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Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms Book


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Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms Book

207 Pages and close to 400 photos.  DOES NOT Include DVD.
The 6 Easy Steps for beginners and the 24 Forms

Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms explores the ancient pratice of tai chi that is clinically proven to be an effective tool in improving health, fitness and relaxation. This book contains the Six Easy Steps to learning tai chi, along with detailed instructions for the world"s most popular 24 Forms. It provides an easy step-by-step guide to an enjoyable form of exercise that will improve your general well being. This book is for beginners as well as for those who are already learning tai chi.

Dr Lam and Nancy Kaye demonstrate what Tai Chi is, what it can do for you, how to prepare for it and how to put it into practice. Easy-to-follow instructions and photographs take you through the background and structure of the Six Easy Steps up to 24 Forms and beyond to show you that tai chi is not just a martial art, but also a health benefit.

Beginners can learn tai chi by using this book alone or together with the instructional DVD/ video Tai Chi for Beginners. The book is also useful in conjunction with the instructional DVD/ video 24 Forms. Advanced students and tai chi teachers will find this book useful as a teaching aid and reference.

Below is an review by Cyndy Fel, educationist and teacher.

Book Review for "Tai Chi for beginners and the 24 Forms" by Dr Paul Lam and Nancy Kay
Written by Cynthia Fels, M.Ed.
Learning Specialist/Educational Consultant
Senior Trainer and Tai Chi for Health Instructor

Dr. Paul Lam, highly respected tai chi master and world-renowned tai chi teacher, and one of his students, master trainer, Nancy Kay, have created a master of a how to tai chi book!

"Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms" has beautifully colored illustrations of Dr. Lam, his students and instructors, playing tai chi in beautiful locations around the world, including the Big Sur Coast of Central California. Dr. Lam is also the model for the book"s many teaching illustrations: the 24 Forms, Warm Up Exercises, Cool Down Exercises, QiGong Exercises, the Foundation Movements and the Tai Chi Beginner"s Set. All moves are clearly illustrated and accompanied by simple and easy to follow, written directions as well.

The book also acts as a great reference and resource guide for the beginner, as well as for teachers and advanced practioners. Basic tai chi terms, historical tai chi information, the different tai chi styles, different tai chi forms, practice tips, health aspects of tai chi and studies on the health benefits of tai chi, as well as essential tai chi principles are among some of the topics so clearly defined and shared.
As if this wasn"t enough to make a good read, the book"s structure is designed, as Lam and Kay state, to:

"Help the reader build a solid foundation right from the start, as well as giving him or her a taste of higher level tai chi. And perhaps more important, we"ve done our best to make tai chi fun to learn."

The book builds lessons in a step-by-step progressive fashion, and just like building a good solid house, each layer or lesson is built solidly upon the previous lesson. Beginners first learn how to lay a good foundation for their tai chi through learning the "Six Easy Steps." Learners can then progress to learning "the Tai Chi for Beginner"s Set" which is built on the previous moves and knowledge. From there the learner, if they chose, may learn more in depth tai chi skills. And finally, when they are ready, the 24 Forms. Again, all lessons and each step of the process are written in easy to follow, simple directions and accompanied with clear illustrations.

This book would be a great complement when used by a learner in conjunction with classes, and/or the instructional DVD "Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms." However a person living in isolation and with no instructor available could easily learn from this book as well.
Whether writing about essential tai chi principles, the historical aspects of tai chi, or sharing their "Six Easy Steps" of learning tai chi, Dr. Paul Lam and Nancy Kay bring this ancient practice into our daily lives. This is a tai chi how to book that really shines!

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  1. Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 forms 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Dec 2023

    This book is a beautifully rendered work for deepening your knowledge of Tai Chi, written in an easy to understand format.
    The 24 Form shows Dr. Lam performing
    each form with written instructions on the same page. I found this book so valuable, that I ordered a second copy for my class library, to loan out to students.

  2. Best book for Yang 24 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2022

    I’ve practiced Yang short form and 24 form for 20+ years. I became Tai Chi for arthritis and fall prevention instructor 1 year ago. This book breaks each move down and puts it all together. I’m excited to start teaching Yang style!

  3. Very Satisfied 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2021

    Very satisfied with Dr. Paul's Tai Chi book

  4. Great Supplement to the DVDs 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2019

    As newbies, this book has proved to be an asset to the DVD, providing additional information giving us to better understanding of Tai Chi.

  5. Tai Chi for beginners and the 24 Forms book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2019

    This book is extremely well planned out. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. The book is easy to read and very informative. I especially enjoyed reading the information in the green boxes and all of Part 3.

    The book follows the Tai Chi for beginners DVD which makes practicing when the DVD can't be accessed very helpful.

  6. More than a guide for beginners! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2018

    More than a guide for beginners!
    Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms

    This well illustrated and thoughtfully developed book is a wonderful addition to any tai chi enthusiast’s library. It compliments both the Beginner’s and 24 Form DVDs and is a great resource that has answered many of my questions. I wanted to know more about Qigong; I wanted to know more about different tai chi styles; I wanted to know more about where I should be headed with my tai chi practice. Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms provided many insights and opened up another window into the magic of tai chi.
    I highly recommend Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms for students and teachers as a useful, easy to read guide which I will come back to many times as I open my beginner’s mind to the great adventure that is tai chi.

  7. this is very helpfull 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th May 2018

    we are doing the 24 form in class . At homeIuse the book aand the CD.

  8. Great help 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th May 2018

    I ordered the Book "Tai Chi for beginners and the 24 Forms" to use when I didn't have access to the DVD "Tai Chi for Beginners". The book, with the pictures was great for reviewing the movement and for imprinting them into memory. The book also expanded my knowledge of Tai Chi.

  9. Very good pictures and description 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Aug 2017

    The photos showing the forms are great. Both the pictures and descriptions go step by step, and are easy to follow.

  10. A living proof that Tai Chi works 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Dec 2016

    This book will be perfect for someone who is interested to learn Tai Chi and wanted to read more about its background. The author Dr. Lam and Nancy Kaye must have spent a great effort to organize this book. The content is very well organized and easy to understand. The large glossy pictures are wonderful, unlike the blurry black and white pictures in most of the Tai Chi books in my collection. Having met Dr. Lam in person recently for the first time, it seemed like he had not changed in ten years since he wrote the book. It gives me hope that by following his method, I will stay youthful and healthy in the future.

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