PENFIELD, N.Y. (MMD Newswire) August 5, 2010 — Uncovering the Treasure: Classical Tai Chi’s Path to Internal Energy & Health, by tai chi master Stephen Hwa, offers insight into the author’s 35 years of experience in practicing and teaching the martial arts discipline.

In Uncovering the Treasure, Hwa intends to show how classical tai chi’s internal discipline, the in-depth understanding of body mechanics and the encompassing logical structure are the key ingredients to achieving the legendary health benefits and martial art applications for which tai chi is known.

“Modern tai chi practice lacks the crucial elements of internal discipline,” says Hwa. “As such, the logical structure of classical tai chi has disintegrated. Any kind of movement may now be considered tai chi movements without a rational explanation of why and how. Some of those so-called tai chi movements are even detrimental to the body.”

To preserve classical tai chi, which Hwa considers to be on the verge of becoming a lost art, he shares in Uncovering the Treasure its internal power and external movements rooted in ancient Chinese philosophy. Hwa aims to visually illustrate and discuss steps and routines; correct body posture, forms and exercises that culminate in internal energy; and describe the health benefits of classical tai chi. “There are underlying scientifically rational and logical connections between every element of the discussion,” says Hwa. “Even though the learning path may be long, every step of the way, the practitioner will gain benefits.”

Uncovering the Treasure: Classical Tai Chi’s Path to Internal Energy & Health is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the author

Stephen Hwa was born in Jiangsu, China in 1933 and came to the U.S. in 1957 to continue his graduate education. He received a doctorate degree in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Hwa took his first tai chi class in 1974 from Grand Master Young Wabu, student of renowned master Wu Chien Chuan, and has since taught tai chi worldwide in workshops and through his DVD series.