Phoenix Feather School of Tai Chi



A selection of articles by Wang Hai Jun published in Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts magazine.


    Book Review - The Essence of Taijiquan
David Gaffney and Davidine Siaw Voon Sim. Blurb Books 2010

If like me, you enjoy reading, and you are interested in understanding what taijiquan is, then read this book! For the first time in my 25 years of training and study, here is a book that I can unreservedly recommend. Within its 280 pages it avoids mystifying and successfully manages to translate into English both in language and thinking the various elements of taijiquan theory and practice.
While both the authors have considerable experience of taijiquan and have trained extensively with the top practitioners and teachers in the world, an admirable feature of this book is that it does not rely on their opinions. Rather it uses the advice offered by the oldest and richest of taijiquan traditions, traditional Chen Style. It contains a lively combination of written and oral material from across the past 300 years, mainly focused on the advice offered in modern times. It allows the reader to remain firmly focused on practiced methods and not get lost in esotericism.

The Essence of Taijiquan is a highly valuable resource for those seeking to understand what Taijiquan is. It offers a comprehensive explanation of the overlapping steps that lead to the fundamental skills that have made Taijiquan such a famous martial art. The book is written in five sections. Topics include Understanding the concept of Qi, The three stages of Progression and Taijiquan as a combat art. The final chapter sees some of today's leading practitioners give their insights into the multifaceted art of Chen Taijiquan.
  As Chen Xiao Wang writes in the book preface "I would recommend The Essence of Taijiquan to all those with a love of taijiquan without any reservations"

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Further Recognition for the Benefits of Tai Chi

The authors of the book practicing tuishou (pushing hands)
  This article appeared on Page 122 BBC Teletext (CEEFAX) on 13th January 2011.

Tai Chi "cuts falls in elderly"
Tai Chi lessons and reduced medication should be used to prevent falls in the elderly, according to experts in the UK and the US.

The latest thinking on tackling falls is included in new guidelines for doctors in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death for old people.

Age UK said implementing the recommendations was crucial for improving services.


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