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The Essence of Taijiquan

by David Gaffney and Davidine Siaw Voon Sim, 2010

Foreword by Chen Xiaowang

The Essence of Taijiquan describes the turbulent recent history of Chenjiagou and how this has shaped the art. It presents a comprehensive introduction to the overlapping steps that make up the traditional Chen Taijiquan syllabus. Topics include:

  • Understanding Qi in a practical way - Chen Zhaopi's 5 positive and 5 negative types of Qi Internal Training
  • Taijiquan as a Combat Art
  • Deciphering Chen Wangting's Boxing Canon
  • The correct attitude required for training
  • Insights/Interviews with today's leading practitioners etc.

Throughout lies an underlying theme of demystifying the art and appreciating it within the cultural framework of generations of chen practitioners.

Available in print or as an iPad/iPhone download.

L'essenza del Taijiquan è ora disponibile in Italiano!
A Essência do Tai Ji Quan está agora disponível em Português!

The Art of War by Sunzi

Cultural Influences on Taijiquan Volume 1

Introduction by David Gaffney and Davidine Siaw Voon Sim, 2012

This series provides an introduction to some of the most important classic texts to have influenced the creation and development of Chen Taijiquan. In this volume the authors draw on their extensive knowledge of the history of Taijiquan and Chinese culture to introduce the reader to this seminal text on military strategy, The Art Of War by Sunzi.

Not only is the Art of War China’s oldest military strategy book, but it is also the oldest military strategy work in existence. Chen Taijiquan has an unbroken lineage stretching back almost 400 years, and many of its methods can be traced directly to this ancient book.

Chen Style Taijiquan: The Source of Taiji Boxing

by Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim and David Gaffney, 2002

Chen style is the oldest form of Taijiquan from which all the major styles originated. Created at the end of the Ming dynasty, it is based upon a profound body of ancient knowledge that has influenced the Chinese way of thinking through the ages. It draws upon the principles of the Yijing (Book of Change), the Yin-Yang theory, and Daoist philosophy. Chen style Taijiquan combines the study of traditional Chinese wu shu, movement science, and the Chinese medical theory of "jingluo" (energy channels), "daoyin" (leading and guiding energy), and "tu-na" (breathing methods), resulting in a comprehensive system of self-defence and a valuable health exercise. This text guides the reader through the historical development of the system, its philosophical roots, and through the intricacies of the various training methods of this unique form of Chinese boxing. Descriptions of the Silk-Reeling Exercise, Laojia Yi Lu, Laojia Paocui, Fajing, Qinna, Push Hands, and Taijiquan weapons are all featured. Legendary exploits of the Chen family are included to inspire today's practitioners.

Published by North Atlantic Books, U.S. - ISBN: 1556433778