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Book: Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 & 48 Postures with Applications (2nd Edition Revised) by Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching

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Book: Paperback

Availability: In Stock and Ready to Ship—Cart Button

Pages: 336

Illustrations: 617

Code: B2788

ISBN: 9781594392788

Release Date: May 1, 2014

Skill Level: Skill level 1 recomended Skill level 2 recomended Skill Level 3

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We've doubled the size of this book! A new layout that guarantees easier learning. Larger photographs, step by step instructions for each movement right under the photos!

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.

Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Posture is one of today’s most popular tai chi forms. Once learned, it can be performed in only six minutes. If you are learning tai chi in a school, a fitness club, a community or recreation center, or even the local park, this is the tai chi form you are likely to encounter.

The martial arts applications for each posture are shown so you can understand that every movement has a purpose.

Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 48 Posture is a popular tai chi form practiced by those who want a longer, more challenging sequence. Once learned, it can be performed in only twelve minutes. The forty-eight posture form is often the next form a student studies after learning the twenty-four posture form.

    Here’s what is inside this book:
  • Theory to help you understand tai chi’s important tai chi concepts
  • Warm up exercises for safe and proper tai chi practice
  • Fundamentals so your tai chi movements will be easy and natural
  • Foot diagrams so you will know what direction to face
  • The complete Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 24 Posture form, step-by-step
  • Martial applications for each movement of the 24 posture form
  • The complete Simplified Tai Chi Chuan 48 Posture form, step-by-step
  • No matter your age, tai chi chuan is a wonderful way to improve your health and well-being.

Liang, Shou-Yu

Liang, Shou-Yu was born on June 28, 1943 in the city of Chongqian, Sichuan Province, China. When he was six he began his training in Qigong, the art of breathing and internal energy control, under the tutelage of his renowned grandfather, the late Liang, Zhi-Xiang. Mr. Liang was taught the esoteric skills of the Emei Mountain sect, including Da Peng Qigong. When he was eight, his grandfather made special arrangements for him to begin training Emei Wushu (martial arts).

Wen-Ching Wu

Wen-Ching Wu was born in Taiwan, China in 1964. He loved Wushu and many othe sports since a young age. During high school he was on the school's basketball an softball teams. He graduated from high school as a salutatorian. He came to the U.S. in 1983 to study Mechanical Engineering and in 1988, he graduated with honors from Northeastern University, with a BSME degree.

Grandmaster Wang, Ju-Rong Professor; China Shanghai Athletic Institute, Chinese Wushu National Level Judge

This book presents to interested readers many practical martial arts applications along with the health promoting exercises of Taijiquan. I would like to express my congratulations to coach Liang and coach Wu for a meticulous and successful cooperative effort.

Margaret Cullison, Foreword Reviews

This guide successfully explains in clear language and visual imagery the basic concepts of this gentle martial art. The authors write in a straightforward style that establishes the clear focus necessary for learning this ancient art...As an instructional book, Simplified Tai Chi Chuan successfully 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.

5 starsTai Chi Chuan, Til Jai (Amazon reviewer) January, 2012
As an Instructor of Taiji I liked how he had everything laid out and broken down. I thought it was a very clear system for someone to help them learn the forms. Though it can't replace a good teacher, it’s about as close as you can get. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in or currently is learning Taiji 24 or 48 postures.

5 starsExcellent Book, A Customer (Amazon reviewer) May, 2002
When I ordered this book, I had some hesitations about how tai chi could be learned merely thru a book. However, Mr. Liang's book completely wiped out my hesitations. Every figure of the postures is photographed and explained very well. When a camera angle is not enough to view the figure, another photograph at a different angle is put to clarify it. Mr. Liang's vast experience shows in martial applications of the 24 postures and in the warnings about possible exercising mistakes for beginners. I hope he would issue another book that explains martial applications of the 48 postures as well...

5 starsA Comprehensive Amalgamation of Tradition, Arthur Chenevey, Martial Artist (Amazon reviewer) June, 2014
Simplified Tai Chi Chuan is a detailed and updated work providing comprehensive demonstration of the traditional 48 forms of tai chi, along with the 24 postures based on the Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan, created by the Chinese Athletic Committee in the 1950s. The black and white photos depicting all of the postures are all well done and easily viewed without confusion—good contrast for the most part, especially when two models are working together demonstrating the combative applications. Over all, the book remains a solid reference and instructor’s guide for those who wish to instruct/teach tai chi chuan, while keeping its combative nature intact. After all, China has a long, harsh experience and tradition of military and war sciences and arts that transcends Western thought or application.

5 starsGreat Value and Must-Have Companion to the DVD!, S. Schmidt, Martial Artist, Instructor (Amazon reviewer) August, 2014
As an instructor, for over a decade I have recommended this publication as a resource to my students. While the book is nearly a 'must-have' for beginning and experienced tai chi students, the book is only a guide; readers should also investigate Simplified-Tai-Chuan-With-Applications DVD for detailed, follow-along instruction. The DVD will clarify the movement arrows that accompany the photographs in the book. There are many introductory tai chi books (and DVDs) on the market, however few cover theses two traditional forms in such a step-wise manner. I have not seen another that offers martial applications.

5 starsSimple and Insightful, Michael Philliber, Martial Artist, Author (Amazon reviewer) June, 2014
Simplified Tai Chi Chuan explains the history and background to Tai Chi Chuan-Yang style with clarity, but without burdening the reader. The authors also bring the student up to speed on the Chinese philosophy that lies behind Tai Chi Chuan. But the largest portion of the book exhibits both the 24 postures and standard 48 postures. The 48 postures segment simply walks the learner through each position with large, easily looked-at pictures and directional markers. The 24 postures portion of the book follows the same format, but with one hugely helpful addition: it is filled to the brim with martial examples for many of the postures.

5 starsAnother Very Informative Book on Tai Chi by YMAA, Shawn Kovacich, Martial Artist/Krav Maga Instructor, Author of Books and DVDs (Amazon reviewer) September, 2014
Well I am not a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan, but I am a practicing martial artist with over 32 years under my belt (so to speak), so I can say with absolute certainty that this book is literally loaded with lots of useful information for the reader interested in Tai Chi. The authors go into great detail to explain the principles and basic techniques of Tai Chi. They also show you the practical applications of the various moves and do so not only with descriptive text, but also with very clear pictures showing the technique in action.

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