Old Frame Chen Family: Taijiquan

Overview

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 and evolution of Taiji.
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Overview

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 and evolution of Taiji.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556434884
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 3/10/2004
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 985,679
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Chen is a 20th-generation lineage holder in Chen Family Taijiquan, and a formal, rumen disciple of 19th-generation Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou of Xulu Village, Henan Province, China. He holds an instructor's credentials (quan shi rank) from the certification board of the Wen Xian International Taijiquan Conference, the official accrediation body for Chen Family Taijiquan instructors in China. He is also a certified senior instructor in the Chen Qingzhou Martial Arts Assocation and the public-relations director for the National Neigong Research Society.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1 Introduction to Taijiquan 1
1.1 What is Taijiquan? 1
1.2 The Purpose of This Book 4
Chapter 2 The Evolution of Taijiquan 9
2.1 Myth 9
2.2 History 15
2.3 The Chen Family Old Frame 19
2.4 Other Styles 21
Chapter 3 Instruction 25
3.1 Teachers 25
3.2 "Superhuman" Feats 29
3.3 The Class 32
3.4 Your Objectives 35
Chapter 4 Basics 41
4.1 "Internal" Martial Arts 41
4.2 Body Mechanics 42
4.3 Basic Posture and the Side Bow-Stance 43
4.4 Application of Basic Posture 47
4.5 The Dan Tian and Waist 50
4.6 Relaxation 53
4.7 Stances and Foot Techniques 56
4.8 Hand Techniques 66
4.9 Standing 68
4.10 The "Energies" 72
Chapter 5 Forms 85
5.1 The Purpose of Forms 85
5.2 The Practice of Forms 88
5.3 Chen Style Old Frame, First Form 91
Chapter 6 Training with an Opponent 181
6.1 Push-Hands 181
6.2 Push-Hands Applications 200
Appendix 221
Notes 240
Bibliography 244
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    great book for the beginner and expert

    this book gives good information on the chen style system including how to pick a teacher, how to tell if a tai chi form is releveant and great push hands information

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