The Yang Taiji 24-Step Short Form: A Step-by-Step Guide for all Levels

Overview

Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is one of the most widely-practiced Tàijíquan forms in the world today, and the form that most people first learn. Gentle enough to be suitable for the elderly, yet challenging enough to stretch even the most experienced practitioner, it is also one of the most accessible and rewarding.

In his new book, James Drewe provides a comprehensive and detailed explication of the postures and movements of the form. For each, he describes exactly how the weight ...

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Overview

Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is one of the most widely-practiced Tàijíquan forms in the world today, and the form that most people first learn. Gentle enough to be suitable for the elderly, yet challenging enough to stretch even the most experienced practitioner, it is also one of the most accessible and rewarding.

In his new book, James Drewe provides a comprehensive and detailed explication of the postures and movements of the form. For each, he describes exactly how the weight flows, how to use the hands, how to move the limbs, and how to relax into the movement, clearly explaining each step with the aid of foot patterns and photographs. Sections on the internal aspects of Tàijíquan, descriptions of the subtle variations that may be made when performing certain movements, and even instructions on how to fit the movements to music are also included.

This comprehensive guide to Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is an invaluable resource for taiji practitioners at all levels, including beginners, as well as taiji instructors, and students of other martial arts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848190412
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,447,207
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Drewe has been practising taiji and qi gong since 1975; he has studied taiji with Master Chu King Hung, Richard Watson, Prof. Li Deyin, Master Wang Yanji and Simon Watson. He currently teaches Yang, Chen, Sun, and Wudang styles of taiji, including various sword and fan forms. James is Vice-Chairman of the Longfei Taijiquan Association, a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) and is a registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Warm-Up Exercises. 3. Posture. 4. Grounding. 5. Relaxation and Release. 6. The Hands and the Hand Positions. 7. The Arms and Shoulders. 8. The Knees. 9. Stances (Bùxíng). 10. Footwork Techniques. 11. The Process of Stepping. 12. Breathing in the Form. 13. Definitions. 14. Structure of the Standardized Yang Tàijí 24-Step Beijing Short Form. 15. Description of the Yang Tàijí 24-Step Form. 16. Easy Reference. 17. Beyond the Basics. 18. Open and Close. 19. Footprint of the Form. About the Author. Further Reading.

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