“Tai Chi, Art of Wisdom“
A book by Hamed Katoozi
The purpose of this book is to outline the study of noble Taiji(Tai Chi).
This book is comprised of seven chapters which emphasize on valuable points in detail.
History is experience; the first chapter is mainly about a brief history of Chinese martial arts and history of Taiji quan. Since the Taiji concepts are hard to grasp for beginners, we dedicate a comprehensive chapter to describe these concepts which are as below:
Tao and Taiji quan, Philosophical concepts of Taiji, Wu ji, Yin and Yang, Thirteen postures of Taiji, Five elements theory,Eight Trigrams of I-ching , different types of chi, Three treasures, Five regulations and so on..
This book presents the basic principles of Taiji Qi gong and inner structure of Taiji in chapter 3.
Taiji quan was originally created for martial purposes and every form has its martial applications. Many different styles have been created over the years, and although they are based on the same fundamental theory and principles, every style has its own characteristics and principles. In this regard chapter 4 is introducing the martial aspect of Taiji and related subjects which are: Different types of jin, Fa jin, Tui sho, Taiji forms; bare hand and apparatus, etc...
In continue the book presents an overview of general rules of Taiji competitions and regulations which you can find it in chapter 5.
As we know, Qigong is an important science which has developed through thousands of years and it is the product of health, longevity and spiritual growth. Nowadays there are many problems caused by the rapid development of material sciences. Proper Qigong exercises and Taiji and relaxation can minimize these problems. So we allocate a whole chapter to the study of therapeutic effects of Taiji.
Also this book offers some ancient classics of Taiji such as Zhang san Feng, Wang Yung Zue, Wu Yu Xiang..
Summary of contents:
Chapter 1- History
- Wushu and internal styles
- History of Chinese Martial Arts
- Definition of Wushu
- Shaolin Temple
- Classification of internal and external styles
- Philosophy of Chinese martial art
- History of Yang style, Wu Style, Chen Style and Sun Style..
Chapter 2- Basic definition and concepts
- Taiji and Tao
- Yan and yang - Kan and Li
- The concept of yin and yang in Taiji
- Softness overcomes hardness
- Thirteen postures of Taiji
- Eight trigrams of I-ching
- Theory of Five elements
- Centering in Taiji
- Concept of energy in Taiji and Qi Gong
- Three treasures (Jing - Qi -Shen )
- Meridians and Jing Lu Theory
- Five regulations of Taiji
- Five level of proficiency in Taiji- Chen Xiao Wang’s point of view
Chapter 3- Inner structure of Taiji
- Taiji Qi Gong
- Mental principals of Taiji
- Rooting in Taiji
Chapter 4 - Martial aspect of Taichi
- The concept of Jin
- Fa jin and energy discharge
- Tui Shou
- Taichi Dui Lian
- Taichi Chin Na
- Taichi chuan fighting strategy
- Different types of Taichi forms
- Traditional, standard and modern forms
- Different types of weapon in Taichi
Chapter 5- Taichi championships
- General rules of Taichi competitions
Chapter 6- Healing effects of Taichi
- The effect of Taichi on health promotion
- Physiologic effects of Taichi according to the researches of well-known centers of the world
- Secrets of Inner Smile
Chapter 7- Some essential points for Taichi Teachers
Chapter 8-Taichi Classics and ancient texts