- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Destiny Books; Original ed. edition (February 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892812176
- ISBN-13: 978-0892812172
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tao and T'ai Chi Kung Paperback – February 1, 1990
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From the Back Cover
T'AI CHI / PHILOSOPHY
A Master instructor of T’ai Chi Chuan, fourth-degree black belt in Korean karate, herbalist, and acupuncturist, Dr. Robert Sohn shows how philosophy and practice are inextricably bound together in the discipline of T’ai Chi Kung. While there are numerous exoteric benefits of T’ai Chi Kung--such as relaxation and meditative calm, general health improvement, and the curing of insomnia, backache, and digestive disorders--the author emphasizes the meaning and method of T’ai Chi Kung as a direct vehicle for inner perfection and self-mastery.
Contrary to the common perception of T’ai Chi Chuan, the practice of T’ai Chi Kung is physically very strenuous. Of special interest to advanced students, Dr. Sohn delves into the more profound aspects of energy development, explaining how to use the mind to assume the correct “inner posture,” ways to distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic muscles, and how to become rooted (as demonstrated on the front cover illustration) in the tan tien--in the Earth, or inner Being.
Tao and T’ai Chi Kung does what no other book currently accomplishes: it grounds the student/practitioner deeply in both Taoist philosophy and the practical physiology of T’ai Chi Chuan, providing the necessary link between the two. Skillfully guiding the reader from the most subtle philosophical landscapes to concrete anatomical realities, Sohn’s style can only be described as T’ai Chi in the form of words; his transitions are unfelt and invisible, expertly conveying the emotion, intellect, movement, and spiritual principle that are the essence of T’ai Chi Kung.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Sohn is a master instructor of T'ai Chi Chuan, fourth degree black belt in Korean karate, herbalist, and an acupuncturist.
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The author does not demonstrate the form but there are literally hundreds of books that do. An easy read for a level Tai Chi players as well as martial artists from all styles.
This books does not give a form. A book like this doesn't have to - Loupos' books don't have forms in them. But it would be nice to have more form examples (or push hand examples) to demostrate points.
An example of the author's points is found concerning pressing in push hands relating to the classics text about when the opponent pushes he has to go far to find anything, but when put (the opponent) he discovers that space is very short. The author's intepretation is that you retract your body so that the opponent has to go farther, but you move your body together with your hand. That gives you an idea of the level of interpretation.
In terms of the Taoist philosophy, the author really does not explain what was meant within the context of Tai Chi classics. Rather, he is spelling out his own understanding, bringing in Hindu concepts and concepts from his Korean Karate training. I'm always interested in how people interpret the classics; just know what you are purchasing.
Likewise, the supplemental exercises the other review hypes are from yoga, karate, ballet, etc. Again, interesting to see how someone approaches the subject, but this exerises are not traditional Tai Chi exercises.
All in all, a good book. Not the first one on my shelf that I would reach for, but worth reading for the Tai Chi enthusaist.