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The Tai Chi Two-Person Dance: Tai Chi with a Partner Paperback – December 12, 2003
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About the Author
Jonathan Russell, "eldest" and senior student of Master T.T. Liang, has studied and taught Tai Chi for more than thirty years. He began his Tai Chi studies with Master Liang in the late sixties. Together they co-founded the Tai Chi Dance Association, setting up numerous schools in the Boston area. He currently lives in San Francisco, where he teaches, writes books, and produces videos on Tai Chi. The readers of the newspaper The San Francisco Weekly voted his Tai Chi class "Best Of" San Francisco. He can be contacted at: www.TaiChiSF.com.
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The brilliance of TT Liang's San Shou form is that by making it into a dance he brings its benefits to everyone. Many people have a hard time with fighting, and by presenting it as a dance, it's much easier to learn the choreography and shapes of the movements. But it helps with much more than just the choreography.
The fact is that Tai Chi fighting practice requires a supreme amount of softness, resiliance, sensitivity and timing. What better way to teach it than in a simple, carefree dance? You couldn't do this in Shaolin or Xing Yi Quan. Simply because they don't rely on the qualities of softness, sensitivity, poise and ease that Tai Chi fighters need to beat their opponenets. Tai Chi fighters can't depend on strength, so the use of the dance is perfect, the rigidity and tension of regular sparring is replaced with an easy, simple, fun dance.
Once that is utterly ingrained and fused into the body, these same moves make vicious, horrifying fighting techniques. Elbow strikes to the face, shoulder dislocating throws, stomps, throat grabs, the works. All martial arts have these moves, the difference is that a Tai Chi player has to use them within the framework of this internal style, otherwise they won't work. So the San Shou training is ideal for getting people into the right "frame" of mind and body to fight sucessfully.
Some say that the dance is wrong or that it's been made too easy. They are silly because it shouldn't be so hard to fight using Tai Chi. You simply need to mentally and physically manifest the "Jin" or energies of Tai Chi. This two-person dance is a brilliant short cut to understanding "Peng Jin" "Lu Jin" and all the rest in a very concrete, physical fashion.
Once this way of movement is burned into your very nervous system, you can move into actual combat if you choose, or if not you just have a effortless and powerful way of moving in your everyday life, which is obviously worth much more than any fighting skill would ever be.
Jonathan's teacher, T.T. Liang, learned this fairly rare Form from Xiong Yang Ho, a student of Yang Jian Ho (2nd generation of Yang Style). In order to make the Taiji San Shou (which might be called "prearranged sparring") accessible to people who were primarily interested in the health benefits of Taiji Quan, Master Liang called it a "Dance" and arranged the movements in regular "beats" which he set to music. So it becomes a pleasant practice method.
However, within this innocuous-appearing "Dance, " a serious practioner
can find many usable combat applications of Taiji Quan.
The book is very clear and well put together.
Needless to say, for any real achievement in the Taiji "Dance," the student should first have reasonable mastery in the Taiji Solo Form and Push Hands.
This form was devised by Master Liang to convey many reciprocal and practical aspects of Tai Chi principles which are more implicit in the various solo forms.
In addition to a precise outlining of the two person dance form, there are valuable passages about aspects of Tai Chi cultivation and practice gleaned from the experience of the teachers Russell, Liang, and their tradition.
This is a fine book both for general Tai Chi Study and for those wishing to view a unique form related to Yang style (and Chen Man Ching) Tai Chi lineage.
And it was when I started learning this 2 person form that I really began to grasp some of the foundation principles underlying tai chi. Mr. Russell's book is inimitably readable and do-able, thorough, fabulously well done.