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The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan

Freya and Martin Boedicker

Book of Changes
Inner Training
Great Learning
Book of the Mean
Sun Bin

The rich philosophical thinking of old China has fascinated the West for
centuries. Those who practice Tai Chi Chuan can experience these ideas in a
very special way, because the movements mirror basic concepts of Chinese
philosophy. After studying this book the reader will have a better
understanding of the world of ideas of Tai Chi Chuan. And he/she can
approach his/her training with new inspiration.

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A praise of the East Asia scientist Dr. Rainer Landmann on the "Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan":

The German version of the "Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan" was issued in 2005:A great step for all people who are interested in Tai Chi Chuan or in Chinese philosophy.

Tai Chi Chuan Teachers are often asked what to read in order to deepen knowledge, to get background information and to become better acquainted with the ideas behind this art.

It is indeed a difficult question, but Martin and Freya Boedicker were able to answer it in a fascinating way by publishing this masterpiece.

Of course Lao Tzu or the I-ching or Sun Tzu´s Art of War are always worth reading, but the question is which translations should be chosen, which parts of the books are important for a deeper understanding of Tai Chi Chuan.

Only a few people spent the time and the patience to gain the necessary knowledge (in theory and practice) , which is needed to be able to study the main works of Chinese philosophy. But Martin and Freya Boedicker did so and were thus able to identify the essential passages related to Tai Chi Chuan. They chose the most important parts of a dozen of classical writings, made new translations, brought them together with a brilliant short history of each work and added an extremely useful glossary.

To summarize briefly:The philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan is a clear must for everyone who is interested in Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese Martial Arts, Chi Kung or in the Chinese way of thinking. And it is absolutely fascinating and great fun reading it.

Dr. Rainer Landmann (Hamburg/Germany)

Short introduction in Wu Tai Chi Chuan

Wu Tai Chi ist one of the five family-styles of Tai Chi Chuan. It was founded by Master Wu Jianquan (1870-1942), who was taught martial-arts by his father Wu Quanyou, a student of Yan Luchan, from the time he was young.

After long years of practicing and teaching, Master Wu revised and enriched the art of Tai Chi Chuan handed down from his family. Since this time the Wu Tai Chi has held it's forms such as the slow form, fast form, sabre form, spear and sword form and extensive set of pushhands.

Wu Yinghua (1907-1996), the daughter of Wu Jianquan, and her husband Ma Yueliang (1901-1998) dedicated their lives to the development and popularization of Wu Tai Chi. In 1986 they sent their son Ma Jiangbao to Europe to teach Wu Tai Chi. Since then he has attracted a large following of students and now Wu Tai Chi is practiced in many European countries, South Africa and Japan.

The Forum for Traditional Wu Tai Chi Chuan is run by Freya and Martin Bödicker for their teachers and their students to follow the tradition of Ma Jiangbao.