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The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands: A Gateway to Advanced T'ai Chi Practice (Anglais) Broché – 12 juin 2012

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Robert E. Tangora has studied the internal martial arts since 1974, having trained under such notable masters as Fu Zhong Wen (the nephew of Yang Cheng Fu), Tok Seng Gim, Bruce Frantzis, and Wang Hao Da. During the early 1980s, Tangora taught T'ai Chi Ch'uan at Shr Jung, the school founded by Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing. Since 1989 he has taught T'ai Chi and related arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives.

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38 internautes sur 41 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Book is even better than I hoped it would be... 30 septembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Back when Qi Gong [Ch'i Kung] was little known in Tai Chi Chuan circles, one of Robert Tangora's mentors wrote, "In the West, most systems of Tai Chi or other internal martial arts are taught from the viewpoint of movement, with principles such as softness, relaxation and body alignment thrown in. However, most of the internal components of Tai Chi that bring about health, are commonly (even usually) overlooked". That's still true even today, although slightly harsh, since learning the outward form is a necessary first step. But, going beyond basics usually means seeking out advanced teachers who've learned from masters who learned from their masters and so on. Your chances of figuring out the deep internals of TCC on your own are effectively zero.

From experience, I've grown somewhat skeptical of the whole concept of taking a workshop from an advanced teacher who "gives you something to work on" until your next exposure. A lot can go wrong. Many topics are too hard to grasp in just one go. Or, it could be a case of right material, wrong person. Maybe what you need now is what the teacher taught last year or will teach next year. However, if the material is well organized, coherent and focused on fundamentals; and there are also books or DVDs that closely parallel the workshop, you have a better chance of benefiting sooner or later. That's definitely the case with The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands.

The book derives from a curriculum that Robert has been developing and teaching for years. I've taken his workshop multiple times, but my notes contain a small fraction of the information found in the book, which mostly focuses on fundamentals while also introducing more advanced material like Bend the Bow and Shoot the Arrow Qi Gong. IMO, anyone who's familiar with Yang or Wu style Cloud Hands will get a lot from this book. And, if you're already familiar with the primary energies of TCC (the 4 jin/chin, lit. power), deeper Tai Chi anatomy/alignments and standing Qi Gong (Zhan Zhuang), you'll get a huge amount of context and clarification to help you integrate your experience.

If your school does not teach using the energies, this is a good introduction, although the material will be harder to grasp. Similarly, if you don't practice standing Qi Gong, you may need some additional work or help to engage fully with the book. In any case, from inexperienced to experienced, there's an upgrade path should you be inspired by the book - reasonably priced DVDs covering the related Qi Gong sets and the workshop itself.

There is very little fluff in this book. It's dense with information. The number of sub-topics is impressive, often a single, seemingly throwaway sentence or footnote can hold a clarifying insight. ("The shoulder's nest is deeper into the body than most people think." etc.). There's a recommended learning method to follow to get the most out of the book. You could (and probably should) spend a month or more working on chapter 4 (cross-body), before moving on to chapter 5 (left-right), and so on. In other words, if you want to make a big effort you may get a big result.

I can't say that I've worked through it at that level yet, but I'm optimistic that a favorable result is possible. Highly recommended.
22 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Many levels 9 juillet 2012
Par C. A CAVE - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book has many levels to it. I read a section and think I understand it, practice the movements, and then I'm ready to move on, right? No. I read it again and pick up stuff that I didn't get the first time. And then I read the section again, because even reading it twice isn't going to get me to where I have learned everything that the author wants to teach me. In that respect it is a book rich with lessons.

It is rich in another respect as well: the author (Robert Tangora) has chosen to focus on only a few movements, but you soon learn that those "simple" movements are not at all simple and that the internal practices he teaches using those movements are integral to Tai Chi. He explains these internal practices and the terminology associated with them in a way that even a beginner like myself can understand.

It is rich in yet a third respect: the author treats Tai Chi as a health exercise as well as a martial art.

If you don't know what Cloud Hands is, youtube currently has a video of the author performing the movement.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A real modern classic! 20 avril 2013
Par Jay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
There are many books claiming secret traditions, and Yang family knowledge. They are hailed as modern classics, yet fall sort of actually teaching you a single thing. This author makes no such claims, yet where so many other books stop short of presenting any real Tai Chi Chuan explanation. This book prefaces it!

That's right! Before the author even gets to his own material, he opens with detailed explanations of internal, and external. The only person I have ever met to be able to offer this type of explanation is my own teacher. What aroused my curiosity at his book was in my own practice I have an evolving appreciation of the complexity of doing some of the forms. My first stumbling block was lady works shuttles. Once I learned more I thought White crane separates hard & soft was the most complicated. Then I see this book offering only cloud hands. I had to get a copy, and the author made it available for Kindle.

The opening chapter discusses the beginning form. Not many other practices of Tai Chi put any emphasis on the beginning form, but my teacher always left me with almost a question about it. Like it was important in some way. He always answers my questions, but it's hard to nail down a question you can't conceive. My question is answered here. I always wanted to know why they called out "peng" "liu" "ji" & "an" during grasping birds tail. It seems now that much of Tai Chi Chuan is hidden right in the open, and as we open our minds during practice we can see what was there for us all along.

Excellent book!
17 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
The Real Thing 16 juin 2012
Par tao man - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a really good, valuable book. Though it may seem hard to see how focusing on just one set of movements from the tai chi form can benefit the overall practice of the art, the way the author organizes, presents, and explains the information makes it an extremely useful resource for practitioners of all styles of tai chi. The book presents a number of complex ideas in a clear, thorough, and understandable way and includes a number of exercises that give the reader a way to concretely feel and absorb these ideas.

Tangora is a really good teacher. His skill is at a high level and his knowledge is broad and deep. In the interest of full disclosure, I've done several workshops with him. He's great in person and this book shows that he's also a good writer. This book is worth every penny. I highly recommend it.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Most informative T'ai Chi book on internal structure 31 août 2013
Par Roderick Alexander Prince - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The best recommendations I can make for this book are a). that after finishing it I want to read it again and b). that I searched, albeit unsuccessfully, for other material Mr Tangora may have written (I will keep searching). I have been practicing T'ai Chi for the best part of my life. It is rare to find teachers with the level of knowledge found in this book and so to find a book like this which draws together and provides a progressive series of theories and practices to take the reader from the fundamental underlying ideas, seldom promulgated, to material which is at present well beyond me is a blessing. I have started practicing the first few ideas in the book and have begun to make substantial changes to the way I practice the basic exercises and form because the information is both practically useful and meaningful while being beneficial healthwise. At this stage, I feel a strengthening and an increase in the range of motion of my joints after only about 10 days. This is the kind of book every T'ai Chi practitioner should have and is a great contribution to the art.
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