Hidden Strength, Natural Movement, and Timing
By: Robert Chuckrow, PhD
YMAA Publication Center, 2 May 2023
The Tai Chi Concepts and Experiments book clarifies and makes accessible critical aspects of the art that only a small number of high-level practitioners currently understand and manifest.
Numerous step-by-step experiments are provided for readers to experience and perfect these critical tai chi aspects.
- The meaning and importance of releasing tension in movement for stability, health, and spirituality.
- The differences between contractive and expansive strength including a promising mechanism for the nature of expansive strength.
- Numerous experiments for readers to recognize and experience expansive strength and to confirm that they have achieved it.
- Elucidation of famous master’s sayings on mind, strength, and chi.
- Health and martial advantages of expansion over contraction in tai chi.
- Protocols using expansion including those for helping an excess curvature of the upper and lower spine and for relieving plantar fasciitis.
- Quotes from the classics and how they confirm the interpretations of the principles of tai chi.
- How to achieve optimal balance through an understanding of physical, anatomical, physiological, and mental factors.
- A detailed analysis of “rooting and redirecting” including physical and internal aspects.
- Understanding natural movement from physical, philosophical, health, and martial points of view.
This interdisciplinary book utilizes, elementary physics, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and spirituality. It contains detailed analyses and explanations for achieving internal, expansive strength, known as nei jin, and for attaining optimal timing and natural movement.
“Robert Chuckrow has demonstrated a determination and commitment to understanding the depth of martial arts practice. He establishes a recognition and appreciation for those that have shared knowledge with him, and the willingness to share and contribute his understanding to others. The wisdom of martial arts is sometimes difficult to uncover. Often, it is only appreciated and awakened through overcoming adversity and ‘paying your dues.’ I hope that, as Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D. shares his experience through this book, as well as his teaching, it will inspire current practitioners and future generations, and provide insight to recognize and discern where to find clarity along their path. Robert Chuckrow sets an example of how to grow your personal practice through contributing to the greater martial arts community. I wish you all a wonderful journey while exploring this book and success in your study of martial arts!”
— Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin, Honorary Professor Emeritus, Founder of Zhong Xin Dao, Gatekeeper of I Liq Chuan, Author of I Liq Chuan – Martial Art of Awareness and I Liq Chuan System Guide and many DVDs