- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781493592845
- ISBN-13: 978-1493592845
- ASIN: 149359284X
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance: An Illustrated Manual Paperback – August 29, 2013
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About the Author
Don Ethan Miller has practiced and taught Tai Chi and other internal and external martial arts for over 40 years. His original Tai Chi teacher was Liang Tung-Tsai (T.T.Liang), one of Cheng Man-Ching’s most senior disciples; and he has worked extensively with others in the Cheng tradition, including William C.C. Chen, Chern Chyu-Kuan (Taiwan), and Tao Ping-Siang. He has studied YiQuan with Dong Yuan Pei, Ha Fong, Gu Heming, and Yang Fukui; as well as Xingi, Bagua, ErMei Qigong, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, TaeKwonDo, and Ki-Aikido. For the last 20 years he has also studied Kuntao-Silat with Willem DeThouars, and is a lineage holder in the internal aspects of the system, Mohdar Kuntao. Don was 4-time US National Champion in Tai Chi Tui Shou (Push Hands), including the 1995 US WuShuKungFu Heavyweight Championship; and has trained other national champions as well. Don has produced instructional videos and DVDs on Tai Chi push hands and equipment training, and in 2008 produced the acclaimed DVD set, “Cheng Man Ching: The Master Tapes.” He teaches classes, workshops, and master classes across North America, and is known for his dynamic blend of tradition, science, and creativity. He lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.
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But this book is very superficial. It is aimed at a serious issue, falls by older folks (I have a graduate degree in gerontology) and though the pictures are pretty good the text/descriptions are minimal and too simple to be of much help. It has enough pictures/quotes of well-known tai chi masters to be impressive and to suggest authority and I believe author Miller is a a well-respected martial artist but the content in the book is just not there.
I suspect it is a book that is suppose to complement a DVD that is available and, if that is true, together they might be worthwhile though I would have to see the DVD (I won't be buying it). I also know that falls in the elderly are such a big deal that the book, DVD and maybe a workshop by Mr Miller at a couple of nursing homes might be an easy plan of correction for a nursing home with too many falls in the past year.
I was really hoping this book would provide me with some help in tai chi fundamentals that I always need to work on, but I found no such help. The book may be helpful to some readers, but it wasn't for me and I will have to look elsewhere.
Don't be discouraged! There's gold to be had within these pages ...... for students who are willing and able to commit!!