A Study of Taijiquan

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North Atlantic Books, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 232 pages
This extensively illustrated primer is the first English edition of Sun's classic 1919 book which explores both the theory and practice of the style, with emphasis on movements and postures. Tim Cartmell's translation provides both a standard by which practitioners can judge themselves and valuable information relevant to all versions of taijiquan. Tim Cartmell has done the American Taijiquan community a great service translating Sun Lutang's books into English.

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As a devoted student of Sun Style Taiji, this book has become a valuable resource and i have come to treasure. It helps to have prior experience in Sun Style by a knowledgeable teache,r so that subtle references are more easily understood. ("the arm should be bent with out bending, and the inside of the belly holds the spirit and qi inside the marrow of the bones")
This book is for those who find usefulness with understanding the intent of Master Sun Fu Quan (Lu Tang) as a spiritual basis and path to enlightenment as well as internal martial art. When These teaching are taught completely, traditional Sun Style Taiji is far more than just an exercise and can and will transform your life as a spiritual path.
Many thanks to Tim Cartmell for his devotion and sharing of extra ordinary compilation of teachings.
S Beasley


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Tim Cartmell began his training with the Chinese styles, including ten years of study in Taiwan and Mainland China. Among his teachers were Sun Jian Yun and Sun Bao An, the daughter and grandson of Sun Lu Tang. Tim is the translator of Practical Chin Na, the author of Effortless Combat Throws and the co-author of Xing Yi Nei Gong: Xing Yi Health Maintenance and Internal Strength Development. Tim is an Asian Full-Contact tournament champion, and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submissions grappling champion. He currently runs the Shen Wu Academy of Martial Arts in Southern California.

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