The first book-length ethnography of a Chinese martial arts association, the book tackles the general question of how human beings form viewpoints of themselves and others through the practice of an art–in this case, the art of taijiquan (a.k.a. “tai chi”). The first half of the book focuses on the author’s own experience of studying taijiquan with teachers in the People’s Republic of China and the United States, then expands the discussion to include taijiquan as national symbol, taijiquan in the context of urban China, and the globalization of “Chineseness” through taijiquan.
The Internal Exercises (Chi Kung) passed down through generations have been carefully refined. They include Reeling Silk practices and Qing Yao 18 Forms. These patterns are relatively simple and considered effective on chronic diseases such as neurasthenic, high blood pressure, heart disease, dyspepsia and arthritis.
Of all the wushu in wudang, there are many odd phylum weapons, and horsetail whisk is one of them. In the immortal Taoism system, horsetail whisk is a magic weapon. The great masters of the past generations were always carrying with horsetail whisks while touring around. For example, Taishanglaojun, Taiyizhenren, and Ludongbing, one of the immortals, were all famous for horsetail whisks. The unique styles and characteristic come naturally. All of these had added boundless cultural charm to the Chinese history literature. The practicing style of the horsetail whisk was unique, with trenchancy skills, also with both hard and soft tactics, tight opening and close. Practice it as if a heavenly steed soaring across the skies, it would be with a powerful and unconstrained style, elegant behavior, and changing agility and leap.
Discover Traditional Taijiquan Not only an instructional DVD, but a living document designed to preserve a cultural tradition from the original Yang Style lineage. Practice of this living and vital form will develop a healthy and relaxed body, a clear mind, and a strong sense of martial intent. This Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) program offers enough content to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of practice.