The Old Man From the Hill

More Lessons in Qigong and Tai Chi Volume 2

Children - Grade 4th-6th
46 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2014
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Author Biography

Steve Zimcosky grew up in the Slavic Village area of Cleveland, Ohio. He started martial arts training at Cleveland State University and continued on since. He learned the art of Qigong and Tai Chi through various instructors and is a Certified instructor through the National Qigong Association. He has a Masters Degree in Education and teaches at Cuyahoga Community College and 1-2-1 fitness on the Campus of Case Western Reserve University. He enjoys teaching anyone interested in learning Tai Chi and Qigong and is grateful to have that opportunity to do so.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite

In this second book, Steve Zimcosky describes the beautiful relationship that develops between a young boy and an elderly gentleman named John. Every summer, this boy would spend some time with his grandparents in Smock. One of their neighbors was taking the time to teach him Qigong and Tai Chi exercises to improve his mental and physical health. John explains each movement as he teaches it to the young boy. He takes the time to make sure the boy understands the importance and the health benefits of each exercise. As time passes, the young boy learns much more than just movements from John. At the end of the summer, the boy returns to sixth grade with more self-confidence and is able to approach his teachers and classmates boldly. A short time later, the boy suffers a great loss and wonders whether he will be able to continue learning from John.

The Old Man From The Hill is an interesting book, especially for those who have always wanted to learn more about the ancient arts of Qigong and Tai Chi. The story is written in a way that makes it easy to understand. The book includes diagrams and clear explanations regarding how each movement must be done and the benefits of each exercise. This makes it easy for anyone who is interested to follow and imitate. The book encourages the reader to get involved in some form of exercise program, especially in the outdoors where one can enjoy the beauty of nature.

Ted Cibik

I really enjoyed the book and the different QiGong exercises. Very nice. I like how you are building the relationship with John and the boy slowly….leading to the mystery of what will happen next summer……(i.e. the next book).
It always hard to describe QiGong exercises in print….but I think you did a good job.
Ted J. Cibik, Ph.D., ND, DMQ (China), CHFS

Bernard Seif

Hi Steve, Your new manuscript is delightful.
I found it more informative about Chinese medicine than the first one. The first one seemed to have more mystery in it (and I like mystery books). When this one ended it ended w/a lot of mystery and surprise. It’s a perfect follow up for the first volume and leaves the reader looking for a third book.
Brother Bernard Seif, SMC, EdD, DNM
Salesian Monastic Community


I read the first book and liked it. This one is even better! Although this is a story of a young boy's introduction to Qigong and Tai Chi, the lessons taught here can be used by all ages. The illustrations are good and the instructions for the exercises are easy to follow. I recommend both books to anyone who wants to learn more about how the body and mind works and how to keep both healthy and strong.

Rick Starks

The story continues, introducing more Qi Gung and the 24 form, adding nature into the story...short great read, looking forward to the next in the series..