Robert Chuckrow (MCKA) has studied Kinetic Awareness®, T'ai Chi, Ch' Kung, and other movement, self-development, and healing arts since 1970 under masters such as Elaine Summers, Cheng Man-ch'ng, William C.C. Chen, Alice Holtman, Harvey I. Sober, Kevin Harrington, and Chin Fan-siong. He has taught T'ai Chi extensively and has authored five books, one on diet, one on the historical tuning of keyboard instruments, and three on T'ai Chi.
His The Tai Chi Book was a finalist in the Independent Publisher Book Awards as 'Among the three best books in the health/medicine category.'
His newest book, Tai Chi Dynamics (click here for more information) , applies many of the principles of Kinetic Awareness to basic elements in Tai Chi such as breathing, alignment, use of force, stepping, and a two-person exercise called 'push-Hands.' His Ph.D. is in experimental physics from New York University, and he has taught physics for 43 years at NYU, The Cooper Union, and most recently at Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY.
The classes that Chuckrow teaches in T'ai Chi are to a large extent based on Kinetic Awareness® principles of alignment and movement dynamics. Typically, classes start with a meditative stretching routine, which frequently includes self-massage and various relaxation, breathing, and vision exercises. Then Ch'i-Kung exercises are taught and reviewed in detail. The main emphasis of the Tai Chi taught is for self-development and health rather than for self-defense. Chuckrow considers teaching of correct muscular action and physiologically correct alignment of knees, ankles, and feet to be of utmost importance, and he emphasizes alignment in teaching all movement.
Individual classes are offered for those seeking alignment reeducation.
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Robert Chuckrow's new book, Tai Chi Dynamics is now available.
Tai Chi Dynamics is primarily intended for intermediate and advanced Taiji players but will be of interest to students, practitioners, and teachers of all movement arts.
The author, a Taiji practitioner since 1970 and whose Ph.D. is in experimental physics, applies logic and basic scientific principles of anatomy, physiology, and physics to muscular action, breathing, and alignment. He clarifies, in depth, concepts emphasized by Elaine Summers such as "extension tension" and "contraction tension" by utilizing detailed explanations, illustrations, and photographs.
One chapter on teaching Taiji, stemming from over three decades of practical experience, ranges from suggestions on how to advertise and start a beginners' class, to class management, to legal and financial aspects. The content of this chapter applies to teaching other movement arts.
One chapter deals extensively with aspects of self development from a personal perspective, discusses how doing Taiji correctly is a precursor to spiritual growth, and compares religion, science, and spiritual teachings. A detailed chapter on health, self-massage, and healing discusses fasting (including the author's own experience with a twenty-eight-day fast), analyzes differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, and provides exercises and methods of self-massage for head, legs, feet, and back. There is even a section on how to make your own footwear suitable for practicing Taiji and other movement arts. The book includes personal anecdotes and stories, dozens of illustrations drawn by the author, and over ninety photographs.
Price: $20.95. Now available from: http://www.ymaa.com/publishing/books/internal/tai_chi_dynamics, http://users.bestweb.net/~taichi/Frameset.html, and from others.
What is said about Tai Chi Dynamics:
Robert Chuckrow has used the insights and experiences gathered from his many years of careful study and teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, physics, and Kinetic Awareness® to write a thoughtful, perceptive, open-minded, and at its core, pragmatic approach to the art of Tai Chi Chuan. "I have experienced for myself the truth of what I have written," he states in Tai Chi Dynamics-Principles of Natural Movement, Health, and Self- Development.
I have often said that I have never been against Tai Chi's "supernatural" elements but prefer to say that I am happy and satisfied with its practical aspects. Robert's book provides Tai Chi practitioners, as well as anyone interested in the dynamics of movement, with many fascinating avenues of practical exploration as a way to discover for themselves the truth Robert writes about.- Grandmaster William C.C. Chen,
author of Body Mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan
It is with great pleasure that I recommend this notable work by my
colleague, friend and former classmate, Robert Chuckrow, Ph.D.
In Tai Chi Dynamics, Robert
Chuckrow adeptly combines his understanding of physics with the
principles of Tai Chi. Using simple tools of physics such as inertia,
the "pendulum" effect, and conservation of energy to explain Tai Chi
movements makes the healing and martial value of Tai Chi more
understandable to the modern mind, as it uplifts the science of physics
to very practical use.
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