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"A real contribution to the field." --Douglas Wile, Author " Tai Chi's Ancestors"
"Scott Rodell's mastery of his subject and his great devotion to it are apparent on every page." --Donald J. LaRocca, Curator, Arms & Armor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Overall, it is a fascinating book." --J. Christoph Amberger, author, “Secret History of the Sword”
Scott M. Rodell has studied martial arts since the age of nine. The last two decades he has devoted exclusively to study of Yang Family Taijiquan. Rodell spent many years traveling to find and study with the best teachers in this lineage to full fill a person goal - renovating Yang Family Taijiquan. He sought out teachers known for certain specialties, pulling together elements of the system that have become separated and fragmented. Rodell has been privileged to receive instruction in Push Hands and Free Fighting from William C. C. Chen, Sword and Push Hands from T.T. Liang and the Yang Family Michuan Taijiquan, form, applications, push hands, sword (jian), fan and spear, from Wang Yen-nien. Rodell is the Director of the Great River Taoist Center. The Center was founded in 1984 and now is headquatered in Washington, DC and has branch across Norhern Europe. For more than 1o years, Rodell has been teaching across western Russia and Estonia. He began teaching in the Soviet Union at the request of the Soviet Wushu Federation in 1991. For more information about the Great River Taoist Center, please call 703/846-8222.
A must have book of "Chinese Swordsmanship" for the intermediate to advanced levels of Internal Chinese Martial Arts. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rick Clark
After studying Taijiquan (Tai Chi) for many years I developed an interest in sword training, often considered the highest level. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Tim Walker
Had more information than most other books on Yang Family Tai Chi Sword. Easy to follow even for the beginnersPublished on April 22, 2013 by barbara
A reasonable book,not as much history as I was expecting.I also expected more detail on the forms but it was on the whole worth buying.Published on October 26, 2012 by Nigel Parker
Recommend for all levels interested in Taiji sword form (Yang Style). Plenty of illustrations and insightful text drawn from real life handling of the sword. A must have. Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by The Tai Chi Club
"I believe that the practice of boxing and swordplay ("sword-art") is still quite valuable in these modern times. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Sifu Kisu
E' un libro ben fatto con delle belle immagini che possono aiutare per lo studio di quest'Arte molto complessa. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Alessandro Vaselli