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The Complete Book Of Tai Chi
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0789414767, Hardcover)T'ai chi ch'uan is usually seen as a ritualized series of movements--an exercise system, rather than a martial art. But it began as a fighting system, and this book shows both aspects: a long, clearly illustrated section detailing the 37 movements, or forms, that can be practiced as a mode of physical and mental exercise; and a shorter section on self-defense applications. Although you'll still probably want to take classes if you're interested in pursuing t'ai chi, Stewart McFarlane's Complete Book makes it seem very accessible and understandable.
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With numerous, clear illustrations, this book introduces the history of this ancient martial art form, & describes preparatory stretching exercises & its stances & flow of postures.
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