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Product Details

  • Series: Tuttle Martial Arts
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1 edition (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804834482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804834483
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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Hermann Bohn
Complete with history illustration instruction and anecdotes this book makes it easy for rank beginners like me to put theory to practice and learn at your own pace.
R.Griebel
Honestly, this booK is little more than an illustration of the well known public Yang Style Taiji Jian form.
Lauri Niilisk

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book offers little more than a look at the common Yang Style Taiji (Tai Chi) sword & is little more than that. It is the kind of book which would have been acceptable years ago but pales in comparison to Rodell's, "Chinese Swordsmanhip - The Yang Family Tradition," which covers two Yang Taiji forms in greater detail or in comparison to Zhang's, "The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship," which covers Wu Style Taiji Sword. Kobayashi's book states there are no applications for certain movements that Rodell's & Yang Jwing-ming's books give clear applications for. Save your money, skip "Classical Tai Chi Sword."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
The collaborative effort of Petra Kobayashi, Toyo Kobayashi, Chiang Tao Chi, and Petra, Classical T'ai Chi Sword blends martial arts insights with an exercise program which should appeal to a wide audience of martial arts students. These special exercises use a sword, staff or saber and provide keys to understanding a form which is growing beyond its tai chi roots. A specialized, excellent guide for the devoted martial arts student interested in exploring all forms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mybak Pages on January 3, 2013
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I gave this the high rating because it's very helpful in a few ways.

1. The pictures for the form are large and clear (black and white).
2. The instructions for each posture are clear and systematic.
3. The authors have incorporated a simple system under each picture that gives crucial information on such things as weight distribution of the feet, angle of the sword blade, and position of the torso. This is relayed through simplified illustrations under the large pictures of the posture, and follows the directions.
4. There are a few interesting historical anecdotes.
5. There is an introductory discussion of the basic cuts used throughout the form.

It's true that other TCC sword books tend to have more historical info, more thorough discussions of basic cuts, more in-depth considerations of the sword's characteristics, etc., but this book does do one thing really well, and that is teach the form. It's difficult to portray 3D movement in a photo, but because of the points I mentioned above, the authors of this book have succeeded. In addition, every posture picture includes a system of arrows moving from each hand and each foot, to the next picture. Subsequent pictures begin where the last left of. Other books tend to include an occasional arrow here and there, but nothing as systematic as this book. In short, when you turn a page in Kobayashi's book, the picture you see will be where you find yourself if you followed the directions of the previous picture, and so on.

I didn't give 5 stars because the book omits an in-depth presentation of solo drills, partner exercises and applications. Other books do include these things. But if you want learn a good basic form, this book will make the process enjoyable.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Greenberg on October 28, 2007
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I think the previous reviewers are overly harsh. This is a well written and organized book that gives valuable insights into the history, development and practise of Tai Chi Sword. It answered a lot of questions I had in how the various teachers and styles relate to each other and provided a complete explanation of the relationship between Wu Tang Sword and Tai Chi Sword. The addition of graphics for foot positions, hip positions and sword position are very clever and useful. In addition, directional curves and lines are drawn over the photographs to depict transitions and movements.

As I practise and study tai chi sword I have purchased several books on the subject and done extensive internet reading. This is so far my favorite book/resource on the subject. Buy it and decide for yourself!
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By M. Addison on April 16, 2014
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I love the detail and clarity of this book. When you are ready to study Tai Chi and Sword; this is a perfect manual to study.
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