July - September 2010

The Art of Western Tai Chi Ch'uan:
Book Reviews

The Art of Western Tai Chi Ch'uan

In our series, Illusive Pugilism: Merging the 13 Postures of Tai Chi Ch'uan with Western Methods of Fighting, we introduced The Art of Western Tai Chi Ch'uan.  The book is now available at this link and has received great reviews by two martial art Grandmasters and the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association:

Here is what is being said about the book:

“This is an inspiring and innovative book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in martial arts and combat sports. Master Gurjot Singh has produced an eloquent treatice where he answers important questions for both traditional martial artists and modern mixed martial arts practitioners and trainers. His merging of Tai Chi Chuan principles and modern mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and boxing is an important enterprise that he carries out in my view successfully, while at the same time continuously stimulating the readers to think outside their usual frames of mind. Apart from answering fundamental questions about how a traditional internal martial art style can be incorporated into the seemingly very different practice of modern western combat sports, Master Singh also offers very important insights into what makes a fighter a fighter. You would not want to miss the passages in the book where this is discussed if you are an aspiring combat sports athlete or a developping martial artist. Besides being unusually insightful, these passages are also truly inspiring because they are true and born from experience. There is a lot in this book and one can find useful information for a wide spectrum of topics, from an exposition of various aspects of Tai Chi Chuan to their merging with techniques and tactics of western combat sports and from conditioning and broader training regimes of modern MMA practitioners to important treatices on Tai Chi practice. You will definitely learn from reading this book.” Andreas Georgiou, Pankration Trainer and Author of Pankration-An Olympic Combat Sport

“With Tai Chi’s growing popularity in the Western world, one challenge that the mainstream society usually faces is how this Oriental martial art can be woven into the Western culture so that it can be easily understood and widely accepted. Martial arts veteran Gurjot K. Singh offers a path towards unraveling this puzzle. The book provides a systematic view and practical module to the readers to understand and exercise this ‘Western’ Tai Chi. The book will benefit any martial art lover in their daily practice and help the professionals in creating new programs.” The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association

“This book is an experience for all to read. It brings you past just traditional thinking, opens your mind, and lets you explore paths of both Eastern and Western culture and influence on the arts. I strongly recommend all persons interested in martial arts read this and add it to their knowledge base.”
Dr. Ibraham Ahmed (Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster, President, World Martial Arts College, Yang Style Adept under Lineage Master Yang Zhen Duo
)

“The timely appearance of this excellent book, The Art of Western Tai Chi Chuan, nicely addresses the long-standing challenges faced by many Western practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan. The author of this book, Mr. Gurjot Singh, clearly presents the subject in an informative and entertaining style, with a refreshing point of view regarding a practical application of the material. The use of Chinese language terms and obscure philosophical references, which often confuse the uninitiated Western enthusiast, are held to a necessary minimum. As such, this book is imminently readable and will likely hold the reader’s attention throughout. In conclusion, if you have an interest in acquiring a better understanding of the basic tenets of Tai Chi Chuan practice in any style, as well as deeper insights into the more subtle aspects of this art’s use as an excellent martial art, I highly recommend giving it a thorough read.”
Sifu & Dr. Gary Stier (OMD, Lineage Grandmaster, Shen Men Tao Kung Fu)


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