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The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan by Freya Boedicker
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Apr 28, 2010

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Not a bad introduction to the underlying Taoist and even some Confucian philosophies that underlie the art of Taijiquan. Reading this is not the same as reading the individual books, such as the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu, but as an introduction it's not bad.

The translators seemed to capture the essence of the material, though I was annoyed by their translating then putting in the Chinese word right after; for example: "the way (dao)..." After the first time, is it really necessary to throw it in every time? Also having the parenthetical word tends to throw off the flow of the text, which is often poetic.

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