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This is a rare Wu style T'ai Chi that was taught to Margaret Emerson over a period of 6 years by Kao Ching-hua. Kao learned the form as a girl in pre-Revolutionary China. She used it to come back from a debilitating heart ailment that interrupted her career as a high school athlete. Kao later taught T'ai Chi to the women students during her college years at National Central University in Shanghai. She was made the only honorary female member of the all-male T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association of Shanghai. This form was taught to the aristocracy--to people who didn't have to defend themselves--so the emphasis moved away from the martial and toward mental and physical fitness and meditation. Ms. Emerson also took up T'ai Chi as part of a successful healing program. She has been practicing this style for 30 years and teaching it for 20 years. Wu T'ai Chi, Kao Style is a beautiful, circular form that has 104 movements. The DVD includes: background on the style, traditional warm-ups, a demonstration of the sequence shown split-screen (front and back are seen simultaneously), step-by-step instruction, and principles and concepts. Warm-up and sequence lists are included.
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Margaret Emerson has been practicing T'ai Chi, qigong, and meditation since 1979 and teaching since 1989. Ms. Emerson lives in Humboldt County, California where she also writes and finger paints. Her books are: Breathing Underwater: The Inner Life of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, A Potter's Notes on Tai Chi Chuan, and Eyes of the Mirror (a memoir). She is a contributor to the book Martial Ats Teachers on Teaching, also to Qi Journal, Black Belt Magazine, and Aikido Today. Visit her Web site or contact her at P.O. Box 16, Bayside, CA 95524.About the Actor:
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