on 20 November 2003
This is without question the best translation and description of Chen style Taiji Quan forms I have seen to date.
With most books on this subject, either a poor translation from Chinese to English or lack of clarity in the descriptions of moves requires the reader to be at least reasonably knowledgeable on the subject in order to gain any insights.
This book tackles the technicalities of some of the Chen Style forms in an easily understandable format that will appeal to Chen practitioners at all levels
on 23 May 2007
This book contains detailed descriptions of each move in the Chen style Old First Form, breaking each move down into stages. There are few people as qualified as Grand Master Chen Zhenglei to present this material.
The translation from Chinese to English isn't perfect, and is somewhat better for the hand form section than the weapons forms, but it's good enough. Every movement is illustrated with several photographs, and there are example martial applications given for nearly every move. Chen Zhenglei also includes instructions on several Silk Reeling exercises and standing meditations. To round it off, there's supplementary material like the Chen style code of conduct (although the translation of this section is unintentionally hilarious in places), and a brief history of the style.
I should stress that you will not be able to learn Tai Chi solely from this (or any other) book; to learn, it is essential that you train with a good teacher. However, if you already have a teacher, this book is a useful memory aid and an excellent way to fine tune those minor details. Even if you already have a DVD of the form, this book is invaluable for the subtle details that are hard to notice when watching someone else at this high level.