Chen Pan Lings Original Tai Chi Chuan Textbook Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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From the Author
[excerpted from Chen's original preface to the text, c.1962]
The kuo shu [Chinese martial arts] postures are those of an elegant dance that combines with classic combat technique. The methods are scientifically and physiologically sound. I devoted myself to kuo shu for decades, visiting numerous Chinese martial arts experts in many provinces to request advice. I thoroughly understand kuo shu, its profound theories, exquisite techniques, and beneficial contribution to our nation and people. Beginning in 1915, I decided to promote kuo shu to build healthy people and a strong nation.
In todays society, more people are becoming interested in Chinese martial arts. In Japan, Korea, Thailand, and other countries, people strongly desire to study them. This interest has also spread to Europe and America; Westerners are experiencing tai chi chuan as a phenomenal "new exercise." If we can standardize nomenclature, theory, postures, and movements; and use scientific teaching methods, our martial arts will rapidly increase in popularity throughout the world.
In 1928, our government established the Central Martial Arts Institute in Nanking, and branch academies in major cities. During the year, we arranged tournaments at the academies. In 1931, the institute organized demonstration groups to go to different countries in Southeast Asia, and to a worldwide athletic event in Berlin.
During 1941, the Department of Education joined with the Department of Military Training to form a committee to develop curriculum for kuo shu texts and other educational materials. This committee, composed of more than 20 distinguished Chinese martial arts experts, included more than 10 specialists to compile and edit the material. I was the chairman of this committee. It took three years to write more than 50 different kinds of standardized martial arts textbooks; and 40 wall posters and illustrations. Sadly, before we had a chance to publish these, we lost everything when the Communists took over the entire mainland of China.
When I went to Taiwan in 1950, my good friends who practiced Chinese martial arts encouraged me to compile kuo shu material, and to begin with the tai chi chuan textbook. This book contains the original essence of techniques, with illustrations and text to serve the peoples interest. It is to be translated into English and distributed internationally. My sole purpose is to promote kuo shu throughout the world so that all can benefit from it.