Author(s): Liang Shou-Yu
This revised edition of our best selling beginner Tai Chi Chuan book includes a new and modern easy-to-follow layout. Every tai chi movement is presented in 2-4 large photographs with clear instructions, followed by key points to help you learn properly. In 1956, the Chinese Athletic Committee created the Simplified 24 Posture Tai Chi form from the Yang style. The movements in this simplified form are easy to learn and the postures are standardized to the Yang style. Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Posture is the most popular beginner tai chi form practiced today. It takes about 10 hours to learn and can be performed in 6 minutes. In 1976, the Chinese Athletic Committee created the 48 Posture Tai Chi form from Yang, Wu, Chen, and Sun styles. This allows an intermediate practitioner to experience these traditional styles in one short form. This tai chi form can be performed in 12 minutes. Inside this book: * A general introduction to tai chi chuan. * A theoretical foundation of tai chi chuan. * Tai chi history. * Guidelines for good practice including fundamental stances, balance, breathing, and movement. * The entire Simplified 24 Posture Tai Chi form with step-by-step instructions.
* Martial applications for the Simplified 24 Posture Tai Chi form. * The entire 48 Posture Tai Chi form with step-by-step instructions. * Foot placement diagram.
This guide successfully explains in clear language and visual imagery the basic concepts of this gentle martial art. The third edition ofSimplified Tai Chi Chuan: 24 Postures with Applications and Standard 48 Posturesgives detailed instruction about this health-enhancing exercise. Experienced martial arts practitioners and teachers, Shou-Yu Liang and Wen-Ching Wu write knowledgeably about two condensed forms of tai chi chuan intended for beginning and intermediate students. In 1956, the Chinese Sports Commission developed a twenty-four posture alternative to the Yang style long form to promote the practice of tai chi chuan. An expanded forty-eight movement sequence, compiled by the Chinese National Athletic Association in 1976, incorporates postures from Yang, Chen, Wu, and Sun styles. Some fast movements included in that sequence characteristic of martial arts power emission calledfajin offer students new challenges. Both sequences emphasize the rewards that come with consistent practice. An introductory narrative reviews the history and theory behind the five principal styles of tai chi and explains the body movements, awareness of breath, and coordination of mind with internal energy that are basic to the practice. The authors write in a straightforward style that establishes the clear focus necessary for learning this ancient art. Because Chinese pinyin words and phrases used in the book may be unfamiliar to novices, Liang and Wu provide English equivalents, in parentheses, after each pinyin word. These terms include, for example, taijiquan (tai chi chuan), qi (chi), dan tian (dan dien), and qigong (chi kung). An appendix lists the names of postures in sequential order for the twenty-four and forty-eight movement forms. A glossary of Chinese words provides further clarification. According to the authors, tai chi postures evolved in imitation of animal behavior and other aspects of nature. The English translations of these names offer visual reminders to students as they learn to execute the movements. Names such as White Crane Spreads Its Wings, Wild Horse Parts Its Mane, and Needle at Sea Bottom are followed by parenthesized pinyin phrases. Photographs show a man performing each posture, with directional arrows indicating his foot and hand movements. Charts and graphs offer additional visual help and complement the book s explanatory text. Martial arts applications for the twenty-four posture form follow a similar format. In the photos, two participants wear white and gray jackets to distinguish their defensive or offensive positions. These explanations are not included for the forty-eight posture sequence. The book ends abruptly with that form s closing posture, a minor flaw in this otherwise professionally astute work. As an instructional book, Simplified Tai Chi Chuansuccessfully explains in clear language and visual imagery the basic concepts of this gentle martial art. Tai chi chuan is traditionally practiced in groups, often in the company of a leader or teacher. Learning these simplified forms on one s own requires considerable patience and commitment. Nevertheless, those wanting to undertake this challenge will find helpful knowledge and encouragement in the book. Others interested in learning the history and theory of this fascinating martial art will be well served.--Margaret Cullison, This guide offers excellent instruction for those who wish to know more about this internal martial art. "Foreword Reviews, October 16, 2014 ""
Grandmaster Liang, Shou-Yu, is author of numerous martial art books and videos, and an internationally renowned teacher of Chinese martial arts and qigong. He is one of China's top coaches, a past judge for numerous national martial arts competitions, and head coach for the first and second Canadian National Wushu teams. Grandmaster Liang operates his martial arts institute in Vancouver British Columbia. Wen-Ching Wu is author of seven books and five videos. He is a past USA martial arts grand champion and has been teaching martial arts since 1991. Wen Ching Wu resides near East Providence, Rhode Island.