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Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua: Principles and Practices of Internal Martial Arts Paperback – February 9, 2006
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About the Author
Author Lu Shengli has spent his entire life cultivating the skills of the internal styles of taijiquan, xingyiquan, baguazhang, and other traditional martial arts. Starting in the 1970s, he studied internal martial arts with master Luo Shuhuan and grandmaster Wang Peisheng. He has taught in Beijing since 1984, where he is a martial arts instructor of the Beijing Wu Style Taiji Quan Association and an instructor at the Beijing Information Technology Institute.
Translator and editor Zhang Yun, from Beijing, China, is a student of Luo Shuhuan and Wang Peisheng and lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has taught internal martial arts in the United State since 1989 and is the president and head instructor of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Association, North American Headquarters. He has published more than fifteen articles and is the author of The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Taiji Jian.
Translator and editor Susan Darley, Ph.D., has studied taijiquan with Zhang Yun since 1995. She assists Zhang Yun in teaching classes and seminars and writing books and articles.
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It is interesting that it is mostly descendant students of Mr. Chuan Yu and his son, Mr. Wu Jianquan, that are such true carriers of the original martial art that was brought out into the open by Yang Luchan and his three sons, Fenhou, Banhou, and Jianhou. Mr. Lu and Mr. Zhang, and their followers, practice the original art closer than so many today. The last great Yang descendant and truly great adept was Yang Shaohou and his adopted brother, Tian Zhaolin. Shaohou's younger brother and great popularizer of modern tai chi in the 1920s and 1930s, Chengfu, only started his most serious practice after his father passed in 1917 and, therefore, was taught by his older brother and adopted brother, Zhaolin. The art practiced today probably would not be recognized by the first three generations due to the modern over emphasis on health, flower children followers, and American followers of a junior student of Mr Yang Chengfu in his Shanghai period.
In this work, Lu and Zhang do the world of taijiquan a great service by having maintained aspects of the earliest practice. Their's is fairly rare today. Serious students of the original art would be well advised to digest the advice offered in this work. They humbly, objectively present descriptions of the practice when it was still mostly a martial art.
The historical info is probably oral transmission from Wang Pei Sheng who trained with a who's who of Beijing teachers. Would have preferred to see a tape of the form. Getting it from a book without previous experience with these styles is not likely. Nevertheless, the basic training detail and interesting history make it worth the price. I have never met the author but have heard of him from friends in Beijing who say he is the real deal.
The reviewer below "from Beijing" who disliked it might go discuss the "laughable" techniques with the author(who is listed as really living in Beijing} and report back to us.