24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book for those seeking the essence of Yang Taiji,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tai Chi Theory and Martial Power: Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chaun (Martial Arts-Internal) (Paperback)
It seems curious that the reviewer who gave this book one star did not offer any specific examples of where Dr. Yang was "incorrect". This book, and the companion volume, are gold mines of theory and application. Anyone who has learned the Yang style long form for health will be amazed at the almost infinite number of techniques, both apparent and hidden, revealed in these volumes. The four aspects of Yang Taiji, and indeed of all Chinese martial arts (punching, kicking, wrestling, and chin-na)are explored in depth, as well as the more fundamental ideas of the nature and generation of chi and the various jings. I have personally attended a number of Dr. Yang's seminars at his YMAA in Boston and have found them to be excellent. Dr. Yang, with a PH.D in engineering, is very well grounded in the Western concept of scientific proof. His writings are not only the result of his research into the ancient classics, which is extensive, but also his own practice, pondering and above all practical discrimination. I would add that Dr. Yang always cheerfully and humbly invites people to disagree with his theories and to offer alternatives. However, you might find it quite difficult to debate a subject with someone who has studied it perserveringly for 35 years. On a final note, it should be stressed that in these books, as well as in others by the author, the concept of personal morality, ethics, and the cultivation of the spirit are not just footnotes, but are central to the art.
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