T'Ai Chi Chuan

Author(s): Toyo Kobayashi


T'ai Chi Ch'uan (or taijiquan), a Chinese internal martial art, is best appreciated in the West for its health and fitness benefits, as an art of self-defense, and as a spiritual path. In classical T'ai Chi, these aspects form an inseparable unity. In this guide to the classical Yang style, Petra and Toyo Kobayashi present the foundations of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and give comprehensive insights into its methods. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the inner energy--Ch'i--and its contribution to a refined practice of T'ai Chi and its application in self-defense. The book contains a clear and fully illustrated exploration of the 37 positions of the Yang style's short form and a basic partner exercise, Push Hands. Easy-to-follow photographs and diagrams with step-by-step instructions will help you to improve your practice. Ideal for practitioners at any level, chapters include: The StylesThe PrinciplesQuotations from Old MastersSixty-Four Questions and Answers About T'ai Chi Ch'uanSix Levels of DevelopmentThe Thirteen Basic Positions and TechniquesAdvanced PracticeImportant Questions to Ask Yourself and more!


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"Toyo" and "Petra Kobayashi" have lived and taught in Germany since 1976. They teach the classic Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan and have published many works on the subject.

General Fields

  • : 9780804837644
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : 0.404
  • : July 2006
  • : 253mm X 179mm X 12mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Toyo Kobayashi
  • : Paperback
  • : 613.7148
  • : 176
  • : illustrations