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The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands

A Gateway to Advanced T'ai Chi Practice
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 | 
June, 2012
ISBN:
9781583944486
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Banyen's Description: 

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands offers readers an in-depth look into the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan via the practice of Cloud Hands, a foundational exercise common to all schools of this popular martial art. Part theory, part training manual, this book facilitates a deeper understanding of "internal" movement and training for students of T'ai Chi and other internal martial arts. Step-by-step exercises help to bring the theoretical into concrete practice and application.

Author Robert Tangora, an accomplished practitioner and teacher of several different styles of T'ai Chi, places a heavy emphasis on the development of internal structure and building a solid foundation in the art's most basic movements. Intermediate and advanced practitioners will discover a deeply interconnected world of practice; beginning students will learn basic training methods that can help them bypass years of incomplete training and erase incorrect habits already formed.

Tangora also stresses the importance of meditation and its crucial relationship to the art's health and martial aspects, as well as how to use the spine to integrate movements—especially important for practitioners with back problems who wish to learn how to move without inducing pain.

 The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands is a remarkable and essential guide for students of t’ai chi and other internal martial arts as well as all those seeking a deeper understanding of the core principles of movement.

“Internal t’ai chi practices are explained in depth and with great clarity. Very rare and very real information makes this the most important book on t’ai chi in English that I’ve ever read.” —Jon Miller, longtime practitioner of t’ai chi

Publisher’s Description: 

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands offers readers an in-depth look into the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan via the practice of Cloud Hands, a foundational exercise common to all schools of this popular martial art. Part theoretical treatise, part training manual, this book facilitates a deeper understanding of "internal" movement and training for students of T'ai Chi and other internal martial arts. Step-by-step exercises help to bring the theoretical into concrete practice and application.

Author Robert E. Tangora, an accomplished practitioner and teacher of several different styles of T'ai Chi, places a heavy emphasis on the development of internal structure and building a solid foundation in the art's most basic movements. Intermediate and advanced practitioners will discover a deeply interconnected world of practice; beginning students will learn basic training methods that can help them bypass years of incomplete training and erase incorrect habits already formed.

Tangora also stresses the importance of meditation and its crucial relationship to the art's health and martial aspects, as well as how to use the spine to integrate movementsespecially important for practitioners with back problems who wish to learn how to move without inducing pain.

Readers will learn to:
Cultivate internal power
Discover the inner workings of Tai Chi Ch'uan
Understand the meaning of the T'ai Chi classics
Move without injury
Relieve back pain

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