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You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.I think in my case my head should have been forced under the water to put me out of my misery.Around a decade ago my teacher's wife,who was a student of the late Sun Jianyun,daughter of Sun Lutang,told me about the work that is presented in this book but it went in one ear and out of the other.Having been a longtime student of karate and Yiquan I came to the conclusion that Sun style Taiji was a variant of Yiquan due to Sun Lutang having the same Xingyi teacher as Wang Xiangzhai.Very logical.That is until you realise that Yiquan went mechanical and ended up as something completely different to what Wang Xiangzhai had practiced.The fact that the Sun form is almost impossible to "shili-ise" might have told me something.Over the years my teacher's wife has constantly told me its all about relaxation and qi and nothing to do with bio-mechanics,in fact she has told me I am easy to push because I am too tense.She just finds my tension and uses it against me.All this is down to me becoming an alignment freak and forgetting about relaxation.I just wish this book had been around ten years ago as it would have saved me years of blindly wandering around looking for something that wasn't there.
As the above poster says,this stuff seems to work straight out of the box.The "missing basic" switches the qi on in an instant and sensations can be felt all over the body.I have been aware of qi for the last 25 years and have trained with several qigong masters but have never experienced anything like this before for such little input.So far all I have done is the missing basic and my form practice and tried to get rid of as much tension as possible but its brought the form alive and made it a pleasure to perform.Early days and I will give an update in a year's time.
This book is very honest in that Scott dosen't make any outlandish claims of Taiji being a superior fighting art or even a fighting art at all.He dosen't parrot the so-called heath benefits as he can't produce any evidence to support such a claim.What he offers is a users manual for you to experience the same as he has experienced himself.Scott has the advantage of being able to read "old Chinese" and is able to translate it into terminology a westerner will understand.Sun Jianyun told my teacher that she felt it would be extremely difficult to translate some of her father's work into another language as we haven't got words to desribe these concepts.Scott did an excellent job of his translation of Sun Lutang's key essay and that alone is worth the price of the book.Give it a go as it certainly won't bore you.