March 14, 2012

New Books and DVDs

William C.C. Chen's approach to taiji focuses on practical aspects of movement. Practical Body Mechanics of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is the title of his new DVD, an overview of his teaching system. This particular DVD gives a taste of his "three nails" principle for the foot, a look at the use of hand dynamics, gathering of qi, use of the kua, push hands, and more. Chen's presentation is very personable with a good dose of humor; the sound and other production values are quite good, including a fun "Pink Panther-like" introduction. The DVD is available only through Chen's association.
William C.C. Chen teaches in New York City and has a wide following around the world; he was a student of Cheng Man-ch'ing in Taiwan.