This teaches what the title indicates: The "Essentials" of Tai Chi. These movements, done properly AND slowly, will make your legs especially strong. The bending movement will strengthen and stretch your back. Regular practice will keep you back in top shape for your entire lifetime. Professor HUO taught this to John and I learned it from him. The book is written honestly and is taken from John's direct experience. The "old men" depicted and their stories are true and accurate. They were real not invented. The serious student can apply these exercises and keep healthy and enhance whatever martial arts style he practices. It is the fundamental, efficiency of the movement that makes it applicable to any sport. Great illustrations without the fancy overdone and frequently indecipherable photos of other manuals. This is a practical teaching for optimum clarity and results. This book is gold for any martial arts library. It stands unique and the serious practitioner will wring the treasures out of its pages.
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