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In a first burst of enthusiasm, beginners often rush out and buy books on Tai Chi or Chi Kung without really knowing which ones would be suitable for them. For instance, it is no good buying a book on Chen style Tai Chi if you are doing Yang - in fact, there isn't much point buying a book on Yang form unless it is the one you are doing - are you practising a long or short form - which line of the Yang family are you following because although the principles and concepts remai...n the same the forms are sometimes different - the same goes for Chi Kung. So with that in mind, if you are training with me here is some recommended reading to begin with.
First of all Master John Dings '15 Minute Tai Chi' - this is an excellent book covering exercises, the short form and lots of other information on Principles and Concepts. I still consider Master Ding as my teacher although I haven't seen him for a while but he taught me so much and it is also where I trained as an instructor.
Second recommended read is Ged Sumner 'You Are How You Move' - Ged co-founded the College of Elemental Chi Kung in London and made this book very readable and straightforward. It covers the basics of Elemental Chi Kung. I also become an instructor for Elemental Chi Kung and found that it went hand in hand with my Tai Chi practice and devised my classes around the two disciplines.
Remember that it isn't possible to learn Tai Chi or Chi Kung from a book - you need a teacher (doesn't have to be me!) to show you the way and explain some of the more intricate details of the arts. In a first burst of enthusiasm, beginners often rush out and buy books on Tai Chi or Chi Kung without really knowing which ones would be suitable for them. For instance, it is no good buying a book on Chen style Tai Chi if you are doing Yang - in fact, there isn't much point buying a book on Yang form unless it is the one you are doing - are you practising a long or short form - which line of the Yang family are you following because although the principles and concepts remain the same the forms are sometimes different - the same goes for Chi Kung. So with that in mind, if you are training with me here is some recommended reading to begin with.
First of all Master John Dings '15 Minute Tai Chi' - this is an excellent book covering exercises, the short form and lots of other information on Principles and Concepts. I still consider Master Ding as my teacher although I haven't seen him for a while but he taught me so much and it is also where I trained as an instructor.
Second recommended read is Ged Sumner 'You Are How You Move' - Ged co-founded the College of Elemental Chi Kung in London and made this book very readable and straightforward. It covers the basics of Elemental Chi Kung. I also become an instructor for Elemental Chi Kung and found that it went hand in hand with my Tai Chi practice and devised my classes around the two disciplines.
Remember that it isn't possible to learn Tai Chi or Chi Kung from a book - you need a teacher (doesn't have to be me!) to show you the way and explain some of the more intricate details of the arts.

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