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Tai Chi Theory and Martial Power: Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chaun (Martial Arts-Internal) Paperback – November 5, 1996
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This book has some very clearly written content and outlines a large number of important movements. Most notably, the pictures are clear and contain all the necessary markings and arrows to help a beginner reinforce what he or she learns through instruction. Just for this aspect of the book alone, I believe it is first rate!
Where I feel the book does fall short is in publication quality. The paper stock was clearly very poor, and the binding quality was also poor. This contributed to bunching in the center of the book. However, for small lot publishing of niche products such as this one, such shortcomings are unfortunately the norm.
Overall, the book is comprehensive and covers a lot of ground. Perhaps for the very advanced this book may not help them get to the deeper meanings of some of the movements. Then again, perhaps the very advanced shouldn't be looking for such meaning in a book. Nevertheless, as a practical guide this book is a cut above the rest.
So what is jing, anyway?
“Jing,” says Dr. Yang, “is more than just muscular strength.”
He advocates that although the muscles in the human body are a component of whether a technique is successful, they aren’t everything. Muscles are visible. We can see them. When you look at John Cena, Brock Lesnar, or The Rock or Ronda Rousey, it’s pretty clear they’re ripped. And you clearly wouldn’t want to try to steal their money as they slip out of the grocery store or a restaurant.
But look at Dr. Yang. Think about the martial arts instructors you know. How many of them do you know have a physique like those world-class athletes? Not many. That’s because, I think, they understand the concept of jing.
Dr. Yang explains between the explicit qualities of muscular strength and implicit qualities of jing:
“You can’t tell the strength of a bow by looking at it; rather, you must pull it to see if it has the potential to generate a lot of power. Once it releases an arrow, the strength of the jing is shown by the power (li) of the arrow.”
He breaks jing down into two types.
Manifested jing is easier for me to grasp, and it’s what he spends a bulk of the book talking about. It involves contact with somebody else, and he demonstrates each sub-class of manifested jing with a tai chi chuan application.
Sensing jing, Dr. Yang says, does not require contact with the other person. It’s when you sense another person’s motion or energy and ultimately know his intentions.
If you’ve wanted to learn more about jing, or you just wanted to get some cool new tai chi chuan fighting applications, get this book. It is one I will be reading again to catch what I missed the first time.