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Chen Style Taijiquan: The Source of Taiji Boxing Paperback – November 28, 2001
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Authors Davidine Sim and David Gaffney have made numerous visits to the People's Republic of China and the Far East to train with the leading figures of Chen style Taijiquan, including Chen Xiaowang, Chen Zhenglei and Zhu Tiancai.
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To that end, this book manages to capture the plethora of thought ever published on the science of Chen Taijiquan, including a very nice historical summary. Standout chapters include clear explanations of Chen Taiji's "Ba Fa" or eight powers, Chen style push hands, and a decent explanation of the proper execution of "fa jing" (power issuing) ever to appear in English for the laymen.
As a longtime Chen Taiji boxer and writer on the subject, I particularly appreciated the authors' use of many quotes from famous Chen Taiji masters. Translated passages include quotes from: Chen Wangting, the style's founder; Chen Changxing, the compiler of the "Lao Jia" (Old Frame) and teacher of Yang Luchan; Chen Zhaopei, the beloved master that singlehandedly revived boxing practice in Chen village during one of China's most tumultous periods; Chen Zhaokui, the highly skilled son of the famed grandmaster, Chen Fake; and Chen Xiaowang, the current standard bearer. Also, the work contains a few diagrams with translations from the respected Taiji master and author Gu Liuxin and the noted Chen family boxing scholar, Chen Xin.
So needless to say, I highly recommend this book. I would have given it five stars if, for all of it's comprehensiveness, the work contained more photos of the masters without as many pictures of the authors. Regardless, I congratulate them on producing a landmark book on Chen Taijiquan, while raising the bar on martial arts literature in English. Great job!
Which to this day has not been translated to English. There is a excellent chapter on training methods used in taiji and extensive coverage of push hands and the metods used in them. The book has less pictures and more explanations which should be useful for teachers and long time practioners.
A long time chen taiji student,
It may not be the most advanced manual on taiji, but it is definitely the best overall guide in English I've ever read. Especially for the beginner I think there is a whole lot of valuable information in here. For the advanced student there is maybe not that much new info, but there will probably be something of interest. It nonetheless serves as a good referencework or refresher for more advanced students.
There are better books out there in Chinese, but they are not that easily accesible to most people in the western hemisphere, so until they become, this is the book to read.
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this book is very informative, and well written. A must have
for any student.