Published by Singing Dragon
Paperback: £19.99 / $29.95
2010, 246mm x 173mm / 10in x 7in, 384pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-041-2, BIC 2: WSTM VFMG
Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is one of the most widely-practiced Tàijíquan forms in the world today, and the form that most people first learn. Gentle enough to be suitable for the elderly, yet challenging enough to stretch even the most experienced practitioner, it is also one of the most accessible and rewarding.
In his new book, James Drewe provides a comprehensive and detailed explication of the postures and movements of the form. For each, he describes exactly how the weight flows, how to use the hands, how to move the limbs, and how to relax into the movement, clearly explaining each step with the aid of foot patterns and photographs. Sections on the internal aspects of Tàijíquan, descriptions of the subtle variations that may be made when performing certain movements, and even instructions on how to fit the movements to music are also included.
This comprehensive guide to Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is an invaluable resource for taiji practitioners at all levels, including beginners, as well as taiji instructors, and students of other martial arts.
22 November 2010
"Understanding the Absolute by practising in the Relative - For me this is what t'ai chi is about. If everything in the world is a microcosm, then 'life' should reflect Divinity, and anything that happens in our lives (any skills that we learn, all interactions, etc.) should reflect Divinity and 'life'. Therefore, t'ai chi should be able to explain 1) Divinity, and 2) how the structure of 'life' operates (although, these are probably the same, as it's arguable that 'life' is 'Divinity' in process), and how best to function within this structure of 'life'."
Bagua Daoyin: A Unique Branch of Daoist Learning, A Secret Skill of the Palace
Translated by David Alexander