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Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan Paperback – May 9, 2006
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Louis Swaim lives and practices in Oakland, California. He has also translated an earlier taijiquan manual, Yang Chengfu: The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (North Atlantic Books, 2005). He received his master’s degree in Chinese history, Mandarin, and Classical Chinese at U.C. Berkeley, and did additional language study at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies. He has been a taijiquan practitioner for over thirty years.
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And if you're already studying Yang Style, the drawings are a treasure and will help you understand better what it must have been like to see the great man do the form.
There are also some terrific essays as well as remarkable photos of Yang Cheng Fu and his students and family, including one where he's riding in what looks like an early 1930's convertible.
The part of the book I consider to be of the most value is his discussion of push hands. To anyone who has started this part of your training, it's hard to understand what you're doing wrong. It's hard to really know what the words are meant to describe when they tell you what you're doing wrong. Having his words brought to us offers us a resource to reflect upon, and a solid point to begin asking the right kinds of questions.
The other part of the book I found interesting is that the little drawn pictures have a meaning encoded in them. Unlike so many other books with hard to see photos meant to "show" you the proper method, this one leaves no doubt.
I wish that he had the foresight to leave us a book on the weapon forms. Most notably the legendary Yang spear.
My conclusion this text is a must have for anyone serious about the art.
most were of little value
This book covers the Yang style Tai Chi, long form very completely,
It is very good for those who have had formal training and wish to review
what the original master intended in the instruction of the form