Master Yang Tai Chi Deluxe Hardcover Collection
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The Master Yang Tai Chi Deluxe Hardcover Collection is your comprehensive library for a lifetime of authentic Tai Chi Chuan practice! Dive deep into the world of Tai Chi with acclaimed expert Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming as he takes you on a journey to unlock the true martial arts purpose of this ancient practice.
With a curriculum that encompasses traditional skills and training methods, Dr. Yang's teachings are deeply rooted in his lineage. Tracing back to the renowned Yang family, Dr. Yang learned from the esteemed Grandmaster Kao, Tao, who was an indoor disciple of the legendary Yang, Chengfu. This lineage ensures that you receive the most authentic and time-honored Tai Chi knowledge.
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B9046 Taijiquan Theory of Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming 2nd ed. ~ NEW~! (autographed)
B7660 Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style 2nd ed.
B8605 Tai Chi Push Hands
B7707 Tai Chi Qigong 2nd ed.
B7653 Tai Chi Ball Qigong
B7684 Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications 3rd ed.
B7691 Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power 3rd ed.
B7677 Tai Chi Chin Na 2nd ed.
B7714 Tai Chi Sword Classical Yang Style 2nd ed.
This Tai Chi Hardcover set contains Master Yang's wisdom refined after decades of training, study and practice, providing you an essential library you'll refer to repeatedly during your lifetime of Tai Chi practice.
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The Master Yang Tai Chi Hardcover Collection provides you with a complete library for a lifetime of authentic Tai Chi Chuan practice. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming teaches Tai Chi Chuan with a rare focus on its original martial arts purpose, in a full curriculum that includes traditional skills and training methods. Dr. Yang's Tai Chi lineage can be traced back to the Yang family through the teacher he studied with as a teenager in Taiwan, Grandmaster Kao, Tao (高濤) who's teacher Yue, Huanzhi (樂奐之) was an indoor disciple of Yang, Chengfu (楊澄甫).
Beyond learning the Tai Chi form (太極拳套), a sequence of 108 movements , you may progress gradually through the same path offered in Dr. Yang's Tai Chi curriculum using this beautiful hardcover collection.
Book 1: Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming: The Root of Taijiquan 2nd ed. (autographed)
The profound and comprehensive Tai Chi Chuan Theory of Master Yang.
For nearly 1,000 years, many songs and poems have been composed about Tai Chi Chuan. These have played a major role in preserving the knowledge and wisdom of the masters, although in many cases, the identity of the authors and the dates of origin have been lost.
Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming has translated many of these documents and compiled the knowledge into a uniform Tai Chi Chuan theory. Dr. Yang believes that some "classics" are incomplete because some details were hidden, taught only in person in an oral tradition, or due to a lack of understanding as time passed.
Tai Chi Chuan Theory of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is Master Yang's effort to provide a singular source of Tai Chi principles, theory and strategies in one complete text. "Based upon my personal background and understanding, I have tried my best to compile the Taijiquan Theory and practice concepts in this book. I have attempted to make this effort as complete as possible". — Dr. Yang, jwing-Ming
This book is structured in classical style with songs and poems written by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, followed by the original Chinese text and interpretation of the passage.
You will learn:
- About regulating the Body, Breath, Mind, Qi & Spirit
- About Jin, Pushing Hands & Sparring
- Taiji long and short fighting strategies
- Relationship of Jin & Qi
- Unification of the internal Qi & external physical manifestations of the Qi
Book 2. Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form and Qigong 2nd ed.
A complete overview of the art of Tai Chi Chuan, "Grand Ultimate Fist".
This latest edition offers beginners a comprehensive introduction to Tai Chi, a step-by-step guide to learning the complete form, and the fundamentals necessary for correct practice.
Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a slow and relaxed moving meditation. It is also a sophisticated martial arts system. Through practicing Taijiquan, you are able to calm down the mind, locate your spiritual center, and consequently find your entire being. From the relaxed moving exercise, you can bring your physical body into an ultimate level of relaxation and natural ease, resulting in smooth Qi (inner energy) and blood circulation. This is a key to maintaining health and recovering from sickness.
This book is an in-depth guide for beginners to learn Taijiquan properly. It offers a general plan for practicing Taijiquan, and then goes into great depth to present enough content for proper learning:
You will learn:
- What Taijiquan is
- How to practice
- The history of Taijiquan
- Taijiquan postures
- About Qi, Qigong, and man
- Fundamental stances
- Categories of Qigong
- Warm-up and get loose exercises
- Taiji qigong
- Qigong training theory
- Qigong and Taijiquan
- Taijiquan thirteen postures (eight doors and five stepping)
- The traditional Yang Style Taijiquan Long Form step-by-step
This revised edition has an easy-to-follow layout, and each movement presented in a series of large photographs with clear same-page instructions for each Taiji posture. This book is sure to advance your practice and save you much time and energy.
Book 3. Tai Chi Qigong: The Internal Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan 2nd ed. (太極氣功)
Develop your Qi (energy) to make your practice "Internal."
Taiji qigong is designed to help the beginner to feel and understand qi, and also to learn how to use the concentrated mind to lead the qi so that it can circulate smoothly. Practicing taiji qigong exercises can significantly improve one's health. In addition, taiji qigong is the key which helps the taiji practitioner learn how to use the yi (i.e., wisdom mind) to lead the qi to energize the physical body for maximum efficiency. The Chinese word Qi (氣)is defined as energy, as in all energy in the universe, and Gong means hard work or study. Therefore, Qigong (氣功) means "the study of natural energy." Western science has identified a bioelectric potential in the body which could be one of the primary aspects of Qi energy. This "bioelectricity" is recognized by YMAA as an important area of Qigong study and research.
Book 4. Tai Chi Ball: For Health and Martial Arts (太極球氣 , Yin Yang Taiji Qiu Qigong)
Build your body's structural strength for increased power.
A form of Taiji Qigong practice, training with a wood or stone ball is traditionally a part of many Chinese martial art styles. This whole-body exercise is a soft-moving meditation. Through this meditative training, you will be able to concentrate and focus your mind at a higher level. When this happens, your mental sensitivity will be increased significantly. This will result in a higher level of alertness and awareness. This is a crucial key in improving your mind and body's communication. With this smooth communication, you will be able to see your body's health condition, enabling you to learn how to lead yourself down the right path of a healthier life.
Book 5. Tai Chi Pushing Hands: The Martial Foundation of Tai Chi Chuan (太極定步推手, Taiji Ding Bu Tui Shou)
Solo and Partner Pushing Hands Exercises to develop your self defense.
The purpose of taiji pushing hands training is the same as that of the fighting forms in the external styles. However, taijiquan emphasizes sensitivity to touch (i.e., listening) (Ting), understanding (Dong), following (Sui), sticking (Zhan), and adhering (Nian). In stationary pushing hands you must learn many fundamental techniques, such as single pushing hands and double pushing hands. These incorporate the energies of ward off (Peng,), rollback (Lu), press (or squeeze) (Ji), push (or suppressed by palm) (An), pluck (Cai), rend (or split) (Lie), elbow (Zhou), and bump (Kao).
In addition, other advanced pushing techniques, such as coiling, controlling, borrowing, leading, and neutralizing Jins are trained. In YMAA stationary pushing hands training, there are four basic neutralization patterns which a pushing hands beginner must learn. Next, he/she will begin double pushing hands training, which includes six different training patterns. Normally, these trainings are used to introduce four basic Taiji Jin patterns: Peng, Lu, Ji, and An. An international training routine has also been absorbed into YMAA training and is simply called "Peng, Lu, Ji, An training."
Next, a student must learn the other four basic Taiji Jin patterns, Cai, Lie, Zhou, and Kao. Again, this includes two basic training routines, one is from Dr. Yang and the other is an international routine. These routines are commonly called "Da Lu," "Lu-Ji," and simply "Cai, Lie, Zhou, and Kao." YMAA has its traditional "Da Lu" training, even though an international training routine has also been absorbed into the YMAA training and is called "Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao training."
Taiji moving pushing hands (太極動步推手, Taiji Dong Bu Tui Shou) is the training before taiji sparring. In moving pushing hands, the student must use stepping strategy with the techniques learned in stationary pushing hands and the fighting set. Students who have reached the level where the opponent cannot set them up, and can use their own techniques skillfully, have completed the basic training for sparring. Partner Taiji training leads you deeper in to the martial aspects toward Taiji Free Sparring (太極自由散手對打, Taiji Zi You San Shou Dui Da). In YMAA classes, bare hand taiji sparring is one of the final goals of instruction. In taiji sparring, striking techniques come out of the sticking and adhering learned in Pushing Hands.
Another aspect of Push Hands training is Silk Reeling Taiji Symbol Training (太極圈纏手練習, Taiji Quan Chan Shou Lian Xi).
'Thread the body together like a string of pearls' and deepen the mind/body connection.
Silk Reeling Taiji Symbol training is the foundation of the taiji pushing hands and sparring. This training includes two portions: the yang symbol and the yin symbol. A student starts with yang symbol, solo practice first, then with a partner. Begin with stationary practice, then move to forward and backward. After a student is able to move forward and backward with closed eyes, he or she then starts the parallel walking training. Finally, he will complete this symbol with the Bagua walking. When a student has mastered the yang side, then he should learn the yin side and follow the same training procedures. When these two yin and yang symbols are mastered, a student will be able to change his or her techniques smoothly and easily and apply them in the pushing hands or sparring.
Your next step in advanced partner training is the Taiji Fighting Set (太極散手對練, Taiji San Shou Dui Lian).
Train a sequence of full contact Tai Chi movements to bring your Tai Chi to life.
The 88-movement taiji fighting set was designed so that two people could practice together in a situation resembling actual fighting. The main purpose of this training is to teach the student how to step and move his body into the most advantageous position in combat. Naturally, it also teaches the student how to avoid being channeled into a disadvantageous situation. The student needs to have practiced stationary pushing hands first, so that he can combine that experience with the fighting set to make the techniques come alive, as explained in the Push Hands book.
Book 6. Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power: Advanced Yang Style 3rd. ed.
Learn to Express Tai Chi's Amazing Power (Jing).
The study of tai chi power is a direct link to tai chi as a martial art. When you finish learning the tai chi form and begin the second level of your practice, it’s time to focus your efforts on theory and principles of tai chi’s amazing power (jing).
A must for advanced students.
Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power is the next level in Tai Chi Chuan training. This book is written especially for those who have learned the form, begun Pushing Hands, and now want to develop and refine their Tai Chi skills.
Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power focuses on the martial essence of Tai Chi Chuan, an aspect many other books ignore. This book explores in depth the subject of Jing (internal martial power), general Tai Chi theory, and the application of Chi in the Tai Chi form. Because Jing training is essential to martial Tai Chi, this work is a valuable reference that no serious practitioner should be without.
- A comprehensive training plan for Jing (power) development.
- Understand the difference between true Jing (internal power) and Li (muscular power).
- Learn how to accumulate Chi and Jing in the Tai Chi postures.
- Discover the essential role your mind plays in Tai Chi and Jing practice.
- Includes a special selection of Tai Chi poems (the place the ancient masters hid their theory), translated and with commentary by Dr. Yang.
Book 7. Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications: Advanced Yang Style 3rd. ed.
Experience the Martial Essence of Yang-style Taijiquan.
Martial applications found within tai chi chuan are a direct link to your tai chi as a form of self-defense. When you study the martial side of tai chi, you can become proficient in a variety of high-level skills, including sensing, neutralizing, yielding, striking, chin na, and even throwing.
If you know a tai chi form, you are going to discover the essence of your movements by becoming aware of their martial applications.
If you are practicing tai chi pushing hands, you will greatly improve your skills with this understanding of martial applications.
If you are ready, you are going to love the amazing tai chi fighting set. This fully choreographed set (requires a partner) will combine all your tai chi skills into one 5-minute routine.
This book includes :
- Martial applications for the Yang-style long form
- Martial applications for Yang-style tai chi pushing hands
- The complete Yang-style tai chi fighting set
For any style of tai chi chuan, this book will be important for practitioners who wish to develop a deeper understanding and advanced skills.
- Learn how to analyze the forms and defense applications in your tai chi, gaining higher-level knowledge of your style.
- Discover the martial applications of Yang style. These insights will give you greater understanding of your own art.
- Find inspiration. Master Yang's writing will inspire you to investigate the martial applications of your tai chi style.
Book 8. Tai Chi Chin Na: The Seizing Art of Tai Chi Chuan 2nd ed.
Rarely-taught details of the hand techniques in Tai Chi fighting.
Chin Na is the art of seizing and controlling, and is an element of all Chinese martial arts including Taijiquan. To preserve Taiji's martial aspect, this book presents 85 Taiji Chin Na (Qin Na), the art of controlling an opponent through joint locks and cavity strikes. Taiji Chin Na is one of the four main martial training categories of Taijiquan (the other three categories are striking, kicking, and wrestling / downing the opponent). Of all these four, Chin Na is the most effective, practical, powerful, and easiest to learn. Once you have mastered Taiji Chin Na, you will be able to apply the theory and techniques to any other martial style you practice. If you are a Taiji beginner, Taiji Chin Na could offer you a key to enter the door of martial Taiji.
Book 9. Tai Chi Sword Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form, Qigong, and Applications 2nd ed. (太極劍, Taiji Jian)
The pinnacle of training; as you refine your sword technique, you refine your mind.
The 54-movement taiji sword form is used to train the student's qi to a higher level. In fact, the theory of taiji sword is much deeper than that of bare hand taijiquan, and the techniques are also much more difficult to train and master. Sticking Taiji Sword (太極劍對練, Taiji Jian Dui Lian) training is similar to taiji stationary and moving pushing hands training. It helps the students to extend their feeling and sensing beyond the body and out to the tip of the sword. This training is very important for those who wish to learn taiji sword sparring. Beyond the sword, students may also learn Taiji Saber (太極刀, Taiji Dao). Taiji saber is another short weapon which trains students in the skillful coordination of the physical body with the qi body. Like the sword, taiji saber also has sticking training. Taiji Staff (太極棍, Taiji Gun). The staff is the first long weapon in taiji. The principles of feeling (listening), following, sticking, and adhering remain the key to the training. Taiji staff also has two-person sticking training. This training is combined with other Southern-style staff techniques. (Streaming video lessons of this weapons training is available from YMAA.com) These weapon principles of sticking, neutralizing, adhering and more are experienced in your sword training.
When you practice taijiquan skills to a high level and have reached a state of "fight of no fight" (regulating without regulating), then every action is ultimately natural, comfortable, skillful, and effective. This is the stage of "fighting with enlightenment." In this stage, you are the one who controls the entire fighting situation. Your health and spirit will be raised to the highest level with this traditional training curriculum. Taijiquan can lead you to feel true peace and deepen your understanding of the meaning of life.
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About the Author(s)
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (楊俊敏博士) started his Gongfu (Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng, Gin Gsao (曾金灶). In thirteen years of study (1961-1974) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of bare hands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many others. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qin Na … More »
David W. Grantham
David W. Grantham was born on September 22, 1965, in Dorchester, Massachusetts and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts from the age of three. At the age of eighteen, he attended Bridgewater State College to pursue his dream and currently is employed by United Airlines as a pilot based in New Jersey. Mr. Grantham began his martial art training at the age of twenty-four, studying Liuhebafaquan under the tutelage of instructor David Zucker. Mr. Zucker studied under the late Master John Chung … More »