Yang Style Traditional Long Form T'ai Chi Ch'uan: As Taught by Master T.T. Liang

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Blue Snake Books, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 225 pages
Gordon Muir began his martial arts studies at the age of twelve, followed by years of serious study of a wide variety of disciplines including judo, kyokushinkai, karate, kempo, several kung fu styles, and kickboxing. Eventually he discovered the internal martial arts, which led to t’ai chi and Master T. T. Liang, renowned teacher of Yang style. The culmination of the author’s longtime study of this style is this enlightening look at the Yang style of t’ai chi. Focusing on the revered traditional form rather than the more recently created short form, the book describes in depth the type of movement t’ai chi strives for that distinguishes it from other martial arts. Clear and concise instructions help students understand how to move in order to create internal strength. Numerous photographs and detailed descriptions showcase and simplify the movements, which include the traditional Yang stances, hand and arm positions, and moving and powering. Written in a simple, engaging style, the book is designed to help new students get started in this rewarding tradition and more advanced practitioners deepen their knowledge of it.
 

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I trained under Gord Muir first in 1984 and learned the short form which I practiced for five years. Then I met up with him again and started private lessons and was soon invited to join his senior class. A few months later he started a meditation class combined with Chi Gong and these three classes went on for about a year before he announced he was moving to the West Coast.
His advice to me was to teach in order to keep learning and I have been teaching ever since. I loved his teaching style and skill and do my best to emulate him although I don't have more than a spattering of his knowledge.
I was broken hearted he was leaving but happy that he was planning to write and finally he has given the world this wonderful gift. I encourage all Tai Chi students to read his book and study under him if you get the chance. He is so very gifted. His knowledge and zeal had him seeking out the best teachers and his diligence and hard work have paid off. We can all aspire to understand as much as he does and this book is a great start.
I'm sure all who read it will be blessed by this great work.
Henry Zacharias, Belize, C.A.
 

Contents

Why We Should Practice Tai Chi to Music
3
Posture 45Press 116
7
The Ten Guiding Points of Tai Chi Chuan
12
Terms Used in This Book
19
Posture 87Single Whip 161
27
Pole Stance Training Zhan Zhuang
28
Rules for Body Movement
35
Moving and Powering
44
Posture 70Chop with Fist
143
Posture 20Step Forward Deflect Downward Intercept and Punch 87
144
Posture 21Withdraw and Push 88
145
Posture 22Crossing Hands 89
146
Second Section 91
148
Posture 24Roll Back 93
149
Posture 25Press 94
150
Posture 26Push 95
151

Posture 88Fair Lady Weaving at Shuttle Left 162
48
Kicking
50
Before Beginning the Form
62
Posture 5Roll Back
72
Posture 6Press
73
Posture 7Push
74
Posture 8Single Whip 75
96
Posture 48Waving Hands in the Clouds Left
119
Posture 49Waving Hands in the Clouds Right
120
Posture 50Waving Hands in the Clouds Left
121
Posture 53Single Whip 123
124
Kicking Section
126
Posture 56Separating Left Foot
127
Posture 57Turn Around and Kick with Sole Left
129
Posture 9Lifting Hands 77
130
Posture 59Brush Right Knee and Twist Step
131
Posture 60Step Forward and Punch Downward
132
Posture 19Chop with Fist 86
133
Posture 62Step Forward Deflect Parry and Punch
134
Posture 63Kick Upward with Right Foot
136
Posture 64Strike Tiger Left
137
Posture 65Strike Tiger Right
138
Posture 66Kick Upward with Right Foot
139
Posture 67Strike with Both Fists
140
Posture 68Kick Upward with Left Foot
141
Posture 69Turn Around and Kick with Sole Right
142
Posture 78Horizontal Single Whip
152
Posture 79Parting Wild Horses Mane Right
153
Posture 27Slanting Single Whip 96
154
Posture 81Parting Wild Horses Mane Right
155
Posture 82WardOff Left
156
Posture 83WardOff Right
157
Posture 94Roll Back 170
158
Posture 95Press 171
159
Posture 96Push
172
Posture 97Single Whip
173
Posture 98Waving Hands in the Clouds Left
174
Posture 99Waving Hands in the Clouds Right
175
Posture 100Waving Hands in the Clouds Left
176
Posture 101Waving Hands in the Clouds Right
177
Posture 103Single Whip
178
Posture 104Single Whip Squatting Down
179
Posture 105Golden Rooster Standing on One Leg Right
180
Posture 106Golden Rooster Standing on One Leg Left
181
Posture 149Crossing Hands 224
182
Posture 108Step Back to Drive the Monkey Away Left
183
Posture 109Step Back to Drive the Monkey Away Right
184
Posture 110Step Back to Drive the Monkey Away Left
185
Posture 111Step Back to Drive the Monkey Away Right
186
Posture 112Diagonal Flying
188
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Gordon Muir studied intensively with Master Liang for seven years and for another seven with students of Master Liang and with his own students. Currently a disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua, he lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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