The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation

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Along with Chinese art, medicine, and philosophy, taijiquan has left the confines of its original culture, and offers health, relaxation, and a method of self-defense to people around the globe. Using the early texts now known as The Taijiquan Classics which have served as a touchstone for t’ai chi practitioners for 150 years, this book explores the fundamental ideas and what they mean to practitioners, students, and scholars. It also incorporates newly discovered sources that address the history of taijiquan and...
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Overview

Along with Chinese art, medicine, and philosophy, taijiquan has left the confines of its original culture, and offers health, relaxation, and a method of self-defense to people around the globe. Using the early texts now known as The Taijiquan Classics which have served as a touchstone for t’ai chi practitioners for 150 years, this book explores the fundamental ideas and what they mean to practitioners, students, and scholars. It also incorporates newly discovered sources that address the history of taijiquan and newly translated commentaries by Chen Weiming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556434310
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/2003
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Davis is editor of the Taijiquan Journal and international quarterly. She has a master's degree in East Asian Studies, and is translator of Taiji Sword by Chen Weiming. Davis is director of Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
A Brief History of Taijiquan 3
The History of the Taijiquan Classics 25
The Language and Literature of the Taijiquan Classics 49
The Ideas of the Taijiquan Classics 59
Taijiquan Jing 75
Taijiquan Treatise 77
Exposition of Insights into the Thirteen Postures 79
Thirteen Postures Song 81
Playing Hands Song 83
Taijiquan Jing 87
Taijiquan Treatise 102
Exposition of Insights into the Thirteen Postures 121
Thirteen Postures Song 143
Playing Hands Song 150
App.: Chinese Texts 153
Notes 173
Bibliography 191
Index 203
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