Introduction – The Art of Practice

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Tai Chi Chuan became well-known as an ultimate self defense art in China during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The world changed in the twentieth century, and Tai Chi Chuan became less important as a self-defence art. In a way,  the subsequent popularity of Tai Chi Chuan as a physical exercise was a setback. But Tai Chi Chuan is more than a self defence art, more a physical fitness exercise.

As an art form Tai Chi Chuan itself is a living philosophical wisdom.

This book gives some intellectual explanations and explores Tai Chi Chuan as a living philosophy. However, Tai Chi Chuan as a living philosophical wisdom can be understood only by learning it through practice.


Close Reading

Level 1: Paraphrasing

  1. State in your own words the meaning of each sentence. 

In the late 1800’s in China Tai chi became popular as an art form for defending yourself.  During the 1900’s the popularity of Tai as an art for defending yourself decreased. The rise in popularity of Tai Chi an exercise activity was an obstacle. Tai Chi Chuan is more than exercise anda way to defend yourself. Tai Chi Chuan is a profound experience of living and breathing. This text will analyze intelligent interpretations to understand how Tai Chi Chuan is  way to live will reason.  The living knowledge of  Tai Chi Chuan is gained only through practice.


Level 2: Explicating

  1. State the main point.
    1. The wisdom of Tai Chi Chuan is gained only through practice.
  2. In other words….
    1. Walk your talk. Learning requires DOING
  3. For example…
    1. You will never learn Tai chi by reading about it.
    2. Spirituality in Action—A Call to Inner Revolution!

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