|By Vincent Chu. #280. 6 X 9, 144 pages, paperback. ISBN #1-892515-17-2. Tai Chi Chuan is known as the Supreme Ultimate art, as it at once embraces Taoist philosophy, is a holistic health exercise, and is an effective self-defense art. No wonder thousands of people around the world practice Tai Chi every day, making it the most widely practiced health and self-defense system in the world. The Tai Chi chuan routine presented in this book grew from author Vincent Chu's experience in teaching at adult and community education programs, and is written with the novice in mind. As such, the traditional Yang family long form has been abbreviated, and those movements which are difficult to perform have been removed, thus making it easy to learn and enjoyable to practice while providing all of the health benefits of the original form. Illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Beginner's Tai Chi Chuan is the only book the newcomer to this great art will ever need. History and philosophy, basic stances and postures, and the complete 26 movement form are presented here in an easy-to-follow instructional format.