A Study of Taijiquan

A Study of Taijiquan

This extensively illustrated primer is the first English edition of Sun's classic 1919 book which explores both the theory and practice of the style, with emphasis on movements and postures. Tim Cartmell's translation provides both a standard by which practitioners can judge themselves and valuable information relevant to all versions of taijiquan. Tim Cartmell has done the American Taijiquan community a great service translating Sun Lutang's books into English.

Classical Taijiquan : Vol. I - Taijiquan Xue

Classical Taijiquan : Vol. I - Taijiquan Xue

This is the classic text, A Study of Taijiquan, written by master Sun Lutang. This is the first complete English translation available to the public. The first part of this book contains several chapters describing the Taiji routine that Sun developed based on what he learned from Hao Weijin. The second part of this book contains several chapters describing Sun's version of Push Hands, and an addenda with texts on Taiji theory written by Li Yiyu. This book has 100 pages. The illustrations are reproductions of the photos used in the Chinese version of Sun's book.

Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks

The History of a Martial Art

Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks

The first-ever English translation of the most important masterworks of Chen Style Taiji, as originally published by the renowned grandmaster Chen Zhaopi Chen Zhaopi (1893-1972) is universally recognized as a grandmaster of Chen Style Taiji, an ancient martial art that is the foundation of all Taiji schools. During his lifetime, Chen was lineage successor and teacher to Chen Village's current generation of senior masters, including Chen Xiaowang, Wang Xi'an, Chen Zhenglei, Zhu Tiancai, and the late Chen Qingzhou. This book is the first-ever English translation of key selections from his seminal 1935 publication, Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks. Gathered together are taijiquan's most important texts dating back to its earliest period of development. These include the writings of its putative creator, Chen Wangting, and its reorganizer, Chen Changxing, and the biographies of eminent family members such as Chen Zhongshen. Author and translator Mark Chen's commentary provides readers with the most complete picture of taijiquan's origins, evolution, and theory to date. Also included is a step-by-step, pictorial exposition of Chen Taiji's "old frame" first form, demonstrated by Chen Zhaopi himself.

The Essence of Taijiquan Push-Hands and Fighting Technique

The Essence of Taijiquan Push-Hands and Fighting Technique

Traditionally shrouded in mystery and taught only to the closest students, the secrets of Taijiquan push-hands and fighting technique from the Chen style are revealed in this book. Master Wang Fengming, an eleventh generation practitioner of Chen-style Taijiquan, provides detailed information about the famous internal fighting techniques and reveals inside knowledge essential to the remarkable results achieved by the Chinese masters. The book features: - effective ways of cultivating Taiji internal power - variety of joint-locking techniques and counter techniques - 13 postures of Taiji explained - leg work, including stances and kicking techniques - unique silk-reeling exercises - rarely revealed vital point striking - 7 styles of push-hands training - 20 kinds of Taiji energy explained and demonstrated. This comprehensive book is a major contribution to the literature on push-hands techniques in the West.

The Dao of Taijiquan

Way to Rejuvenation

The Dao of Taijiquan

In The Dao of Taijiquan, the author, Jou, Tsung Hwa, himself bears witness to the ability of Tai-Chi to relieve the body of pent-up tension and rejuvenate the spirit in a thorough study of the techniques and classical texts of this ancient martial art. In order to create a serious textbook that explains the philosophy behind the movements of tai chi chuan, he read all available books in both English and Chinese before writing The Dao of Taijiquan. Now this book can be used as a college textbook for courses in tai chi (whether as a philosophy or in Sports Studies). Jou, Tsung Hwa is also the author of The Tao of Meditation: Way to Enlightenment, and The Tao of I Ching: Way to Divination, both from Tuttle Publishing.

The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan

The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan

The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu's book, Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan. Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This methodology renders Yang Chengfu's direct, hands-on teaching of the art with such immediacy and liveliness that the reader experiences the master’s teaching much as his students did.This English translation finally makes Yang Chengfu's classic work available to taijiquan enthusiasts in the West. It includes notes and commentary that clarify the author's frequent classical and literary turns of phrase and elucidate the philosophical and political underpinnings that shape the text. The translator investigates and compares several early taijiquan books in order to help explain the roles played by two of Yang Chengfu's students, Dong Yingjie and Zheng Manqing, in bringing Yang Chengfu's words and teachings into print.Serious students of taijiquan, and those wishing to deepen their knowledge of taijiquan history and theory, will find this seminal work indispensable to their study and practice.

Tai Chi Chuan

State of the Art in International Research

Tai Chi Chuan

This collection of current scientific research reflects the characteristics and beneficial effects of tai chi chuan in the fields of biomechanics and physiology, sensory motor control and fall prevention, psychology and social aspects, as well as in clinical application of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

When God Comes to Town

Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts

When God Comes to Town

Around 1800 roughly three per cent of the human population lived in urban areas; by 2030 this number is expected to have gone up to some seventy per cent. This poses problems for traditional religions that are all rooted in rural, small-scale societies. The authors in this volume question what the possible appeal of these old religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, or Islam could be in the new urban environment and, conversely, what impact global urbanization will have on learning and on the performance and nature of ritual. Anthropologists, historians and political scientists have come together in this volume to analyse attempts made by churches and informal groups to adapt to these changes and, at the same time, to explore new ways to study religions in a largely urbanized environment.

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power

Advanced Yang Style

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power

DISCOVER THE POWER INSIDE TAI CHI POSTURES Here’s your chance to take the next step in your tai chi journey The study of tai chi power is a direct link to tai chi as a martial art. When you finish learning the tai chi form and begin the second level of your practice, it’s time to focus your efforts on theory and principles of tai chi’s amazing power (jing). This will lead you to deeper martial skills, proper body alignment, rooting, and energy (qi) manifestation. An effective way to enhance health, strength, and balance Tai chi’s natural power contributes to your overall health and well-being by training your body to be stronger. You will explore many tai chi postures, revealing the essence of stability, motion, and power. With these skills you can remain confident that the natural strength of your tai chi movements will support your everyday activities. This book provides a solid and practical approach to learning tai chi power (jing) accurately and quickly. Includes over 300 photographs with motion arrows! • 12 coiling qi exercises • 3 types of sensing jing • 16 types of offensive jing • 19 types of defensive jing • 4 types of neutral jing • 11 types of kicking jing • 14 hand forms for accumulating jing • 8 postures for accumulating jing • 15 tai chi classics with translations and commentaries Discovering tai chi’s natural power is a practical way to improve pushing-hands, strength, health, and overall well-being. These skills can help you retain lifelong energy and vitality while experiencing fewer falls and injuries.

Scholar Boxer

Chang Naizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan

Scholar Boxer

Master Cháng, known as the “scholar-boxer,” lived and practiced in Hénán province, at the center of Chinese culture and martial arts near the Shàolín Temple and legendary Luòyáng. His extensive writings reflect many of the ideas, even the phraseology, now familiar from classic Tai Chi Chuan texts. Chinese-language authority Marnix Wells traveled to Cháng’s village, where the master’s family carries on his tradition of Cháng boxing. This resulting study of Chang’s life and teachings reveals the true origins of today’s internal martial arts.