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Chinese Swordsmanship: The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition Paperback – September 4, 2005
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"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”
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The book is about the Yang Family Taiji Sword Tradition. Two different styles are presented: one which most of us are familiar with that was down from Yang Chengfu's lineage and taught to Mr. Rodell by Master T.T. Liang; the second one came from Master Wang Yen-nian of the Yang Jianhou (Yang Chengfu's Father) tradition. Those that are familiar with the history of Yang Taiji will understand that there is a difference between father and son's technique.
The book begins with the Author's Introduction and then History, Sword Ettiquette (which I found particularly interesting), Jian (sword) Anatomy, how to hold the sword and perform the secret sword fingers, basic stance and sword cuts. Then both forms and their applications(!) are shown using real antique weapons from the Ancient China. There is also some interesting stuff in the Appendices.
I hope you buy this book it will be of great benefit to your training.
The book is detailed, informative, and has many historical sections that are interesting to read. The author, whom I traveled long distance to learn from after reading this book is a genuine sword enthusiast and expert fighter in the use of the Chinese straight sword. He is a historian with extensive knowledge of Chinese antiques and metallurgy. He also is a dealer in antique arms and armor from China, and has a very deep understanding of the fine points of sword construction and usage. A wide range of Chinese sword forges and other sword manufacturers currently approach him to evaluate and do reviews of the quality and authenticity of their contemporary sword productions and several national level museums have employed his expertise in identifying and evaluating difficult museum items. So, about his book...
WHO WILL THIS BOOK BE USEFUL FOR?:
1. People who are learning Chinese straight sword forms who want to learn how their system works and/or who wish to study swordplay REALISTICALLY and SYSTEMATICALLY.
Read the book then attend a seminar with Mr. Rodell. Then read the book again. Then apply what you have learned to whatever lineage you are studying. That's what I did, starting back in 2003, and it has helped me a advance a long way in my study of Chinese swordsmanship.
2.Yang Family Sword Stylists- who want to compare and contrast their interpretations of the widely practiced Yang Style "Public" taiji jian set, and see detailed applications. You will probably gain many insights from this book. You may also want to look at Yang Jwing Ming's Shaolin and Taiji(same form) books on straight sword and "The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship" by Zhang Yun (WU style).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have book of "Chinese Swordsmanship" for the intermediate to advanced levels of Internal Chinese Martial Arts. Read morePublished 4 months 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