Tai Chi Dynamics
by Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D.
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Tai Chi Dynamics received an honorable mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the martial arts / alternative health category, won the Best-Book Award in health: exercise and fitness from USA Book News, won the Eric Hoffer Book Award for excellence in independent publishing, and was a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. It is intended for intermediate and advanced Taiji players.
The author, a Taiji practitioner since 1970 and whose Ph.D. is in experimental physics, applies logic and basic scientific principles of anatomy, physiology, and physics to muscular action, breathing, and alignment in Taiji movement and push-hands. He clarifies, in depth, many perplexing concepts such as “correct force” by utilizing detailed explanations, illustrations, and photographs. Sayings from the Taiji Classics are quoted throughout, and exercises are provided to give readers a chance to confirm their understanding. Over a dozen self-defense applications of the basic Taiji movements are illustrated, and the effectiveness and completeness of Taiji as a martial art today is candidly analyzed.
One chapter on teaching Taiji, stemming from over three decades of practical experience, ranges from suggestions on how to advertise and start a beginners’ class to class management to legal and financial aspects. A chapter on the late Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man-ch’ing), with whom the author studied for five years in the early 1970s, sheds light on Zheng and his students. One chapter deals extensively with aspects of self development from a personal perspective, discusses how doing Taiji correctly is a precursor to spiritual growth, and compares religion, science, and spiritual teachings. A detailed chapter on health, self-massage, and healing discusses fasting (including the author’s own experience with a twenty-eight-day fast), analyzes differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, and provides exercises and methods of self-massage for head, legs, feet, and back. There is even a section on how to make your own footwear suitable for practicing Taiji.
The book has 252 pages, includes personal anecdotes and stories, and has dozens of illustrations drawn by the author and over ninety photographs.
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