Sunday, 21 February 2016
My Favourite Books
Cheng Man Ch'ings's Advanced T'ai Chi Form Instructions - compiled and translated by Douglas Wile (ISBN 0-912059-03-6)
I found this to be a really interesting book which covers T'ai Chi principles, form ,application, meditation, I Ching and medicine. There weren't any photos but there are line drawings of the postures.( You can find the photos in the translation Cheng Tzu's thirteen treatises on Tai Chi by Ben Lo and Martin Inn).
There are lots of interesting snippets in this book but it requires careful reading.
One such snippet is on pp 62-63 about movement and swing;swing and movement. The movement at the centre is smaller than at the periphery, so after the waist has finished moving there is still momentum in the limbs. Before they come to a rest the waist moves again so you have an endless cycle.