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The T ai Chi Boxing Chronicle

Author : Kuo Lien-Ying
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"The T'ai Chi Boxing Chronicle is a translation of the text left behind by the Orthodox Masters who developed this system of boxing. Over a period of generations, fives basic movements were developed, called the Bone Marrow Washing Exercises. These exercises helped the monks restore their health and will-power. As the movements were passed down from generation to generation, the meaning behind the movements of Tai Chi was almost completely lost. Due to the integrity of Kuo Lien-Ying, this information is presented without modification or alteration. This book contains a clear explanation of the physical laws of the art of T'ai Chi that hold true wherever it is practiced. The person who studies the information contained in this book will have the tools to achieve the highest level of mastery and skill to be obtained through the practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan." -Guttman

Tai Chi Fa Jin

Author : Mantak Chia
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A guide to the seemingly effortless yet explosively powerful martial art techniques of Fa Jin • Explains how to collect energy within and discharge it for self-defense as well as healing • Explores how to counter the natural instinct to resist force with force and develop yielding softness through the 13 Original Movements of Tai Chi • Illustrates routines for the partner practice of “Push Hands” (Tui Shou) Fa Jin, an advanced yang style of Tai Chi, complements the physical, mental, and spiritual conditioning available through solo Tai Chi practice and the internal martial arts of Taoism. Fa Jin enables adepts to harness the energy of yin, yang, and the earth in the lower tan tien and discharge it as an extremely close-range yet explosively powerful blow in self-defense and partner practice as well as in healing techniques. Integrating the teachings of many Taoist masters, including Chang San-Feng, the creator of Tai Chi; Wang Tsung-Yueh, the legendary 19th-century master; Bruce Lee, the actor and martial artist who made the “one-inch punch” technique famous; and the Magus of Java, a living master able to discharge energy in the form of electric shocks, this book explores the history, philosophy, internal exercises, and physical practices of Fa Jin. Drawing on Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Tan Tien Chi Kung techniques, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan reveal the secrets to collecting yin and yang in the lower tan tien and discharging the energy in a seemingly effortless yet explosive blow. Illustrating several routines of the Tai Chi partner practice of “Push Hands” (Tui Shou), they explain how to apply Fa Jin techniques by “listening” to your opponent’s intentions and countering the natural instinct to resist force with force through yielding softness and redirection. The authors also detail how to prepare for this advanced practice through stretching, meditation, breathing, relaxation, and energetic exercises.

Tai Chi Wu Style

Author : Mantak Chia
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A guide to the internal martial arts exercises of short-form Wu-Style Tai Chi • Details the 8 core forms of Wu-Style Tai Chi with fully illustrated instructions • Ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities due to the “small frame” primary stance, slower and smaller movements, and conservation of energy • Explains how Wu Style provides a natural introduction to martial arts boxing • Reveals how Wu Style eases stiffness, relieves back pain, and reduces abdominal fat Following the flow of chi energy, rather than directing it as in traditional Tai Chi, Wu-Style Tai Chi focuses on internal development, seeking to conserve chi energy and gather jin power from the Earth through the tan tien. Centered on a “small frame” stance--that is, feet closer together and arms closer to the body--and a slower progression of movements in solo practice, Wu Style offers a gentle Tai Chi form for beginners and, when practiced with a partner, a grounding introduction to martial arts boxing and Fa Jin (the discharge of energy for self-defense). The more functional stance, smaller movements, and conservation of internal energy make Wu-Style Tai Chi ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities. Condensing the 37 movements of Wu Style into 8 core forms, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan illustrate how to build a personal short-form Wu-Style Tai Chi practice. They explain how Wu-Style Tai Chi removes energetic blockages and helps to elongate the tendons, reducing stiffness and allowing the limbs to return to their natural length and full range of motion. Regular practice of Wu Style relieves back pain as well as reducing abdominal fat, the biggest hindrance to longevity. Exploring the martial arts applications of Wu Style, the authors trace its history beginning with founder Wu Chuan-Yu (1834-1902) as well as explain how to apply Wu Style to “Push Hands” (Tui Shou) and Fa Jin. Through mastering the short-form Wu Style detailed in this book, Tai Chi practitioners harness a broad range of health benefits as well as build a solid foundation for learning the complete long-form Wu Style.

Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan

Author : Fu Zhongwen
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Fu Zhongwen's classic guide offers the best documentation available of the Yang style of taijiquan. The superbly detailed form instructions and historic line art drawings are based on Fu’s many years as a disciple of Yang Chengfu, taijiquan’s legendary founder. Also included are concise descriptions of fixed-step, moving-step, and da lu push hands practices. Additional commentary by translator Louis Swaim provides key insight into the text’s philosophical language and imagery, further elucidating the art’s cultural and historical foundations.

Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching

Author : Carol A. Wiley
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Teaching is an art. Effective martial arts teachers must not only be competent practitioners but must also develop the communication and interpersonal skills of any good teacher. In this collection, twenty-six experienced martial arts teachers discuss the process of learning and teaching a martial art, from the 'nuts and bolts' of teaching technique to the philosophical underpinnings of training.

The Tai Chi Bible

Author : Dan Docherty
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A practical guide to Tai Chi Chuan, the most common of Tai Chi techniques. In The Tai Chi Bible, Dan Docherty explains the form of Tai Chi Chuan with reference to the Ming dynasty book, The Tai-Chi Boxing Chronicle, the text left behind by the Orthodox Masters who developed the Tai Chi system. Suitable for people of all ages, Tai Chi requires little or no special equipment and can be practiced indoors or out, earning it an enthusiastic reception worldwide. It can help people improve their physical health, equip them with skills in personal defense, and sharpen their powers of meditation. The Tai Chi Bible gives down-to-earth advice and provides enough detail that beginners can try Tai Chi for themselves and benefit from practicing the postures. Experienced students and teachers will gain greater insight into their regular practice. For the greatest benefit for all students, the book includes information not readily available elsewhere, such as the Traditional Tai Chi Chuan Syllabus and the five Tai Chi Chuan Classics, which govern the practice of all styles of Tai Chi. He also references Chinese myth and legend. Features include: All forms and techniques demonstrated in color sequence photographs Pushing hands, hand forms and major form techniques Inner form techniques ("every movement has its function") Weapons Expert practice tips Romanized Chinese names and terminology Tai Chi's development as a Chinese martial art Tales of Tai Chi masters from the past. The Tai Chi Bible's down-to-earth advice will be of use to the novice and adept alike. Its compact size makes it an excellent portable guide.

T ai Chi and Qigong for Your Health Historical and Scientific Foundations

Author : Michael DeMarco, M.A.
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T’ai Chi and qigong are popular because of their great reputations as exercises with numerous health-related benefits. Can these benefits simply be results of placebo effects? Chapters in this e-book not only provide an interesting historical backdrop in which taiji and qigong developed, but also provide scientific support for the efficacy and effects of both modalities. Breslow’s chapter focuses on Daoist practices associated with their quest for immortality and longevity. Rhoads, Crider, and Hayduk looks at taiji and qigong with the tools of modern science. DeMarco compares Yang-style taiji practice of with guidelines provided by the National Institue of Health. Kachur, Carleton, and Asmundson provide an excellent chapter that gives insight into aspects of taiji practice that improve balance. The final chapter by Kenneth Cohen offers a history of the taiji ruler as a tool conducive to vitalizing the qi. Included are aspects of design, lineage, and some illustrated exercises, plus details on qi circulation. For anyone who questions the validity of taiji and qigong as exercise modalities, the collected writings in this book will provide information not available elsewhere. In addition to finding the historical and scientific foundation of these practices, the contents in this book will help improve taiji and qigong practice, bringing the many benefits as claimed for these gems of Chinese culture.

A Barefoot Boxer s Chronicle

Author : Robin Johnson
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Here is a first translation, back into body-language, of Tai Chi Chuan's profound yet obscure Classics and Aphorisms. Away from words about words toward words about natural movement and martial action. Stillness Defeats Motion, Softness Defeats Hardness, Adhere Follow Neutralize, Double-weighting, Steel Within Cotton, and more than 100 others, are revealed in this Chronicle as fruits of whole-body action. What was meant by these old words? This book finds answers by exploring the ground between a Body-language too complex for words, and Tai Chi boxing techniques largely invisible to outside scrutiny. Whole-body (Body) combat was the true source of the wisdom later reduced to pithy yet confusing statements, pored over by thousands of students and teachers. Thus a key premise of A Barefoot Boxer's Chronicle is that true Tai Chi Chuan (NEI CHUAN, or internal boxing) is not what is seen "out there", but what is to be found "in here", the source of mysterious Intrinsic Energy. This book orients you toward yourself, and conducts you through the myriad ways of Tai Chi technique. These are governed by a handfull of highly refined skills that you may have only glimpsed up to now. Here are chapter-workshops on Stillness and Motion, Softness and Hardness, and key Tai Chi Essentials, such as Eight Dynamic Techniques and Five Tactical Directions. You'll also find integral sections on Elasticity, Tactics, Stepping, Range, and Number. The main text is bolstered and expanded with generous text notes. And there are methods toward reclaiming your lost or hidden fluidity, flexibility, and power. There are many examples of a (often the) major obstacle to your progress, perverse habits acquired unknown from modern lifestyles. So progress can with perseverence be made in your own way with your own body. This complex and integrated chronicle* marks a lifetime of martial arts, including 40 years of real-time practice in Tai Chi Chuan. Does it work? Is there another or a better way? These have been the guides that you too can apply to the content of A Barefoot Boxer's Chronicle. * See also Stalking Yang lu-chan, available at Amazon.com.

Chen T ai Chi Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village Volume 2

Author : Michael DeMarco
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When we think of martial arts in “old China,” we get visions of violent convulsions of dynastic change, devastating rebellions, civil wars, and banditry. Throughout the centuries there was a need for masters who possessed highly effective martial skills for positions in the military, protection services, and law enforcement. Out of this historical reality emerged a national treasure we call taijiquan. Chen-style taijiquan formulated during the days of military strategist Qi Jiguang (1528–1587), and its founder is considered to be militia battalion commander Chen Wangting (1600–1680). The art evolved. Its mystique remains fundamentally a true fighting art, including bare-handed forms and applications, plus an arsenal of weapons that includes the spear, straight sword, broadsword, and halberd. Then there are the associated training methods used to master this complete system, such as qigong, push-hands, and standing post. All of these practices are infused with knowledge associated with the physical and mental aspects of the human condition. Chen style encompasses a complete martial system. It has a deserved reputation for its combative efficiency, but also as a health-nurturing modality. The vastness of the Chen-style curriculum is way beyond the scope of most people to fully learn, so practitioners focus on what they can handle. Usually a solo routine is sufficient. Since all taiji styles stem from the original Chen family system, the Chens certainly share in the credit for taiji’s popularity in general, especially as an exercise purely for health benefits. Regardless of taiji style—be it Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, Hao, or other—any serious taiji practitioner or scholar should have some understanding of the Chen family roots to get a vision of the whole tree. This two-volume anthology brings much of the rich heritage conveniently together for your reading. In this second volume, there is a special emphasis on nurturing the internal aspects for health as well as for combative skills. You will find clear explanations outlining each step in the learning process toward mastering Chen-style taiji. Chapters included here clarify what proper training entails and why much time and effort (gongfu) are necessary to gain results. In addition to the detailed history and penetrating philosophy you’ll find here, perhaps of greater importance are the clear explanations outlining each step in the learning process toward mastering Chen-style taiji. Only a very high-level teacher can understand what methods of instruction work best. Students don’t know; that’s why they should follow a teacher’s instructions as closely as possible. Chapters included here clarify what proper training entails and why much time and effort (gongfu) are necessary to gain results. As echoed among practitioners in taiji’s birthplace: “If you drink water from Chen Village, your feet know how to kick.” This two-volume edition brings you to the village for traditional instruction.

The Taijiquan Classics

Author : Barbara Davis
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Along with Chinese art, medicine, and philosophy, taijiquan has left the confines of its original culture, and offers health, relaxation, and a method of self-defense to people around the globe. Using the early texts now known as The Taijiquan Classics which have served as a touchstone for t’ai chi practitioners for 150 years, this book explores the fundamental ideas and what they mean to practitioners, students, and scholars. It also incorporates newly discovered sources that address the history of taijiquan and newly translated commentaries by Chen Weiming.