What is Tai Chi?


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CONTENTS:Acknowledgements. A Note on Romanisation. Section 1. Preliminaries and Preconceptions. 1. A Punet of Problems. Introduction. The Problems of Gradings. The Problem of Cultural Communication. The Problem of Language. The Need for Contextual Study. The Systems Approach. The Basic Chinese World View. Conclusion. 2. What's in a Word? Preliminaries: Background, Chinese Terms, What is Taijiquan? Taijiquan as Self Cultivation. Cultivation. Qi. Yin-Yang. Qi Gong. Schools of Qi Gong: Internal and External. The Use of Sensitivity. The Use of Intention (Will/Imagination). The Three Systems of Qi Gong. Types of Qigong. Jing Gong. Jing - Dong Gong. Dong Gong. Use of Xin (Sensitivity) and Yi (Will) in Qi Gong. Summary. 3. Laying the Martial Ghost. Taijiquan as Self Defense. Self Defense and Martial Art. Wu and Martial are not the Same. Martial Art and Wu Shu. Wu Shu, Gong Fu and Self-Cultivation. Taijiquan as Wu Shu. Three Levels of Testing in Taijiquan. The Role of 'Sparring' in Taijiquan. A Taijiquan Approach to Wu Shu. A Personal Encounter. Conclusion. Section 2. Initial Foundation. 4. Returning to Nature, Restoring Spring. The Meaning of Natural in Taijiquan. The Rectification of the Body. The Need for a Teacher. The Rectified Body. The Rectified Body: No Blocking or Wasting. Natural Alignment. Structure and Posture. The Application of Yin-Yang to the Body. Conclusion. 5. Learning How to Learn. Don't Try Too Hard. Should is a Condition - Not a Command. Wei Wu-Wei. Song. Song is the Expression of Taiji in the Body. Testing. Methods of Testing. Testing Song. Making the Most of Your Teacher. Summary. Basic Standing Posture. Three Circle Theory. 6. Methods and Techniques. Taiji and Taijiquan are not the Same. Daoyin. What are Methods and Techniques. People are Individuals, Unique and Different. Daoyin is Qi Gong. Daoyin and Gong Fu; Internal and External. Daoyin in Taijiquan. An Exercise to Learn Daoyin. The Three Systems of Daoyin Qi Gong. Conclusion. Section 3. The Art of Taijiquan. 7. The Six Secrets. The Six Secrets. Nei Gong. The Six Secrets as Nei Gong. Discussion of the Six Secrets. Three-Circle Theory. Yin Yang Theory. Taijiquan Forms are Movements. Benefits of Yin-Yang Form Study. Stages of Yin Yang Study. Spiral, or Qi, Form. Problems in Spiral Form Study. Centre-Turn Form. Spiral in the Leg. Yin-Yang Head and Hands. Conclusion. 8. Practice to Perfection. The Syllabus of Taijiquan. The Taijiquan Teacher's Job. Practicing Taijiquan. Syllabus, Technique and Method. Internal Breathing; Nei Gong. Nei Gong Daoyin Exercise. Testing and Warnings. Traditional Nei Gong. Conclusion. Appendix. Taijiquan: Forms, Techniques and Practices. Supplementary Forms and Practices. Pushing Hands. Two Person Taijiquan. Weapons Forms. References. Bibliography.

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