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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (28 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556433778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556433771
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JB on 30 April 2010
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This book was recommended to me by an experienced Chen-style teacher and I have to say of all the books I have accumulated on Tai Chi this is the most useful so far, and I can't understand why I haven't been aware of it before.

I found it to be the most rounded and concise guide to understanding Tai Chi that I've seen so far, and being focused on Chen, drawn directly and translated from some of the definitive masters, make it a perfect Chen-style reference book.
The explanations in all respects, particularly principles, are clearly written and easy to understand.

Of course you can't learn from a book alone, but it helps me to understand better some of the things I puzzle over from my learning experiences, builds a picture of the evolution of the styles, simplifies some of the more 'mystical' aspects and explains in simple terms some of the key points that aren't always obvious to the student.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raymond R. Bullock on 13 Jan. 2010
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From the first read I knew this was the book I'd been looking for regarding Chen tai chi. There are so few knowledgeable books out there on this subject and even less that encompass so many areas of fundamental training. As a new tutor of this style, this informative text deepened my understanding of the art and explained principles and techniques in a way that was immediately accessible.
Five years on and I continue to use this book as a teaching aid and loan it to new students for study. Most of them eventually buy their own copy.
Recommended for students of Tai Chi seeking a little more than a 'How To' book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Darren P. Hammond VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2004
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This book is simply brilliant, it is so full of information it should be labelled as an encyclopaedia. But the best thing is it is not boring or hard to read, instead it keeps the readers interest with anecdotes of taiji masters that demonstrate the theory it so easily explains. And better yet its very easy to read and also makes the theory very easy to understand and so accessable to all. If you are interested in Chen style taiji or indeed in learning any form of taiji then this book will only help you on your path. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Currie on 10 Oct. 2009
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Taijiquan is highly physical, and it's extremely difficult to put it into words - you really have to be shown, up close and personal. Even then, a couple of hours of training a week can barely scratch the surface of what it has to offer. The authors have done a very creditable job here of exposing some of what lies below, in terms of the history, philosophy, and theory of this ancient martial art. You are left with a sense of connection with the people who have kept this beautiful art alive over the ages, and a feeling for the powerful principles that motivated them. On top of that, there's a tremendous amount of useful information and top quality tips of great value to the practitioner. Highly recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Bolwell on 25 Feb. 2002
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This is not a book which uses its space pretending that it can teach you Taiji through complicated written instructions accompanied with pictures or drawings of various postures.
Instead, we have a book that is obviously well researched and cram packed full with useful information on the principles of Taiji practice - drawing from the Chen family writings and the Taiji classics.
The book concerns itself primarily with Chen Style Taiji, but the ideas and principles talked about will be relevant to exponents of all styles. Certainly all Chen Style practitioners will find this an invaluable resource and there is much in it that practitioners of other styles will find enlightens their understanding and appreciation of their art.
Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Mar. 2002
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All serious taijiquan-practitioners will find something of interest in this book. It covers the history of Chen style taijiquan, Taiji theory including comments on how each part of your body should move etc. There are also explanations of push hands and weapon forms and Chen family legends. This book makes me want to learn mandarin (and chen style *sigh*)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eg Chen on 15 Jun. 2006
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I am a teacher of Wing Chun Kung Fu and have only recently started to learn Tai Chi (Chen Style), this book gives a very good insight not only into Tai Chi but into internal aspects of Kung Fu in general. It was quite uncanny as the author was explaining aspects of Tai Chi, I though he was talking about Wing Chun! I wish there were more books written like this (maybe even with the emphasis on Wing Chun), which are as authoritative as this one.

NB: Like any good book it will never replace a teacher to guide one, this book although very good makes no exception and can only help as a companion to make things clearer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2003
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This book is definatly a must have for people who practise and who want to know where all styles of taijiquan boxing originated.
The book tells you about the earliest form and the founder of taijiquan, and that the original form is still in practise today.
The book also tells you about other martial artist of the era who wanted to practice 'chen' style taiji boxing and how those people changed it to how they feel is a good system for them, it tells of how these people made their own styles of taiji boxing.
This book overall is an extreamly well detailed look on how the taijiquan system was formed.
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