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Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications: Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chaun (Martial Arts-Internal) Paperback – November 5, 1996
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I found this book a delight to read and while both deeply informative and thought provoking it was simultaneously accessable and practicle. Some photographs are occasionally too dark around the legs losing a little definition, due to the fact that while one person has a white shirt both have black pants. This is really a minor thing if you recognise the form being expressed, besides they put a white arrow for a black arrow when needed.
I found the sections on Taiji fighting strategies and analysis of the Taiji fighting set to be instantly informative/gratifying and this is where I spent the bulk of my time when I first bought the book. There is an excellent 'training techniques' section for Push Hands, what follows after that is predominantly images of the Taiji applications themselves sometimes accompanied by a selection of non form driven alternatives! Excellent...
I personally find a book like this invaluable being serious about Martial Taijiquan as opposed to the purely health dance aspect. I wouldn't recommend this book to the novice or anyone not interested in getting into the deepest realms of *real* Taijiquan, it will simply ask too much of you and without a teacher or master who fully understands the essence of this art as a fighting art you could find yourself doing yourself more harm than good.
This book is a must for advanced Yang Stylers and well worth the price, find a training partner and begin training on your applications!
The later Analysis of the Fighting set has a few nice moves in there, but it's nothing you can't figure out after awhile (if it's not imminently obvious).
The pics are in black and white. The fact that the "attacker" often wears black and Dr. Yang's pants are black (his shirt is white) makes it hard to tell what's going on in some of these pics. This is especially true when black motion arrows overlap the black clothing.
It's an ok book, don't know if it was worth (the money) though.
I also have one of his videos showing well over 100 chin na applications, which can show the applications even better than any book can. But the books can give more complete information about theory, strategy, and the more abstruse concepts of tai chi such as jin or the different types of energy and power and force that can be used, Taoist concepts such as yin and yang, and so on, which Dr. Yang discusses too. In that sense books on the martial arts can still fulfill an important purpose even in a world of inexpensive martial arts videos which often aren't much more expensive than the books (especially if you pick them up used on A_azon or eB_y), and are far better for seeing the actual physical applications of the techniques.
The book shows many of the applications of the tai chi movements, discusses other topics such as tai chi strategy, the morality of fighting, some tai chi theory and history, and a few miscellaneous other topics. Several dozen tai chi applications are shown. The pictures are easy to see except for the occasional photo where it's hard to interpret the action, but that's no different from any other martial arts book since almost all have at least a few photos with that problem.
A brief aside here. I am a student of Hung Gar kung fu also, and the application on the cover of the book is similar to one of the tiger claw techniques in Hung Gar, although it's done from a lower bow stance.Read more ›
That said, it seems like some of the obvious applications are left out...perhaps because they are obvious? Another oddity for me is that while Dr. Yang seems to be a well-respected martial artist and author, his "Classical" Yang style form looks different in certain places from ANY Yang style I've seen or been taught. Maybe I just lack experience? But for that reason I wouldn't recommend the book as form reference.
Finally, a big hit to the rating for me was that my book very quickly began to fall apart. The binding is terrible, so large chunks of pages separated and fell out. I generally take good care of my books, and this is the only book I've ever had that self-destructed on me.
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interesting take on taichi as a fighting method has some novel practice techniquesPublished 6 months ago by john hopkins
I suggest this book to any who are trying to learn the martial applications of the Tai Chi form it will help you.Published 10 months ago by Ned H Baldwin III
This book is written by a very well know practitioner of the Chinese martial arts. The technics are well explained and easy to understand. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Werner Preining
Getting an understanding of the deeper practice. Was always curious about the hand forms, now I have that knowledge. Had not thought of taiji as a killing art until this. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Yaphett
asn't what I thought it would be, too much results and not enough instruction. However, fine job of translating Chinese terms for forms.Published on October 2, 2013 by Ronald E. Driesbach
I was very impressed with not only the fast service but the excellent quality of the product. Was used but seemed like it just came off the shelf.Published on August 18, 2013 by Steven Becker
A top class read by a tai chi ch'uan grandmaster. Well worth the price and will repay reading and study many, many times over. For the intermediate and dedicated tai chi exponent.Published on April 23, 2013 by BARRY S MASCARENHAS
This book by Dr. Yang has met my every expectation of Tai Chi being a martial art. I already attend a school in Highland Park, NJ that teaches Gu Style Tai Chi for health and self... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Aint