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Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan
Chen Family (or Chen Style) Taiji is the ancestor of all Taiji systems. Unlike many of the easy, meditative Taiji forms practiced in the West, Chen Style Taiji is a highly evolved martial art. Newcomers to the art will find useful information on how to identify a qualified instructor, while the martial arts theorist will find a thorough discussion concerning the origins ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Blue Snake Books
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Ugh. Questionable explanations of physiology, no real discussion of non-rote sparring and an overt amount of the text focused on history rather than practical concerns weakens the utility of this work. There are some useful observations scattered in that make the short read worthwhile, but overall, this title doesn't have a lot to offer anyone practicing martial arts for the purpose of fighting/combat sports (which is ironic given the authors focus on practicality).