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The Five Levels of Taijiquan Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition
In order to master Taijiquan you must begin with the most fundamental steps, and systematically work up to the advanced levels, slowly building up your knowledge and technique as you go. This book explains the five levels of Taijiquan from complete beginner to highest level practitioner.
Presenting a word for word translation, with commentary, of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang's original Chinese text, Master Jan Silberstorff provides detailed guidance through each of the five levels. Readers will learn how to assess their current Taiijiquan ability and identify exactly what is needed to reach the next level and ultimately the highest goal - the perfection of Taiji, or reaching a complete state of being.
This is an accessible and motivational book for all Taijiquan students and practitioners, as well as anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the ancient art of Taijiquan.
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- ASIN : B00CQ8NOW0
- Publisher : Singing Dragon; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2012)
- Publication date : February 15, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4563 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 98 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 184819093X
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,765 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Second, this is a translation of Jan's 2010 book in German, "Die 5 Level des Taijiquan". Knowing that meaning can be lost in direct translation, I'm concerned about what may have been lost in this second layer of translation.
What I liked about Jan's book is that he seems to be speaking from his heart in the Introduction. The Introduction spans the first 20 pages and in it he talks about some of his own experiences in the first four levels. I think this material could be valuable to many readers.
After the Introduction, which I assumed was a teaser of things to come, I was hoping to find many, many more details about how he trained at each level, how his training changed at each level, what were the kinesthetic shifts or changes that he noticed in his body, what challenged him at each level, and specifically, how all this relates to Chen Xiaowang's descriptions. I did not find what I was hoping to find.
His comments in the Level 1-5 sections seem rather cerebral. In some places it seems like he simply re-iterates the translation and in others, it seems like he says what anyone who has spent many years reading similar material could say. For a guy who's been an indoor student of Chen Xiaowang for nearly 20 years, I wished he would have written more about this unique experience which would have made this book a real treasure!
If you wish to read the matter explained in detail or if you are interested of Mr. Silberstorff's opinion, buy this book. If you are only interested of Chen Xiaowang's opinion and are aware of a web site called "Google", read another translation first before you decide whether or not to buy.
A refreshing read that I will likely return to and recommend to my students.
How should the student progress,
what to avoid in our studies,
on the other side, what should we definetely not want to miss,
about progress "shortcuts",
how to assess ourselves, how much we have already learned,
(and i definetely need someone to correct my review :) )