motions.)
The foot placement and weight distribution diagrams are a big plus, and the reverse breathing directions are a welcome addition. I found the section on Zen and occult systems to be out of place. Thankfully, they did not last beyound 3-4 pages per section.
Overall, a nice addition to anyone interested in exploring the martial side of Taiji Quan, or someone interested in learning the Cheng M'an Ching form.
For anyone interested in furthering their knowlege of the CMC form, or something written by yet another student of Professor Cheng, William C. Chen's "Body Mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan" is a must read.