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on 25 January 2002
This book is the best translation of the classics ever, it is clear
and well written and contains previously unknown information.
Both beginers and advanced tai chi practitioners will benifit from it.
If you only get one translation of the taiji classics ever...........this is it.
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on 22 May 2006
Douglas Wile's T'ai Chi's Ancestors and Lost T'ai-ch'i Classics from the Late Ch'in Dynasty deserve to be treated as a pair and included in every serious student's library. They are unique in that they not only present previously secret, advanced concepts to Western readers; they introduce a much needed, well balanced, Western perspective to T'ai Ch'i martial arts literature. Readers, East and West, should be cautioned however. These are advanced texts that require a great deal of thought and careful analysis to be appreciated.

William S. Dockens III PhD.
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on 21 May 2002
As well as new information on the 'classics' this book sheds much light on the true 'origins' of Tai chi (Tai Chi's Ancestors by the same author also helps greatly). Being a very scholarly work it is not an easy read but it repays the effort working through it. If you do not have a copy of the tai chi 'classics' yet, then get this one first. It is worth the money for the translations alone.
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This book is good... very good but sometimes it seemed to follow an agenda in proscribing the invention of systems to particular people or the use of them in particular areas...
Well worth the read and would recommend it.
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on 3 August 2014
Very good book
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