Published by Singing Dragon
Paperback: £15.99 / $25.95
2009, 254mm x 177.8mm / 10in x 7in, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84819-011-5, BIC 2: VFMG WSTM
The Sword Form is an important aspect of the popular Chinese martial art, Tàijíquan. The 32-Posture Sword Form, from the point of view of the physical movements only, is not complex, but there is a significant amount of other information, relating to the applications, that is open to interpretation.
Written by an experienced teacher of Tàijíquan, this book provides a detailed description of the Jian (the sword), its parts and how it should be held. Using photographs and illustrations, the author gives step-by-step instructions for the main 13 applications including sword strokes, stances and footwork techniques.
This book contains a wealth of information on Sword Form technique and is an ideal resource for students of martial arts, experienced practitioners or anyone interested in learning about Tàijíquan.
22 November 2010
"Understanding the Absolute by practising in the Relative - For me this is what t'ai chi is about. If everything in the world is a microcosm, then 'life' should reflect Divinity, and anything that happens in our lives (any skills that we learn, all interactions, etc.) should reflect Divinity and 'life'. Therefore, t'ai chi should be able to explain 1) Divinity, and 2) how the structure of 'life' operates (although, these are probably the same, as it's arguable that 'life' is 'Divinity' in process), and how best to function within this structure of 'life'."
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Translated by David Alexander