Taijiquan Meditations for the Solo Form
What is the T’ai Chi Ch’uan solo form? What is it that we are actually supposed to be practicing? Why is it done so slowly? It has been a long-standing conundrum that something “invisible” is going on, something “internal,” that, in spite of the fact that Tai Chi Ch’uan is a martial art, its solo form is something more than just a rehearsal of martial attacks and defenses. Its slow speed and seemingly easy, relaxed movements provide the opportunity for the careful examination and retraining of deep internal responses. Here, in richly illustrated detail, are some of the “meditations” that spell the difference between hopeful fantasy and concrete progress. With the same rigor that he applied to the basic protocols of T’ai Chi Ch’uan two-person interactions (The Theoretical Basis of T’ai Chi Ch’uan), Robert Amacker now applies his fifty years of teaching experience to the solo exercise, and to the elucidation of thirteen important “meditations,” all critical to ultimate T’ai Chi Ch’uan mastery, all meant to be eventually integrated into unconscious reflexive and creative response. If you’re in the mood for concrete, detailed instruction on the “internal” aspects of T’ai Chi Ch’uan solo practice, aspects that transcend any style or version if the form, this book is for you.