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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; 1st North Atlantic Book Edition edition (31 Mar. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938190679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938190677
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert W. Smith is one of America's great pioneers in the Asian martial arts and has written numerous books and articles on theses ancient fighting traditions. Smith is the author of Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods, also available from North Atlantic Books. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.


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This book is a great insight into how Taijiquan was originally taught by the Yang family and how it changed into the pale shadow of the modern art as practiced today!

I have often seen people argue over how Taiji was performed and if it ever changed from it's origins? Well, here you have answers which are blatantly obvious....

The original Yang family system was an explosive fighting art and has little resemblance to the modern health-orientated modified shortened versions!!!

Highly recommend it to those who wish to understand the art's history!
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Although all of the content is useful and correct I found it to be a waste of money and time. There are so many more free online article of similar nature. There was nothing profound or thought provoking in the content but it was a nice quick read.
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This book was recommended by my Tai Chi Ch'uan teacher and it easy to see why it is easy to read but as well as answering questions it also creates more questions
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great book
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c979bac) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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HASH(0x9ce73e7c) out of 5 stars The Best on Application 1 Jun. 2000
By Craig Heimbichner - Published on Amazon.com
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This slender and concise classic has never been surpassed. In just a few pages, Chen Wei-Ming outlines the key points regarding T'ai Chi application, particularly explaining the use of the art in clear language with excellent examples (although other areas are covered as well). The chapter on Free-Fighting alone is worth the price of the book. In an era where knowledge of T'ai Chi application as a martial art has almost disappeared, this book is not only the best study guide (to be read and reread) but also a great "test" for steering clear of bogus teachers. Simply put, if a teacher of T'ai Chi cannot understand or demonstrate the concepts within this book, he or she should close up shop at once. Finally, this book was translated largely by Ben Lo, world renowned for his extremely high level of skill in push hands and application. Every true T'ai Chi practitioner will treasure this classic.
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HASH(0x9c8ace94) out of 5 stars The real treasure 13 Aug. 2001
By Marco Morena - Published on Amazon.com
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It is incredible how in only 60 pages you get the most of answers you were looking for about Tai Chi. There is matter enough in this book to write at the least 5 books. Anyway this is not a book for beginner or not Tai Chi practitioners. You can get the most from this book only if you are an experienced Tai Chi student. The best chapters in my opinion are the ones dedicated to pushing hands exercise and real fighting. If you have approached Tai chi from years of study on a hard stile, the answers could also sound trivial but at the least they will reinforce your intuitions on Tai Chi. On the other hand if you don't have experience on fighting this book clarify you on the item.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c99ec54) out of 5 stars A lot of information in a small book 4 Jan. 2002
By John Ball - Published on Amazon.com
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This work is a brief text written by Chen Wei-Ming, a tai chi master in the early twentieth century. It is in a question and answer format, and was written with the purpose of responding to common difficulties that students were having with the form. Chen covers a variety of topics, ranging from the history of tai chi, to the form, to combat applications. The answers are usually fairly short, but the translation is good, and this book contains much useful information. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in an old master's thoughts on Yang style tai chi chuan.
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HASH(0x9c7f4d08) out of 5 stars Very Well Translated Cheng Wei Ming's Classic 26 Jun. 2009
By Iggy - Published on Amazon.com
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In order to practice Tai Ji correctly one needs the right literature. Depending on your style, and on what your school teaches, some literature will be more appropriate than other. This little volume will be most appropriate for those practicing yang style short form as taught via Cheng Man Ching. It is written by his classmate Cheng Wei Ming a well known enthusiast and a teacher par excellence. In this book we encounter certain questions and answers, which are either question of Wei Ming to his teacher Yang Cheng Fu. Or may be question of Wei Ming's student to himself. They encompass a wider range of topics, from ethics to the techniques that one needs to adhere to if they want to progress on this wonderful path of relaxation - path of Taijiquan. A student is encouraged to be relaxed and broadminded and not use any strength last he strays off the true path. I think I can recommend this book to any who are in doubt as how to proceed. The challange may be to actually try to follow what is being taught here, as I am becoming more convinced now that as you relax, your understanding of what you are reading also relaxes. Therefore, it is useful to peak inside the book at various times in your practice to see whether your personal understanding have experienced any changes.
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HASH(0x9cfe1c78) out of 5 stars Conversation with T'ai-Chi Master 24 May 2001
By Don B. Stringham - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent little book about the main points of practice. It is a lot like talking with a T'ai-Chi Master after practice and asking him questions about what you've just done.
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