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Tʻai chi classics
Liao, Waysun, 1948-
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Boston : Shambhala, 2000.

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x, 210 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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"Translations of three essential texts of Tʼai chi chʼuan with commentary and practical instruction"--P. [4] of cover.
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According to Master Liao, the great power of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without knowing its inner meaning. T'ai Chi Classics presents the inner meaning and techniques of T'ai Chi movements through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi, often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible." The texts are introduced by three chapters explaining how to increase inner energy (ch'i), transform it into inner power (jing), and project this inner power outward to repel an opponent without physical contact. Master Liao also provides a description of the entire sequence of T'ai Chi movements, illustrated by his own line drawings.

Author Notes

Master Waysun Liao studied t'ai chi in a Taoist temple in his native Taiwan from the age of twelve. He is the founder and master of the Taichi Tao Center in Oak Park, Illinois, where he has taught for nearly forty years.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 Historical and Philosophical Backgroundp. 3
What is T'ai Chi?p. 3
The Systematization of T'ai Chip. 9
2 Ch'i: The Internal Energy of T'ai Chip. 17
How to Cultivate Ch'ip. 19
Condensing Breathing: The Process That Turns Ch'i into Jingp. 21
How to Increase Ch'i Awarenessp. 28
3 Jing: Developing and Transferring Internal Powerp. 49
Drumming and Vibrating the Ch'ip. 52
Yin/Yang Motion Theoryp. 54
The Role of the Mindp. 58
How to Transfer (Project) Internal Powerp. 61
Two-Person Practice and Internal Power Transferp. 67
Application of Internal Power Transfer to the Martial Artsp. 69
The Sixteen Steps and Four Secret Procedures for Transferring Powerp. 83
Conclusionp. 84
4 T'ai Chi Classics I: Treatise by Master Chang San-fengp. 87
5 T'ai Chi Classics II: Treatise by Master Wong Chung-yuap. 97
6 T'ai Chi Classics III: Treatise by Master Wu Yu-hsiangp. 109
7 The T'ai Chi Meditative Movementp. 125
The Five Virtues and the Eight Truths of T'ai Chip. 125
Key Points to Observe in T'ai Chi Practicep. 126
T'ai Chi Meditative Movement: The formp. 128