- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500609234
- ISBN-13: 978-1500609238
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Regarding the sequel, the feature I appreciated most is the inclusion of many quotations from past and present Chen family members. Due to their close relationship with Chen Xiaowang (and other Chen family members), the authors have access to documents from the Chen village that have not been previously made available in English. To be able to read the words of Chen Wanging, Chen Changxin, Chen Zhaokui, and other past Chen family members is both instructive and inspirational.
My only complaint with this book has to do with its production value. Their first book Chen Style Taijiquan - The Source of Taiji Boxing, was published by North Atlantic Books, which is an excellent publishing house. The production value of that books is stellar. The present book is clearly both the result of many painstaking hours of research and writing, but is lacking in the polishing and editing that a good publishing house can supply. As an author who has published with professional publishing houses in the past, and who has just released a DYI book without the support of a publishing house, I realize how important it is to spend the additional time self-editing, and polishing the format of a DYI book before releasing it to the public. I would like to recommend to the authors that for future projects (which I do hope they will undertake) they utilize the services of a copy editor and pay greater attention to the details of formatting the finished .pdf file before submitting it to the printer. Notwithstanding this minor criticism, the book is both informative and inspirational, and I would highly recommend it to any student of Chen style taijiquan who wants to delve deeper into this family style of taijiquan.
Since 2003, I have done and is still doing a Japanese MA. At present, I am stuck on my path on which way I should be going with my MA. Because this book is on the principles of Taijiquan, I have found this book to be very useful in applying the same principles to the MA that I am doing; leading onto the path of making my techniques much softer and fluid and how to train towards that goal. The last chapter is also inspirational when you reach a lull point in your training; making excuses and lacking motivation. You get an insight of how often and why the Taiji masters train.
In a way, I am fortunate that I have trained under two teachers in the Japanese MA that I am doing, that their teachings were based on principles rather than techniques, which makes it easier for me to apply the principles in this book than someone who was taught based on techniques.