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The Inner Structure of Tai Chi


Taoist adepts developed tai chi as both a martial art and a way to cultivate the physical body, energy body, and spirit body. Like all Taoist exercises, its main purpose is to form a connection to the basic energy that is the foundation of all life: ?chi. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, tai chi was considered a secret practice that was passed down only within a closely knit structure of family and loyal disciples. Despite its widespread growth in popularity as a martial art and health exercise, many of its underlying internal practices remain unknown.

The Inner Structure of Tai Chi explores the deep, internal work necessary for the effective practice of tai chi. Designed for practitioners at every level, the book contains step-by-step illustrated instructions for mastering the 13 forms of early Yang-style tai chi, also known as Tai Chi Chi Kung. The authors demonstrate the relationship of the inner structure of tai chi to the absorption, transformation, and circulation of the three forces that animate all life--the Universal force, the Cosmic force, and the Earth force--revealing the principles and practices necessary to receive the full spectrum of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits that tai chi can bring.

A student of several Taoist masters, MANTAK CHIA founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979 and has taught tens of thousands of students from all over the world. He tours the United States annually, giving workshops and lectures. He is the director of the Tai Garden Integrative Medicine Health Spa and Resort training centerand the Universal Healing Tao training center in northern Thailand and is the author of twenty-five books, including the bestselling The Multi-Orgasmic Man.

JUAN LI is a senior Universal Tao instructor who began his studies with Mantak Chia in 1982 and now presents these teachings throughout Western Europr. He lives in Spain.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Putting Tai Chi Chi Kung into Practice Foreword Preface Introduction 1 The Origins of Tai Chi Chi Kung 2 Why Practice Tai Chi Chi Kung? 3 Basic Principles of Tai Chi Chi Kung 4 Warm-Up Exercises and Preparation 5 Tai Chi Chi Kung Thirteen Movement Form 6 Sequence for Home Practice 7 Yin/Yang and Inner Smile Form 8 Rooting and Grounding: Connecting with the Earth 9 Transferring Chi Through the Body 10 Activating the Tendons 11 Tan Tien Form 12 Healing Form: Connecting the Organs with the Five Directions 13 Skin- and Bone-Breathing Form 14 Integrated Structure Form 15 Steel Wrapped in Cotton: Martial Arts Applications 16 Dance of the Tao Appendix 1 Energetic Preparations for Tai Chi Chi Kung Appendix 2 Tai Chi Physiology Bibliography About the Authors The Universal Tao System and Training Center

About the Author

Mantak Chia has taught tens of thousands of students worldwide and authored 25 books including the best-selling Multi Orgasmic Man.


" . . . the present reviewer was often surprised by the effectiveness of the writing in communicating insight into complex physical movements and difficult aspects of the tradition as well as inspiring a desire to go out and put into practice new understanding." * Reg Little, New Dawn Magazine * "I recommend this book as an integral component of any serious Taiji student and teacher." * Noah Nunberg, J.D., Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 16, No. 1 - 2007 * "I highly recommend this book for any tai chi student. It is a great introduction to the inner workings of internal energy and gives plenty of practice for more advanced students." * Pyramid Michael, tai chi instructor since 1985, Lotus Guide, Issue 23, Jan/Feb 08 *

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