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Chen: Living Taijiquan in the Classical Style Paperback – July 15, 2009
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A pioneering Western adherent of the orginal Chen style of Taijiquan, Jan Silberstorff's terrific analysis, interpretation, and personal testament of this martial art is hinged to the classics, yet rife with an openness and cohesiveness that is both inspiring and educational. The book documents his Taiji journey with a clarity and deepness that should speak well to all serious Taijiquan practitioners.
While the book is noteworthy for its focused, lucid explanations of the concepts, technical character and requirements, and history of Taijiquan - Silberstorff's commentary on the contributions of Western approaches to Taiji practice, the relationship to sexual alchemy, fascinating results of a quantitative study on Taiji's health benefits (conducted and reported by health-related researcher in Europe), and other unique chapters give 'Chen' quite a different feel among Taiji books.
Also, 'Chen' appears to be the first English language book to offer a focused compendium of select quotes from Chen family patriarchs in one chapter, followed by substantive commentary from Chen Taiji's leading grandmaster, Chen Xiaowang, which concludes the book.
It is this over-arching focus - drawing disparate information into a true Taiji textbook that is the hallmark of the work. Readers should understand, however, that although an excellent guide book, it does not provide the usual over-abundance of sequence photos that typify such works. Instead, 'Chen' requires a thorough read.Read more ›
what i really enjoyed about this book was its objectivity about taiji and its graceful education about chen
jan incorporates chen theory against personal examples through a very easy to understand anecdote that i can digest and
feel that he wants you to understand. Many masters are esoteric and explain just enough to confuse you or purposely trick or leave things out. Jan was very "all on the table"
my approach to this book was to jump around chapters
for some reason it works well and seems more fun
i would recommend it to someone looking to learn more about chen, tai chi, energy flow etc
my only criticism is that this book should have a hard cover option
again, thumbs up as this is an excellent read!