Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan – Book Giveaway

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Today’s post is written by dkMommy Spot’s very own T’ai Chi practitioner, Sorin C.  

Sorin's Latest T'ai Chi Find from Blue Snake Books
Sorin's Latest Find, Published by Blue Snake Books.

I want to let you in on a little secret: I’m passionate about T’ai Chi.  It all started some twenty years ago in Communist Romania.  We were practicing in an “underground” fashion, in a secluded little park in Bucharest.  An engineer was our mentor.  Who knows how he got close to the art in those times; no martial art was the friend of the establishment, let alone T’ai Chi.  Along came the so-called revolution in Romania,  more of a political recession if you wish.  It made a lot of victims but turned the country away from communism.  A few years later I emigrated to the States and tied the knot again with T’ai Chi.  Been practicing ever since, and will practice until the end of time.  It’s that good.

So I’ve got my hands on a treasure now, called Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uanby Cheng Man Ch’ing.  T’ai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that has been transmitted over generations among members of a few religious congregations, or simply through families. It’s been a closely guarded secret for generations and, truth be told, it will still be a secret, but only to the one that does not open himself to searching for it.

Chen Man Ch’ing left his Thirteen Treatises as a legacy to his life dedicated to T’ai Chi and also as a document to be studied by anyone who wants to know the essence, the core of T’ai Chi.  The book is a guide to the art.  It is for a curious mind as well as for the practitioner.  It is for the beginner as well as for the advanced.  Page after page, the author is revealing the meaning of the art; it is his transmission to the world.

Explained in plain words and illustrated with pictures of the form, the book will satisfy the needs of anyone interested in T’ai Chi.  It will take your understanding of the art to a new level, and it will guide you to correct practice.  It will also introduce you to the Classics and challenge you to achieve “The mind mobilizes the ch’i and the ch’i mobilizes the body.”  I am really happy to have gotten a chance to read this book, and I know it will serve me continuously as a reference for my practice of the art.

Want to win your own copy of Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan($18.95 retail)?  Publisher Blue Snake Books is giving away a copy here!

Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:

1.) Just visit Blue Snake Books and tell me what other book(s) you like there. (***You may enter once a day, but please list a new item you like each time.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Blog about, Twitter, and/or Subscribe! Get an extra entry for each of these activities.  This time just leave a separate comment for each (only one time for each extra activity completed), giving me a link to your blog post, your Twitter name, and/or a note saying you’re a subscriber.  SUBSCRIBE HERE!  

(Psst!  My Twitter name is dkMommy.)

Feel free to do all four to gather multiple entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Friday, August 21, 2009, to enter.

114 thoughts on “Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan – Book Giveaway

  1. Tai chi is a very interesting marshall art that I would like to investigate further if I win this book.

  2. i would like to read Immortal Combat
    Portrait of a True Warrior
    Written by Bruce Thomas
    Price: $16.95
    Blue Snake Books

  3. I’m going with Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault – – and I will share with my neighborhood posse.

  4. hello, i am here again, i love the book finding the words. thankyou, and have a wonderful week. thanks

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