01 July 2016
T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Master T T Liang
An excellent all-round book for not-quite beginners and improvers alike, Liang's attitude, joie de vivre and practice were all of the highest order and he lived to 101 years. He believed T'ai Chi to be of great benefit to all for health, but never neglected the practical applications of his art and recommended doing solo form training with an 'imaginary opponent', something that I always teach, and practice regularly. Unlike Prof Cheng, who was largely a Confucian, Liang compares T'ai Chi and Lao Tze's Tao Te Ching in this book, and his overview of the art's martial and civil aspects and philosphy is highly refined. This book is a good mirror of his approach and insights, perhaps not ideal for a complete novice. I highly recommend it, but now I have looked it through, my copy is not for sale!