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The Complete Taiji Dao: The Art of the Chinese Saber Paperback – 1 Jul 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books; 1 edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942277
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Handled well, the Taiji saber reflects the practitioner's skill level and depth of knowledge in applications and results. A sword master is sensitive to conditions and fully integrates body and mind in precise execution. The same can be said of Zhang Yun's skill in crafting this new book. Sensitive to readers' needs, Zhang integrates the history, design, construction, and practice of the Chinese saber with great detail and clarity. The resulting work is an inspiring leap in the field of Chinese martial arts publications by presenting a major weapon in such a thorough way. It will be a standard reference work for decades to come."
--Michael A. DeMarco, publisher, Journal of Asian Martial Arts
"Martial arts books often include photos and extensive descriptions of the techniques, but that which is essential is not included. This book is different--each movement and technique is accompanied by an exposition on what you should feel, and how to use your mind and body to engender that feeling. By 'feeling, ' I do not mean 'emotional state.' I mean the physical organization you must develop to do the technique properly, using mental imagery, sensation, and the direction of attention to link up parts of the body so that one functions in an integrated fashion. I have never read a book that so clearly delineates what one should actually try to do while practicing an internal martial art. And that this is a book on weapons technique makes this all the more remarkable."
--Ellis Amdur, author of Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions
"The Complete Taiji Dao: The Art of the Chinese Saber by Zhang Yun is the most complete book on swordsmanship that I have seen yet. Zhang Yun provides very clear photos of all form work in the book, something that is usually difficult to read and put into practice. The book explains in great detail how Taiji principles are extended to weapon use as well as how the Taiji Dao is unique and different than conventional broadsword use. This book will stay with my collection forever."
--Dojo Rat

About the Author

Since the 1990s, Zhang Yun has taught martial arts classes throughout the United States and has conducted more than 50 seminars worldwide. He is the author of The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Taiji Jian and the translator of Lu Shengli's Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a sword book that does justice to an ancient art 7 Feb. 2015
By Jian - Published on Amazon.com
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As a ten year veteran with blades of many types I finally got a custom Chinese dao and have been using it for a long time. I had some questions about it asked of me by my friends who were curious how to use it and I sought sources. I am hesitant to buy books about swords because they just don't do them justice BUT this one, THIS one does well and does right by a fine art. It displays basics, footwork, fundamentals, and combat techniques and in so doing explains why they are important. It does have a long bit against the polearm but if you consider in Chinese martial arts polearms/staves are common weapons fought against it makes sense. What I really like about it is the forms and the 'If opponent does this, do this for best results' stuff. It helps to clearly define to beginners and advanced alike how this sword is used. It is guidance for me for my art in refining my vast skills since in truth no one is ever done learning, even masters. It is a great book and I now I finally have a good Chinese dao book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well constructed, sound information. 1 Feb. 2011
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I found this book to be both well written and a useful manual for studying Taiji Dao. The book begins with history of the Dao and depicts many swords used in China throughout time. The author then examines the basics, including methods of holding the Dao, Hand positions, Footing, etc. The author makes a point of labeling all important names throughout the book with Mandarin (Pinyin and Characters) and English for a clear presentation.

To the point I think most are interested in: "THE FORM"
The book follows into basic skills and then enters into a "Thirteen Posture Form" along with applications vs. spear attack. The Author describes that the form taught in his book comes from "Grandmaster Wang Peisheng, the president of the Beijing Wu Style Taiji Quan Association. He was instructed in this form by his grandmaster, Wang Maoshai, and his master, Yang Yuting. Wang Maoshai had learned it from Quan You, a student of Yang Luchan and the founder of Wu Style Taiji Quan." So for all intents and purposes I think this form can be classified as Wu Taiji Dao form. However, it is markedly similar to the Yang style form/s as well. The author makes note that a practitioner should keep in mind, "Although the movements of the form may differ from one group to another, all variations derive from the same fundamental Taiji Dao principles."

Ultimately, any stylist can benefit from this book whether they are looking for an introduction to Taiji Dao or for further education on the subject. With over 400 pages, this book certainly delivers your money's worth of Dao instruction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Jan. 2017
By Elesa - Published on Amazon.com
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a textbook on one of my favorite topics !
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 27 Oct. 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete by name and complete by nature 31 Oct. 2013
By Mark Workman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a very good grounding in Taiji Saber history and practice. If you want to know about Taiji Saber this is an excellent book to start with.
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