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Tables of Contents for The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan
Chapter/Section Title
Page #
Page Count
List of Illustrations
x
 
Preface
xv
 
Tai Chi Chuan as a Martial Art
1
8
The Aims and Benefits of Practising Tai Chi Chuan
A Concise and Comprehensive Martial Art
1
1
The Mechanics and Psychology of Different Arts
2
2
Internal Force, Not Brute Strength
4
1
An Art of Convenience and Culture
5
1
The Richness of Tai Chi Chuan Theory
6
1
Tai Chi Chuan in Health, Character Development and Philosophy
7
2
The Concept of Yin-Yang in Tai Chi Chuan
9
9
What You May Have Missed in Your Tai Chi Class
The Philosophy of Yin-yang
9
2
Yin-yang in Tai Chi Form and Force Training
11
2
Yin-yang in Tai Chi Chuan Application
13
3
Yin-yang in Tai Chi Philosophy
16
2
The Historical Development of the Various Styles
18
12
Health, Combat and Spiritual Joy in Tai Chi Chuan
The Earliest References to Tai Chi
18
1
Zhang San Feng and the Origin of Tai Chi Chuan
19
3
Early Tai Chi Chuan Masters
22
1
Chen Wang Ting and Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan
22
2
The Old, the New, the Small and the Big
24
1
Yang Lu Chan and Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan
25
1
The Wu and the Sun Styles
26
2
The Three Stages of Tai Chi Chuan
28
2
Advice from the Great Masters
30
10
Achieving Better Results in a Shorter Time
The `Song of Secrets for Training'
30
2
The Five Characters Formula
32
3
The Ten Important Points of Tai Chi Chuan
35
5
Fundamental Hand Movements and Footwork
40
24
Acquiring Balance and Gracefulness in Tai Chi Movements
The 13 Techniques of Tai Chi
40
1
The Secret of Tai Chi Internal Force
41
3
Developing Poise and Balance
44
10
The Four Primary Hand Techniques
54
2
The Four Secondary Hand Techniques
56
4
Does Tai Chi Chuan Cause Knee Injury
60
4
The Importance of Chi Kung in Tai Chi Chuan
64
6
The Development of Internal Force
Health, Combat and Spirituality
64
1
The Internal Force of Tai Chi Chuan Training
65
3
Developing a Pearl of Intrinsic Energy
68
2
The Poetry of Energy and Mind
70
30
Tai Chi Chuan with Breath Control and Visualization
The Purposes of Set Practice
70
1
Simplified Tai Chi Set -- Section 1
71
5
Simplified Tai Chi Set -- Section 2
76
1
Simplified Tai Chi Set -- Section 3
76
6
Simplified Tai Chi Set -- Section 4
82
4
The 48-Pattern Tai Chi Set
86
14
Techniques and Skills of Pushing Hands
100
16
How to Sense Your Opponent's Weakness
The Principles of Pushing Hands
100
1
Sharpening Your Skills of Perception
101
1
Throwing Your Partner Off the Ground
102
6
Seeking the Best Angle and Closing Up
108
3
Advanced Techniques of Pushing Hands
111
2
Pushing Hands and Combat Efficiency
113
3
Specific Techniques for Combat Situations
116
11
Tai Chi Chuan Patterns for Self-defence
Requirements for Combat Proficiency
116
1
From Lifting Water to Repulse Monkey
117
2
The Profundity of Grasping Sparrow's Tail
119
1
From Cloud Hands to Needle at Sea Bottom
120
4
The Final Eight Patterns
124
3
Combat Sequences and Tactics
127
13
Techniques, Tactics and Skills for Fighting
Martial Arts as Sports
127
1
The Depth and Scope of Tai Chi Chuan
128
3
The Why and How of Combat Sequences
131
2
1 Sequence Triple Punches -- Warding Off
133
1
2 Sequence Three-level Attacks -- Green Dragon
134
1
3 Sequence Whirlwind Kick -- Single-whip Low Stance
135
2
4 Sequence Hiding Flowers -- Playing the Lute
137
3
More Combat Sequences and Tactics
140
13
Some Amazing Ways to Overcome an Opponent
Factors in Winning a Combat
140
1
5 Sequence Felling a Tree -- Rolling Back
141
2
6 Sequence Pushing Mountains -- Thrust Kick
143
3
7 Sequence Pull Horse -- Thrust Kick
146
1
8 Sequence Eagle Claw -- Shoulder Strike
146
4
9 Sequence Taming Tiger -- Flying Diagonally
150
3
Enriching Daily Life with Tai Chi Chuan
153
11
How Tai Chi Chuan Enhances Health, Work and Play
The Chinese Concept of Health
153
2
Energy and Chinese Medicine
155
2
The Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on Health
157
2
More Energy for Work and Play
159
1
A Healthy Body and a Relaxed Mind
160
4
Wudang Tai Chi Chuan
164
20
Attaining Cosmic Reality Through Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Chi Chuan and Spiritual Development
164
1
The Patterns of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan
165
19
Chen-Style Tai Chi Chuan
184
20
Tai Chi Chuan of the Hard and Fast
Transition from Spirituality to Health
184
1
The Patterns of Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan
185
19
Yang-Style Tai Chi Chuan
204
24
Gentle, Graceful Movements for Health
The Most Widely Practised Style of Tai Chi Chuan
204
2
The Patterns of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan
206
22
The Wu Style of Wu Yu Xiang
228
20
Small Movement and Body Technique for Combat
External Form for Internal Power
228
2
The Patterns of Wu Yu Xiang-style Tai Chi Chuan
230
18
The Tai Chi Chuan of Wu Chuan You
248
14
How to Avoid Being Hurt in Combat
For Health and for Combat
248
2
The Patterns of Wu Chuan You-style Tai Chi Chuan
250
12
Sun-Style Tai Chi Chuan
262
16
High Patterns and Agile Movements
Some Advice on Tai Chi Chuan Practice
262
1
The Patterns of Sun-style Tai Chi Chuan
263
15
Tai Chi Chuan Weapons
278
8
Transmitting Energy to Extended Hands
Why Weapons Are Not Widely Used
278
1
Some Functions of Weapon Training
279
3
Sword, Scimitar and Staff
282
4
The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan
286
8
The Evergreen Classic of Wang Zong Yue
The Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan
286
2
Explanation of the Treatise
288
4
Three Levels of Attainment
292
2
Taoism and Spiritual Development in Tai Chi Chuan
294
9
Attaining Immortality and Returning to the Void
Tai Chi Chuan Principles in the Tao Te Ching
294
2
Attaining the Tao
296
3
Immortality and the Great Void
299
4
Notes
303
2
Further Reading
305
3
Useful Addresses
308
2
Index
310