Peter Gilligan's book perceptively explores many of the differences between Oriental and Occidental thought, explaining how overly simplified translations of Chinese terms and ideas have led to many misconceptions in the study of Taijiquan...This book explores some very basic ideas in very great depth, and will appeal as much to the seasoned practitioner as to the novice. Gilligan himself points out that this book is in no way a substitute for a good teacher. However, what it does is help you to understand what to look for in your studies - which may lead to some people re-evaluating what they are doing, and why.
What is 'Tai Chi'? will have the voyeur itching to take up the practice, while at the same time deepening the long-term sudent's understanding. If you like tai chi, you will want to read and ponder this book.
Australian Natural Health
This book is an effective guide to the methods and techniques of the art form. Whether you're starting out in tai chi or are already a devotee, you'll learn much about how to improve the health of your mind, body and spirit.
Arthur Rosenfeld: novelist, philosopher, martial arts teacher
A stellar offering for anyone interested in this rapidly growing art... In the end, this 209-page volume (plus some references and a brief index) is literary egg burped up whole and white and shining and pure. In avuncular fashion, the author sews together the threads of what may be China's greatest cultural treasure. What is 'Tai Chi'? will have the voyeur itching to take up the practice, while at the same time deepening the long-term student's understanding. If you like tai chi, you will want to read and ponder this book.