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Tai Chi Illustrated


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Part I Tai Chi Basics Chapter 1 Art and Practice of Tai Chi Chapter 2 Basic Posture Chapter 3 Basic Foot Movements Chapter 4 Basic Hand Forms and Movements Chapter 5 Basic Stances Part II Tai Chi Forms Chapter 6 Forms for Cardiovascular Health Chapter 7 Forms for Stress Relief and Low-Back Health Chapter 8 Forms for Balance Chapter 9 Forms for Coordination Part III Tai Chi Routines Chapter 10 Six-Form Routine Chapter 11 Twelve-Form Routine Chapter 12 Basic Push Hands Routine

About the Author

Master Pixiang Qiu is director of the Chinese Wushu (martial arts) Research Center of Shanghai University of Sports. A veteran tai chi instructor, Qiu was named a national master of traditional exercise by the Chinese government. The International Wushu Federation also elected him the first international referee in 1990, named him as one of China's famous wushu professors in 1995, and rated him as a Chinese wushu ninth duan, the highest level in wushu, in 2003. He was the wushu chief judge for the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Asian Games and the chief judge for the 2nd, 4th, and 7th World Wushu Championships. He was designated as an excellent national sports referee and has been ranked as a national top 10 wushu referee. Professor Qiu has published multiple books in Chinese on tai chi and wushu and has lectured worldwide. He gave the keynote address on tai chi at the 2009 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) convention and, based on his tai chi teaching and contribution to the promotion of culture exchange, was made an honorary citizen of the city of Dallas in 2009. Weimo Zhu, PhD, is an internationally known scholar in physical activity and health research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he regularly teaches mind-body exercise classes at both the university and community levels. He has practiced Chinese mind-body exercises, including tai chi and qi gong, for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in introducing them in the United States and around the world. He has given demonstrations and lectures on Chinese mind-body exercises in the United States, China, South Korea, and the Czech Republic. He was awarded a NIH grant to study the effect of long-term mind-body exercise on cancer survivors and presented the research findings at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meetings in 2009.


"Tai Chi Illustrated is one of the first books by a ninth-duan master to be available in English. It is an unprecedented contribution to the field and a landmark achievement for Professor Qiu." Gene Ching-- Associate Publisher, Kung Fu Tai Chi

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