Praise for Tai Chi Dynamics . . .
Robert Chuckrow has used the insights and experiences gathered from his many years of careful study and teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, physics, and Kinetic Awareness to write a thoughtful, perceptive, open-minded, and at its core, pragmatic approach to the art of Tai Chi Chuan. “I have experienced for myself the truth of what I have written,” he states in Tai Chi Dynamics—Principles of Natural Movement, Health, and Self- Development.
I have often said that I have never been against Tai Chi’s “supernatural” elements but prefer to say that I am happy and satisfied with its practical aspects. Robert’s book provides Tai Chi practitioners, as well as anyone interested in the dynamics of movement, with many fascinating avenues of practical exploration as a way to discover for themselves the truth Robert writes about.
—Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, author of Body Mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan
It is with great pleasure that I recommend this notable work by my colleague, friend and former classmate, Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D.
Dr. Chuckrow, with his profound knowledge of physics, body mechanics, and Tai Chi Chuan, is in the unusual position of being able to bring his unique perspective to the study of this Chinese exercise and martial art. He analyzes the physical dynamics of the Tai Chi movements in great detail. These insights are particularly relevant to the Western analytical mind.
This book is an important contribution to the body of Tai Chi literature.
—Lawrence Galante, Ph.D. D.Hom., Director of The Center for Holistic Arts NYC, author of Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate
In Tai Chi Dynamics, Robert Chuckrow adeptly combines his understanding of physics with the principles of Tai Chi. Using simple tools of physics such as inertia, the “pendulum” effect, and conservation of energy to explain Tai Chi movements makes the healing and martial value of Tai Chi more understandable to the modern mind, as it uplifts the science of physics to very practical use.
—Nancy Rosanoff, author of Knowing When It’s Right
Tai Chi helps many people relax and meditate – but why does it do what it does? “Tai Chi Dynamics: Principles of Natural Movement, Health, & Self-Development” tries to apply science to the art. Looking at the common moves and how the human body and mind reacts to them, author and Tai Chi expert Robert Chuckrow puts a fine science to what many people regard as simply spirituality. Fascinating, enlightening, and highly recommended reading for students and practitioners of this ancient Chinese exercise, “Tai Chi Dynamics” is highly recommended to those who want to know why and how Tai Chi does what it does for the body and for the soul.
—Midwest Book Review, October, 2008
...[This book is] aimed at intermediate and advanced practitioners of Tai Chi, but if you’re a beginner and you plan to stick with it, there are some excellent points on breathing and muscle movement that would be of help to everyone, regardless of experience. There’s excellent information detailing kinesthesiology and movement dynamics that makes it a good read even if you’re not interested in Tai Chi. The book focuses mainly on concepts in Tai Chi, and makes excellent use of diagrams to help illustrate points. There aren’t many pictures, because as I said, it focuses mainly on concepts, but the ones that are there are detailed enough so that you can piece the movements together. Over all, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Tai Chi.