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A longtime student of the taiji grand master Yang Cheng-Fu, Chen Wei-Ming became famous himself as a scholar, martial artist, and proponent of the Yang style of t'ai chi. In the 1920s, he wrote a number of influential books on taiji, among them Taiji Sword (1927), which detailed a rare method of fencing. Translated here for the first time, this book serves as both a historical document and a training manual for an increasingly popular sport.
This revised edition of our classic book on Tai Chi Sword includes a new modern, easy-to-follow layout; each movement is presented in 4-6 large photographs with lucid instructions on how to perform them; shows martial applications to help get the angles correct. Other sections offer a brief history of Tai Chi Sword, fundamental training routines, and qigong exercises to connect your Tai Chi Sword practice to your internal health. According to the NCCAM div. of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, between 2.3 and 3 million people practice tai chi in the United States.
The Sword Form is an important aspect of the popular Chinese martial art, Tàijíquan. The 32-Posture Sword Form, from the point of view of the physical movements only, is not complex, but there is a significant amount of other information, relating to the applications, that is open to interpretation. Written by an experienced teacher of Tàijíquan, this book provides a detailed description of the Jian (the sword), its parts and how it should be held. Using photographs and illustrations, the author gives step-by-step instructions for the main 13 applications including sword strokes, stances and footwork techniques. This book contains a wealth of information on Sword Form technique and is an ideal resource for students of martial arts, experienced practitioners or anyone interested in learning about Tàijíquan.
Book contains: Over 170 old photos and drawings, and 176 pages on the old Yang family Taiji (Tai-Chi) Sword practices of Master Chen Wei-Ming (1881-1958) as taught to his disciples. This book is a collection of these rare teachings as collected by Bradford Tyrey while studying in Shanghai under Master Fu Zhong-Wen (1903-1994), classmate and student under Master Chen. Our translated book Taiji (Tai-Chi) Sword ~ Volume (I), authored by Master Chen Wei-Ming, provides a traditional overview, yet authoritative approach to practicing each posture of the sword form that Grandmaster Yang Cheng-Fu (1883-1936) and other Yang family elders had taught to Master Chen, as well as to Master Fu. Volume (I) is necessary to read in order to more fully understand Taiji (Tai-Chi) Sword ~ Volume (II) which details: the Original 13 Sword Teachings, writings on the Eight Immortals, Master Chen Wei-Ming's original explanation of how to perform each posture, annotations on the practice and meaning of each posture, clarification of meanings by Master Fu Zhong-Wen, hidden skills taught within postures, philosophical meanings of postures, and more. It is important to note that Master Chen is recognized as Grandmaster Sun Lu-T'ang's first official disciple. Though this sword book covers Yang family Taiji (Tai-Chi) sword, Master Chen still details some of the teachings that he learned from Grandmaster Sun. This is an absolutely essential book in providing deep insight into the old traditional practices of Chinese sword. Rare photos, drawings, and explanations make this book a true treasure to collect.
"As Taijiquan has become increasingly popular, many people have inquired into its origins and development. Answers can be found in the Chen Style, the original method from Chen Village, Henan Province in the People's Republic of China. This book guides the reader through the historical development of the system, its philosophical roots, and through the intricacies of the various training methods of this unique form of Chiinese boxing. Legendary exploits of the Chen family are included to inspire today's practitioners. "

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