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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; 2 edition (31 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583941525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583941522
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a genuine manual for students of Traditional Yang taijiquan and is a must for all students of the art. With detailed information and line drawings taken from pictures of Yang Cheng Fu, it goes beyond the usual taiji books that merely give a basic overview. This is a great handbook for reference.
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The author has rounded up the usual suspects and included the obligatory translations of the classics, which is always worth re-reading. However, the bulk of the book sets out detailed descriptions of the postures making up the form and is illustrated with pencil drawings of Yang Chengfu which have in the majority of cases been traced from actual photographs. Initially I was sceptical as to whether this would work, but having worked through the book I can say that the drawings offer sufficient clarity for the reader to follow the narrative.
This book is a godsend for the person who has completed the form and for whom the initial euphoria has given way to the realisation of the how much more there is still to learn. Whilst this book does not readily give up the nuances and subtleties that we see our more advances colleagues demonstrate. It does clearly explain every detail for each move and as an added bonus has a section explaining arm rotation. If we just manage to learn this point it will be a further step along the road to achieving our goals
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For anybody seeking to master traditional Yang Style long form Tai Chi this book is a must. By Fu Zhongwen, a disciple of Yang Cheng Fu, it contains clear and detailed instruction with illustrations of each form, this manual will enable the dedicated practitioner to perfect their sequence and ultimately maximise health benefits. For serious students, this book is the holy grail.
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This is a book I would recommend for those who have already spent quite some time learning and playing Tai Chi Chuan. The author goes to great lengths to clarify, as much as possible, the classic Tai Chi texts for the English speaking reader. He has taken this task very seriously and refers often to the original Chinese words and to their typical use at the time of the original texts. Many Chinese Tai Chi terms have been translated in a rather simplistic way over the last the last 30 or 40 years and this deeper and clearer rendering is an important addition to the large library of teaching and philosophy books on the subject now available. I am only just beginning to dip into the section dealing with the individual postures of the Yang style form but feel this will also give some extra clarity to my own practice.
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This is a must have for those interested in the Long Form in all its various modern versions. It a very detailed description which avoids specific martial ideas, so in some ways makes really hard work of very simple ideas, but in other ways provides information which wouldn't usually be discussed. Like most Tai Chi Chuan books, it's a reference assuming one knows the Form and isn't by any stretch a beginners guide.Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan
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Very Comprehensive to say the least. I was hoping to learn Tajiquan from this manual in a home study context. But after reading only a fraction of the book, I quickly realized that Tajiquan and all its subtleties and nuances really is best learnt through hands on tuition. That being said, I can imagine that this book would be an invaluable source of reference to an individual already experienced in the art.
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I wouldn't recomend this book (or any other book or video for that matter) if you don't have a competent Tai Chi teacher. If however you are like myself and having grasped the mechanics of the form are now trying to understand the compexities books I found are of great help. Hard to find a better sourse than this book, I find it a great reference in finding the true essence.
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My first book on Tai Chi, that has been recommended to me.
It is a must have for all who would like to learn the form. It is very detailed, illustrations accompanying the instructions are fantastic. It also gives one a feel as to how graceful the movements should be so it is an excellent reference book.
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