Introduction – A Tai Chi Chuan book based on experience
Many Tai Chi books are already available in English and Chinese. This book is different from all of them because it present a philosophical approach. I do not claim this book as a final scholar’s study of Chinese Wushu, but I did try to rectify many widespread errors. This book tries to clear away the mystical legends about the origin of Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Chuan, and to present a clear picture of the historical development of Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Chuan. Most of the Chinese words are written in Pinyin, except for Tai Chi Chuan, Chi, and some others which are well- known in their Wade- Giles spelling. Appendix 8 explains more about romanization.
There are many books about Tai chi Chuan in English; I think most of them have very little value. Some of them treat legend as history, and take all the misunderstandings as facts; they contain unreliable information, assembled as a research paper by someone who does not know Tai Chi Chuan, or who has practiced it very little. Others were written by people who have superficial understanding because they never learned Tai Chi Chuan well, even though they may have practiced it for many years. I do not recommend them.
Some of the books in Chinese are reasonably good. They contain the Tai Chi Classics, together with the experiences of the author who usually has practiced many years and reached a certain attainment. Appendix 10 lists some of these Chinese books.
Level 1: Paraphrasing
- State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.
You can get Tai Chi books in English and Chinese but this is the only book that has a thoughtful and profound way of looking at Tai Chi Chuan. This book does not come to academic conclusions. It is a way to correct misleading information about Tai Chi Chuan. It clears up the mysteries surrounding the past development of Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Chuan. Most of the previous text is not written in English.
There are Tai Chi books in English but they do not have much worth. They make mistakes by stating legend, misjudgements, and uncertainties as truth. Many authors do not know or practice Tai Chi Chuan. Some may have practiced Tai Chi Chuan for many years but still have only scratched the surface. Stay away from these books.
Some of the Chinese books are pretty good when the author presents the time-honored standard Tai Chi has practiced for many years- to reach a certain level of flow.
Level 2: Explicating
- State the main point.
- This book is written by an author who has a philosophy based on experiencing Tai Chi to create the flow of chi.
- In other words….
- Practice often if you want to know Tai Chi.
- For example…
- If you read about Tai Chi you will experience Tai Chi superficially. To really know Tai Chi you have to practice.