Herman Kauz, acclaimed author of the best-selling Tai Chi Handbook, has been instrumental in advancing the practice of tai chi chuan in America. In this exciting new book, the companion to the Tai Chi Handbook, Kauz presents detailed instruction in push-hands, tai chi practiced with a partner.
The book begins with the thoughtfully reasoned argument that a cooperative approach to living--trying to accord with life's rhythms--is superior to a competitive one. The author advocates tai chi push-hands as a method of internalizing this philosophy. The text elucidates the meditative and athletic benefits of the practice, which is a welcome alternative to martial arts like karate and judo, where the competative aspect is overly stressful for many. The nearly 100 photographs help to illustrate possible attacks and counterattacks. For anyone who has practiced tai chi and is interested in expert instruction in getting started with push hands, this is the essential handbook--private lessons with one of tai chi's most accomplished teachers.
"Kauz is a real teacher, open, generous and undogmatic." --Robert W. Smith, co-author of Asian Fighting News
"Kauz is an established authority."--Journal of Asian Martial Arts
Herman Kauz has advanced certification in and has been a teacher of both external and internal martial arts systems since 1952. He is the author of well regarded books in the field, including The Martial Spirit, A Path to Liberation (Overlook), and the best-selling Tai Chi Handbook. After many years of teaching martial arts in New York, he now lives and teaches in the San Diego area.