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Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan Paperback – September 7, 1999
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1. One must understand Yang Cheng Fu's and Fu Zhongwen's approach to learning Tai Chi, which is different from our conventional approach. Their emphasis has been to discover and understand the principles through the movement. So doing the movements correctly is of primary importance, because only then one will be able to master the secrets of Tai Chi. So Don't go looking for tonnes of Theory since this book is from a legendary master. It is completely practical, giving you the guidelines as to how to do Tai Chi Chuan practice thereby providing you the necessary tool to discover all the theory by yourself instead of just believing what the master says.
2. I don't like to write praises about this book because it is well beyond words. Don't believe me, do the practices as told, keeping the internal aspects in focus as well (like, an insubstantial energy in the head, the qi sinking to the Dantian, use intent rather than strength, etc.) and you will for and by yourself know what this book is worth.
3. Many Tai Chi books focus on the theory and explain so well that we "agree" and say "yes" to all of it without making it a part of our lives. Those theories operate in our lives only as long as we keep thinking about them. In this respect, I find the approach of this book different - it focuses on the practice and on doing the practice you get to understand something - not necessarily a theory - and that understanding expresses itself by itself, with or without your thinking of it.
4. Fu Zhongwen was one rare treasure of China and of the Tai Chi world.Read more ›
A definite must for any Yang family Taijiquan lookers ;) Very nice, Very much worth the money, yet it should be worth more, in my opinion.
The only drawback of this book are the illustrations of the postural moves, and that is not really the fault of the book itself. I have seen the original photos from which this book's diagrams are taken, and they would not be much more help. You really need an instructor to teach them. All books of this sort are better as aids once the sequence of postures have been learned.
The explanation of the energetics of tai chi is excellent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The translation is pretty good, and the original text is one of the best on the public Yang style.Published 2 months ago by A Reader
The book is exactly what I wanted however the 22 days to have it ship to WI from NY seemed rather excessive.Published 2 months ago by L. Allen
Read it for the history and knowledge, you can't learn Yang Style Taijiquan from drawings.Published 5 months ago by Robert
I have purchased many books over the years on Tai Chi,
most were of little value
This book covers the Yang style Tai Chi, long form very completely,
It is very good... Read more
Great book for someone who is practicing Yang style with a teacher or has experience in either the long or short forms. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Debbi K. Saint John
This book is excellent to own in any Tai Chi Chuan collection for Yang style. Fu Zhongwen was one of Yang Cheng Fu's top students. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book, but hard to follow, the illustrations are quite average and descriptions kind of outdated...Need some other source as well to make sense what you need to do..Published 9 months ago by EG