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Classical Tai Chi Sword (Tuttle Martial Arts)
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Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 613.7148
EAN: 9780804834483
ISBN: 0804834482
Label: Tuttle Publishing
Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2003-05-15
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Studio: Tuttle Publishing

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Editorial Reviews:

In Classical Tai Chi Sword, a martial arts master teaches the 50 basic positions of the Tai Chi sword. Easy-to-use diagrams, charts, and over 100 black and white photographs illustrate each position and the thirteen basic sword techniques. Practice exercises for both solo and partner forms teach inner harmony and self-defence. The authors are among the most prominent teachers of Tai Chi Chuan in Europe.


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Summary: Straight Forward and Concise
Comment: Unlike the other reviewers I was looking for a very short and concise book on Tai Chi sword. This book fits the bill perfectly. Gives very good high level overview of the aspects of Tai Chi sword, but the majority of the book is the sword form in step-by-step pictures that are done very well with directional arrows. I use it with a Tai Chi sword DVD and it makes a good complement to my training and study.

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Summary: Excellent book on the subject
Comment: I think the previous reviewers are overly harsh. This is a well written and organized book that gives valuable insights into the history, development and practise of Tai Chi Sword. It answered a lot of questions I had in how the various teachers and styles relate to each other and provided a complete explanation of the relationship between Wu Tang Sword and Tai Chi Sword. The addition of graphics for foot positions, hip positions and sword position are very clever and useful. In addition, directional curves and lines are drawn over the photographs to depict transitions and movements.

As I practise and study tai chi sword I have purchased several books on the subject and done extensive internet reading. This is so far my favorite book/resource on the subject. Buy it and decide for yourself!

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Summary: Save your money!
Comment: I also agree, don't buy! A book, which might have been acceptable 30 years ago. It seems the 2 authors have not evolved since they first brought Taiji (ZMQ-Version, 37 step) to Germany. Their writings and teachings aren't up to modern standards, like nothing was learned in all those years. The sword book is not only flat in contents, there are also a lot of translation faults, it shows, that none of the 2 speaks Chinese, and Japanese is not good enough, sorry! Save your money or better, get Dr. Yang or Mr. Rodell's works

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Summary: Very thin...
Comment: I have to agree with the previous review, this book offers very little. Many of the "Chapters" are little more than a few paragraphs. Honestly, this booK is little more than an illustration of the well known public Yang Style Taiji Jian form.

Those really interested in Taiji Jian and traditional swordsmanship will find Scott Rodell's book, Chinese Swordsmanship, more useful than this book.

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Summary: Not Up to Standard
Comment: This book offers little more than a look at the common Yang Style Taiji (Tai Chi) sword & is little more than that. It is the kind of book which would have been acceptable years ago but pales in comparison to Rodell's, "Chinese Swordsmanhip - The Yang Family Tradition," which covers two Yang Taiji forms in greater detail or in comparison to Zhang's, "The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship," which covers Wu Style Taiji Sword. Kobayashi's book states there are no applications for certain movements that Rodell's & Yang Jwing-ming's books give clear applications for. Save your money, skip "Classical Tai Chi Sword."


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