Modern life is stressful but the ancient martial art of Tai Chi Chuan is one of the most effective stressbusters available. In China it is used extensively for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, and its beneficial effects for health and fitness are now widely recognised in the West. This wonderful book is a complete guide to the oriental wisdom of Tai Chi Chuan, explaining all its important aspects and styles, as well as its practical benefits for emotional, mental and spiritual development. Expertly and clearly written and complemented by a collection of informative illustrations, this comprehensive book covers everything you would want to know about Tai Chi Chuan – from the background of its philosophy to the practical exercises necessary for balance, internal force and self-defence. It is the ideal guide to introduce you to Tai Chi Chuan or to remind you of what you may have missed in your classes. The book includes: -The philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan and the historical development of the various styles. -The Concept of Yin-yang in Tai Chi Chuan. -The basic Tai Chi Chuan movements and Pushing Hands. -The various Tai Chi Chuan styles set. -Tai Chi Chuan combat sequences and tactics. -The physical and mental benefits of Tai Chi Chuan. -Tai Chi Chuan weapons. -The relationship of Tai Chi Chuan and Taoism.
Wong Kiew Kit, popularly known as Sifu Wong, is the fourth generation successor of Venerable Jiang Nan from the famous Shaolin Monastery in China and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Kungfu and Chi Kung. He received the “Chi Kung Master of the Year” Award during the Second World Congress on Chi Kung held in San Francisco in 1997. He is an internationally acclaimed author of books on the Shaolin arts and Buddhism including Introduction to Shaolin Kungfu (1981), The Art of Chi Kung (1993), The Art of Shaolin Kungfu (1996), The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan (1996), Chi Kung for Health and Vitality (1997), The Complete Book of Zen (1998), The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine (2002), The Complete Book of Shaolin (2002), Sukhavati: Western Paradise (2002), The Shaolin Arts: Master Answers Series (2002) and The Way of the Master (2014). Since 1987, Sifu Wong has spent more time teaching chi kung than kungfu, because he feels that while kungfu serves as an interesting hobby, chi kung serves an urgent public need, particularly in overcoming degenerative and psychiatric illnesses. Sifu Wong is one of the few masters who has generously introduced the once secretive Shaolin Chi Kung to the public, and has helped many people to obtain relief or overcome so-called “incurable” diseases like hypertension, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, diabetes, migraine, gastritis, gall stones, kidney failure, depression, anxiety and even cancer. He stresses the Shaolin philosophy of sharing goodness with all humanity, and is now dedicated to spreading the wonders and benefits of the Shaolin arts to people all over the world irrespective of race, culture and religion.