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Martial Arts & Tai Chi

Print books on Tai Chi

David Carradine's Tai Chi Workout

The famed practitioner of the Eastern arts and the star of the television series Kung Fu presents a beginner's guide to tai chi, the ancient Chinese fitness system for a healthier mind, body, and spirit.

Dr. Mao's Harmony Tai Chi

In this easy-to-navigate book, Dr. Mao draws on his years of experience as a tai chi master to present an exercise program that is a celebration of life itself. More than a standard guidebook,Dr. Mao's Harmony Tai Chi focuses on awakening the spirit while strengthening the body. Ideal for both beginners and those looking to deepen their tai chi practice,Dr. Mao's Harmony Tai Chi fully outlines the 18 foundation exercises.

Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty

Analysis of rich new material allows Wile to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues: the origins of T'ai-chi; the authorship of the classics; the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of such figures as Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch'ang Nai-chou.

Tai Chi for Body, Mind and Spirit

T'ai chi chuan may literally mean "the ultimate way of the fist," but you don't have to be in fighting form to experience its multitude of benefits. It's an ancient art that demands skill and discipline, facilitates relaxation, and promotes awareness of the body and its energy flow. With its historical and practical perspectives, and wonderful archive illustrations (including Chinese engravings and watercolors), this handbook irresistibly draws you into the world and atmosphere of t'ai chi.  T'ai chi calms brain processes, respiratory and pulse rates, and emotions. It shifts the mind from stress-related thoughts; improves use and coordination of muscles and joints; slows down the aging process; releases positive, controlled energy; reduces or eliminates the need for drugs; enhances performance in work and leisure, and aids sleep. Start by cultivating internal energy with chi kung, a related but even older form of martial art that t'ai chi has incorporated. It involves slow, sometimes completely static exercises, including sitting in meditation. 

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan was originally developed as a form of martial arts and has been used for centuries in China as a health exercise. This unique collection of current scientific research reflects the characteristics and beneficial effects of Tai Chi Chuan in the fields of biomechanics and physiology, sensory motor control and fall prevention, psychology and social aspects, as well as in clinical application of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's diseases, coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The publication will not only serve as a high-quality reference book for teachers, healthcare professionals and students in exercise science and medicine, but also as a valuable source of information for everybody already practicing Tai Chi Chuan or considering taking it up, who would like to learn more on the beneficial effects of this intriguing form of exercise.

The Tai Chi Handbook

The ancient Chinese art demonstrated in words and pictures -- showing the rhythmic coordination, balance, and harmony developed by dedicated practitioners of this mental-physical exercise. B & W photographs throughout


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The T'ai Chi

More than a step-by-step description of movements--it also presents a methodical way for Westerners to appreciate and master the subtleties of the art. Illustrated.

T'Ai Chi Ch'uan

The foremost work on the ancient Chinese art of T'ai Chi Ch' an in the English language is now even better. Master practitioner and teacher Sophia Delza has thoroughly revised her original guide to include substantial new material. T'ai Chi Ch' an: Body and Mind in Harmony is a comprehensive survey of the age-old martial art, a system of activating the body for the development of physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Clearly detailed descriptions of the movements, illustrated with detailed drawings and photographs, enable you to practice alone. The book features a stimulating analysis of how body and mind function harmoniously, and a concrete explanation of how form and structure develop lasting physical health, mental alertness, stable vitality, and tranquility.

Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty

Analysis of rich new material allows Wile to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues: the origins of T'ai-chi; the authorship of the classics; the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of such figures as Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch'ang Nai-chou.

What Is 'Tai Chi'?

 This insightful book covers all aspects of 'Tai Chi', answering questions that are beyond the scope of many classes. It will be of interest to anyone beginning 'Tai Chi' or Qi Gong, as well as to more experienced practitioners at all levels, practitioners of other martial arts, and friends and relatives of "Tai Chi" players who wonder what all the fuss and enthusiasm is about.

Tai Chi Illustrated

Each year, millions of people worldwide discover the incredible physical and mental benefits of tai chi. Now, with Tai Chi Illustrated, you can, too. Internationally renowned instructor Master Pixiang Qiu and mind-body exercise expert Weimo Zhu demonstrate the most effective forms for harnessing the healing power of chi, or energy. Tai Chi Illustrated is a step-by-step guide complete with detailed instructions and full-color photo sequences for the basic movements and popular forms, such as Grasp Sparrow's Tail and Part the Wild Horse's Mane. Tai Chi Illustrated will you be your guide to the path of better health and self-awareness.

T'ai Chi According to the I Ching

* Reveals the close relationship between the eight basic postures of T'ai Chi and the hexagrams of the I Ching. * As handed down in the teachings of the Yellow Emperor and Chang San-Feng. * Explains the physical and spiritual benefits that result from the practice of the Before Heaven T'ai Chi form. * An essential reference book for any serious student of T'ai Chi and the I Ching. T'ai Chi is a physical expression of Taoist thought--a philosophy in motion. 

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works. 

Overcoming Arthritis

After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis and bringing his symptoms under control through tai chi, Dr. Paul Lam created a complete program to help others lead a more active, pain-free life. Used to treat arthritis in China, tai chi helps open up joint movement and increase muscle strength. Explaining how to use a simple-to-follow 12-step program to relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness, Overcoming Arthritis is an essential reference for anyone with arthritis who is interested in enjoying a better quality of life. 

The Healing Promise of Qi

Unlocks the secrets of one of the most powerful of Chinese healing arts Developed over millennia in China, qigong (literally, life force + mastery, or refinement) is a set of techniques used to increase your vitality, longevity, and sexual potency as well as achieve and maintain optimal health and inner peace. In the groundbreaking The Healing Promise of Qi, Dr. Roger Jahnke, internationally respected doctor of Chinese medicine and author of the bestselling The Healer Within, clearly and simply explains the concepts of qigong in practical terms. 

Masters of Perception

Divided into four parts, this book describes the developmental stages of the internal martial artist. The first requirement lies in the constant cultivation and maintenance of proper posture and breathing habits, both in the stillness of sitting and standing and in the movement of the body. The next stage develops "jin," or "fajin," a unique power characteristic of internal martial arts that is examined through the fundamental, physiological, anatomical, and mechanical bases and parameters. Also important is the "yi," which refers to the mental faculty tasked with controlling our movements and actions in the world, and "shen," the peak or transcendent experience of awareness. This is the final volume of the Warriors of Stillness trilogy.

The Tao of Yiquan

Based on the techniques and practices of various masters of Yiquan, this book focuses on the ability to defeat power and speed with the softness and stillness taught by this Chinese martial art. Yiquan, also known as I Ch'uan, is an ancient health and martial art system that has its roots in Buddhism and draws on Chinese meditative traditions. Central to Yiquan training methods is a practice of meditation that integrates mind and body to produce fajin, a powerful and potentially lethal force. Yiquan also relies on skills of awareness and stillness to counter and control this deadly force. This is volume two of the Warriors of Stillness trilogy.

Qigong of the Center, Essence of Taijiquan

Breaking down the very essence of the ancient Chinese health practices for taijiquan, this book discusses techniques that teach movement from the center of the body and the ability of issuing the "jing" or explosive force. Also included is an exploration of the theory and practices of taijiquan as a contact sport, particularly its interactive training regimen used to perfect timing and responses that control the opponent's balance with as little force as necessary. This is the first volume of the Warriors of Stillness trilogy.

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