Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan
Fu Zhongwen's classic guide offers the best documentation available of the Yang style of taijiquan. The superbly detailed form instructions and historic line art drawings are based on Fu’s many years as a disciple of Yang Chengfu, taijiquan’s legendary founder. Also included are concise descriptions of fixed-step, moving-step, and da lu push hands practices. Additional commentary by translator Louis Swaim provides key insight into the text’s philosophical language and imagery, further elucidating the art’s cultural and historical foundations.
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abdomen Advance Step arm rotates bend body gradually turns Brush Knee Twist causing the palm center of gravity Chengfu chest Dalu dantian Deflect downward elbow sinks energy following the turning Fu Zhongwen gradually shifts entirely Grasp Sparrow's Tail gravity gradually shifts Important Points Kick with Heel Knee Twist Step left and right left bow stance left elbow left foot lifts left foot turn left leg left palm lower martial arts Mengzi Movement Three movements and Important Neo-Confucian obliquely palm facing palm to gradually palm to turn phrase planted solidly push hands retreating right arm right elbow right fist right foot lifts right leg roll back shoulders Single Whip squats Style Taijiquan Tai Chi Chuan Taiji Classics Taijiquan Classic Tail sequence toes touching the ground translated Tuishou turn and face Turn Body vision attends vision should include waist weight wrist Yang Chengfu Yang Style Taijiquan Zhu Xi Zhuangzi