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Endorsed by the 19th Generation Gatekeeper of Chen Family Taijiquan, Chen Xiaowang, The Essence of Taijiquan is an essential resource for those seeking to understand the true face of this most enigmatic of martial arts.

This book explains the turbulent recent history of Chenjiagou, birthplace of Taijiquan, and how this has shaped the art we practise today. It presents a comprehensive introduction to the overlapping steps that make up the traditional Chen Taijiquan syllabus. Topics include: Understanding Qi in a practical way; Taijiquan as a combat system; Deciphering the boxing canon of Chen Wangting, the creator of Taijiquan; The correct attitude required for successful practice etc.. Throughout the book lies an underlying theme of demystifying the art and appreciating it within the cultural framework of generations of Chenjiagou practitioners. In a range of articles, the final chapter sees some of today’s leading practitioners give their insights into the multifaceted art of Chen Taijiquan.


About the Author


Long–time Chen practitioners David Gaffney and Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim are authors of the best selling Chen Style Taijiquan: The Source of Taiji Boxing. After numerous trips to Chenjiagou to train in the traditional manner, both have been awarded Instructor’s certificates by the Chenjiagou Taijiquan Martial Arts School. They continue in their ongoing pursuit to research, preserve and promote the true face of this ancient discipline.

Publish Date  December 27, 2009

Dimensions  Pocket  280 pgs Black and White printing (on cream uncoated paper)

Category  Sports & Adventure

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chenbo says

A great quality , well written book for all those wanting to or are already practicing this fine martial system. A great follow up from the 1st book and just as in depth and easy to understand. Highly recommended and a big thankyou to it's authors and all involved.

posted at 06:29am Nov 22 PST


tjryan says

Books on Taijiquan tend to fall into one of two categories, those which aim to teach a particular form and those which aim to impart general principles.... this book belongs definitely to the second category.
It makes for a very interesting read...the type of book that you'll read and re-read. Whilst it focuses on the development of Chen style Taiji it will also be of interest to followers of other styles who wish to see their art in an historical context. Recommended!

posted at 06:35am Jan 18 PST

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