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With a new introduction by the author The ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi explained. This work highlights the different ways Tai Chi can best be focused for optimal benefits: to improve health as exercise, connecting the mind and body through meditation, or as self-defense. Photographs accompany form descriptions to better show the rhythmic and graceful postures that together make the fluid movements of Tai Chi. Regular practice of this relaxed mental-physical exercise, often described as "meditation in motion," increases coordination, balance, and harmony with nature. Herman Kauz, widely-respected teacher of Tai Chi (and a practitioner of not only Tai Chi but also Akido, Judo, and Karate) here distills the very central theses of Tai Chi lifestyle and practice. A perfect manual for the beginner or the seasoned expert, the Tai Chi Handbookis a classic in its field, now revised for a new generation of readers.
Herman Kauz has spent most of his life studying various aspects of physical training, especially the martial arts of the East. He has conducted classes in Tai Chi in New York since 1968 at such centers as The Central YWCA, Brooklyn College and The New School for Social Research as well as privately in his own studio. He lives in Manhattan with his family.