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Taiji Sword, Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form, Qigong and Applications (Martial Arts-Internal) [Paperback]

Jwing-Ming Yang
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10 Aug 1999 Martial Arts-Internal
One of the most notable Taiji teachers demonstrating the most popular of the many Taiji Weapons in this long-awaited, comprehensive guide.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center; 1 edition (10 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886969744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886969742
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 17.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no better book around 12 Nov 2002
By A Customer
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Theres not many good books on the sword never mind the Tai Chi style sword, but Dr. Yang Jwing ming in my eyes has presented ther best you can get, The explanations on the history of the sword are excellent, He also explains Qi and using the sword; Power traning and fundemental techniques. Although these are not in the Tai Chi set, they are actual moves that can be used, and practiced, more importantly they are very practical and not just a waste of space as you get in most books. on the 3rd Chapter we are introduced to the Yang style sword set and applications, (this book is on the Jian or double edge sword) the last chapter is about Tai chi matching practice, its a bit like Pushing hands, and im telling you this for a fact, you wont get moves like this in any book, all i can say is that any martial artist or serious Tai Chi stundent has to buy this, the only thing i have left to mention is that if you have no experiance of tai chi, you will struggle and your moves wont flow, but anyone who has learened some style of the sword will understand what the moves are trying to do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
No book alone can teach a tai chi form, but, for the person already experienced in the solo form and push hands, this book provides essential background information for beginning and improving on tai chi sword skills. Whichever style you are following, this book gives information that you will find enriches your understanding. It includes a thought-provoking (for the Western reader),explaination of Qi development, and how to unite your breath with the form.
The book is clearly written and well illustrated. It contains some Chinese text and a pronunciation guide where relevent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, in depth coverage. 10 May 2006
Format:Paperback
I have studied the long Yang barehand form with a Chinese grandmaster, and some Chen style sword with the same Gramdmaster. I had to leave the classes because I moved away and wanted to continue with Tai Chi sword, so looked long and hard for a suitable book, before finding this one. As the synopsis says, it contains well over 400 photos, with text that gives full coverage of the moves. Directional arrows show how the moves are executed. There are also, for every move, photos showing the applications. These are invaluable for helping to understand the purpose and meaning behind each movement. There is also in-depth information on Chi development specially for the sword, a history of the sword in China, a chapter on fundamental techniques, and a section on two-person practice which is the equivalent for sword of push-hands. I have looked around for a long time and this is certainly the best Tai chi sword book on the market. Many of the techniques in this Yang style Tai Chi sword are familiar to me from the Chen style. I have also done European fencing, and find that some of the moves are reminiscent of that, too. I think it probably helps to have done some Tai Chi sword or some form of fencing before reading this book, as otherwise, even with the photos showing the applications, it might be difficult to appreciate what is going on, for example, the movements right and left Whirlwind are similar to the western fencing concept of Envelopment. Nevertheless, I am sure that with persistence, even someone with no previous experience of swordplay will derive an immense amount of useful instruction from this book, but be prepared to work hard. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reference, not instructional 7 May 2003
By Don Roley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are getting ready to learn the Yang style Taiji sword, then this book should be on your shelf. If you are trying to learn on your own- go out and get a real teacher.
There are several things in this book that help suplement the instruction you can find in many Taiji schools that teach the sword. But this book is a supplement, not a replacement for that instruction.
Many schools only teach the form, not the reality behind it. They will give you a sword and say, "do it like this." Going through the motions does not mean that you understand what is going on. This book can help fill in the gaps.
A typical experience of someone learning the taiji sword is to come home after a long session and then find he/she can not even remember the sequence that the form is supposed to be in. This book can help jog your memory and help you in the sessions between training. But, again, if there are no training session with a teacher, you should just leave this book aside for now.
I should point out that this book is for the traditional form and not the 32 sequence form that seems so common now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Yang's Work is The Best !!! 31 July 2012
By Sylvia Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks to insights from other reviewers, I was able to choose this book and the DVD that fits. They are both excellent and, frankly, a bit advanced for me. My teacher has them now. Dr. Yang writes so well, so comprehensively, and so pleasingly that it is little wonder his reputation is so excellent. I have since sent for another book / DVD that will probably fit my level of study a little better as I am still learning long form manually never mind sword. For more experienced sword practitioners, the DVD is breathtakingly beautiful and competent. All praise to Dr. Yang and his school.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good applications primer 8 Aug 2009
By A. GOLDBERG - Published on Amazon.com
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This book won't help you learn the forms. Pictures fragment the form into unlinked pieces and it seems the only way to understand what's going on is to know the form already. Descriptions are also extremely cryptic. Practically, I found the book useful for two things only: looking up applications of the movements I knew and well described beginners Qigong exercises. My teacher for some reason favors completely different Qigong set, so it was nice to learn some extras.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear instructions, quality pictures 26 Mar 2008
By Szendile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book completes very well the taiji studies, but I accept other people's opinion: the book is not enough. You will need a DVD or following a master's instructions in a real cours, because without it you cannot imagine how it works. But if you have a bit of experience about taiji sword, this book completes very well the studies. For exemple during a cours if I am far from the master I cannot see well how he holds his hand, so at home I can search the position from the book and check myshelf. It is also important that this book shows the martial use of movements. At the cours we study the official competition form of taiji sword and I have to admit, sometimes I do not see the reason of a movement, but this book explains it and after that it is easier to follow the master's instructions.
9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book about Yang Sword 26 April 2000
By "protoclown" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is a great source for the Yang tai-chi sword, easy to follow and filled with exercises and some applications, but, you also need the video, because always is good to see other people doing the form.
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