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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 27 April 2004
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This review is from: A Study of Taijiquan (Paperback)
I was looking quite a long time for a translation of this book, and I'mvery glad there are two in the market these days. Althought Sun Lutangdescribes his own style, he gives a wonderfull theoretical insight,usufull for all taiji styles.
Thanks for the translation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true master to learn from, 8 May 2014
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Great book from one of the great master's of tai chi, but you must keep reading and trying to under stand takes time but worth it,.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Lutang, 1 Feb 2014
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Great book, very clear instructions. Includes photos of the man himself demonstrating moves. This book is a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great tai chi book for the bookshelf, 28 April 2013
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Excellent book about Tai Chi. Photographs are old as one would expect, however the information is invaluable to all students. Includes historical information also.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and historical book..., 27 Feb 2006
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This review is from: A Study of Taijiquan (Paperback)
This is a welcome addition to the increasing resources now available for those wishing to study authentic Chinese martial arts. Sun Lutang became famous as an author of books on all the main internal styles and this work documents his own version of Taijiquan. It takes elements of Ba Gua and Xing I and combines all three 'internal' Chinese martial arts into a neat synthesis. As the editor, Tim Cartmell, points out, it is a supremely practical form, with many clever moves designed to answer likely tactics in a real encounter.

I personally believe it is quite possible to learn taiji working on one's own. It might even be preferable, given the ease with which unskilled and unscrupulous people set themselves up as teachers (masters, even.) This book would be useful for anyone wanting to learn the authentic art and prepared to think about it. It might take a bit of effort on it's own as the descriptions are not totally clear and foot position diagrams would have been a nice appendix, though it is possible to follow what is going on if you are serious (hence only 4 stars.) Maybe in the next edition?

However, we do have a valuable guide in the form of a video of Sun Lutang's daughter performing the set. Search the google video facility, where there is also rare foorage of Cheng Man Ching. Together, book and video are enough to learn from and would be of interest to anyone keen to learn from one of the early, pre-commercialised sources.
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